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Alberta Pipeline Spill

By David Suzuki

On July 15, a state-of-the-art new pipeline near Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruptured, spilling five million litres of bitumen, sand and waste water over 16,000 square metres — one of the largest pipeline oil spills in Canadian history. Two days later, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed in Montana, spilling 160,000 litres and forcing evacuation of nearby homes.

SHRINKING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

SHRINKING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Several West Kootenay communities, inlcuding Rossland,  will soon be reducing their carbon footprint thanks to $168,000 support from Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC.

Over the next year, participating local governments will work alongside the Community Energy Association (CEA) which will provide expert support to help communities, in FortisBC’s electric service operating area (in Columbia Basin Trust’s region), find ways to use less energy in their community.

NEW SPEED LIMITS COMING SOON TO A NEIGHBOURHOOD NEAR YOU!

Based on a staff recommendation at  Regular Meeting of Council on June 22, 2015, and in response to years of  safety concerns brought to Council by many residents,  Rossland City Council has recently reduced the city’s local road speed limit from 40 km/hr. to 30 km/hr. in order to increase street safety for all residents.  Crews will shortly be placing a “3” over the “4” on the existing signs to alert drivers to the new 30 km/hr.

LETTER: Thanks owed and lessons learned

LETTER: Thanks owed and lessons learned

Ed. Note: for the context of this letter, see full coverage by following this link.

I just want to give a huge thanks to all those who played a part in allowing me and my family to keep Chumlee and Rosie. 

I first must thank my wonderful neighbours who signed my original petition that I submitted to city council and the creation of an online petition that was signed by almost 600 people within 24 hours.  The support you showed us was amazing. 

I would like to thank the various media and social network outlets that told our story which led to the overwhelming support of this wonderful community we call home. 

HEU stages rally against plans to privatize hospital laundry services Saturday in Nelson

HEU workers staged a protest through the streets of Nelson, concluding at the City Hall Courtyard Saturday.

Laundry workers at Kootenay Lake Hospital are being joined by Hospital Employees Union (HEU) president Victor Elkins at a rally Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at the Baker Street Best Western Hotel on the 100 Block of Baker Street.

The group will then parade to City Hall where Elkins will be one of the key speakers at the rally against the Interior Health Authority's plans to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.

Medicare and the Retirement Conundrum

Medicare and the Retirement Conundrum

There's been lots of attention paid recently to the Canada Pension Plan and how to extend it, and news stories and commentary about how adequate or otherwise Canadians' retirement situation will be. The sunshine boys over at the C.D. Howe Institute (a.k.a. the Isn't Capitalism Wonderful Institute, or ICWI) reassure us that everything is fine and we should just ignore all the warnings.

LETTER: Protect our freshwater fish

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Dear Madame Premier,
 
My name is Brynne Morrice. I’m a B.C.-based filmmaker, born and raised here. I love our province deeply. I love our people, I love our culture, and most of all I love the unparalleled natural beauty that defines our province.
 
Last summer, I learned of the imminent threat that zebra and quagga mussels pose to our province. While I sat with my family on an idyllic B.C.

What BC Can Learn From California's Drought

What BC Can Learn From California's Drought

By Laura Brandes, Communications Director, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Time to step back and realize world's oceans deserve better

Time to step back and realize world's oceans deserve better

By David Suzuki

June 8 is World Oceans Day. In Canada, it’s a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation —trillions of plankton, billions of fish, millions of seabirds, thousands of whalesand myriad other creatures great and small. Yet, we have little to celebrate when it comes to looking after this natural legacy.

Although the federal government has committed to protect 10 per cent of our oceans by 2020, it has so far protected just one per cent.

Castlegar filmmaker to debut movie 'Defensora' in Nelson

Castlegar filmmaker to debut movie 'Defensora' in Nelson

On May 22, 2015, Angelica Choc, a Mayan woman from Guatemala confronted shareholders of Canadian Mining Giant, Hudbay Minerals Inc. at their annual general meeting held in Toronto. With incredible dignity and courage, she told shareholders of the brutal killing of her husband, Adolfo Ich (allegedly) by Hudbay security personnel during a community protest near Hudbay’s mine site on September 27, 2009. She also told them how on the same day security personnel (allegedly) shot German Chub, a young man who is now paralyzed from the waist down.

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