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Remember, before digging make the BC One Call

Remember, before digging make the BC One Call

Springtime marks the unofficial start of gardening season across British Columbia. It’s also traditionally the time of year when utilities such as FortisBC see a spike in the number of calls to repair damage to its underground natural gas pipes.
 
According to FortisBC, 99 per cent of the damage to its natural gas system is caused by third parties such as construction crews, contractors and homeowners. Even the smallest damage could require thousands of dollars of repair work and force FortisBC crews to shut down service to other customers in the area.

Students from around the Columbia Basin celebrate Earth Day

Students from around the Columbia Basin celebrate Earth Day

Kids in classrooms around the Columbia Basin celebrated Earth Day this past week with students from Nelson and Castlegar visiting the Ooleschenia Landfill, the Brilliant Recycling Centre and Nelson Transfer Station. 

Celebrated around the world, Earth Day (April 22), is a time to celebrate the earth, our home.

Kids participating in Wildsight’s Beyond Recycling program have planned a variety of hands-on activities to celebrate, sharing their learnings with their schools and their community.

MAJORITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIANS THINK THEY ARE REGISTERED ORGAN DONORS — MOST ARE NOT

MAJORITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIANS THINK THEY ARE REGISTERED ORGAN DONORS — MOST ARE NOT

Ninety-five percent of British Columbians support the idea of donating a kidney to someone in need, according to a survey released by The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (April 20-27).

When an Ipsos online survey* conducted in the last week of March asked British Columbians “Are you registered as an organ donor?”

Fifty-one percent of the British Columbians surveyed said yes, yet only 19% of all British Columbians are actually registered on BC’s organ donor registry.

Library presentation takes the mystery out of online trading

Library presentation takes the mystery out of online trading

The stock market…that’s for experts, right? Not necessarily, says Online Trading Academy graduate and presenter Cal Reeks.

A successful stock market trader since 2008, Reeks offers to demystify online trading at a special presentation Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library.

Kootenay bike tour to talk about the stop-the-pipelines movement

Kootenay bike tour to talk about the stop-the-pipelines movement

Kootenays for a Pipeline Free BC is going on a bike and speaking tour of the Kootenays this week.

Co-op offers Educational and Yes! Camp Youth Scholarships

Co-op offers Educational and Yes! Camp Youth Scholarships

Are you a Kootenay Co-op member seeking funding for further education?

If so, then the Kootenay Co-op has a great opportunity for you.

The $1,000 Members’ Scholarship offers financial support to an active Kootenay Co-op member, or the child of an active member, to attend an accredited post secondary institution.

Are you are a parent looking for a valuable summer experience for the teenager in your life?

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH TRIPLE-HEADER BOOK LAUNCH AT NELSON’S OXYGEN ART CENTRE FEATURES SASKATCHEWAN, SLOCAN VALLEY POETS

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH TRIPLE-HEADER BOOK LAUNCH AT NELSON’S OXYGEN ART CENTRE FEATURES SASKATCHEWAN, SLOCAN VALLEY POETS

Regina poet Bruce Rice and Winlaw poet Tom Wayman will launch three books between them as Nelson’s Oxygen Art Centre marks National Poetry Month on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Rice will be launching The Trouble With Beauty, just out from Coteau Books, which responds to the landscapes of western Saskatchewan. 

The book features photos of the province’s prairies and hills by Dennis Evans, an art instructor at the former David Thompson University Centre in Nelson. 

Take Pride in the Best Years of Your Life

Take Pride in the Best Years of Your Life

Like it or not, we are all aging. And as we get older, many women experience limitations and self-doubt.

But what if age didn’t define you?

What if now is the time you are meant to express the amazing woman you have spent decades becoming?

Peggy Ness is a professionally trained life coach who will be presenting an interactive four-session class at Selkirk College.

“The Art of Aging Vibrantly” runs from May 7-28 on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.

Composting Info Sessions with Dr. Compost

Composting Info Sessions with Dr. Compost

Has the day arrived for YOU to start composting?

Are you a veteran composter but have composting questions or problems?

Then you should save the date for a complimentary compost class with Dr. Compost, aka Christoph Martens, at the Kootenay Co-op in Nelson.

Come and learn all about building and operating various composting systems, including how to build a worm composter, a bokashi composting system and how to make compost tea.

Film Deep Green, complete with panel discussion, set for April 23 at Civic Theatre

Film Deep Green, complete with panel discussion, set for April 23 at Civic Theatre

The West Kootenay Eco Society is tossing out the invitation to the public to the Earth-day inspired screening of the uplifting and energizing film Deep Green, at the Civic Theatre on (Wednesday) April 23.

The film focuses on practical steps that we can all take to help prevent climate chaos. A panel discussion of local experts follows the showing of the film.

Co-sponsors of the event are Nelson Hydro and Eco-Save.