Region’s politicians to lobby province on cannabis and speculation taxes, and more – Nelson Star
Local governments are often affected by actions of the provincial government and federal governments that they have no control over. And often they want the senior governments to do something that would make the lives of local governments easier.

Tax take less than expected with late grants defraying costs | The Nelson Daily
The tax bite won’t be as deep this year as expected.
Just after the city held an open house on its draft budget early last month it received approval on grant funding that will help defray the presented three-per-cent increase to municipal taxes.

Grand Forks Emergency Operations Centre to Level 1 | The Boundary Sentinel
In a media release Friday, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said its Emergency Operations Centre in Grand Forks is now activated to Level 1.

Wildsight, locals weigh in on proposed tenure from Retallack and Lower Kootenay Band – Cranbrook Daily Townsman
Retallack and the Lower Kootenay Band (yaqan nu?kiy) are requesting a Licence of Occupation for a 45-year term in the Purcell Mountains, an operating area of 71,000 hectares, for the purpose of conducting various guided adventure tourism activities on Crown land year-round. The proposed location is on the east side of Kootenay Lake, south of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.

Residents can soon weigh in on Taghum boat launch locations – My Nelson Now
Possible plans for a new boat launch in Taghum should be released soon. The Regional District of Central Kootenay Board of Directors approved $15,000 for the public outreach process this week. Area E Director Ramona Faust says an engineering firm has made recommendations between a few different sites.

Revelstoke, B.C., scrambles to create staff housing amid low-vacancy crunch | CBC News
The tourism destination of Revelstoke, B.C., is scrambling to build micro-units and dorms for workers amid a housing crunch that’s left some people sleeping in their cars.
“Our frontline workers are stacking up, quite honestly, 17 deep in a three-bedroom house just out of necessity, are couch surfing or, in some cases, living out of the back of their hatchback for weeks at a time,” said Kevin Dorrius, general manager of Community Futures Revelstoke.

Final approval given on Lakeside Place project as next housing project moves forward | The Nelson Daily
The city’s next big housing project has cleared another hurdle on its way to realization.
Nelson Cares Society was able to convince city council of the merit of the plan for its 47-unit affordable housing development at 805 Nelson Ave. — despite its reduced parking — and had its zoning amendment passed, releasing any legal constraints on the project.

Five employees arrested at medical marjuana dispensary – Nelson Star
Nelson Police executed a search warrant on a downtown medical marjuana dispensary and arrested five employees.
Five employees at MMJ marijuana dispensary, 752 Vernon Street, were taken into custody Tuesday morning, March 21, without incident.

Final touches on Railtown plan delivered | The Nelson Daily Although the Railtown neighbourhood train has finally come into the station after two years of riding the municipal rails, the perennial issue of parking in the polished plan could still be a pending problem.
The city has decreed that parking in the newly amended plan will not be front and centre as it envisioned a mix of commercial and residential development in the new zone, dubbed C4 – Railtown Core Commercial Zone.

Nelson to participate in national homeless count – My Nelson Now
An evaluation of homelessness will happen next month in Nelson.
It’s part of the national Point-In-Time Homelessness Count.
Nelson is the smallest community involved from across the country.

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