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FEATURE: Annual Santa interview: a feminist Christmas?

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FEATURE: Annual Santa interview: a feminist Christmas?

This reporter's annual interview with Mr. Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle, St, Nicolas, Pere Noel) took an unexpected turn when Claus ended up remaining silent for the bulk of the conversation.


The interview began normally enough, with Claus fielding questions as to how the North Pole has weathered the previous year's global economic downturn.

Forget about white .. have a very green Christmas!

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Forget about white .. have a very green Christmas!

As we enter into the final days before Christmas and prepare to spend time with our loved ones, it’s a great time for us to also look at the impact our holiday season has on our environment. We all expect to have extra waste during the holidays, but every year our nations have increases as high as 25 per cent in terms of waste during the holidays, as compared to a regular week.

B.O.M. shell! The new owner of Rossland's biggest building speaks

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B.O.M. shell! The new owner of Rossland's biggest building speaks

This week the giant for sale sign on the front of the old Bank of Montreal building had a new red sold sign slapped up on it. After a long stretch of sitting empty, the biggest and arguably most important building to Rossland’s downtown core has been generating a level of buzz around town with folks wondering who and what might soon inhabit the historical structure.

This week, acting on a tip from Christine Albo (who recently sold the building) the Telegraph connected with the new owner Fletcher Quince to chat about an old building and a new life here in the West Kootenay.

Celgar speaks: the other side of a contentious taxation coin

Celgar speaks: the other side of a contentious taxation coin

Celgar manager Al Hitzroth shared some of his company's perspectives today regarding a tax dispute between Celgar and the City of Castlegar, discussing a conflict that has been gaining widespread media attention since it began in July.

The issue had arisen months before that, in fact, when Celgar demanded a 50-per-cent tax cut in December 2008, but took centre stage when Celgar, in July 2009, declined to pay its $3.6-million municipal tax bill, filing suit against the city in B.C. Supreme court instead, citing “unreasonable tax rates”.

Out There: Thoughts while waiting for a ferry

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Revelstoke Pow - Mike Zwicker Photo

Ah, the blessings and curses that come with snowfall in the Kootenays. As I sit here writing I’m more focussed on the negatives than the positives. It's 4:34 P.M., and I’ve been sitting in my Jeep in Shelter Bay for 33 minutes. The ferry from Shelter Bay across Arrow Lake to Galena Bay is one of the scenic wonders of the Kootenays. It’s a unique and unexpected element in the transportation network of this unique region of BC. How many inland mountain highways hundreds of kilometres from the ocean require a half hour ferry crossing?
 

Selkirk College receives funding to assist unemployed

Selkirk College is one of 20 colleges and universities in BC that will share an investment of 5.2 million dollars from the provincial government towards skills training for the unemployed.

"We are very happy about the funding," said Vi Kalesnikoff, Dean of Community, Corporate and International Development. "It will give us the ability to support a number of individuals in making significant changes in their lives."

Two injured in morning car crash

Two injured in morning car crash

Two people were seriously injured in a car crash on Frank Beinder Way, near Castlegar's Selkirk College campus this morning.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said the call came in at 8:07 a.m., and fire crews from both Castlegar and Ootischenia responded.

The Jaws of Life were required to extricate at least one of the victims, and both were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police have not released the names of the victims or speculated as to the cause of the crash.

Toxco clean up nears completion

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The following is a press release from Toxco, Ltd.

Clean up activities at the Toxco, Inc. site in Trail are almost completed says Kathy Bruce, vice president of Toxco Ltd. “More than 80% of the debris has been removed from the site and we continue to process the remaining battery debris from the fire.”

Toxco operations have remained unaffected by the incident and the facility continues to operate.

Kootenay Contraption contestants concoct canny creations

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One hundred of the Kootenays' finest young minds recently put their brain power into action as part of Kootenay Contraption contest. Tasked with the open-ended assignment of coming up with an invention that either does something, addresses a need, or solves a problem, entrants from across the area sent in photos, drawings, and videos explaining their projects.

Windstorm leaves a trail of damage

City works manager Wayne Kopan inspects damage at the Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Forks; Photo, Mona Mattei

Storm warnings could not stop the devastation the wind brought to the Boundary region on Monday night and early Tuesday, Nov. 17. Wind gusts ranging from 50 to 70 kilometres per hour were seen in the last 24 hours around the area along with heavy rainfall. While the weather warning has now been lifted, the damage clean up is just beginning.

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