Over 900 people in Nelson, Castlegar and Rossland gathered for climate action

TMTVNEWS.COM, NELSON, BC CANADA –  On Sunday over 900 Rossland, Castlegar and Nelson citizens stood up for climate action through marches, rallies and vigils. These community events were organized in solidarity with the global climate marches taking place across the world before the start of the Paris UN climate summit, which hope to negotiate a global deal to tackle global warming.

Rossland held a candlelight climate vigil attended by 200 people complete with speakers, music and a petition to leaders to address climate change and transition to renewable energy.

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Castlegar citizens marched from city hall to Millennium Park for a rally where there were speakers of all ages and a diversity of backgrounds, musicians, and two choirs. Over 200 people were in attendance and the energy of the crowd kept the community warm in the cool afternoon.

In Nelson, 500 community members gathered to walk along Baker St. accompanied by music from a samba band. Many children and high school students had painted signs and banners to say even they wanted our leaders to take real climate action to protect their futures.

The high school students from Mount Sentinel, in the Valley, spoke about the readiness to take the critical action to bring about climate action.

Over the weekend, 600,000 people in more than 2300 events across 175 marched together to call for climate justice and an end to carbon pollution.

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Welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Nelson on Dec 5th

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada — Happy Holidays Nelson! The Nelson Business Association would like to invite everyone to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Nelson on Dec 5th. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be riding tandem in a fire truck heralded by pipers to light up the big trees on Baker Street, meet the children of Nelson, and officially launch our Christmas season.

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The big event will start on Saturday December 5th at 5 pm with Santa’s arrival at 6pm. In the Nelson Trading Company expect cider and popcorn while waiting to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. On the Santa Street stage in front of the Royal Bank enjoy music and entertainment during the countdown. On the street there’s food, entertainment, activities for families and a traditional Carnival Bonhomme. Sponsored by the Nelson Business Association for a couple of decades, Nelson merchants, societies and media have given back to the community in this event; the proceeds from our onsite donation boxes benefit Nelson’s poverty reduction initiative, Nelson at its Best. The 400 block of Baker street will be blocked off at 4pm to get ready for Santa and Mrs. Clause arrival!!. Hope to see you there!

Contact Marg Stacey rgstacey@telus.net or John McCuaig mccuaigontheroad@hotmail.com

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WARM UP THIS WINTER IN NEW VODKA TASTING ICE ROOM AT FERNIE

Fernie (BC), Canada – In addition to the complete renovation and new restaurant and bar called Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort will boast a new Ice Bar this winter.

The new Ice Bar will offer a line up of sub-zero vodka. Lizard Creek Lodge provides the Helly Hansen goose down parkas, all you’ll need to bring is your sense of adventure.  At an ultra-low temperature the elite Ice Room is a frozen vodka tasting room, with more than 20 vodkas from across the globe.

MORE>>> http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2015/11/29/warm-up-this-winter-in-new-vodka-tasting-ice-room-at-fernie/

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Nelson faith groups invite interfaith community to daily climate vigils during Paris climate summit

TMTVNEWS.COM, NELSON, BC CANADA –(Submitted) The West Kootenay EcoSociety and Nelson and area faith communities are organizing daily climate interfaith vigils during the Paris climate summit. The daily vigils will be convergence spaces for people of all faiths in Nelson to come together to send prayers and intentions to the global community and leaders working on getting a successful global deal to tackle the climate crisis during the Paris UN climate summit spanning the first two weeks of December. The vigils will be hosted by different faith groups and be led in that respective faith tradition.

On Sunday, December 13 to mark the end of the Paris climate summit and pray for implementation of agreements from the conference there will be an interfaith pilgrimage in Nelson. People are asked to meet at the White Building at 3:00pm; bring lanterns or flashlights, or use one the candles that will be supplied. The group will walk to faith community and government buildings and will stop to provide a meditation or prayer at each venue. The pilgrimage will conclude at Nelson United Church where there will be hot chocolate and cookies.

The faith groups that are participating in organizing the daily interfaith vigils include the Ascension Lutheran Church, Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre, Nelson United Church, St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, Yasodhara Ashram.

“Let us make this vigil on climate as a bright and honest light to dispel fear and prejudice through our interfaith efforts to build greater friendship among ourselves. This will be our way, to paraphrase Pope Francis, to reach beyond ‘the globalization of indifference,’” said Conrado Beloso, Rector, Cathedral of Mary Immaculate.

“This is a critical time in the history of our planet and all means—political, spiritual and social—need to be brought to bear to make the necessary changes to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees. With people of faith and goodwill around the world, I am hopeful that we will make the necessary decisions at the Paris climate change conference,” said David Boyd, Nelson United Church Minister.

Schedule of climate vigils Nov 30-Dec 12:

Monday 30-Nov Nelson United United Church 12:00-1:30

Tuesday 1-Dec Catholic Community Cathedral of Mary Immaculate 11:00am-12:00pm

Wednesday 2-Dec St. Saviours St. Saviours 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday 3-Dec Catholic Community & Acension Lutheran Cathedral of Mary Immaculate 6:00-7:00pm

Friday 4-Dec Yasodhara Ashram Cathedral of Mary Immaculate 5:00-6:00pm

Saturday 5-Dec Nelson United United Church 4:00-5:00pm

Sunday 6-Dec Dukhabour community TBA TBA

Monday 7-Dec Ascension Lutheran Church United Church 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday 8-Dec Zikr – Dances of Universal Peace Community United Church 7:00-8:00pm

Wednesday 9-Dec St. Saviours St. Saviours 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday 10-Dec Yogi Bhajan Community The Moving Centre 5:30-6:30pm

Friday 11-Dec Shambala Centre Shambala Centre 7:00-8:00pm

Saturday 12Dec Yasodhara Ashram St Saviours 3:00-4:00pm

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A Bird’s Eye View

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada – Who says membership doesn’t have benefits? P’nina won the trip of a lifetime in Wildsights membership draw at their Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nelson with Wild Air Photography. Here’s the bird’s eye view she got flying over Nelson and Kokanee Glacier Park. Thank you Wild Air Photography for donating this prize and giving a new perspective on the wild!

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The Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Invermere this Sunday! You can get your tickets here. Wildsight Creston will host the festival in January.

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Monica Nissen Receives National Environmental Education Award

TMTVNEWS.COM (Wildsight) – Monica Nissen, local Nelson resident and Director of Wildsight’s education programs, was awarded a prestigious national award in Canmore last week—the 2015 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Award of Excellence.

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Monica’s passion for the wilderness and her gift for teaching drew her into the field of environmental education where she has worked both inside and outside the classroom for the past 20 years.

Besides her role with Wildsight, Monica is also a teacher-on-call in School District #8, and an instructor in the UBC West Kootenay Teacher Education Program.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN), is a Wild BC facilitator and member of a committee that recently provided resources and input to the Ministry of Education on the new BC curriculum.

Monica incorporates innovation in everything that she does. Through her work with Wildsight, she has played a major role in connecting over 60,000 kids to their wild backyards. Using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach that embraces community, connection and a sense of place, the programs she leads are not only inspiring, but also transformative.

“The best part of my job is actually being out there with the kids, watching those ‘Aha!’ moments happen. I love seeing the kids discover a love for nature and an appreciation for natural systems. It’s magical,” says Nissen.

More on the education programs at Wildsight

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Cat with severed tail tossed ‘like trash’ at dump in Cranbrook

TMTVNEWS.COM, Cranbrook BC Canada – She was discarded at the dump, her legs tied together, bleeding from several wounds, not moving but alive.

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Her tail had been severed and she was extremely dehydrated and emaciated. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found the black cat, named Malala, and took her straight to the East Kootenay BC SPCA Branch, where she was immediately rushed to a veterinarian for emergency care.

“She was bleeding a lot from her tail, which had been cut off, and she had several open wounds on her feet, legs and head,” says BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch manager Brenna Baker. “It horrifies me to think that someone might do something like this to any animal, then leave her at the dump, suffering and in pain, tossed away like so much trash.”

The vet cleaned Malala’s wounds, performed surgery on her tail and gave her fluids. Now, she’s recovering in the warmth of the SPCA shelter, under the attention and care of staff and volunteers who hope to give her a chance at a better life in a loving, forever home.

“She is such a sweet pea and so full of love,” Baker says. “She’s got a long road to recovery, but we’re grateful to the man who spotted her at the Elko transfer station and wasted no time getting her to us.”

The cost of Malala’s medical care is expected to be nearly $1,200. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Malala and other animals like her at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch, visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or drop off donations in person at 3339 Highway 3 and 95, Cranbrook.

If anyone has any information on how Malala came to be at the Elko transfer station, they are encouraged to call the BC SPCA cruelty hotline, at 1-855-622-7722.

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Say goodbye to lounge restrictions in B.C. restaurants

TMTVNEWS.COM – Small change with big impacts for BC restaurants: Restaurants in BC no longer have to provide a separate lounge area for customers who want to enjoy a cocktail. They can now open up more space to be used to seat customers who are dining or enjoying a cocktail – this is a winning change: https://news.gov.bc.ca/09823shown here: Luke’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association

As part of the ongoing effort to cut red tape for small businesses in British Columbia, restaurants no longer have to provide a separate lounge area for customers who want to enjoy a cocktail.

This latest change builds on a complementary Liquor Policy Review update that happened last year, allowing customers to order a drink at a restaurant without feeling pressured to order food. In the past, restaurants wanting to offer their customers a drink without having to serve them a meal had to have an isolated lounge area.

Creating flexibility for restaurants will help to remove the unnecessary burden for businesses in B.C., while understanding that restaurants will still need to ensure that their primary purpose is the service of food.

Music and comedy performances now will come easier, too, thanks to new relaxed entertainment rules. Restaurants are no longer required to apply for a permit to host entertainment, such as a guitar player or comedian, as long as patrons are not participating in the show.

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Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch –

“This is a good example of government listening to industry, and saying ‘yes.’ This is a piece of red tape that really doesn’t do B.C. businesses any good. We are listening, and we are working to ensure that restaurants can focus on offering their customers a high level of service without this unnecessary burden. The move will save restaurants time and money that can be better focused on promoting their establishment and growing B.C.’s economy.”

John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform –

“We are making small changes with big impacts, as we update our liquor policies based on the feedback I received from industry and British Columbians during the Liquor Policy Review. Today is a great example of the work we are doing to improve processes for restaurants and create more convenience for consumers.”

Ian Tostenson, president and CEO, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association –

“This is a small change that will make a big impact – by removing the licensing requirements and fees the restaurant can open up more physical space that can be used to seat customers who are dining or enjoying a cocktail – this is a winning change. Removing red tape for B.C. restaurants gives them more time to create world-class food and provide outstanding customer service.”

Mark Roberts, owner, Luke’s Corner Bar and Kitchen –

“As a restaurant owner, this change makes it easier to cater to my customers’ needs and allows them more flexibility. Not only will my customers benefit, but I benefit from an easier process and less red tape. This change also eliminates the need for my staff to locate limited lounge seating for a customer during busy times, making their jobs easier and more streamlined.”

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TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES NOMINATED FOR SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS

TMTVNEWS.COM Nelson British Columbia: Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, opened nominations and voting for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards on October 1, 2015. Two small businesses in Nelson have been nominated:

  • Finley’s and Sage Tapas and Wine Bar – Best Workplace
  • SkinBliss Medi Spa – Best Workplace

The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key part of the Awards’ mission is to celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

“Small Business BC takes great pride in celebrating entrepreneurs and helping them to become more successful. While individually small, these businesses have a big reputation across Canada and around the world,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “I am delighted to see Nelson’s vibrant business community entering the Small Business BC Awards to be recognized for their achievements both locally and globally.”

The Best Workplace Award, sponsored by WellnessFits, recognized the business that provides the best overall place to work. The business that receives this award provides a supportive, happy and healthy work environment for their staff. It’s a leader in encouraging both mental and physical health in its employees through education, incentives and activities for all staff members.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners will also be offered a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.

The contest is open for nominations and voting until November 30, 2015. The public is invited to nominate their favourite small businesses for a Small Business BC Award. Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means possible.

The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category will be announced as the Top 10 on December 11, 2015. These nominees will submit a detailed application that judges will use to determine the Top 5 finalists from each award category, announced on January 29, 2016. The Top 5 finalists will then be invited to present a 10-minute Dragons’ Den-style pitch to the judges to prove themselves as one of BC’s best.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 25, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.

More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

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Chilliwack man facing child sex and child porn charges granted bail and to live in Creston

Neyrinck would reside in a hotel in Creston until he found a place to live

TMTVNEWS.COM – A provincial court judge has granted bail to a Chilliwack man facing child sex and child pornography charges, as well as three breaches of court-ordered conditions from when previously on bail and in custody.

Crown counsel opposed bail for one-time school board candidate and district parents’ advisory council (DPAC) vice-president Corey Neyrinck at his bail review last Friday.

In addition to the seven charges he faces, which include sexual assault, sexual interference of a person under 16, making or publishing child pornography and possession of child pornography, Neyrinck is alleged to have made up a fake polygraph company that vouched for his innocence.

Neyrinck’s lawyer Darrel Schultz asked instead that bail be granted with strict conditions, including what he called a “get-out-of-Dodge” order. Schultz said his aunt was again willing to put up a surety for his bail “through her church in Creston,” and that Neyrinck would reside in a hotel in Creston until he found a place to live.

Schultz pointed out Neyrinck has no criminal record, he was abused as a child by his drug-addicted mother, and “he certainly has learned the hard way what breaching does for someone.”

Judge Richard Browning agreed with Schultz and allowed Neyrinck released on a $20,000 surety along with various conditions, including no-contact orders and orders he not be allowed to be in possession of electronic devices.

His next court appearance in order to fix a date for trial is scheduled for Dec. 14.

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