B.C. communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

B.C. communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada (BC Government release) PHOTO: TMTV.net photo of Castlegar BC

The B.C. government is distributing approximately $17.3 million this month in compensation for municipal property taxes to 56 communities around the province.

Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November and reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses.

Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grants-in-lieu calculation. Other provincial assets such as highways, forests, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the act.

Since 2002, the government of British Columbia has distributed more than $237 million as grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. A portion of the funds are paid by each community to its regional district, and both levels of local government use grants to help pay for local services.

This year’s payment from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services is $167,000 more than last year’s total of $17.1 million. The increase is attributed to a number of factors, including fluctuations based on property assessments as well as the sale and purchase of government properties around the province.

The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of government by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

Local communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

Castlegar – $26,134.34

Cranbrook – $25,138.09

Nakusp – $6,058.51

Nelson – $166,850.53

Northern Rockies Regional District – $41,735.87

Revelstoke – $22,353.79

Rossland – $19,982.64


Nelson Police accepting donated blankets for homeless

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada (NPD) – This winter the Nelson Police Department is taking the initiative to help the homeless in Nelson stay warm and dry this winter. They will be accepting donated blankets from people or organizations and distributing them to homeless men, women, and children around the city. These blankets will be carried in the patrol vehicles and given out by on duty members as they come across people in need of them. As temperatures dip below freezing, the blankets add an extra layer of warmth to help the homeless survive through the winter.

NPD is working with its community partners at the shelters to make these blankets available at all hours and get cleaned if they become wet or soiled.

The Nelson Police Department will accept donated blankets for the homeless at the front desk of the Police Department at 606 Stanley St. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Wool and synthetic fibers are preferred.  Duvets and cottons tend to soak up water, and create more thermal challenges than good.  If all you have is cotton or duvets NPD will accept them and forward them to the appropriate agency that can use them to assist the less fortunate this winter.


IHA laundry service cuts on hold – Laundry Services Review – Update from Interior Health

IHA laundry service cuts on hold

Laundry Services Review – Update from Interior Health


TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada.

The following is a statement on behalf of Chris Mazurkewich, President and CEO for Interior Health:

“As the new President and CEO of Interior Health, I plan to take additional time in reviewing the future of our laundry services.  Subsequently, a decision on the possibility of outsourcing the service will not occur until at least March 2016 when recommendations are presented to the IH Board of Directors for its consideration.

“This process has taken, unfortunately, longer than anyone anticipated, and I want to take the time to understand all of the complexities around this significant issue.

“I know that this may be frustrating to many of those who are anticipating a decision soon, and I appreciate the impact on our staff for the length of this process.

“In moving forward, I plan to work with the team leading the review to gather all of the information available to ensure we make a thorough recommendation to our Board.”




Nelson Fire Rescue Respond to House Fire on Perrier Road

Nelson Fire Rescue Respond to House Fire on Perrier Road

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada – (Nelson Fire Rescue) – At 2038 hours the Nelson Fire Rescue Services responded to a report of a house on fire on Perrier Road. Both on duty members responded immediately with twenty-one additional off-duty career and auxiliary members responding from home.


When the first crew arrived there was a large amount of flame showing from the window at the rear of the house. The house was completely full of smoke including coming from the eaves. The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to control the spread of the fire. Crews encountered a large amount of fire in the kitchen area and were able to slow the spread of the fire until additional crews arrived to assist with extinguishment. The next challenge was to ensure that there was no fire extension into the walls and attic. Due to the type of building materials and insulation that was used this required the removal of the ceiling and some of the wall coverings in the kitchen. Fortunately all occupants of the house were able to escape without injury, primarily due to the working smoke alarm.


The fire appears to have originated in the kitchen with smoke damage throughout the main floor area.

Nelson Fire Rescue responded to the incident with two fire engines, one ladder truck, and two utility vehicles. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident. Damage is estimated in excess of $75,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Nelson Fire Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to test their smoke alarms on a regular basis and to make sure that they keep their Christmas tree watered during the upcoming season.


Behind the Collab Baldface’s Jeff Pensiero on ‘The Full Moon Film’


Words: Chelsea Waddell

Baldface Lodge in Nelson, B.C. is a place unlike any other. When you’re there, the quality of your day isn’t based on how many vertical feet you rode, but rather how much fun you had. “I want to make sure people have the best experience ever,” says the owner and brains behind Baldface Lodge, Jeff Pensiero. “No matter the snow conditions, my staff and I are committed to taking each rider or skier and making sure they have the best runs of their life.” These three to four day trips, complete with lodging and gourmet meals, are a snow lover’s dream. After you load up in a snowcat or helicopter with your crew, the day is yours to make your winter dreams come true.

Read more at http://business.transworld.net/features/behind-the-collab-baldfaces-jeff-pensiero-on-the-full-moon-film/#deEtmzeiouVo3cGR.99


Roll On Columbia: Exploring the Landscape and Culture of the Columbia River Treaty

TMTVNEWS.COM Nelson BC Canada – (submitted) Touchstones in Nelson is rolling out the red carpet for the Roll On Columbia Exploring the Landscape and Culture of the Columbia River Treaty exhibit beginning Saturday (November 28) in Nelson.

The exhibit, which runs until February 7, 2016, focuses on the mighty river and the treaty between Canada and United States that binds it.

Friday, there is an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. with an Artist talk by Heather MacAskill.

Saturday, at 1 p.m., Guest Curator, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes speaks on the sustainability of the Columbia River Treaty.

For more information go to the Touchstones Website.


2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card released today by First Call


TMTVNEWS.COM (Submitted) The 2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition shows BC’s continued failure to develop a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with targets and timelines has left the provinces child poverty rate unacceptably high.

At 20.4% (1 in 5 children), BC’s child poverty rate is higher than the Canadian average of 19% and represents 167,810 children — enough children to fill the entire Disneyland theme park four times. Just over half, or 85,450 of these children, lived in Metro Vancouver. The report uses statistics from 2013, the most recent data available.

More than half (50.3%) of all children living in lone-parent families, the vast majority of them single mother families, were living in poverty in 2013, compared to 13% for children in couple families.

“The data in this report is evidence of a continuing child poverty crisis that reaches into every corner of the province. With a new federal government intent on developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that is to be aligned with provincial strategies, it’s time for BC to join the other provinces and develop a provincial poverty reduction plan,” said Cheryl Mixon, chairperson of the First Call Coalition.

Other key findings in the report include:

  • Between 2012 and 2013, BC’s child poverty rate decreased very slightly from 20.6% to 20.4%. However, since the passage of the 1989 House of Commons all-party resolution to eliminate child poverty in Canada by the year 2000, BC’s child poverty rate has risen from 15.5% to 20.4% in 2013.
  • Poor families in BC are very poor, with all poor family types living on average over $10,000 below the poverty line.
  • One third of BC’s single parent families are in core housing need (housing that is in poor repair, unaffordable or crowded) and nearly a quarter of these parents experience moderate to severe food insecurity.
  • 23 out of BC’s 29 regional districts had at least 1,000 children living in poverty. The highest rate was found in the Central Coast Regional District, with a 50.6% child poverty rate.
  • 78% of all Metro Vancouver census tracts had at least 100 poor children living in them, and half of all Metro Vancouver municipalities had census tracts with child poverty rates of 20% or higher.
  • Poverty rates for young children under 6 were higher than overall child poverty rates in 22 out of 24 urban areas outside of Metro Vancouver, some as high as 37% (Port Alberni and Duncan).
  • Income inequality has continued to grow in BC, with a 78.3% increase in median income for the top 0.1% vs. a 0.3% increase for the bottom 99% between 1982 and 2012.

“Poverty robs children of their potential,” said Michael McKnight, CEO of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. “It not only raises social costs; it threatens our future prosperity. We need a concerted effort from all levels of government to bring the poverty rate down for families with children.”

The Report Card makes 21 public policy recommendations that would help reduce the child poverty rate to seven percent or less by 2020. These recommendations include adopting the $10 a Day Child Care Plan; increasing and indexing the minimum wage and welfare rates, increasing provincial and federal child tax benefits; paying living wages; enhancing Employment Insurance benefits and eligibility; increasing affordable housing options for families; addressing poverty for First Nations and urban Aboriginal families, improving the affordability of post-secondary education, and enhancing universal health coverage, among others.

“When we fail to make sure all our children have enough to eat, decent housing and the other supports they need to thrive, we are also failing to meet our obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by both Canada and BC,” said Scott Graham, Associate Executive Director of SPARC BC. “High child poverty rates are neither inevitable nor acceptable, and we know what policy changes will help reduce both the depth and the scope of poverty for families. We’re calling for senior levels of government to make this a priority.”

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is part of Campaign 2000, a national network that marks the anniversary every November of the 1989 pledge by the House of Commons to work to end child poverty by the year 2000. The 2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card was prepared by the First Call Coalition with the help of the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC).

MORE: http://still1in5.ca/


Democracy in Action – Voter Turnout in the Columbia Basin-Boundary Region

TMTVNEWS.COM – Voter turnout is an indicator of the health of a democracy – a measure of citizens’ civic mindedness. Our recent federal election is a piece of the larger puzzle of civic engagement.


“73% of the eligible voters in the Kootenay-Columbia voted in this election, including many young first-time voters. I am very proud of all of them”, said Wayne Stetski, newly elected MP for the Kootenay-Columbia riding, which covers from Nelson to Fernie, Golden and Revelstoke. This riding is indeed one where ‘every vote counts’ as Stetski was elected with roughtly 300 votes more than incumbent David Wilks.

The South Okanagan-West Kootenay also saw a high voter turnout of almost 74%, another newly drawn riding, which covers Castlegar to Nakusp to Penticton. Valemount lands in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding, where voter turnout was 68%.

National voter turnout for the 2015 election was 68%, up from 61% in 2011. The same trend rings true for Basin-Boudary ridings, where turnout was 65% in 2011.

When polled in August 2015, RDI asked Columbia Basin-Boundary residents if they planned to vote in the upcoming federal election. 85% said yes. High voter turnout is generally considered good for democracy, and can be seen as a reflection of the level of capacity and motivation of citizens. It is also related to cultural and historical factors, as well as the characteristics and qualities of the electoral system.

While voter turnout varies across municipalities and regional districts, average voter turnout for local government elections in our region is higher than the provincial average. In 2014, our region saw a turnout of 41%, while the provincial average was 33% for municipalities and 23% for electoral areas. In a region with high voter turnout, we can feel gratified that this is an indication that our citizens are engaged. Local government voter turnout is a State of the Basin indicator of civic engagement. To read our full discussion of this indicator view the related Trends Analysis report.

Richard Cannings, newly elected MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay, remarks that “the recent federal election engaged thousands of new voters… many people, especially young people, have participated in democracy through issue-based campaigns, and many reallized this year that taking part in the electoral process is an essential and effective way for their vote to be heard.” Cannings hopes that the “promised reforms to our electoral system to bring in proportional representation will further this process.”

2015 Community Profiles are now available for each of the 28 municipalities in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. The profiles feature statistical data drawing on a variety of sources, including purchased data and primary sourced local data.


IHA’S dirty laundry comes out in report

KELOWNA — The Interior Health Authority (IHA) has failed to establish a valid business case for privatizing hospital laundry services, according to a Simon Fraser University economist.


SFU School of Public Policy economist Marvin Shaffer reviewed two IHA documents from 2010 that were recently obtained through a Freedom of Information media request.

Last year, IHA announced that it would seek bids from the private sector to take over all or part of its laundry operations at five major hospitals in Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton and Nelson, along with services in six smaller communities. An announcement on IHA’s plans for the laundry is expected before year’s end.





1_BCTV_kootenays_Christina_lake_pub_fireTMTVNEWS.COM, Christina Lake BC Canada – The Crow and Bear pub that was reduced to rubble after fire tore through the building around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning was not caused by arson. An electrical short in the pub sparked the blaze. The building has been around since 1975 and was formerly known as the Time and Place pub. The popular watering hole was located on the main drag of town along Highway 3 and was one of the first pubs in the community.

There were no injuries and no word at this time if it will be rebuilt.