Anaconda residents raise fears over contamination from proposed slag project

Photo Google Earth Erik Viklund
Residents of Anaconda near the historic slag piles of Greenwood, B.C. are determined to voice their fears over carcinogens that could be released if a new mining proposal moves forward. Although the call for public input on the permit has closed, local Mary Jane Prutton said that the company’s initial presentation did not give enough information for the residents to understand the full implications of the proposal and they want to be heard.
“It’s not that everybody is against industry at all,” said Prutton.

Boundary agriculture plan unveiled

James Calissi presents the draft agriculture plan; Photo, Mona Mattei
Many of the people who attended the unveiling of the draft agricultural plan for the Boundary region were not convinced that the big picture direction provided by the author of the plan, James Calissi, is enough.
The regional agriculture plan was previewed last week as the consultant opened the draft up for feedback from the community at two meetings, one in Rock Creek and the second in Grand Forks.

Bringing Rossland's business culture to the forefront: Business centre concept brewing for BMO

Old BMO building in the snow - Andrew Zwicker photo

When you think about the culture of Rossland you probably pull up the first two unmistakable pieces of the puzzle: a strong outdoor sporting culture and an impressive and continually growing arts scene. A more recent development, spearheaded by the Economic Development Task Force as part of the Strategic Sustainability Commission, has been sparked by the sale and refurbishment of the old Bank of Montreal Building by Fletcher Quince.

Castlegar wins Supreme Court case over City Centre Motel

Castlegar wins Supreme Court case over City Centre Motel

The Supreme Court of B.C. has found in favour of the City of Castlegar after owners of the City Centre Motel downtown requested a judicial review of city council's decision to order the structure demolished.

Regional chamber receives $30,000 for next year

(L-R) Kelly Thomas, CEO of the Grand Forks District Credit Union presents the cheque to David Evdokimoff, Brian Fletcher, Sarah Winton, and Wendy McCulloch, general manager of Community Futures Boundary; Photo, Mona Mattei
A donation of $30,000 from the Grand Forks District Credit Union has solidified the development of a new regional chamber of commerce. Despite this generous contribution, committee members raised concerns over future funding and membership as they forged ahead with their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Regional economic development service questioned

Grand Forks city councillors meet with the BEDC; Photo, Mona Mattei
Two years after the reformation of the regional economic development service some directors are questioning if the committee’s work is going in the right direction. After hearing grumblings about the services overseen by the Boundary Economic Development Committee (BEDC), Chair and Regional Director for Area C, Grace McGregor, said they decided to clear the air at their November meeting including inviting the entire Grand Forks city council to attend.
McGregor opened the floor to discussion after an overview of the work done by the BEDC.

OP/ED: Big biotech may win in vote for non-GMO bill

MP Alex Atamanenko, B.C. Southern Interior
New Democrat Agriculture Critic, Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior) is appalled at how Conservatives have slammed the door in farmers face and are ignoring their concerns over economic impact of genetically modified crops.
After months of negotiation Conservative MPs abandoned a deal to allow the Agriculture Committee more time to consider the merits of Atamanenko’s Bill (C-474).
“It’s no secret that Big Biotech doesn’t want a debate on GE seeds,” stated Atamanenko.  “They are quite happy with the present system

Slag to solar - new technology will change the face of Greenwood

(L-R) Anita Langley, director of operations, explained the new solar technology while Joe Falkowsky and city administrator Gerry Henke look on; Photo, Mona Mattei
Someone may have found the magic key to making solar panels from mining slag. Transforming the left-overs from the hundred-year-old waste will be a godsend to Greenwood, not just to eliminate the eyesore slag pile, but finally creating jobs.
A crowd of over 80 came out to hear the news delivered by Joe Falkowsky, a resident of Greenwood since the days when the mine was still operating and current owner of the pile along with the City of Greenwood. Falkowsky’s company, Greenwood Solar Systems BC Ltd.

Interfor previews new energy facility for Grand Forks

Craig Carlyle (r) Interfor's energy manager, explains aspects of the co-gen plant to Councillor Christine Thompson, David Milton and Councillor Chris Moslin as Andrew Horahan looks on; Photo, Mona Mattei

A proposal for a co-generation plant was unveiled on Monday in Grand Forks. For most of the city this was the first look at the power plant project that International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) is interested in building on their sawmill site. The 20 megawatt plant will deliver power and provide benefits to the company’s existing operations. Key questions that arose at the information session focused on concern for the environmental impacts of the plant. 

New regional chamber gets advice from Minister Black

Minister Iain Black (r) talks to regional chamber. Mayor Colleen Lange and Community Futures Boundary Manager Wendy McCulloch; Photo, Mona Mattei
Minister Iain Black, hosted by the City of Greenwood last week, rang in the new era for the regional chamber of commerce for the Boundary region last week. Black, Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development (at the time) was on tour to recognize small business month in the province.
Black, accompanied by Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater, was welcomed by local government representatives, Community Futures Boundary, the Greenwood Board of Trade and some West Boundary business owners.
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