Housing plan hatched



February 1, 1938

Alderman T.H. Waters of the Nelson City Council would like to see the people of Nelson embark on a housing plan which would fill the need for a larger number of modern, reasonably priced residences. He pointed out that while the Home Improvement Plan inaugurated by the Dominion Government proved a huge success, the Dominion Housing scheme had failed, particularly as far as the smaller towns are concerned. With the object of getting something started for the coming building season, the more particularly as dispatches indicate that Ottawa would like to see $18 million spent in British Columbia on new homes, and is willing to play its part towards that end, Ald. Waters will raise the question at tonight’s Council meeting.


February 2, 1938

The Nelson Maple Leafs pulled out of the doldrums Tuesday night with the finest exhibition of team play that Nelson hockey fans have seen in two years. It was Rossland’s tough luck that they met Nelson on this particular night, for the Leafs produced combination that positively sparkled and the Miners were simply hapless victims in the 14-1 count. Fighting all the way, Miners were checked off their feet at every turn and even when it appeared that they had open breaks behind a packed Nelson attack, one of the Leafs inevitably speeded up to rob them of the puck or spoil their shot. On top of it all goalie Bill McKay was “on,” and was taking everything that came his way.


February 4, 1938

British Columbia’s grant-in-aid from the federal government has been reduced to 30 per cent of the Province’s relief costs. The new Government agreement, in essence, revives the old plan by making a strict definition between those who are destitute because they simply cannot get a job and those who are destitute because they cannot work. The general tendency would be to place ordinary indigents back in the category they were in before the depression as an outright municipal responsibility. Prior to the relief system being set up in 1930 municipalities, by statute, were required to look after their poor and destitute, but the load became impossible when thousands became destitute because of unemployment.


February 12, 1938

The keys to the City of Nelson have been thrown away. It’s open house — carnival weekend — the winter holiday of the district — and the fun that began with the “Gold Rush” fun festival of the Junior Board of Trade at the Civic Centre was just the foretaste of the fun in store this weekend. Incomplete figures Friday night indicated at least 350 had taken advantage of low fares offered by railway and bus companies from district points to Nelson. Prime attraction tonight is the Kimberley-Nelson hockey game, the second appearance of the World Champion Dynamiters on Nelson ice this season. Nelson Curling Club has declared open hours for visitors and visitors who wish to go skating Sunday afternoon may go to the rink as guests of members of the Nelson Skating Club. Numbers of skiers will play host at the club’s magnificent ski runs at the golf course.


February 23, 1938

Definite steps preparatory to the laying of gas lines to Fairview and in sounding out the attitude of Fairview residents towards the introduction of the system will be made by the gas committee of the Nelson City Council. An estimate as to the cost of installation had been forwarded by the City Gas Department, but was not given out. The Department will also forward to Fairview residents the estimates as to the cost of installing pipes from the property edge into the owner’s home, a cost to be borne by the homeowner.

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