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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Nov 07 2022

The bright prospect of a dropping unemployment rate in the region is being shaded by the decrease in the labour pool across the Kootenays, according to a provincial report on employment trends.

BC Check-Up: Work, an annual report by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC), charted employment trends across the province, with the West and East Kootenay unemployment rate falling to 6.1 per cent (September 2022), a .4 per cent drop from one year ago.

By Emanuel Sequeira KIJHL Director of Communications on Saturday Nov 05 2022

The British Columbia Hockey Conference announced today the coaches and staff that will be a part of the first annual BCHC Prospects Game on Tuesday, November 22nd at the Sardis Sports Complex in Chilliwack, BC.

The KIJHL’s Top Prospects team will be led by head coach Dave Hnatiuk, whose Grand Forks Border Bruins currently lead the Neil Murdoch Division with a 9-4-1 record.

Hnatiuk is in his second year as the Head Coach & General Manager in Grand Forks, where he has transformed the Border Bruins into an immediate contender.

By Letters to the editor on Wednesday Nov 02 2022

To The Editor:

I served as a Lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles regiment in the Second World War. In 1945, in the Rhine Valley, Germany, I was injured by an anti-personnel mine explosion, resulting in the loss of my left leg below the knee.  

When I returned home from the war, I joined The War Amps and have been a member ever since. This Association was started by First World War amputee veterans to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. 

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Nov 02 2022

In a recent media release, Elk Valley RCMP said officers attended to the Fernie Aquatic Centre on Pine Avenue on Saturday, October 29th, for a report of mischief to the building which was impacting the swimming pool for daily use.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Nov 02 2022

The state of the business sector in Nelson has less to do with inflation, supply chain issues and labour and more to do with a culture change in its workforce, according to the proponents of a new study from the city’s chamber.

Tom Thomson and Darren Davidson spoke about the sentiment behind the State of the Sectors case studies report authored and issued recently by the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

By Bob Hall on Sunday Oct 30 2022

Joining the worldwide effort to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, Selkirk College and the West Kootenay Climate Hub will explore inspiring local initiatives in an online TEDx Countdown event.

On November 6 between 3 pm and 5 pm, the TEDxSelkirkCollege Climate Countdown will feature more than a dozen speakers who are working on a broad range of initiatives from an accessible active transportation corridor to paying closer attention to butterflies as pollinators. This free and informative event is open to everyone in the community.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Sunday Oct 30 2022

The streets and side roads will be filled with ghosts and goblins Monday as trick-or-treaters get into the haunted spirit on Halloween.

Local police will be out patrolling in and around the Heritage City looking for any suspicious activity.

Drivers should use extreme caution as sunset will happen at approximately 5:30 p.m., which means that most trick-or-treaters searching for candy and treats around neighbourhoods in the dark.

Tips for homeowners or renters:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Oct 30 2022

The city is dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t.

And it is a good thing to be dammed, in the case of the city’s Mountain Station reservoir, especially since the reservoir is now classified as a “dam” by provincial authorities.

The regulation of water reservoir dams in British Columbia is a provincial responsibility, and under the Water Sustainability Act and the associated regulation, the Dam Safety Regulation, the reservoir was the topic of conversation with provincial regulators four years ago.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Oct 29 2022

There was a lot of trash talking at the final regular meeting of the outgoing council.

Mayor John Dooley put forth a notice of motion for consideration at the next (new) council meeting at the Oct. 25 meeting in council chambers regarding a complete review of the waste management strategy in the city.

The motion was for the next council to direct city staff to refer the consideration of the development of a waste management strategy to council for the next strategic planning session.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Oct 28 2022

Creation of a city communications policy and a code of conduct for council created confusion amongst some councillors.

The City Communications Policy — as presented to council by the Ginger Lester, city communications coordinator, last month — is expected to govern how the city communicates with the public about policies, program, services and initiatives.