Electric rates set to change as of January 1, 2024 — FortisBC

As of January 1, 2024, FortisBC Inc. (FortisBC) said in a media release Thursday that electricity customers will see a 6.74 per cent general rate increase as approved by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC). For a residential customer with an average use of approximately 1,100 kilowatt hours per month of electricity, this equates to about […]

Proposed sale of Elk Valley coal mines raises environmental concerns — Wildsight

Wildsight said that Teck’s proposed sale of its Elk Valley coal mines to Glencore, a large mining company with a poor environmental record, has environmental advocates concerned that the water pollution disaster in the Elk and Kootenay Rivers could get even worse. In a media release, Wildsight, a non-profit organization based in the East Kootenay […]

Slocan business spreads chocolate sensation into grocery stores throughout Kootenays

The selections are almost overwhelming: orange quinoa crisp dark chocolate, peppermint and hemp vegan milk chocolate, Aztec spice drinking chocolate, cranberry ginger swirl chocolate bark. Those are only a few of the mouth-watering products available from Viva Cacao (pronounced VEE-va ka-COW), the brainchild of owner Beth Campbell. Over the years, Campbell has found rising success […]

More newspapers in B.C. shut down

The newspaper industry in BC saw not one, but three community publications announce the closure of operations over the past few days. Glacier Media, which publishes the Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek Mirror, announced last week that both publications in Northeast B.C. will cease operations. “With the significant changes to […]

Rossland’s Brian Fry honoured with a BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award

October 10, 2023 by Emma Berg for BCIT News At just 19 years old, Brian Fry went from racing with his local alpine ski team to representing the nation as an elite ski racer on Team Canada in the 1980s. Suddenly, a world of possibilities was at his ski boots. For this young athlete, who […]

Career boost for local childcare staff

Shelley-Anne Jorgensen always dreamed of being a preschool teacher. Nurturing the development of young children with compassion and patience always appealed to her. But to achieve her goals, she’d need formal training, as educating children is more than just playtime and crafts. Jorgensen graduated from the College of New Caledonia’s Early Childhood Educator (ECE) program […]

Column: Planetary Boundaries

As scientists warn that we’ve pushed the planet “well outside the safe operating space for humanity” and young people march for their futures, the fossil fuel industry campaigns to keep its products, and the world, burning. Industry’s push for continued global energy market dominance accounts for the climate emergency in the most cynical way. Most […]

Columbia Basin Trust releases its annual report

With solid performance of its investments, Columbia Basin Trust was able to deliver $82.2 million in direct benefits to the Basin. Results are now available in its 2022/23 Annual Service Plan Report. “The Trust strives to generate predictable, sustainable and appreciating investment returns to support residents’ efforts to make their communities better places today, and into […]

Slocan Valley Co-op to purchase Castlegar Husky

Nearly one year after announcing the purchase of two Husky retail fuel sites in Nelson and Glenmerry, B.C., Slocan Valley Co-op is adding a third retail fuel site in Castlegar. The Board of Directors of Slocan Valley Co-op approved the purchase of the Castlegar Husky site, located at 1415 Columbia Avenue. The site will be...

Mercer announces temporary curtailment of its Celgar pulp mill

Mercer International Inc. announced July 21 the temporary curtailment of operations at its Celgar pulp mill located in Castlegar, BC, including wood acceptance. The curtailment is currently scheduled to become effective July 29, 2023, until August 28, 2023. This temporary curtailment results from a significant loss of rail ...
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