May 2015

Could water storage become the Ace in B.C.’s negotiating game?

Could water storage become the Ace in B.C.’s negotiating game?

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

April 'drier' than normal says Southeast Fire Centre

The warmer weather in April allowed this paddler a nice, relaxing day on the Kootenay River. — Submitted photo

The age-old adage of “April Showers, Brings May Flowers” was not the norm in April according to Ron Lakeman of the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.

Lakeman said in his monthly weather bulletin “dominant high pressure” made for a drier month of April.

“Not typical of April was the more dominant area of high pressure which resulted in a greater number of days of dry and fairly sunny conditions,” Lakeman explained.

Minister Fassbender's statement on B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

Minister Fassbender's statement on B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

Education Minister Peter Fassbender made the following statement on the B.C. Court of Appeal ruling:

“On preliminary review, we are very pleased with the Court of Appeal’s decision.

“Along with last year’s historic six-year agreement, today’s decision gives us a unique opportunity to work with teachers to improve outcomes for students.

“Since 2002, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in student outcomes, particularly for students with special needs - and teachers should be very proud of this.

BCTF President Jim Iker responds to BC Court of Appeal decision

BCTF president Jim Iker disappoined with BC Court of Appeal decision.

Jim Iker Response to BC Court of Appeal decision April 30, 2015

Good morning:

I’ll start right off by saying this is not the decision teachers – and workers across the country were hoping for today.

It is a disappointing ruling.

But, I will also say we fundamentally disagree with the decision which focuses on pre-legislative consultation by government. However there is a strong dissenting opinion from Justice Donald.

West Kootenay Camera Club's 25th Anniversary show set for June

This photograph — autumn colors of Waldie Island — is one of the many entries in past West Kootenay Camera Club shows. — Photo by Marie Croteau

Now we wait.

The deadline has passed for the West Kootenay Camera Club's 25th Anniversary of its annual Photo Show.

The Photo Show will take place from June 5-13 at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, coinciding with the Castlegar SunFest.  

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Club will host a Youth competition.

The Annual Photo Show is a juried event with qualified judges from varied backgrounds in both photography and the world of art.  This year’s judges are from Spokane, WA and Kelowna, BC. 

Dance Umbrella's 18th Annual Showcase opens at the Capitol on Thursday

Dancers from the Dance Umbrella work through a final training session in preparation for the 18th annual Showcase. — Eva Brownstein photos

It's that time of the year again - the Dance Umbrella's much awaited annual Spring Showcase.

The showcase opens on Thursday 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, and runs through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday for families.

More than 160 dancers at the Dance Umbrella have been hard at work mastering their choreography, which includes modern, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and Bollywood dance styles.

Trail mayor expresses disappointment over loss of Trail-to-Kelowna flight services

Trail mayor expresses disappointment over loss of Trail-to-Kelowna flight services

The City is disappointed to learn that Pacific Coastal Airlines (PASCO) will discontinue the Sunday through Friday Trail to Kelowna flight out of the Trail Regional Airport (TRA)  with the last scheduled flight being May 15, 2015.  The airline did not experience the necessary user-uptake to justify its continuance at this time. 

“We were hopeful this route would be well-used by leisure, business and medical travelers in the region; however the numbers show us this is not the case,” said Trail Mayor Mike Martin.   

Pacific Coastal announces suspension of Trail-to-Kelowna flights

Pacific Coastal announces suspension of Trail-to-Kelowna flights

On Jan. 12, 2015, Pacific Coastal Airlines initiated air service between the Trail Regional Airport and Kelowna International Airport. The decision to provide the air link between the West Kootenays and the Okanagan was made, partly, as a result of the overwhelming feedback the airline received within the region about the necessity of this service.

Canada Safety Council urges drivers to driver like a Road Hero

Canada Safety Council urges drivers to driver like a Road Hero

Hey you . . .  you ordinary motorist.

You there, ferrying your kids to soccer, you over there, trying to get to work on time, and you too, just out running errands.

Peter Bevan-Baker makes election history in PEI

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, and PEI's newest Green Party rep Peter Bevan-Baker were all smiles now that there's another Green in provincial government. — Photo courtesy Green Party Canada

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich – Gulf Islands) was quick to congratulate Peter Bevan-Baker on winning the Green Party's first seat in the P.E.I. legislature following Monday's provincial election.

“Congratulations to Peter Bevan-Baker and the whole Green Party of PEI field of exceptional candidates," May said in a Green Party media release.