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COLUMN: Feeding Humanity in a Warming World

COLUMN: Feeding Humanity in a Warming World

Calculating farming’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is difficult, but experts agree that feeding the world’s people has tremendous climate and environmental impacts. Estimates of global emissions from farms range widely. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts them at 24 per cent, including deforestation, making agriculture the second-largest emitter after heat and electricity.

Strong tourism growth for start of 2016

Whitewater ski instructor Tyler Blamey was one of many people to enjoy the great ski conditions in BC this past winter. Tourists from around the globe also enjoyed one of the best seasons in years, leading to an increase in tourism visitation during the first three months of 2016. — Brendan Quinn photo, The Nelson Daily

Tourism continues to be a key coponent in the BC economy.

And looking at tourism numbers for the opening months of 2016, that trend looks to be continuing.

The latest international visitor numbers show that tourism visitation is up 16.8% during the first three months of 2016 with 121,306 more visitors to the province over the same period last year.

“Tourism in British Columbia is going from strength to strength," said Marsha Walden, CEO Destination British Columbia.

A New Truck with Rossland Carshare

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News Flash!  Rosslanders who join Rossland Carshare now have access to a pick-up truck as well as a car.  The 2000 Ford Ranger is a new addition, and is here on a trial basis, to assess demand.  Hint:  joining Carshare will be much less expensive than buying, insuring, and maintaining a pick-up truck of your very own for those  occasions when you  need to transport  stuff that won't fit in the car.  Or in your bike trailer. 

B.C. increases opportunities for craft brewers

B.C. increases opportunities for craft brewers

As British Columbia continues to grow its reputation as the craft beer capital of Canada, craft brewers in every corner of the province will now benefit from an additional $10 million a year in economic support thanks to a significant reduction in the mark-up rate for craft beer products.

Effective July 3, 2016, the mark-up rate for small and regional breweries will be reduced by approximately 25% per litre, meaning that craft breweries will have increased financial capacity to grow and expand.

BC Government Makes Mining Industry Happy

BC Government Makes Mining Industry Happy

The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) welcomes today’s announcement by the provincial government of $5 million in funding toward Geoscience BC. This funding will support Geoscience BC’s mandate to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to British Columbia through generating, interpreting and publicly distributing geoscience data. 

SD 20 students get to participate in Selkirk College's Project Heavy Duty

A group of Grade 10 to 12 students from School District 20 with a keen interest in the trades will spend two days working alongside people in local industry in an event called Project Heavy Duty. It has been running successfully in the East Kootenay for many years and this is the first one being held in our region.

A group of 20 high school students from School District 20 will get a chance to take their keen interest in the trades and local industry one step further with a hands-on experience that could cement their future.

Project Heavy Duty is being offered for the first time in this region as a way to connect employers, educators and students.

“We want to create a continuum for youth moving into the workforce, into the types of jobs we have in this area,” says Kootenay Workforce Development Coordinator Carol Currie.

RDCK approves the first aspect of an electric vehicle project

The growing cost of gasoline-fueled transportation in the region has prompted the prospect of an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure project for the Kootenays. — Screen Shot photo

Change is being fueled in the Kootenays and it is creating an electric feel.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved support at its last regular meeting for a project that is expected to raise the profile of electric vehicle use in the Kootenay region.

The growing cost of gasoline-fueled transportation in the region has prompted the prospect of an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure project for the Kootenays.

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

The BC government is enabling a dangerous disregard for environmental monitoring, reporting and protection among mining companies by letting them off the hook for the full costs of environmental reclamation – leaving taxpayers liable for more than $1.5 billion, a new report shows.

Savoy Hotel project nears completion as new facets prepare to come online

The outside still needs a little work, but the inside of the Savoy Hotel is looking like a Million Dollars plus. — The Nelson Daily photos

The past is melding with the present in the Savoy Hotel to offer the downtown of Nelson a new, multi-faceted, high-technology jewel that is now close to completion.

The Shambhala Music Festival-owned Savoy Hotel has been progressing well into its second year, with a nightclub and restaurant already open, and a micro-brewery, café and outdoor patio to follow suit shortly this spring.

Care for a dose of accuracy with that spin?

It seems Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett mistook a “comparative index of prices” with dollars.

Ever sense that the B.C. government is trying to pull the wool over your eyes sometimes?

Political spin that can politely be described as light in the accuracy department.

A good example is a recent letter to the editor in the East Kootenay News Online Weekly, by Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett.

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