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City population surges back up after downward dip

A downward trend in population growth has been reversed for the Heritage city as Nelson recorded its first increase in two years. For 2023, Statistics Canada reported in February 2024 that Nelson saw a 1.3 per cent increase in population — from 11,562 to 11,716 — after reporting a decrease in residents from 2021-2022 (0.8 […]

Column: Thoughts on science and spirituality

“There are two paths that you can go by, but in the long run – There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”  – Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” — Albert Einstein Paths to knowledge Until the seventeenth century in Europe, our human species […]

UPDATED: Border Bruins take stranglehold on Murdoch Division Series against Leafs

The Grand Forks Border Bruins are one victory away from advancing to the Neil Murdoch Division Final. The Bruins rolled to a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-2 win over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action before more than 640 fans Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. Grand Forks, leading […]

Winter Storm warning issued for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

For the second time in a few days Environment Canada is issuing a Winter Storm warning for higher elevation highways in the Southern Interior, including Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass beginning Tuesday night. Environment Canada said a strong pacific frontal system will begin to push into the BC interior Tuesday evening. “Snowfall […]

By the numbers: RDCK to host public budget information sessions, in-person and online

For those looking to get a little more bang for their buck, the regional district is offering public budget meetings until the end of March. Continuing through to March 21, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be hosting public budget information sessions for all its municipalities and electoral areas, including March 12 (6 […]

WKBRHD approves letter of support for Nelson-based renal hemodialysis

The region’s health district board of directors has approved a letter of support for a renal hemodialysis unit in Nelson. Slated for upper levels of government — including Interior Health Authority (IHA), B.C. Premier David Eby and the Health Minister Adrian Dix — the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Health District (WKBRHD) board passed two motions […]

Weekly newsletter from MLA/Minister Conroy

This week, I returned to the legislature for a new session of presenting, debating, and passing legislation alongside my colleagues. In our first week, we presented our Throne Speech and 2024 Budget, sharing some of the priorities of our government for the year ahead. We know that people are facing challenges, like global inflation and high interest rates. […]

Going public: recording of RDCK meetings set to come online in March

The regional district board is looking to go where no board has gone before. The board of directors of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has directed its staff to record the regular open board meetings — beginning in March 2024 — using the WebEx tool “until such time as other technology can be […]

KIJHL playoffs begin, Leafs-Border Bruins meet in Murdoch semi final

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicks in to playoff mode Friday with a full slate of games on the schedule. In the Neil Murdoch Division, two teams finishing the season on fire tangle in the Boundary City as Nelson Leafs face Grand Forks Border Bruins. Game two goes Saturday at the Jack Goddard Memorial […]

Controversial Climate Action Plan process comments collected over draft report: RDCK

The people have spoken and the regional district has noted it. Noted it 3,518 times, which is the number of comments the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) received on its draft Climate Action Plan during the seven-month public engagement process, which concluded in October, 2023. The process allowed the RDCK to clear up some […]