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May long weekend a yawn for Castlegar emergency services

May long weekend a yawn for Castlegar emergency services

Rainy weather seems to have dampened some of the less-savoury spirits in Castlegar as local police and fire fighters are reporting an unusually uneventful May long weekend.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said that, beyond a small brush fire and a false alarm or two, it was a great weekend to get local firetrucks and equipment polished to a sheen.

“There really wasn't much going on,” he said. “We had a minor brush fire in Fairview Saturday morning.

Castlegar residents gearing up for dancin' in the streets

Castlegar residents gearing up for dancin' in the streets

More than 400 people attended last year's city street dance, held in conjunction with Sunfest - and this year should see an even better turn-out.

City councillor Kevin Chernoff has helped organize this year's event, and he said there's some new innovations and fun additions to make sure everyone has a terrific time.

"The street behind City Hall will be closed off, just like last year, and the dance will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Friday night of Sunfest (June 4)," he said.

Sculpturewalk: Saturday slated for art attack

Artist Pat Field poses with city's first piece of public art

Castlegar Sculpturewalk will finally get its moment in the sun this Saturday, as the 16 finalist sculptures are finally installed and unveiled in the city's core.


Sculpturewalk volunteer Darlene Kalawsky said this is a much-anticipated moment for many residents.


“It's extremely exciting – you can feel the energy building,” she said, adding it has entailed more work than one would ever guess.

Bridge opening draws massive crowd

photo courtesy USCC Archives.

Inclement weather was no deterrent for the more than 1,200 people who showed up for the grand opening of the restored Brilliant Suspension Bridge.


Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said it was standing room only Saturday morning at the Brilliant Cultural Centre, where several speeches were offered by local dignitaries before the whole crowd made its way in slow procession to the bridge itself.

B.C. forest fire-fighters to be deployed in Ontario

B.C. forest fire-fighters to be deployed in Ontario

British Columbia is sending 93 wildfire professionals to
Ontario in anticipation of increased wildfire activity due to extreme
fire conditions, Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell said today.

"Last year, more than 2,500 personnel from across Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand assisted us with an extremely challenging fire season," said Bell.

Slide show/movie presentation tonight showcases B.C. rivers

Slide show/movie presentation tonight showcases B.C. rivers

Join us for an evening filled with celebration and an event that is sure to inspire and tantalize your senses, on May 26 at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson at 7:30 p.m. This Benefit, Feature Film and Slide Show Presentation are brought to you in celebration of B.C.

LETTER: Monsanto not welcome in Canada

LETTER: Monsanto not welcome in Canada

Dear editor,

Have you heard of the multinational chemical corporation Monsanto?  Did you know it is currently threatening to destroy the Canadian agricultural economy? This is the company that brought you Agent Orange, Genetically Modified Organisms, carcinogenic herbicides, PCBs and DDTs.

OP/ED: Heroes and villians in the face of an environmental disaster

Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010

The oil spill that now jeopardizes the entire ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico, and potentially beyond, is a chilling reminder that all is not well with our planet. And what’s actually worse: the amount of oil gushing from the seemingly impossible-to-stop deep-sea oil well or the complacent attitude taken toward the spill by media, government and the vast majority of the general populace?

Sure the science isn’t in regarding how much oil has actually been spilt, but it’s one hell of a lot. Nor has anyone been able to figure out how to stop the leakage.

Saturday an historic day for Castlegar

Saturday an historic day for Castlegar

A fundamental piece of Castlegar heritage will once again be accessible to the public after this weekend's grand re-opening of the Brilliant Suspension Bridge.


The bridge stands as testament to the pioneering spirit of the region's early settlers – and as a symbol of the hopes, dreams and strategies that will guide the region's future.

OP/ED: Who ARE these people, anyway?

OP/ED: Who ARE these people, anyway?

Warning: harsh words about Canadian politicians ahead, in the form of a curmudgeonly rant.

 

Like many Canadians, I've been following the fairly lurid Helena Guergis story the last few weeks as the federal MP's fall from grace morphed into a back stabbing on a derailed train that careered off the edge of a cliff and has now crashed into the jaws of a giant Kraken.

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