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.



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).



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.


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