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KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Hitting the ground running

Kettle River -- file photo

It's often a concern when environmental plans are completed that they will do little more than sit on a shelf. Thanks to the leadership and dedication of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and many other project partners, the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan has 'hit the ground running' and has a number of exciting projects underway and in the works.

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

To Mayor and Council of the City of Grand Forks,

I write you today as a concerned citizen of this amazing City. I am compelled to write to you about some concerns I and many other citizens have arising from the Regular City Council meeting this past Monday January 12th, 2015.  I was unable to attend the meeting in person but was able to watch the live video feed of the meeting on GFTV.COM. Please allow me to explain my concern.

FEATURE: Marijuana dispensary closes storefront; still working behind scene

FEATURE: Marijuana dispensary closes storefront; still working behind scene

Dispensary advocates petition for community support

The recent shut-down of a local medicinal marijuana dispensary and Compassion Club in Grand Forks has got the town talking, rumours flying and advocates attempting to educate and promote awareness in order to garner support for their cause.

Op/Ed: The "War on Christmas;" It's a real thing

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This Op/Ed video is by Derek Forgie. Some readers might recognize him because he travelled with Clara Hughes' Big Ride as she came through the Boundary and West Kootenays. Check out his stance on the "War on Christmas." 

Bio (NSB): Equality Advocate

KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Small fish with big importance for the Kettle River.

KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Small fish with big importance for the Kettle River.

Unless you are really into fish, you have probably not heard of the Speckled Dace.

The Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) is a small minnow (5-9 cm) that is relatively abundant in the Kettle River watershed and in many waterways in the western United States.

The Speckled Dace is a small minnow found in the Kettle River watershed and western United States. Illustration by Nichola Lytle, Pink Dog Designs

COLUMN: Climate change and skeptics -- part II

COLUMN: Climate change and skeptics -- part II

In Part I of this column, I attempted to present over whelming evidence that human activities are affecting global climate.  The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is composed of over 2,000 atmospheric scientists from every major country.  In 2001, the IPCC stated unequivocally that human activities are having detectable effects on the Earth’s climate, on the atmosphere and the Earth’s water.

Avalanche warning throughout BC interior

Avalanche warning throughout BC interior

Avalanche Canada is issuing a special public avalanche warning for the mountains of BC’s interior, including the North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South Rockies, and Lizard Range and Flathead. This warning applies to recreational backcountryusers and is in effect from Friday, November 28 to Monday, December 1.

BCFED launches 'Fight For $15' campaign to increase the minimum wage

BC Fed announced its fight to increase minimum wage in province.

The BC Federation of Labour has launched the Fight For $15 campaign, calling on the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour.
 
“At the current minimum wage, working full-time is not enough to lift a worker out of poverty,” said Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour.

Op/Ed: Need "Good" reason to run for council

Op/Ed: Need "Good" reason to run for council

This Op/Ed was originally shared on a Boundary Facebook group and then sent to us for publication. 

Ever wonder what motivates a person to run for municipal council? While some run with the best of intentions, some folks have really bad, or at least really misguided, motives.

 Here are my top five bad reasons to run:

Work in the age of anxiety

Work in the age of anxiety

Working Canadians, from blue collar workers to middle class professionals to hamburger flippers are facing the worst economy insecurity, most stressful working conditions, the slowest increases in real income and the most cynical anti-worker governments literally since the 1930s. At the same time the 1% and the powerful corporations which make them rich have not been so privileged in terms of wealth, income and political power since the pre-crash 1920s.

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