Canada 150 is no excuse to drink and drive, says ICBC and police

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As we celebrate Canada’s 150th year anniversary this weekend and kick off the summer season, ICBC and police are urging drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home if any of your activities this summer involve alcohol.

Each year in B.C., 66 people die in crashes involving impaired driving and nearly half of those deaths happen during summer months. On Canada Day, 180 people are injured and one person is killed in 640 crashes every year in B.C.

If you plan to drink, leave your car at home. With many options available – like arranging a designated driver, calling a taxi or taking transit—there’s no excuse to drink and drive.

LAW DAYS – APRIL 22, 2017 (10 AM-2 PM)

Law DaysNelson Courthouse – 320 Ward Street, Nelson, BC

EVERYONE is invited to attend Law Day Celebration at the Nelson Courthouse. There will be a number of educational activities and fun to be had by all.

Things to do:

  • TOUR the Courthouse and the jail cells with the Sheriffs
  • LEARN from Bylaw, Court Clerks, Conservation Officers, Law Enforcement, Lawyers, Sheriffs, Victims Assistance and Restorative Justice.
  • ENTER the COLOURING CONTEST for primary aged children and an ESSAY CONTEST for youth in Middle School and High School. For this year’s topic we are looking for a one page essay about how you view drugs and their effect on our community. Prizes to be won!
  • WATCH a mock trial, take part in a Bail Hearing, meet the Police Dog, or listen to Forensic Identification and Drug Recognition experts.
  • ENJOY refreshments and treats!

For questions or if you would like further information, please contact the nelson Court Registry at: 250-354-6165


posterThe Nelson Leafs are hosting a FIRST RESPONDERS Night on Saturday February 4th. The event starts at 5 PM with a Burger & Beverage at Finely’s and then the Leaf’s Game at 7 PM.

Tickets are $20 and includes Leaf’s Game admission, burger and beverage. Tickets can be purchased at Finley’s or by phone at 250-352-5121.



icbcImpaired driving remains a leading cause of fatal car crashes, with an average of 66 lives lost every year in B.C.

That’s why the B.C. government, police and ICBC are urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely this holiday season. Starting today, CounterAttack roadchecks will be set up by police across the province to keep impaired drivers off our roads throughout December.

ICBC is helping to prevent impaired driving this December with an education campaign, funding for CounterAttack Road Checks and get home safe promotion with businesses, sports facilities and community groups.

Get more stats and facts from ICBC’s infographic and learn more about the CounterAttack campaign on


Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“Getting home safely should be part of everyone’s holiday planning but the reality is that impaired driving remains a leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C.,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Do your part this Christmas season and look out for family and friends – take a stand and don’t let them get behind the wheel impaired.”

Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

“We’ve made significant progress but too many people are still losing their lives due to impaired driving,” said Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “CounterAttack remains a key part of our provincial enforcement strategy to further reduce crashes involving alcohol and drugs and making our roads safer for British Columbians.”

Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction, and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch

“Protecting public health and safety is a critical part of our government’s ongoing efforts to modernize B.C.’s liquor laws,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch. “With the holidays fast approaching, we are updating social responsibility materials in BC Liquor Stores throughout the province to remind British Columbians to make smart choices – plan ahead, have a designated driver or call a taxi if you plan on drinking. Please, for your safety and that of everyone around you, don’t drink and drive.”

Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee

“Police officers across the province will be working hard to keep impaired drivers off our roads this December,” said Chief Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. “The hardest part of a police officer’s job is telling a family they’ve lost a loved one – a loss that could have been avoided. We can all help prevent these crashes by always planning a safe ride home.”

Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety

“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays with family and friends so make sure you plan ahead for a safe ride home,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety. “Whether you’re attending a holiday get-together or meeting friends to watch a game, arrange a designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or use Operation Red Nose.”


  • On average, 16 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving in the Lower Mainland every year.
  • On average, 23 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving in the Southern Interior every year.
  • On average, 10 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving on Vancouver Island every year.
  • On average, 19 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving in North Central B.C. every year.

 *Based on five year average from police data (2011 to 2015). Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.

Nelson Restorative Justice & MIR Centre for Peace Presents: Katy Hutchison

Walking after Midnight: The Story of Bob
Katy Hutchison is restorative justice advocate with a compelling, real life story. Katy describes how alcohol and other drug use, bullying peer pressure, and misguided choices in an unchaperoned setting caused devastation to her family. Katy shares how this traumatic event impacted her as a wife and as a mother of two young children. Her presentation is designed to explore the dynamics that led to the events that changed everything for her and her family, and to empower communities to make healthier choices so similar tragedies can be prevented. Most importantly, she explores the power of forgiveness and describes her own grassroots quest for restorative justice.

Wednesday NOVEMBER 23, 2016, AT 7:00 PM
Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon St, Nelson
General Public $16 | Seniors $13 | Students $13
(Tickets are available at the door.)


We would like to express our thanks to Nelson Star, The Nelson Daily, Pennywise, Kootenay Coop Radio and EZ Rock for their generous donations of advertising for the Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice volunteer facilitator training.

We received many quality applications and have recently begun an eight week training program with 16 new volunteers. This is a very exciting time in the growth of the program which is establishing some excellent forward momentum.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to these businesses in supporting the valuable services that our community justice program provides.


Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General have announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Edwards to the Nelson Police Board as the representative from the municipal council of the City of Nelson. Ms. Edwards’ term will end December 31, 2017.

The Nelson Police Board and Nelson Police Department wish to thank Director Roger Higgins for his contribution and dedication to the Board and wish him success in his future endeavors.

Nelson Police Department Swears In New Constable

lauren-mirva-and-cc-burkart-08sep2016Ms. Lauren Mirva became NPD’s newest police constable today, after being sworn in by Judicial Justice Laurie Langford. Constable Mirva is now one of three female officers with the Nelson Police Department.

Lauren is from Nelson and graduated from LV Rogers Secondary School where she was awarded the top female athlete award for her graduating year. Constable Mirva has a degree in Criminology from Mount Royal University and has worked as a security officer and seasonal forest firefighter.

Lauren enjoys snowboarding, tennis and outdoor activities, including hiking and biking. Lauren is excited to begin her new career in law enforcement. Lauren follows a family tradition in law enforcement as her father is a retired member of the RCMP who is presently serving as a deputy sheriff in Nelson and her sister is a deputy sheriff in Alberta.  She will commence training on September 19, 2016 at the Justice Institute of BC.


JAnstey and CC Burkart (2)Mr. Jason Anstey became police constable #86 on July 28, 2016. Constable Anstey replaces one of the three officers who have retired or resigned this past year from the Nelson Police Department.

Constable Anstey joins the Nelson Police Department after serving the past sixteen years with Toronto Police Services. Jason looks forward to policing in a smaller community and getting to know the beautiful community of Nelson.

The City of Nelson, the Nelson Police Board and the men and women of the Nelson Police Department are proud to welcome this highly qualified and experienced police officer to the NPD family.

(Photo Courtesy: B. Fuhr)