What "Asset Management" means, and why we should care

Rossland Council and senior staff started early with a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  This session was a workshop on "Asset Management" presented by Grand Forks Chief Administrative Officer  Doug Allin.   Allin donated his time for the workshop, and Mayor Kathy Moore thanked him for that demonstration of community collaboration.



Rossland City  Council heard a presentation on Tuesday evening by well-spoken youth from the "Creating a Supportive Rossland" group,  seeking to have the City fly the rainbow flag in recognition of Gay Pride Week this September, and to approve a rainbow crosswalk near Rossland Summit School.  Their worthy aim is to provide a more openly welcoming community for "LGBTQ+" people -- gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people,  those who question their own gender identity, and any others with what might be called non-standard sexuality.  Council

OPINION: TPP -- Forfeiting Our Health and Sovereignty?

OPINION: TPP -- Forfeiting Our Health and Sovereignty?

Are Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's officials misleading her about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Freeland signed the agreement Thursday in New Zealand, but repeated her assurances that critics shouldn't worry -- the government hasn't committed to ratifying it and consultations and a full debate will precede a vote in Parliament. That could be up to two years away.

Yet so far the consultation process has not penetrated the ideological bubble created by trade department officials.

Syrian Refugee Family on the Way; Fundraising Concert

Tent shelters and snow: refugee camps in Ankara

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees are getting ready to welcome a family of four Syrian refugees, parents and their two small children, to our area.  Thanks to the generosity of people in Rossland, Trail, Fruitvale and Castlegar, we have raised enough funds to begin the sponsorship of the Abdins, who are expected to arrive in a few weeks – and maybe even sooner.

Great Bear Rainforest Agreement Signed

An aerial view of part of the Great Bear Rainforest.  Photo Credit:  Garth Lenz

First Nations governments and the BC government, with the support of ForestEthics Solutions, Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC and five forestry companies, have announced the fulfilment of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements.

COLUMN: From the Hill; Pipelines are a Hot Topic. An analysis.

MP Richard Cannings

Pipelines are a hot topic in Ottawa and across the country these days.  Last Wednesday the Liberals outlined their plans for a revised environmental assessment process for pipelines, and on Thursday the Conservatives put forward a motion asking the House to support the Energy East pipeline.



Projects Wanted!   DEADLINE  JANUARY 31, 2016.

Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program provides funding to conservation projects located in the Waneta, BC area.

The Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) provides financial support to projects that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works,

and other on the ground or applied projects. The WTCP will allocate up to $50,000 annually towards projects that:

1. are located within the Waneta area;

OPINION: Paris (should have) changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

OPINION: Paris (should have) changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

By David Suzuki

With the December Paris climate agreement, leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce emissions is urgent.

OPINION: Food Fights in our Future?

garden in Rossland

Food from "away":

KETTLE RIVER Q&A: What’s next for the Kettle River Watershed?

Photo credit: Norm Ohlhausen / Abnormal Stone Works, Midway

In the last column I reviewed a few of the main activities and initiatives of 2015 for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan. Today I want to look ahead to 2016, sharing a few of the priorities in the Plan that our Steering Committee and Advisory Group are committed to achieving.

On November 19 we held a second meeting with a large group representing water suppliers from across the Boundary. There were farmers, municipal councillors, small water utility operators and technical staff, there to talk about how we can better respond to drought.

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