Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

Kootenay Conservation Projects receive Million Dollar boost

Ministry of Environment staff member Mike Gall looks out on some of the restoration work completed at Premier Lake Park as part of the East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program. HCTF has provided financial support for this program since 2002. — Submitted photo

At the BC Wildlife Federation Convention held this weekend in Fernie, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) announced it will provide over a million dollars to Kootenay fish & wildlife projects.
The East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program was awarded the largest single grant in the region, receiving $189,000 to improve wildlife habitat through prescribed burns.

In total, 16 Kootenay conservation projects were approved for funding, including:

Assessment shows Jumbo resort foundations put down in dangerous avalanche path

Jumbo Valley. Image via dinlaroche, Flickr Creative Commons

The Jumbo Glacier Resort Municipality (JGRM) was dealt a blow recently when an avalanche assessment ordered by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) revealed building foundations laid down last fall were placed in a dangerous avalanche path.

LETTERS in support of MAPP

LETTERS in support of MAPP


Editor's note: The Boundary Sentinel has been sent multiple Letters in support of the MAPP project. They've been compiled here, so reader's can see them all at once. Any new letters supporting this project will be added to the top of this page in the order they are submitted. 


Re: Letter of Support for MAAP

Dear Mayor Konrad & Members of City Council,

COMMENT: Linda Larson talks road construction, tourism, budget and sports

COMMENT: Linda Larson talks road construction, tourism, budget and sports

With spring comes road construction and I’m pleased to see the walkway on Lakehill Road in Kaleden underway.

While many great people in the community have supported the project, I want to personally thank volunteer Kim Dennis for all her help and collaboration in getting this project to the top of the list for the Ministry of Transportation, and thanks also to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and rural director Tom Siddon.

Province stands firm on wolf cull plan despite fierce opposition

Province has no plans to halt the program.

In the face of a petition from 60 environmental groups signed by 173,000 people from around the world, the province is standing firm in its stance that the wolf cull is needed to protect the dwindling mountain caribou population.

“While the ministry appreciates that this issue generates strong feelings on all sides, there are no plans to halt the program,” the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said in an email.

South Slocan's Dean Siminoff uses Martial Arts to help free modern day slaves

Dean Siminoff started MAJ’s Breaking Boards Breaking Chains in 2013.

A program founded by a South Slocan man — Martial Arts For Justice — had a story written about him in a Coloradob-based news website.

Plastic Overload

Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 8
24 Feb 2015

We have to stop filling and killing the oceans with plastic

By David Suzuki

Eight million tonnes. That’s how much plastic we’re tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it’s enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.

Concern for flagging Kootenay Lake fishery draws big crowd

Senior Fish biologist Jeff Burrows (center by screen) presents information to a packed house. — Suzy Hamilton photo

The short version is that there are too many mouths to feed.

The longer version is that it may take anywhere from two to ten years for the Kokanee to recover in Kootenay Lake and everyone has to help.

That was the message from Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) biologists who spoke to a packed meeting of more than 250 people at the Balfour Hall Monday night.

Residents save "bagged" deer

Photo submitted by Heather Rattray

A Grand Forks deer is luckier than most, after being spotted with a bag fixed to her head. The deer was first spotted in the Ruckle area of the city on Saturday night around 5:30 p.m. with a bag tightly wrapped around her head.  

At first, residents tried to rally the authorities, with no immediate results. By Sunday morning, concern was growing because the deer was still wandering the community with the bag adhered to its head.

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