March 2017

COLUMN: Shine Your Light

COLUMN:  Shine Your Light

Scissors and Paste

The academic supervisor for my post-grad thesis in history would not have approved of what I do in this edition of the Arc. He dismissed the method (with a curl of his lip) thus: “writing with scissors and paste, Charles.”

I have looked over several pieces of writing recently, some of it my own, and I am making a scrapbook of topics that hang together. The theme emerges from the topics.

Letter: About Access Gas

Letter:  About Access Gas

To the Editor:

I was recently visited by a representative of Access Gas offering me participation in the Customer Choice Program which guarantees you stable pricing for the gas you receive via Fortis for the next five years.  The program is well presented and documented and is perfectly legitimate.

Castlegar Students Step Out Into The Wonder Of Winter

Students at Robson Community learn about animal tracks.

This winter, over 3,000 elementary students throughout the Columbia Basin stepped out of their classrooms and into the magical world of Winter Wonder.

In the Castlegar area, Winter Wonder educators Alyssa Belanger, Genna Lazier and Mary Searchfield took twenty Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes from Kinnaird Elementary, Fruitvale Elementary, Robson Community and Castlegar Primary on half-day field studies to discover the awe of winter and why it is so important for our local ecosystems. Judging by the rosy-cheeked smiles on everybody’s faces, amazing days out were had by all.

Teck Trail Operations Completes Construction of Groundwater Treatment Plant

Teck Trail Operations Completes Construction of Groundwater Treatment Plant

Teck Trail Operations has completed construction of the Groundwater Treatment Plant, a $46-million investment to address groundwater affected by the site’s historical activities. Commissioning of the plant is currently under way, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by summer 2017.

“The Groundwater Treatment Plant demonstrates our commitment to addressing effects of our historical operations and aligns with our ongoing focus to ensure the environment is protected,” said Thompson Hickey, General Manager, Teck Trail Operations.

Castlegar, Slocan and Nelson awarded multi-million-dollar grants for infrastructure projects

The stretch of Columbia earmarked for revitalization, as shown by Google Maps.

Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue Complete Streets program got a major boost over the weekend, when two higher levels of government announced more than $3 million in grant funding toward the project.

The federal and provincial governments have committed $1, 607,421 each to the project, with the City of Castlegar paying the remaining $1,607,422.

CBT provides $2 mill for energy conservation improvements

CBT energy retrofit.

Many of the affordable housing units operated by non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin need energy retrofits, such as replacing boilers and windows. A new Columbia Basin Trust program will provide funding and support to help make these improvements possible.

City announces Trail airport terminal building call for tenders

City announces Trail airport terminal building call for tenders

The City of Trail announced last week that it has launched a call for tenders inviting eligible contractors to bid on the civil works and construction of the Trail Regional Airport Terminal Building. The tender, released March 8, closes March 28, at 3 p.m. PST and will require the successful contractor to start construction in early spring 2017 with substantial completion by December 2017.

Robson Fire Department asks you to help 'Fill The Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy

Robson Fire Department asks you to help 'Fill The Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy

Join Robson Fire Fighters on March 25 as they hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Be sure to look out for Fire Fighters with boot in hand and stop by to contribute to the cause at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road in Robson on March 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   A portion of proceeds from fuel that day will go to the cause and Johnny’s Grocery and Gas is providing lots of cool prizes. 

Nelson-Creston MLA brings large Jumbo wild petition to BC Legislature

A town with a Mayor, a council and a bank account serving no one said Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall in the BC Legislature Wednesday.

Could this be an election issue?

Maybe not on the provincial scene as Premier Christy Clark, NPD Leader John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of the Green Party jockey for position on the provincial stage during the run up to the next BC election.

However, the Nelson-Creston MLA was not about to let the Jumbo issue slide past the Liberals Wednesday in the BC Legislature as Michelle Mungall presented a petition signed by 61,526 people from the Kootenays and around the world who want to keep Jumbo wild.

Spring brings increasing interest in bat health and public reports of bats

A bat flying at the entrance of a cave in Vermont. — Photo courtesy Ann Froschauer/USFWS

Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP), in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).

WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in eastern North America. WNS was first detected in Washington State in March 2016.

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