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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Dec 29 2021

Indigenous and black people are ‘significantly over-represented in Nelson Police arrest data’ says a provincial report looking at racial profiling in Nelson and four other B.C. communities.

The Nelson Police Department (NPD) provided the B.C. Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) with data on 1,687 arrest incidents that took place between 2019 and 2020, along with police departments from Vancouver, Duncan, Surrey and Prince George. Offender race was available in 1,617 of the Nelson cases.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Dec 28 2021

Two people were taken to hospital following an avalanche near Whitewater Ski Resort Monday afternoon a post said on the Nelson Search and Rescue Facebook page.

Nelson SAR said team members along with Whitewater Ski Patrol responded Monday, December 27 at 3:30 p.m. to a SOS activated following a size 2.5 avalanche outside of the Whitewater Ski area on the south face of the East Peak of Evening Ridge.

Nelson SAR said four people and two dogs were involved in the avalanche.

By Interior Health Authority on Tuesday Dec 28 2021

 As COVID-19 activity increases across B.C., guidance for when to get a COVID-19 test has been updated.

Monday the BC Ministry of Health confirmed 6,288 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 241,946 cases in the province for the three-day period over Christmas.

  • Dec. 24-25: 2,552 new cases
  • Dec. 25-26: 2,023 new cases
  • Dec. 26-27: 1,713 new cases

The Interior Health region reported 713 new cases during the same time period.

As for testing, Interior Health said:

A COVID-19 test is not recommended if:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Dec 24 2021

The squeaky wheel has been given some grease.

The city has beefed up its Snow and Ice Control policy in response to an ongoing court case in which a woman sued the city, alleging negligence over its downtown snow removal.

Using the findings of the Supreme Court of Canada, and recommendations of the Municipal Insurance Authority (MIA), City of Nelson Public Works and Utilities drafted and city council passed an expanded policy to ensure municipal immunity in how it removes snow.

By Contributor on Friday Dec 24 2021

Since joining the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League as commissioner late in the 2019-20 season, Jeff Dubois has navigated the league through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this Question & Answer article, Dubois touches on what the experience working with the league has been like, placing a focus on post-secondary education for players and more.

KIJHL: What was your first season as commissioner of the KIJHL like?

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Dec 23 2021

The roll out for the COVID-19 vaccination of children aged five to 11 in the region has begun, but no approval has been given to offer vaccinations through School District No. 8 schools.

The Interior Health Authority announced recently in a blanket press release that public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children (aged five to 11) have had “overwhelmingly positive” response from families.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Dec 22 2021

The Castlegar RCMP is seeking to identify a Secret Santa who sent the RCMP an envelope of cash and a note.

On Dec. 20, a non-descript envelope with no return address arrived at the Castlegar RCMP Detachment. It contained an undisclosed amount of cash and instructions to disperse as the RCMP saw fit in the community.

By City of Trail on Wednesday Dec 22 2021

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has enforced additional health orders aimed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As of December 22, 2021 at midnight, until at least January 18, 2022, the following orders will come into effect:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Dec 22 2021

If you thought the number of students in classes in the school district was too large, think again.

A report on class size averages for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) found class sizes were well below the maximum limits for class size requirements, up to 10 fewer on average, in some cases.

The report, delivered to the board of education in late November, found that the geography of the district greatly influenced its lower class numbers.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Dec 21 2021

There will be a ripple effect in the region in trying to reduce the 18.6 per cent poverty rate in Nelson, a member of Together Nelson said recently.

Rona Park, part of the Together Nelson leadership roundtable, said during the December Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors meeting that the very specific Nelson problem of a high percentage of people living in poverty did not have a Nelson specific answer.