July 2015

G-7 agreement "a horrifying joke."

G-7 agreement "a horrifying joke."

By David Suzuki

My hometown, Vancouver, is in a rainforest, so we celebrate sunny days. People I talk to are enjoying the recent warm, dry weather, but they invariably add, “This isn't normal” — especially with all the smoke from nearby forest fires.

Unsung heroes in Sitkum Creek Wildfire — Nelson Search and Rescue Team

After getting the word of an evacuation alert, Ryan  Flett watched the fire burn from 7-Mile beach. — Ryan Flett photo

It’s never good receiving a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

But many residents in the Sitkum Creek/Willow Point/Six Mile Lakes Road area are grateful for work of RCMP officers and Nelson's Search and Rescue members Saturday night.

"Everyone was fired up, pardon the pun," said Nelson's Search and Rescue (SAR) Manager Sean Slimmon.

Slimmon received the call to issue an evacuation alert to residents between the Sitkum Creek/Six Mile area at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night (July 4).

Five Major Questions For The Province

Five Major Questions For The Province

To The Editor:

June 18 was a momentous date for the people of the Kootenay and British Columbia – cancellation of the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for Jumbo Glacier Resort must now mark the end of a decades-long struggle for the protection of one of this region’s most beloved wild places, the Jumbo Valley.
 

BE HEALTHY OUTDOORS -- Part 1

BE HEALTHY OUTDOORS -- Part 1

Now that it’s summer with such intense sunshine this year, many of us are taking advantage of the weather & are outside as much as possible.  Whether it’s walking in the woods, mountain biking, road riding, golfing, fishing, swimming or tennis, it’s better to prevent common problems and be ready for incidents as they occur.  Hopefully, this should give you some useful tips for staying healthy and comfortable.

South African Star to Perform at July 28 'Music in the Park'

South African Star to Perform at July 28 'Music in the Park'

Following an appearance at the Vancouver Folk Festival, African folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla will perform at a special Kootenay Savings Music in the Park concert on Tuesday, July 28.

We Are Greater Than Tar Sands

We Are Greater Than Tar Sands

Kootenay paddlers joined a call for action on climate change.  People are speaking out:  a flotilla of over 50 paddlers in 30 boats took to Kootenay Lake on Saturday July 4 to join in a national day of action for jobs, justice and climate action, sponsored by 350.org.
 

Council says 'no' to pet pigs; family upset at city's mistake

Council says 'no' to pet pigs; family upset at city's mistake

A Castlegar family will be forced to part with their pet pot-bellied pigs – and eat a several-thousand-dollar investment in said pigs - after city council decided, at its regular meeting Monday night, to deny their request for an exemption from the city’s animal bylaw.

City director of Development Services Phil Markin compiled a nine-page report recommending the residents be allowed to keep their pets, contending that, because a bylaw officer indicated to the family (in error) in 2013 the pets would be allowed, the city should stand by that.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Council owes family money and apology

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Council owes family money and apology

I think Castlegar Mayor and Council owe a local family both money and an apology – not because of a decision made at last Monday’s meeting, but because of the way it was handled, which I feel was heartless.

To be clear, I’m a big fan of the sitting council, who seem to me to have a ton of heart. They volunteer relentlessly, are hugely generous with their time and money both, and I’ve always felt they have the best interests of Castlegar at heart.

Community Gardens survive internal drought - thanks in large part to city council

Community Gardens survive internal drought - thanks in large part to city council

Thanks to a successful AGM and a decision from council Monday night to offer some financial support, Castlegar’s Community Garden is now blossoming and ready to run riot into the coming seasons despite almost withering into obscurity just months ago.

Explosive excitement on tap at 2015 Firefighter Games in Pass Creek

Interfor's purchaser, Terence Hedges, finishing superintendent Allan Jmayoff and Dustin LePage show off the full lift of 12-foot 2X6s donated by Interfor for the 2015 Firefighter Games
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The term ‘explosive’ is an exaggeration often used to get people excited about something, but make no mistake – it’s a 100-per-cent-accurate description of the Firefighter Games (see attached video, in which the 2014 opening ceremonies include blowing up a car and RV, and check out the resulting 100-plus-foot fireball).

Family fun was never cooler than this!