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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Mar 20 2023

Up to 60 per cent of some employment sectors in the Kootenay region could suffer labour market losses due to the effects of wildfire and climate disaster, according to a report from an independent think tank.

A Climate Reckoning: The economic costs of BC’s extreme weather in 2021, provides an estimate of the total economic costs associated with 2021’s back-to-back extreme weather events, including a breakdown for the Kootenay region by job sector.  

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Mar 19 2023

There are signs that a recession could be settling in for Nelsonites in 2023, according to the top executive with the city’s chamber of commerce.

Tom Thomson, executive director of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, was not adamant that there would be an economic downturn in the city as the year moved on, but he said there were some suggestions it could happen.

With inflation still soaring and interest rates breaking records, it’s natural to assume it might just continue through the year, he said, and that’s bad for business.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Mar 16 2023

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, Jarrid Constantin, a 43-year-old Trail man, failed to make an appearance on his court date, in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC. A judge issued an unendorsed warrant of arrest for Jarrid Constantin as a result.

Trail and Greater District RCMP is alleging the following criminal charges against Jarrid Constantin:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 15 2023

A man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of an off-duty police officer in Nelson has pleaded not guilty.

Alex Willness, 28, pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter from a July 2020 incident on Baker Street that ended with a skateboard that allegedly caused the death of off-duty police officer Allan Young, 55, five days later in Kelowna at the general hospital.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 13 2023

Winter is taking its sweet time leaving in 2023.

Environment Canada is warning drivers travelling Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass to be aware of heavy snow at higher elevations of the roads.

From today until Tuesday morning, Environment Canada is calling for snowfall accumulations between 15 to 25 cm for the Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass highways.

“A frontal system will bring rain and snow to the Columbias and Kootenays today,” Environment Canada said.

“As the warm front approaches, snow levels will rise to near14oo meters.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Mar 13 2023

Nelson had one of the lowest percentage rises in property assessments in 2022 in the Kootenay Columbia region, but still retained its medal standing as one of the most expensive places to buy a home in the area.

The city’s single family home typical assessed value from B.C. Assessment was revealed as $675,000 (as of July 1, 2022), a five per cent rise from the previous year of $644,000, marking it as the third highest assessed value in the Kootenay Columbia region.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Mar 13 2023

If you were looking for a job last month chances are it wasn’t in the Kootenay region.

Despite numerous “for hire” window advertisements in downtown Nelson, the ability to put people to work in the city and the surrounding region led the province in February with a 2.9 per cent unemployment rate.

With the lowest rate in the province — 83,300 people were working and 2,400 looking for work out of a population of 141,300 — it matched the rate of unemployment in December, 2022, but was down from the 5.4 per cent rate from one year ago.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Mar 10 2023

An avalanche of information and details is set to come on the Civic Centre Revitalization Project as the project leaders have taken the reins.

Colliers Project Leaders delivered the first public look at the beginning of the much-anticipated project to update, renovate and renew the 89-year-old building.

After landing the prime consultant recently — Cover Architecture — Colliers will be kicking off the design process this month, said Kim Turner, project lead, when she spoke to city council on Feb. 28.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 09 2023

A Drag Story Time scheduled for Saturday at the Nelson Public Library has been canceled after staff and storytellers received threats and online intimidation Nelson Pride said in a media release Thursday.

Nelson Pride (formally known as Kootenay Pride) said it stands with Nelson Public Library and understands the library was put in an impossible situation after receiving threats of violence against staff along Drag storytellers for an upcoming Drag Story Time.

“We recognize the rights of individuals to protest,” Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien said in a media release.

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 09 2023

Living Lakes Canada is celebrating the BC Government’s decision to invest a historic $100 million into safeguarding the province’s watersheds.

This unprecedented investment, announced as part of Budget 2023, will go towards the establishment of a long-term Watershed Security Fund that will be co-managed by B.C. First Nations and support communities to increase their adaptation options in anticipation of continuing climate change impacts.