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.

Bears foraging for food force RDCK to reduce hours at Kokanee Park Marina recycling bins

The recycling depot at Kokanee Park Marina has been attracting bears of late. — Photo courtesy Jeannine Delaney

Some inquisitive bears foraging for food around the recycling bins in the parking lot of the Kokanee Park Marina has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay to reduce hours of the facility.

The RDCK said the bears have been spotted around the recycling bin several times.

One bear was recently trapped and relocated.

“I’ve seen bears stand up with their paws on the bin and reach in for items at this sit,” said RDCK Conservation Officer Nathan Smienk.

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.