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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.


Made For Trades day at Nelson’s Silver King Campus

TMTVNEWS.COM. Nelson BC Canada – (Submitted) Selkirk College will open its doors to future students at the November 27 Made For Trades day at Nelson’s Silver King Campus. In the Welding Program shop, current students will be helping run the high school participants through hands-on exercises.


Taking part in the introduction will be (L-R) student Sebastian Sullivan, student Jorrin McIver, Welding Program instructor Bruce Davis and student Sara Sohm. — Selkirk College photo

Selkirk College Welding Program instructor Bruce Davis’s passion for his trade is obvious when he starts talking about his early days as a student at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.

“I always strive to be better,” the 34-year-old says.

“The second I laid my first [welding] bead, I thought ‘that’s not very good, I want to make it better.’ When you take pride in what you do, it helps make the entire process a lot more enjoyable.”

After graduating from Stanley Humphries Secondary in Castlegar, moved from job to job across Canada for five years and then moved to Kelowna where he worked as a saw operator.

When a friend told him about his work as a welder and the kind of money he was earning, Davis started saving for a return to school. In 2003, he returned home and took the Welding Foundation Program at Selkirk College.

“Other than the money, the first thing I realized is that this is enjoyable way to make a living,” says Davis. “It’s fun and interesting, you are not sitting behind a desk. You are building something with your hands and that’s very fulfilling.”

After completing the program at the Silver King Campus, Davis moved to the Edmonton area. While working an entry-level position at Enerflex, his talents were recognized and the energy industry supplier paid to have him complete his Red Seal journeyperson ticket at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). After working for Enerflex for five years, Davis once again returned to his roots in the West Kootenay.

Last January, Davis was hired by Selkirk College to teach in the shops where he first made sparks fly.

“I always loved the schooling aspect of it,” he says. “When I was working at Enerflex, they would have me help train the new welders which I found quite enjoyable. Getting to teach people how to weld is an amazing job.”

Pointing High School Students Towards Trades

Twice a year, Selkirk College introduces high school students to the various trades’ pathways through Made For Trades. On Friday, November 27 students from high schools across the West Kootenay-Boundary will descend on the Silver King Campus to take a closer look at Welding, Metal Fabrication, Heavy Mechanics, Millwright/Machinist, Fine Woodworking, Carpentry, Electrical, Hairdressing and Esthetics.

“The best way to get students enthusiastic about their potential options is to show them what goes on in the shops,” says Selkirk College Recruitment Specialist Aimie Chernoff.

“It’s always a great day for both the high school students and the college staff who open their shops to young people who are eager to find out more.”

At this year’s Made For Trades, several current Selkirk College students will be working with instructors to run the high school participants through hands-on lessons that will introduce basic elements of the programs.

“I’m excited to help,” says Welding Program student Jorrin McIver.

“A lot of high school students might be intimidated with the shop experience and I want to show them that once you know your general safety, it’s a fun place to be.”

Jorrin is one of several trades students who has entered Selkirk College through the provincial government’s ACE IT Program (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training). In partnership with local school districts, students who successfully complete the ACE IT program earn credit toward both high school graduation and a post-secondary credential.

“I will graduate from high school having completed the Welding Foundation Program and then I can get a job a lot faster,” says Jorrin, who will complete his training at Selkirk College before he graduates from Grand Forks Secondary School.

“It’s great because you don’t have to wait until after the summer to start college.”

Sara Sohm spent her Grade 12 year in the ACE IT program in her home of Kitimat where she took the Millwright/Machinist Program at Northwest Community College.

Deciding that welding was more of an interest, this September she moved to Nelson to build on her education at the Silver King Campus.

“It’s so nice for your Grade 12 year to be mostly doing shop work, it’s not sitting in a classroom for eight hours a day,” says Sohm, who will also be a student instructor at Made For Trades.

Davis is pleased to see the enthusiasm of his current students being channeled into helping inspire future students. He says the students that attend Made For Trades will leave with plenty to think about.

“The money aspect is huge for young people, but I want students to know that this is fun,” says Davis. “I hope they will be intrigued by welding and want to find out more. It’s a great trade and Selkirk College is the right place to get started.”

Find out more about Selkirk College’s School of Industry & Trades Training at


B.C. artists’ adult colouring book for sale at London Drugs

Some British Columbian artists will have their illustrations included in a new B.C.-inspired adult colouring book that is now available at London Drugs.

The burgeoning fad of colouring books for adults – typically similar to ones for children but much more advanced – has reached London Drugs, thanks to a Kickstarter project from a few Nelson, B.C. artists.

The merchandise buyer for London Drugs, Kenny Vannucci, came across the artists’ Kickstarter campaign to launch their own colouring book and decided the product would be a perfect fit for the shelves of the B.C.-based drugstore.



Nelson Police Department News

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TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada – Nelson Police Department News

Intoxicated, uncooperative male

On November 23, 2015 the Nelson Police Department received a call for service related to an intoxicated, uncooperative male in a local business. The male had been requested to leave by staff but refused to leave and started to become aggressive towards staff and other customers. Upon police arrival, the male was noted to be intoxicated and refused to identify himself. The male became physically confrontational with police and was taken into custody. The male was later released when sober and is currently facing charges of resisting arrest and obstruction.

Male in medical distress due to alcohol and drug consumption

On November 22, 2015 at approximately 2011 hours, the Nelson Police Department received a call for service to a residence in the Uphill area for a male in medical distress due to alcohol and drug consumption. Upon police arrival, the male was located lying on the floor and it was determined that he had injured himself while on the floor. The male was transported to a local hospital by ambulance for assessment and treatment.


Snowfall warning ended for: Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake

SNOWFALL WARNING ENDED – Nov 24, 2015 Updated information:

Snowfall warning in effect for: Boundary, West kootenay Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake. Snowfall amounts up to 20 cm


UPDATED NOV 23, 2015 – Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.

TMTVNEWS.COM, (ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED) Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.

Snow has begun this morning due to a clash of air masses over the southern interior, where a Pacific front pushing inland from the west is meeting cold arctic air pushing down from the central interior. The snow will continue through tonight and then taper off Tuesday morning.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Snowfall Warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #BCStorm.




Weather Alert – 15 to 20 cm of snow expected on Highway Passes through today and tonight


Strong northerly winds and blowing snow overnight

Special weather statement in effect for: Boundary, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake

TMTVNEWS.COM, UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 Special Weather Statement Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

15 to 20 cm of snow expected through today and tonight.

A low pressure system developing near Vancouver Island has spread snow to most of the highway routes this morning. The snow will initially be light for Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector and Kootenay Pass but will become heavy at times by tonight. Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are expected. The snow will ease over western sections overnight and then over Rogers and Kootenay passes on Tuesday. An Arctic front will bring strong northerly winds and blowing snow to most routes overnight.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.




Special weather statement in effect for: Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan Lake, Arrow Lakes, East Kootenay, Kootenay Lake, Elk Valley, Columbias

TMTVNEWS.COM, (Environment Canada Issued) Snow then Arctic air and blowing snow causing winter travel conditions beginning Monday.

The first Arctic outbreak of the season will bring Arctic air, blowing snow and difficult winter driving conditions to the Southern Interior of British Columbia beginning Monday.

An intensifying upper trough of low pressure over the Pacific will develop into a powerful upper low near the Washington coastline by Tuesday morning. As the deepening trough approaches, light snow will spread over the Southern Interior Monday.

At the same time, an Arctic high pressure system in Northern British Columbia will intensify and push Arctic air southward. By early Tuesday morning, the leading edge of the Arctic air – the Arctic front – will be poised to traverse the Southern Interior. As the coldest air of the season arrives, temperatures will fall, windchills will worsen and poor visibility in snow will be further reduced in blowing snow.

Snowfalls of 5 to 15 centimetres are possible by late Monday. The Columbia regions will receive the most snow and further accumulations are expected everywhere on Tuesday. Snowfall warnings may be issued.

The storm will end by Tuesday evening and the Southern Interior will settle into an extended period (4-6 days) of chilly but otherwise weather-less winter days.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at



Crow and Bear pub in Christina Lake destroyed by fire

Firefighters in Christina Lake did everything they could, but were unable to stop a well-known landmark from going up in flames.


The Crow and Bear pub has been reduced to rubble after fire tore through the building around 5:30 a.m. 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. Investigators are working to determine what sparked the blaze.



Cottonwood Falls Park: Out with the old, in with the new

City to remove old Cottonwood market structures Monday; new and improved structures will be in place in time for spring


PHOTO: Gimme Shelter — Mayor Deb Kozak, Nelson’s Eco Society Director and City staff had a last look at the old structures at Cottonwood Falls Park earlier this week. From left, Eco Society Markets & Events Director – Jesse Woodward, Director of Public Works and Utilities  – Colin Innes,, Public Works Supervisor – Karen MacDonald, Mayor Deb Kozak, City Facilities & Maintenance Manager – Peter Sinstad and Nelson City Police Sergeant Dino Falcone.

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson — In preparation for a beautiful new set of shelters for Cottonwood Falls Park, the City of Nelson’s Public Works Department will be removing the old structures used to house the city’s popular Cottonwood Market.

The work is slated to begin Monday and last a few days.

“This is the first step in preparing the site for some new development slated for the market, and the park itself”, says Colin Innes, Director of Public Works and Utilities.

Innes says the City has a designer who’ll be working on plans for the new structures.

“And those new shelters will be ready to go in time for next year’s market. It’s going to be a terrific improvement to that greenspace.”

The old shelters, Innes says, are essentially beginning to rot away and are structurally unsound.


Generous Heart Brings Lots of Activities to Psych Unit


TMTVNEWS.COM, Cranbrook, BC…    It was a cGenerous Heart Brings Lots of Activities to Psych Unitontest like no other; purchase a car at Cranbrook Mitsubishi and the dealership would award the purchaser $10,000.  The other amazing catch to the story is that the purchaser would then receive an additional $10,000 for a charity of their choice.

For Danielle Evans that choice was a simple one; she chose the East Kootenay Foundation for Health.   EKFH worked with Danielle to steward the funds to purchase a variety of activity equipment and items for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s psychiatry unit.

“There is a long list of items that Danielle’s gift has purchased from cooking and baking supplies, arts and crafts items, a recumbent bike and air hockey table.  Her personal goal of keeping people active while on the unit has certainly been achieved,” says EKFH’s Donna Grainger.

A donation to EKFH can make a difference in not just the physical health of a patient but mental health too.  No matter the size of the gift it is in the giving that truly makes a difference in the work the foundation undertakes.

EKFH’s 8th annual Starlite Campaign will launch on November 27.  To make a donation please visit us and don’t forget to like us on Facebook too.


Volunteer fire fighters shortage could mean huge insurance rate hike


CBC – Residents in a community north of Grand Forks, B.C., could be facing a big hike in fire insurance rates unless more volunteers fire fighters step forward.

Grand Forks Fire chief Dale Heriot says the North Fork area needs at least 10 volunteer fire fighters, but currently there are only three.

“‘If we don’t succeed in getting the ten volunteers, fire insurance rates will probably more than double,” said Heriot. “We need some people in the area to step up for sure.”

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