May 2016

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

The BC government is enabling a dangerous disregard for environmental monitoring, reporting and protection among mining companies by letting them off the hook for the full costs of environmental reclamation – leaving taxpayers liable for more than $1.5 billion, a new report shows.

Campaign reminds boaters that alcohol and boating don’t mix

The goal of the campaign is to shift public attitudes toward drinking and boating.

As the first long weekend of the summer season arrives, BC Liquor Stores and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) are joining forces to remind British Columbians about how dangerous prevailing attitudes around mixing alcohol with boating can be.

RDCK approves the first aspect of an electric vehicle project

The growing cost of gasoline-fueled transportation in the region has prompted the prospect of an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure project for the Kootenays. — Screen Shot photo

Change is being fueled in the Kootenays and it is creating an electric feel.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved support at its last regular meeting for a project that is expected to raise the profile of electric vehicle use in the Kootenay region.

The growing cost of gasoline-fueled transportation in the region has prompted the prospect of an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure project for the Kootenays.

Castlegar man rescued by teams from Trail, Rossland, Grand Forks and South Columbia

Castlegar man rescued by teams from Trail, Rossland, Grand Forks and South Columbia

Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland and South Columbia Search and Rescue, along with Trail's Fire Rescue, were called out yesterday after Grand Forks police received a phone call about a Castlegar man in jeopardy under the Paulson Bridge, according to Grand Forks RCMP Sgt. Jim Fenske.

Fenske said the call came in at about 8:40 p.m., indicating a hiker was stranded on the rockface below the bridge.

“SAR teams did a high-angle rope rescue, rappelling down from the bridge deck,” he said. “They were able to secure him, then lower him down to the Rail Trail below.”

Castlegar's new sculptures are almost here!

Regeneration by Spring Shine and Christopher Petersen

Thirty-one new sculptures will be landing in Castlegar’s downtown this Saturday, marking the sixth year of the internationally-renowned Castlegar Sculpturewalk.

SD 20 students get to participate in Selkirk College's Project Heavy Duty

A group of Grade 10 to 12 students from School District 20 with a keen interest in the trades will spend two days working alongside people in local industry in an event called Project Heavy Duty. It has been running successfully in the East Kootenay for many years and this is the first one being held in our region.

A group of 20 high school students from School District 20 will get a chance to take their keen interest in the trades and local industry one step further with a hands-on experience that could cement their future.

Project Heavy Duty is being offered for the first time in this region as a way to connect employers, educators and students.

“We want to create a continuum for youth moving into the workforce, into the types of jobs we have in this area,” says Kootenay Workforce Development Coordinator Carol Currie.

Riondel firefighters extinguish wildfire near Gray Creek

Quick action by Riondel firefighters doused the fire before it could get out of control. — Photo courtesy RDCK

A wildfire near Gray Creek Monday (May 16) evening served as a great reminder the fire season is here said Riondel Fire Chief Cory Medhurst after the local volunteer fire department extinguished the blaze.

Strength in numbers — Winlaw supporters send message to Kootenay Lake School Board

The gymnasium at W.E. Graham in Slocan was packed with people Tuesday protesting the potential closure of Winlaw Elementary School. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake School Board received the cold-shoulder treatment during its meeting Tuesday at W.E. Graham School in Slocan as more than 350 parents, students and Valley residents attended to voice their displeasure over the potential decision to close Winlaw Elementary School.

Winlaw was included in the recent Kootenay Lake School District 8 facilities draft plan as schools considered for potential closure as Board members wrestle with finding enough dollars to operate schools in the district.

La Cafamore: Classical Music From The Movies (And Other Internet Lies)

La Cafamore

Now in its eighth season of performances in the Kootenays, La Cafamore presents: Music from the Movies (and other internet lies).  The trio consisting of Angela Snyder (violin), Alexis More (viola) and Carolyn Cameron (piano) will plays works of Felix Mendelssohn, Dimitri Shostakovich and Joe Hisaishi.

When:  Thursday June 2, 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Trail United Church

            1300  Pine Ave,  Trail

Tickets:  Adults $15, Students/Seniors $12, Children under 12 free

OPINION: Electoral Reform Committee makes a mockery of Law Commission Recommendations

OPINION: Electoral Reform Committee makes a mockery of Law Commission Recommendations

How We Vote

Reforming the system by which we elect members to the House of Commons was an issue for at least one political party in the last federal election, but it is not a new topic. Arguably the most extensive study undertaken on the subject was the 2004 Law Commission Canada report: Voting Counts: Electoral Reform for Canada.

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