It’s time to meet your candidates for the next federal election Sept. 20.
Well, at least meet them in a virtual sense. Social distancing has infiltrated the latest version of a Canadian federal election and there have yet to be any in-person forums or gatherings during this fourth wave campaign.
But there are a few online offerings in which people in the Kootenay-Columbia riding — which includes Nelson, Creston, Salmo, Kaslo and most of the RDCK — can get a sense of what mettle the candidates are made of.
The candidates currently include a roster of five:
Climate change has thrown the city a curve ball again with several major weather incidents causing a crowding at the plate on the second quarter bottom line.
Storm activity this year caused the city-owned Nelson Hydro budget to rise slightly ahead of where it should be at this time of the year, noted city deputy financial officer Chris Jury, but it was also aided and abetted by an increase in the storm repair budget.
Although a BC Utilities Commission review approved an increase to Nelson Hydro rural customer rates it noted the city-owned utility’s index of service reliability had deteriorated in recent years, and its current level of service reliability to its rural customers was not adequate.
Picture day may be the only time children see each other’s faces in school as masks will be mandatory for young people from Grade 4 and up for the coming school year in School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).
The district was given its marching orders earlier this week regarding how the management of the pandemic’s fourth wave will be handled once school resumes Tuesday, Sept. 7 and there are some changes, including masking up.
The current nature of development in Nelson is not serving the needs of some of the people of the city, one city councillor claimed during a recent elected official’s meeting.
Keith Page asked city council and city staff to make a commitment during an Aug. 17 regular council business meeting in council chambers to stage a workshop to deal with the disparity between the type of housing development in the city versus the actual needs of Nelsonites.
More than 100 people set up shop outside the Nelson RCMP detachment Monday to protest police attacks on old growth forest defenders at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island.
The protest, dubbed the “Last Stand West Kootenays” was staged to express concerns over the recent escalating level of violence against Fairy Creek protesters by members of the RCMP.
The protest was one of 17 staged across the province Monday, including New Denver, Nanaimo, Vernon as well as in Calgary and Toronto.
Starting Sept. 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.
This important step will continue to increase the vaccination rate across the province and provide confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated.
"Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us," said Premier John Horgan.
The recent surge in new COVID-19 cases in the BC Interior, including the Nelson area, has forced the Nelson Road Kings to cancel its 2021 Queen City Cruise.
Nelson Road Kings president Marcello Piro told The Nelson Daily the upward trend of new COVID-19 cases was a warning sign that organizers just could not push aside.
“With COVID numbers trending upwards in our area at an alarming rate, it was felt by our directors that the safety or our community comes first,” Piro explained.
Nobody rides for free.
That is, unless you are 12 and under on BC Transit or TransLink service buses.
For the pre-teen segment of society Sept. 1 will herald the beginning of free bus service, part of the Get on Board program funded by the provincial government.
Anyone who typically buys fares or monthly bus passes for children 12 and under will no longer need to do so, saving up to $420 a year.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Nelson area continues to surge according to the latest figures posted on the BC Centre of Disease Control website.
Wednesday, the BCCDC released its weekly Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, shows Nelson as the hotspot for the Kootenay-Columbia region of the province.