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by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 28 2023

Builders in the regional district are taking one more step along the road to energy efficiency.

New buildings are going to be 20 per cent more efficient — than an equivalent building constructed prior to the 2018 Building Code — starting May 1 as the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) moves toward implementation of Step Code 3.

After that date every new residential and...

by Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 27 2023

Don’t put away those winter tires just yet in the Kootenay/Boundary region of BC.

Even though it’s officially spring, winter tires or chains are still required on designated highways through March 31. For highways located through mountain passes and/or high snowfall areas, the requirements extend until April 30.

“As spring arrives we naturally start to think about how much longer...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Mar 27 2023

The West Kootenay region is lagging behind much of the province when it comes to snowpack and sits lower at this time of the year than it normally does.

The Ministry of Forests Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin (March) has the West Kootenay pegged at 90 per cent of normal, below the average of 94 per cent from across the province.

But with 80 per cent of the seasonal...

by City of Castlegar on Friday Mar 24 2023

Emerald Green Strata

Council received a presentation from the Emerald Green Strata requesting the City consider assuming jurisdiction of Emerald Green. Council asked staff to investigate the potential of what this would mean for the City and prepare a report.

Administrative Staff Compensation Grid Adjustment

Council received a report to...

by Province of British Columbia on Wednesday Mar 22 2023

The Province is renewing and expanding its commitment to make B.C. parks more inclusive and accessible with the release of the BC Parks Commitment to Inclusion.

The commitment comes with additional funding to upgrade park facilities to accessible standards, so that more people can experience the benefits of being in nature.

The BC Parks Commitment to Inclusion outlines a vision...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Mar 22 2023

Part Two


Summary introduction from part one:

I began with an opinion and a lament: my dream of a better human world as I recall my optimism in 1970 was proven false in the succeeding decades.

Are humans getting better, worse, or not changing much, as you read the...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 21 2023

The Province of B.C. is ‘logging for extinction’ despite its claims to be reducing logging in old growth forests, claims a long-time Nelson activist.

Tom Prior said the provincial government recent contention that logging of old growth has declined by 42 per cent in B.C. — from an estimated 65,500 hectares in 2015 to 38,300 hectares in 2021 — is not quite as it seems.

A veteran...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 21 2023

A growing shortage of lifeguards in the region has resulted in the reduction of operating hours at the three indoor swimming pools the RDCK operates.

What those reduced hours will be is expected to be shared daily on each facility’s recorded phone greeting, on facility signs, social media and on the regional district’s website. People are advised to double-check the schedule since...

by Contributor on Monday Mar 20 2023
Habitat for Humanity Southeast British Columbia is entering the final phases of its 4-family affordable home build project in Castlegar. Located at 560-8th Street, completion of the homes is expected sometime near the end of May with occupancy soon after.
“As the project nears its completion, our search for eligible partner families continues,” said Elaine Pura...
by Contributor on Monday Mar 20 2023

 Living Lakes Canada, the award-winning water stewardship NGO based in the Canadian Columbia Basin, will be represented at the first United Nations conference on water in 45 years. The UN 2023 Water Conference is taking place in New York and kicks off on World Water Day on March 22.

“It’s a significant opportunity to be granted special accreditation as a non-governmental organization to...


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