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LETTER FROM HAITI: The Kootenay connection

The following is a letter from Jim Reimer, pastor of the Kootenay Christian Fellowship, who is in Haiti right now with a group of students from Mount Sentinel school.

Today is January 15. We started the day with a large tremor at 4 am. It shook our shelter and sent the kids running. To be awakened in this manner was quite scary.

Atamanenko: credit card fraud

My office has recently learned of the latest credit card scam, which I thought would be worthwhile sharing with readers during the holiday season.

The scam works like this:

COMMENT: B.C.’s shameful backcountry 'wreckreation'

COMMENT: B.C.’s shameful backcountry 'wreckreation'

As the Olympic spotlight begins to shine on British Columbia, citizens need to learn more about the shameful exponential increase of habitat destruction caused by off-road vehicle ‘wreckreation.’ Not only is the backcountry environment getting trashed, but non-motorized trails are being over-run by irresponsible ATV and motorbike riders, in some cases making these trails unusable for cycling and hiking.

Recycling isn’t radical; it’s just what we do here in the Kootenay Boundary

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Recycling isn’t radical; it’s just what we do here in the Kootenay Boundary

October 19 - 25 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada but really, here in the Kootenay Boundary we don’t need a special week to celebrate what we are already doing. In fact, the many different things we could do to divert garbage from our landfills are just regular routine around here.

We all know the Three R’s of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Many of us already engage in this sort of activity every day.

That's what you get for stirring the pot

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That's what you get for stirring the pot

I've been kind of feeling like this site (and my email inbox) has been hijacked by the whole pot debate over the past week, although in retrospect, I think it's a good thing.


Heated debate has always, to my mind, been the fire that fuels our country's psyche, sparking not just innovation, but human warmth, in our national policy.

Glacier/Howser Fight Continues at Nelson Meeting

Katrine Conroy on Glacier/Howser IPPs

 CASTLEGAR— Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy says the community members that attended the Glacier-Howser meeting in Nelson were energized and inspired to continue the fight against the controversial private power project.
 
“This is just the beginning,” said Conroy. “The people of this region are ready to fight hard against Gordon Campbell’s plan to privatize our waterways and wilderness areas.”
 

CBT Selects Rossland Sustainability Commission for State of the Basin Initiative

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The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is pleased to announce three community pilot projects that will receive financial support as part of the State of the Basin Initiative, a model for monitoring and reporting on social, environmental, economic and cultural indicators and trends in the Columbia Basin region.
 
Earlier this year, CBT invited municipalities, regional districts, First Nations, not-for-profit organizations and other groups to submit project proposals related to planning efforts that incorporate information.
 

Commentary: The Internet and Its Challenge to Capitalism

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Commentary: The Internet and Its Challenge to Capitalism

As a society, we have been living under a false paradigm for at least the last 250 years.  That is, that people are largely motivated by self-interest.  It's an utter absurdity, but one that has been reinforced by various types of clinical prejudice, beginning with Freud, but also, most importantly, Adam Smith.

Effective Disposal of Invasive Plants

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Spring has sprung and so have those tenacious invasive plants, popping up in your garden. People have introduced a number of plants to this area as cultivated ornamentals which have jumped the fence to neighbouring yards and alleys to then move on to colonize forests, grasslands and wetlands. As pretty as some of these plants are, because they arrive in Canada without their natural predators to keep them in balance, they can spread rapidly, forming dense patches over huge areas causing irreversible impact to ecosystems, agriculture and even man made structures.

Greenpeace Confronts Wal-Mart in Nelson over Failure to Protect Seafood

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29 May 2009 (Nelson) — Greenpeace activists confronted management at the Wal-Mart on Lakeside Drive today as part of a campaign to stop Canada’s supermarkets from selling Redlist seafood, species that are the most threatened by over-harvesting. Activists canvassed the area outside the store with a large banner reading “Don’t Buy, Don’t Sell Redlist Fish,” handed out information leaflets to customers and set up a 10-foot tuna skeleton replica. Another banner was raised to target the store directly, reading “Wal-Mart: Save Seafood.

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