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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.”



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.


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.



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.