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May 22, 2014 edition of the Castlegar News


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    Symbol of acceptance

    in placeApproved last fall, a crosswalk painted

    in a rainbow motif was completed earlier this week. e project was done in order to express the City of Castlegars support of varied lifestyles and preferences... a policy of inclusion, its located on 3rd St.

    Given the go ahead in Octo-ber, 2013, weather was not suit-able at the time to do the painting.

    Originally planned for a busier, more visible location the intersection of 3rd and Columbia the plan was al-tered due to Columbia Ave. actually be-ing classed as a highway, and therefore under provincial jurisdiction accord-ing to City Councillor Kevin Cherno .

    We cant just do what we want (on other streets) said Cherno on May 9. On the side streets we have much more control. Highways in essence regulates what we can do on that main thoroughfare. ey wouldnt have agreed to this. Safety (concerns) would have been their fall-back answer.

    Councillor Deb McIntosh had been in uential in moving the project ahead, and told the Castlegar News on May 9, Im very happy its installed, before Sculpturewalk and Sunfest. Its an abso-lutely wonderful addition to downtown. I couldnt be more proud of my commu-nity for supporting an initiative like this.

    JIM SINCLAIRCastlegar News Editor

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  • A2 Thursday, May 22, 2014 Castlegar News

    NewsRegional Transit

    upgrades eyed

    Worthy contestantsMiss Castlegar contestants paid a visit to the Castlegar City Council meeting on May 20. Pictured in no particular order are, Gabrielle Fitch-ett, Jessica Auger, Morgyn Ahlefeld, Sarah Elliott, Samantha Skinner, Lisa Leffelaar, Tayler Wolinsky, Claudia Pether, Alexanderia Donofrio and Sophie Jansen. Jim Sinclair photo

    Rob Nutter, Project Finish, Thanks to everyone that came out and participated, making

    this event a huge success. We raised $6,485.00 to help heart trans-

    plant patients at St. Pauls hospital through the rest easy program.

    Thank you to my many sponsors: Cartwrights Pub Zellsto Celgar Inghams Sandman Hotel Super 8 Hotel Pharmasave Total Pet Columbia Basin Trust Home Hardware Castlegar Honda Candian Tire JJ Fashion Dollarama BillS Heavy Duty PPWC Kootenay Market No Frills Plaza Bakery Source for Sports A&W Shoppers Drug Mart Pawn Shop Davitos Shoes City of Castlegar Speedy Glass Raccoon Carpentry Progressive sealing SafewayPhilip Kanigan

    anks again Rob & lonnie Nutter

    Rob Nutter, Project Finish,

    this event a huge success. We raised $6,485.00 to help heart trans-

    Kootenay Hearing Aid & Audiology ClinicPaci c Coastal AirlinesElys BoutiqueCastlegar and District Recreation Center Silverbirch ClinicCentral City ShoesLisas Gift BoxKootenay Floral and Gift Oglow Paint and Wall CoveringAndres EletronicsDragon ies and Fairy DustFishermans MarketYoga By MyraCity FurniturePyllis BleierKalawaskys Chevrolet Buick GMCWood WyantBank of MontrealCastlegar NewsMountain FMBack in BalanceElement Club Bar and GrillHeritage Credit UnionDougs DisposalKatrine and Ed ConroyKIrk and Myra Du Kootenay Savings Credit Union Holly for the baby blanket

    Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff gave a transit-related report to council dur-ing the meeting of May 20.

    His Worship, who also serves as the West Kootenay Regional Transit Commit-tee Chair, described some of what may be expected in the way of transit improve-ments due to kick in by January 2015.

    First clarifying that any changes will be the result of careful study of ridership, demand and other considerations, the mayor described the

    system as one in a state of evolution.

    Were looking at Saturday service, Grandview needs ser-vice. We need to im-prove the efficiency of the whole thing, he said at the meetings conclusion. High on the committees list is an improvement in the connections avail-able to riders to and from the South Slo-can area.

    Its looking at the Playmor Junction, how we mesh all of the buses together. Its a matter of putting this thing together as efficiently as possible, providing the most service, said Cher-noff.

    Weve done a lot of improvements in the routes. Weve put monthly passes in, so its just a matter of building on that and seeing which direc-tion we can take it, he said.

    Service to the Grandview Heights area is also something on the committees radar, as Chernoff touched upon.

    Well see how we can provide service. Theres that opportu-nity. Weve had a lot of requests coming from people. Theyre asking whether a bus can come up there. We need to build the ridership, to see if its cost effective, or not. If youre only going to do it once a week it doesnt make sense.

    Its apparent that Grandview Heights residents could ben-efit from a bus ser-vice, as the committee chair conceded.

    Yes, instead of driving their cars, especially in the win-ter, he stated. I think theres a good op-portunity there. But weve had other places where weve looked at service and theres no ridership. So, youve got to look at the cost whether its af-fordable or not.

    JIM SINCLAIRCastlegar News Editor

    Further to a topic broached in a city council story by Betsy Kline in the May 8 Castlegar News, wifi for the people is soon to be a real-ity.

    The City of Castlegar and Shaw have been working toward mak-ing free digital connectivity avail-able at a half dozen locations in the city.

    Castlegars Director of Finance Andre Buss explained the Citys involvement in a phone interview on May 20.

    Because we serve all taxpayers and not just Shaw customers, we had the option of not doing it, par-ticipating and getting a fee but then only Shaw customers would have had access or participating and not getting a fee, and allowing access to everybody.

    Shaw customers currently have potential access to more than 80 (at last count, according to Buss) wifi hotspots in the Castlegar area. The new public sites are to be located at Millennium Park, Kinsmen Park, The Doukhobor Discovery Centre, the Kootenay Gallery and the Castlegar and District Heritage Society (Muse-um) downtown.

    The agreement between Shaw Communications and the City of Castlegar will see residents pro-vided access to Shaws superior, carrier-grade Shaw Go WiFi net-work in municipal buildings and other locations at no cost, said a Shaw spokeperson. At this point, Shaw is working closely with the City to finalize public Wi-Fi net-work installation locations and logistics. We look forward to pro-viding more information once these details have been finalized.

    Wi-Fi on the upswing?JIM SINCLAIRCastlegar News Editor

    Sergeant Darryl Little of