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Notice of Special General Meeting
Nelson Civic Theatre Society (the “Society”)

A general meeting of the Society will be held on

August 13, 2015 at 6:00pm
At The Civic Theatre
719 Vernon Street
Nelson, BC V1L 4G3
Special Business:

The BC Registries Service did not approve recent revisions to the Society’s constitution. After further correspondence and discussion with staff at the BC Registries Service and at Benefic Group, it has been recommended that we add language to our constitution instead.

The precise wording of this language is under review, but will be posted on our website as soon as it is finalized, and will be read out loud and available for inspection by members at the meeting.

A special resolution to approve these additions to our constitution will be proposed at the meeting.

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Films at the Nelson Civic Theatre – July 31 – Aug 06, 2015 http://ilovenelson.com/films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-july-31-aug-06-2015/ http://ilovenelson.com/films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-july-31-aug-06-2015/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:39:49 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287476 Jul31-Aug6civic_flyerLive in the moment at The Civic this week.
Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer create a film sure to satisfy even the most cynical of rom-com genre. Trainwreck (rated 14A) opens July 31 and plays through the week. Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo-enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment-but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut.
The Search For Freedom is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in. Written by and directed by Nelson’s own Jon Long (IMAX® Extreme), the August 6th screening at the Civic will be its Canadian premiere.
Coming next: Ant Man, Water Diviner
Fri. July 31 @ 7:30, Sat. Aug. 1 @ 7:30, Sun. Aug. 2 @ 4:00 & 7:00, Mon. Aug. 3 @ 7:30, Tues. Aug. 4 @ 4:00 & 7:30, Wed. Aug. 5 @ 7:30
The Search For Freedom
Thurs. Aug. 6 @ 7:30

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Horoscope for the Week: July 31, 2015 http://ilovenelson.com/horoscope-for-the-week-july-31-2015/ http://ilovenelson.com/horoscope-for-the-week-july-31-2015/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:59:46 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287186

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Tip of the Week:

On July 25th Venus turned retrograde in Virgo and it will turn direct again on September 6th. Venus was only in Virgo for 1 week and today, July 31st Venus re-enters Leo where it will remain until October 8th! Venus turns retrograde 5 times over an 8 year period so on average about every 19 months and 1 week or every 77 weeks and remains so for about 6 weeks.

This may seem a little unusual compared to Mercury’s tri-annual retrograde rhythm. Consequently, Venus Retrograde is not as well understood as that of Mercury. Similarly though, where Mercury turns retrograde in the same sign over the course of 2-3 years, Venus’s repeat cycle in the same sign lasts about 100 years in 8-year intervals.

While this particular retrograde cycle largely occurs in Leo, it technically begins in Virgo, a cycle which began in 1911, thus this marks the last of the particular cycle. Venus is challenged in Virgo to let her feelings flow without the mind interfering. Historically, 2011 was a major turning point in world politics and saw the rise of international tensions beginning with the assassination of the Prime Minister of Russia.

Generally and by transit, Venus Retrograde cautions against making big expenditures and investments. The physical, materialistic and sensual side of Venus is also increased when retrograde which makes the temptation to buy stuff all the more tempting. In our consumer based culture, it may be said we live collectively in the grip of Venus Retrograde so it may not be as noticeable as it might be otherwise.
While pat interpretations are tempting, how Venus Retrograde will play out ever depends on how it is configured in one’s Natal Chart and where exactly the transit occurs and what planets in the Natal Chart are influenced. As ever, with awareness we can exercise free will to maximize its potential.

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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
You are in a playful and passionate mood. Yet you also want to get to the bottom of things in certain areas of your life. Renovations or a deep cleaning of corners, closets, garages and basements are likely. Unless you can strategize to satisfy both, you may end up feeling conflicted and moody. At deeper levels the attention is needed in your most important relationships.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)
A strong focus on home and family is occupying your thoughts and actions now. Your energy levels and confidences stand to be running high. This represents a window of opportunity to forge ahead. Be careful not to ‘lord it over others’ as this otherwise ideal moment may backfire as a result. Rather, focus on shining your light by acknowledging the beauty you see in the people you love.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)
An extra busy cycle has begun. Fortunately, it is illumined by a spirit of fun, adventure, play and creativity. This is an ideal time to socialize or to get away with family and friends. Your ambitions are running pretty high and you continue to drive to achieve a deepened sense of security, yet your focus on these is on and off. Leave it alone for now and work on letting yourself play.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Taking stock of your overall worth is a central theme now. In addition to assets and investments, the focus is upon skills and talents and your future potential. In some respects you want to shake it up and challenge yourself to think and act in new ways. The goal is to feel confident about new possibilities and prospects. Decipher how what you have can be expressed in new arenas.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)
Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter all in your sign now will synchronize with the urge to take a few risks and to explore your options for creative self-expression. Beyond purely engaging in creative activity, your ambitions are on the rise. You want returns and you are determined to go big. Yet, in order to succeed you may have some inner work to do. Acknowledge your fear then confront it!

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
The urge to take some time out is likely now. Entering your studio or lab or workshop to focus on creative projects would fit the bill. Getting away for a while might also work, as long as you can have enough time and space to dream and reflect. Yet, you are also feeling a bit punchy and would like to break through any persistent, limiting beliefs. Begin by deciphering what they are.

Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)
All those planets in Leo are stimulating both your core sense of individuality and your friendship network too. In good Libra fashion, the emphasis may tilt to one side then the other intermittently. Other factors emphasize a driving force to advance in your professional and/or public life. This could prove a little complicated. Amidst all the socializing, you are in an ambitious mood.

Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)
You are in an exciting cycle. That this excitement may lean on drama and even stress is the flip side of the story. Your drive is evident but you are determined to be smooth and graceful, at least when in public view. Whether in public or even behind the scenes your power is your steady persistence to take action. Be willing to increase your scope of exposure to get the attention you desire.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)
All that Leo fire should be igniting your engines now. With your ambitions on a steady rise this is your cue to take a creative lead. The main challenge may be deciphering exactly where and how to direct your focus. You have likely been contending with a lot of scattered energies over the past few years! But a new day is dawning and it will lead you to establish a whole new foundation.

Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)
The time is right to scout for new people and prospects. Who has the resources, talents, charisma and creative genius you need to advance to the next level? By asking this question your focus will turn to identify the people who provide the answer. Be willing to nurture associations with practical potential. Yet take your time to feel confident that their ambitions actually align with yours.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)
A big wave of passion is washing in on the shores of your relationship life. This is a call to be less intellectual and to direct your focus more fully into your body. Feel your heart beating and engage with physical activity, dance, and movement and so in; tune in to your sensual side. Some measure of moderation is ever wise, especially if the pleasure comes from food and spirits. Otherwise, go big!

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
It is time to get to work on all those creative inspirations that have been brewing. This is a call to action. At least get started on those projects that you know are important. Focus to establish the foundation of a promising momentum. This may include simply getting organized and creating a suitable setting. Whatever initiatives you feel you need to take, do it now!

Michael O'ConnorMichael O’Connor is a Professional Astrologer with an international clientele.  He has 30 years of study in Astrology, Numerology and related metaphysical & spiritual modalities, over 20 years of full-time practice and is an entertaining and inspirational speaker. In addition to this Weekly Horoscope, Michael also writes a Yearly horoscope and a popular New and Full Moon Newsletter. To learn more about Booking an Appointment, attending one of Michael’s Workshops or Webinars or one of his inspiring Visual Presentations, or to sign-up for his Newsletter, please visit his website or contact Michael directly.

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Astrologer Michael O’Connor in Nelson, August 11 – 13 – In-Person http://ilovenelson.com/astrologer-michael-oconnor-in-nelson-august-11-13-in-person/ http://ilovenelson.com/astrologer-michael-oconnor-in-nelson-august-11-13-in-person/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:39:03 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287327 Michael O'ConnorVisual Presentation:
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NPD – Files of Interest http://ilovenelson.com/npd-files-of-interest-5/ http://ilovenelson.com/npd-files-of-interest-5/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:29:03 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287325 nelsonpoliceDon’t be a statistic this long weekend, warns ICBC

Over the B.C. Day long weekend, on average, five people are killed and 530 injured in crashes across the province.* Fifty of these crashes are a result of impaired driving.

The B.C. government, police and ICBC are asking drivers heading off on road trips this weekend to make smart choices and warning that CounterAttack roadchecks will be set up across the province to keep impaired drivers off our roads.

ICBC’s top tips for road trips this weekend:

1. Most crashes this weekend occur on Friday so plan to leave on Thursday or Saturday morning if possible to avoid traffic congestion and possible delays. You should also make sure you get a good night’s sleep to avoid getting fatigued behind the wheel. Plan your route on drivebc.ca and include rest breaks or switch drivers every two hours.
3. Do a pre-trip check and check your engine oil, coolant levels and lights, and inspect your vehicle tires, including the spare, to make sure they’re in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure any camping or outdoor equipment is securely tied down to your vehicle before you take off.
4. Summer means a high number of motorcyclists on our roads so it’s vital to scan as you approach an intersection. Be ready to yield the right-of-way when turning left and keep in mind that it can be hard to tell how fast motorcyclists are travelling.
5. Be patient with R.V. drivers if they’re travelling below the speed limit in mountainous areas as they’re likely going uphill as fast as they can. If you’re driving your RV this weekend, be courteous and pull over when it’s safe to do so to let others by. This is much safer than a driver making an unsafe pass out of frustration.
6. If you’re away from home, you may not be familiar with all of the options available to get home safely after you’ve had a few drinks. Check your options such as taxis, transit or shuttle services before you head out and program the information into your cell phone so you can relax knowing you have a plan to get home safely.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice
“Long weekends are a time of heightened road activity and it’s imperative we all make safe choices on the road,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “It’s unacceptable to drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and B.C.’s law enforcement and road safety partners will be making every effort to ensure British Columbians remain safe this long weekend. If you plan to drink, plan an alternative way home that considers the lives of all road users.”
ICBC’s director of road safety
“Take your turn as the designated driver this summer to help your friends and family get home safely,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director of road safety. “If your activities involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home – arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit.”
Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee
“There’s simply no excuse for impaired driving,” said Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. “Police will be setting up Counterattack roadchecks across the province to catch impaired drivers this long weekend so our roads stay safe for everyone.”
Regional statistics*:

• Over the B.C. day long weekend, on average, 340 people are injured in 1,200 crashes in the Lower Mainland every year.
• Over the B.C. Day long weekend, on average, 94 people are injured in 360 crashes in the Southern Interior every year.
• Over the B.C. Day long weekend, on average, 28 people are injured in 110 crashes in North Central B.C. every year.
• Over the B.C. Day long weekend, on average, 61 people are injured in 270 crashes on Vancouver Island every year.

*Five year annual average. Crash and injury data is ICBC data (2009 to 2013). Fatality data is police data (2009 to 2013). B.C. Day long weekend is calculated from 18:00 the Friday prior to B.C. Day to midnight on B.C. Day.

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Bobby Bs Car Tip of the week! http://ilovenelson.com/bobby-bs-car-tip-of-the-week-3/ http://ilovenelson.com/bobby-bs-car-tip-of-the-week-3/#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:59:31 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287182 Bob pic 2The Auto industry Is Governed.

I am in the process of taking my VSA Salesman course right now. In the beginning I though it would be a bunch of crap and a Money grab (it is Very Expensive, and paid for by the salesperson), however there is a lot more to learn than I expected, and a lot of good information. It is similar to the Real Estate industry where a provincial governing body sets out rules and training, as well as continuing education. It exists completely to Protect to Consumer, and is self funded by us, not the government as well! So you should be Happy about that!
I wont bore you with too much “lingo” but here are some points about the Vsa

The VSA was created by the industry
In 1997 three industry associations joined forces to create the Motor Dealer Standards Association (MDSA). They were the Automobile Retailers Association (ARA), the New Car Dealers Association (NCDA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). This voluntary organization sponsored the first salesperson certification course. The MDSA and the associations lobbied the provincial government to form the Motor Dealer Council (MDC).

In 2004, the MDC was created as an authorized independent legal authority. The main purpose is to administer and enforce the Motor Dealer Act, sections of the BPCPA and related regulations. In 2006, the name was changed to the Vehicle Sales Authority to reduce confusion with the industry trade associations.
VSA operations

The VSA has a president and a management team that supervise the licensing, professional development, consumer service, financial and compliance activities of the agency. The Registrar is a separate position and independent from the Board of Directors on all regulatory and enforcement matters.

VSA governance

The VSA is a non-profit organization registered in BC. It is not government. It receives No money from the government and is 100% self-financing. Instead, industry licensing fees are being spent only on industry issues and the agency operates under standard business principles. Revenues and expenses must balance, customer service is required and experience in the industry is valued. The VSA operates under a delegation agreement with the provincial government.

It is governed by a board of eleven directors. Six directors come from the industry. Three directors are nominated by the NCDA, two by the ARA and one from the RVDA. Three are chosen from the general public and two by government. The role of the board is to set policy and establish annual budgets. The board is not involved in day-to-day operations.

So there you go, who would have known? I didn’t know this existed before I started selling vehicles!

There are Strict rules and guidelines salespeople and dealerships must follow to ensure any problems are disclosed and customers are treated fairly. As well as advertising guidelines etc etc.

Bob Bourke

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The Kootenay Real Estate Corner w/ Chris Burneau- FAIR Realty/ My Kootenay Home. http://ilovenelson.com/the-kootenay-real-estate-corner-w-chris-burneau-fair-realty-my-kootenay-home-2/ http://ilovenelson.com/the-kootenay-real-estate-corner-w-chris-burneau-fair-realty-my-kootenay-home-2/#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:58:49 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287178 MykoothomeGreen (1)What are Real Estate closing costs?

Throughout the Real Estate process of Selling or Buying a property there can be many cost’s that can easily be missed or overlooked because of the complexity of a transaction. Using a Real Estate professional can usually give one peace of mind, ensuring that these cost’s are upfront. In turn, a more relaxed approach can made ensuring a successful home Selling or Buying process.
Let’s begin with Buying a property as most of the closing cost are involved here. Normally a condition such as a Home Inspection is implemented by a Buyer when making an offer on a home. Home Inspection cost’s do vary, but one can expect anywhere from $400/500-ish and upwards depending on the property and the scope of inspection they are getting. This is almost always paid by the Buyer, but there are exceptions.
With Mortgage Brokers/ Banks there are not usually any extra cost’s. These institutions usually absorb any appraisal cost’s that they require, but sometimes these appraisals are out of the regular scope of practice and in that case the odd time you may see a charge for this service.
A Lawyer/ Notary is always required in any instance where a Property Title is being exchanged. This service cost does vary from different Lawyer/Firms, but again, almost always expect the cost to be significantly more when Buying a property than Selling one. The reason for this is all of the adjustments that the Lawyer has to make. Adjustments are things such as pay out/ division of property taxes, Title search, Title registration, and payout of Liens/ Easements/ Right of ways. Little add ons such as couriering of documents and of course the Lawyers fee are also added.

Think of a Realtor as a Quarterback in a Football game and the Lawyer is the receiver that carries the ball into the end zone to complete a touchdown. A Lawyers service is normally done close to the completion date/ possession of a property.
Let’s not forget about the dreaded Property Transfer Tax! This one time fee is paid out only when Buying a home. This is paid out to the provincial government and normally is dispersed by your Lawyer as part of their closing duties. Expect 1% for every 200000 dollars of property purchased and 2% on any balance of property.( Eg.– a $300000 property will be $3000, and a $400000 property will be $5000 property transfer tax.) There are exemption programs such as 1st Time Buyer, and the transfer of property to a family member to reduce or eliminate the transfer tax.
Lastly, let’s not over look the most basic of fee’s to expect. New Utility Hook up fee’s will occur on a new residence depending on what type of services you go with and normally will be added to your 1st billing cycles. The rental of moving vehicles, and don’t forget to book early as possible as some companies have a limited amount of vehicles/ sizes. If you happen to be lucky and have strong/ loyal friends, well….there is the Pizza & Beer Tax.
Hopefully this Blog puts some of this information into perspective. And again, always use a professional when Buying or Selling a property. There are clear advantages.

Enjoy the Summer!!

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Nelson Electric Tramway Society Hosts Museum Grand Opening http://ilovenelson.com/nelson-electric-tramway-society-hosts-museum-grand-opening/ http://ilovenelson.com/nelson-electric-tramway-society-hosts-museum-grand-opening/#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:15:02 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287126 ?

Nelson BC – The Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) are ready to officially open their latest project, the Car Barn Museum. On Monday August 3rd they are inviting the entire community to come on down from 11am to 4:30pm with free streetcar rides and Museum admission. At 1pm there will be a special Grand Opening Ceremony with ribbon cutting, tours, cake, refreshments, classic cars and special guests.

NETS have been working toward this goal ever since they rolled out Streetcar #23 in 1992. The idea was to create a working museum of Nelson’s History. The first phase of this project was to get Nelson’s original streetcar operational and then over time create additional opportunities to enrich and educate the community. The goal of NETS recent history was to create a dedicated space for displays and historical artifacts. Over the past two years the Car Barn, with the help and love of volunteers, has been renovated to include a dedicated museum space and displays throughout the barn.

Over the years, many artifacts and photos have been entrusted to the Society by community members who wished to keep Nelson’s streetcar heritage alive for future generations. The Museum project has given the society an opportunity to present these items to the public. The artifacts are now housed in a dedicated museum space with additional equipment displayed throughout the car barn.

“The Car Barn Museum will have many benefits for the community, from keeping our history fresh and accessible to tourists and students, to giving retired people an opportunity to still be engaged with the community.” Says Jim Robertson NETS B.O.D./Project Manager, “The best thing about this project is that it will always be growing and developing, we are looking forward to helping keep Nelson’s history alive.”

On Monday August 3rd everyone is invited down to celebrate the grand opening of the NETS Car Barn Museum in Lakeside Park with free admission to the museum and free rides all day on Streetcar#23. Events start at 11am with tours of the museum and car barn and a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 1pm. For more information call 250.352.7672, info@nelsonstreetcar.org or come on down and visit them in Lakeside Park, right beside the soccer fields and next to the Nelson Rowing Club.

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Films at the Nelson Civic Theatre – July 24 – 30, 2015 http://ilovenelson.com/films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-july-24-30-2015/ http://ilovenelson.com/films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-july-24-30-2015/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:18:44 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287111 Jul24-30civic_flyerHey Ladies! Pure romance and Channing flesh sizzle on the Civic screen this week.
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) and Channing Tatum heat up an already hot Nelson summer.
As Bill Withers sang, “before I make love to your body, I’m going to make love to your mind,” we will first caress your brain with Vera Brittain’s, played by Alecia Vikandar (recently seen as the alluring A.I. robot in Ex Machina) recollection of coming of age during World War I – her story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. Testament of Youth (Rated PG) plays on the split July 24 – 28.
And now for the body. If Channing isn’t the man for you, maybe Metallica’s James Hetfield’s look alike will tickle your fancy. Magic Mike XXL (rated 14A) finds Mike, three years after he’s bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game. He and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance alternating with Testament of Youth July 24 – 28.
And for our week’s Thursday film, High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (rated PG) won prestigious Audience Award and Grand Jury prizes at Sundance Film Festival and it has Nick Offerman in it! Check it out Thursday, July 30th at 7:30.
Coming next: Ant Man, The Tribe
Magic Mike XXL
Fri. July 24 @ 7:00, Sat. July 25 @ 9:30, Sun. July 26 @ 7:00, Tues. July 28 @ 9:30
Testament of Youth
Fri. July 24 @ 9:30, Sat. July 25 @ 7:00, Sun. July 26 @ 4:00, Mon. July 27 @ 11am Tues. July 28 @ 7:00
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Thurs. July 30 @ 7:30

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NPD – Files of Interest http://ilovenelson.com/npd-files-of-interest-4/ http://ilovenelson.com/npd-files-of-interest-4/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:10:03 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=287109 nelsonpoliceRecent Nelson overdoses a concern for Physician and Police

Nelson – Interior Health and Nelson Police Department are urging residents using or thinking about using drugs to think twice in the wake of at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.

“This is my third year in Nelson, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Nic Sparrow, emergency department physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital. “I’ve seen six overdose cases since the end of April, four of them very critical, and that’s just me. That doesn’t include cases that other doctors may have seen.”

Recent cases do not seem related to a specific type of drug – fentanyl, cocaine, morphine, and opiates appear to be different contributing factors in the recent overdoses. In many cases, a combination of drugs and alcohol may have led to individuals needing emergency care. Most recent cases involved individuals under 40, but there isn’t a more narrow age range.

With a variety of annual festivals, including the upcoming Shambhala event in early August, police say Nelson is regarded as a party town and that has brought associated drug issues.

“You name it – from acid to crystal meth to cocaine to ketamine – we have seen it in Nelson. More people are using drugs and definitely more people are selling drugs in our community,” said NPD Chief Wayne Holland. “In these recent cases it doesn’t appear to be first-time users and there doesn’t appear to be a specific drug as the cause.”

While not using drugs at all is the best way to avoid overdose and other health impacts, health providers and police recognize some people will continue to use drugs. In those cases, they have the following recommendations:

* Don’t mix different drugs (including pharmaceutical medications, street drugs, and alcohol)
* Don’t take drugs when you are alone
* Don’t experiment with higher doses, and start with a small amount
* Don’t experiment with higher doses, and take a small sample of a drug before taking your usual dosage

And if someone thinks they may be having an overdose or is witnessing an overdose, police advice is simple: call 9-1-1 immediately.

“We are here to help. We may be called out in these cases, but are not interested in pursuing charges against individual drug users. We want them to get the medical help they need and get it as quickly as possible. 9-1-1 is the best way to make sure that happens,” said Chief Holland.

Delays in getting medical care, added Dr. Sparrow, could have tragic consequences.

“In the recent cases the individuals were found and received urgent medical care. It’s really important for people to know that the consequences of an overdose can be life-threatening,” said Dr. Sparrow.

Interior Health and the police encourage individuals struggling with substance use problems to seek help. There are a variety of supports and services through Interior Health and other agencies. For more information, contact the Nelson Mental Health and Substance Use office at 250-505-7248. (A list of Nelson services is attached and below.)

More information about harm reduction and overdose prevention is available at: http://towardtheheart.com/ <http://towardtheheart.com/> .

Media, for information:

Karl Hardt <mailto:karl.hardt@interiorhealth.ca> , Communications Officer, Interior Health


NPD Chief Wayne Holland


Nelson Substance Use Services and Supports

Interior Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services Office

2nd Floor – 333 Victoria St.

Phone: 250-505-7248

* Regional Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-353-2273 – This number is provided to individuals if they are experiencing increased symptoms outside of office hours. The crisis line provides clients with any emotional support needed and connects individuals to various resources in the community including 911

• Intake and Urgent Response – provides access to Community Integrated MHSU Programs, linking to other community agencies and programs, mobile crisis response, and 24 hour crisis line services 1-800-353-2273.

• Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment Services (ASTAT) – provides short term counselling on and individual or group basis for persons with mental illness with or without concurrent substance use issue. Problems addressed would include severe depression or anxiety, eating disorders, severe adjustment problems or acute symptoms related to trauma.

• Adult Substance Use Services – offers counselling, support and educational services for people wishing to reduce or quit their use of substances. In collaboration with their clients, the counsellors develop treatment plans, which may include referral to other services (withdrawal management, day treatment, live-away treatment and supportive housing)

• Youth Substance Use Services – offers prevention, counselling, support and educational services for young people wishing to reduce or quit their use of substances. These services exist through direct services as well as community based contracts. In collaboration with their clients, the counselors develop treatment plans and services which may include referral to other services (withdrawal management, day treatment, live-away treatment and supportive housing.

• Addiction Related Substance Use Services include needle exchange, pregnancy outreach, Opioid Replacement Therapy, HIV education, as well as outreach services.

• Community Based Withdrawal Management is a program that is new to Nelson. The goal is to identify and support those people who wish to break free of addictions and who can be safely supported through withdrawal in their homes with the support of the nurse and their primary care physician. Program is accessed through the local MHSU office.

• MHSU Nurse Practitioner a Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has additional training and education in a speciality area such as mental health and substance use, Nurse practitioners take complete health histories of new patients and conduct thorough physical exams. Moving through the process, NP’s also order diagnostic testing, including lab work and x-rays, and work with patients to interpret and explain the results of that testing.

• Regional Addictions Day Program (ADTP) is offered to individuals requiring services and for whom residential treatment may not be appropriate. This program offers skills development in family dynamics, boundaries, stress & anger management, communication skills relapse prevention and recovery maintenance. Program is accessed through local MHSU office.

• Regional Opioid Replacement Therapy Clinic (ORT)is a methadone maintenance treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction or chronic pain. The 10th Street Clinic is located in Castlegar and clinic day is every Thursday. Referrals are obtained through local Mental Health and Substance Use Services, a person’s GP or through the clinic at 1-250-304-1284.

Freedom Quest Youth Services

Nelson Office: 250-352-3783

Freedom Quest offers the following programs:

* Regional Alcohol and Drug Day (RADD)
* Mobile youth drug and alcohol intensive day treatment program rotating throughout the West Kootenay Boundary Region, providing 4 – 6 week day treatment groups.
* Youth Prevention, Education, and Community Development
* Education programming and prevention strategies for youth, parents, teachers, and community support persons.
* Youth Drug and Alcohol Counselling, Outreach, and Support
* Counselling services provided to youth individually and through group activities throughout the West Kootenay Boundary Region.
* Youth Substance Abuse Management Program (YSAM)

ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society)

West Kootenay Boundary Regional Office

101 Baker Street, Nelson
Phone: 250-505-5506

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