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by Murray Dobbin on Friday Jul 15 2016

The Trudeau government is hell-bent on ratifying two massive investment agreements -- the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- that will radically undermine Canadian democracy. Yet very few Canadians are informed about these deals because our mainstream media has been so irresponsible in reporting on their impacts. The first-order...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jul 13 2016

People have harnessed energy from moving water for thousands of years. Greeks used various types of water wheels to grind grain in mills more than 2,000 years ago. In the late 1800s, people figured out how to harness the power to produce electricity. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, hydropower has expanded, producing about 17 per cent of the world’s electricity by 2014 and about...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jun 29 2016

Broken records define the climate crisis

We’re living in a time of records. More renewable energy came on stream in 2015 than ever — 147 gigawatts, equal to Africa’s entire generating capacity — and investment in the sector broke records worldwide. Costs for producing solar and wind power have hit record lows. Portugal obtained all its electricity from renewable sources...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jun 27 2016

A legal challenge to the constitutional validity of Bill C-14 has been filed.  

In a unanimous decision last year,  Canada's highest court declared that the Criminal Code provisions against physician-assisted dying  "are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Jun 22 2016

BC Premier Christy Clark famously denounced environmental activists as "the forces of NO," and proudly aligned herself with "the forces of YES" for industrial development, and in particular, the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry and the LNG projects her government is pushing -- along with the Site C dam to provide power for it. 

Are LNG projects a good thing for BC, or a bad thing in...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 15 2016

North American Bat Monitoring Program has started in BC

“Our bats are crucial for our ecosystem” says Dr. Cori Lausen, Bat Specialist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.  “They consume enormous numbers of nocturnal flying insects, including moths that are agricultural or forest pests. Monitoring the disease’s spread and impact through this NABat...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 15 2016

Last year our area had deeper snow in the hills, to the delight of skiers and others who play in the snow.  In March, our snowpack was 7% above the historical "normal" level.  And yet, it melted away very quickly in the warm spring; just one month later, our snowpack was only 69% of normal for that time.  So far we've been lucky to have rainy weather since then, both for forest fire prevention...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 15 2016

HAVE YOUR SAY ON SEWAGE:   Regional District Seeks Input on Future of Sewage Treatment in Greater Trail system

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is in the process of solidifying a long-term plan for sewage management in the Greater Trail area.  The RDKB’s current sewage treatment facility, the Columbia Pollution Control Centre, was built in the...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Jun 15 2016

Regular Rossland City Council Meeting, June 13, 2016, 6:00 pm

Present:   Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, Andy Morel, Aaron Cosbey, Marten Kruysse, John Greene, and Andrew Zwicker.

Public Input Period:  Bear bangers

Dave Watson spoke to Council about "a developing public safety issue -- bears, bear bangers and people."  ...

by Letters to the editor on Monday Jun 13 2016

As a wise and departed friend once said to me, “I feel a letter coming on”.

A Bear Banger is a very loud explosive that is launched from a hand held cylinder. They are meant for use in remote areas to ward off aggressive bears for fear of one’s safety. Hikers, wilderness campers, wildlife photographers and the like often carry them. They are unregulated and more...

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