Two paths to protecting our forests

We recently took a group of 25 people on a guided walk of a new trail in an old forest. A few days later, a different group of people gathered in a community hall to talk about the problems and think about solutions for the growing conflicts of logging forests in our watersheds, near our communities and in sensitive wildlife habitat. These two very different groups share the same concerns. I…

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Optimism and the future of food sustainability in the Kootenays.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Basin Food Summit in Rossland, BC. Being my first year as Markets Coordinator for the EcoSociety, it was eye opening to see more than 200 food buyers, food producers and food professionals all under one roof sharing their ideas with one another.  First off, I was treated to nothing but amazing food over the weekend as everyone gathered for meals…

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Green home show getting ready to energize Trail

Trail’s first ever Green Home, Energy & Transportation Show is happening November 14 at the Riverbelle. Come by to find out all about green energy, home energy efficiency, zero emission cars and more. There’s never been a trade show like this in Trail. It’s an opportunity to talk to tradespeople who can answer all your questions about green home energy retrofits and renewable energy…

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A walk in the woods

On October 24, we had a fun hike in the woods to learn about the inland temperate rainforest and the plants and animals living here. 25 happy EcoSociety hikers joined Joanne Siderius, the Sr. Ecologist at the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre, on 100 Acre Wood Trail off the Murphy Creek Forest Service Road near Rossland. There was a bit of snow, but we stayed warm walking through the ancient and…

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Voters demanded more on climate action. Now the real work starts.

The results of Canada's first climate election are in, and now the real work begins. Canadians made the climate crisis a top issue, and voters are demanding more climate action. No party had a perfect climate action plan. This election showed the diversity in the parties’ climate change ideas. Now the minority Liberal government must work with the Bloc Quebecois, the NDP, and the Greens to get to…

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It’s an honour just to be nominated

We have to say thank you to the people in the Lower Columbia. The Trail Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards are tomorrow night, and we were nominated in three categories: Go Green, Community Impact and Business of the Year. We made it as a finalist in the Business of the Year category. Yay! While we fully expect one of the other well-deserving nominees to win, we’re thrilled that in…

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Be a Voter this October

It's election time and the big election day is October 21! It's that time when you vote for the candidate in your riding to become your Member of Parliament. You can check out the Elections Canada website to learn all about who is running in your riding, and then explore more about what they stand for and their track record on the issues you care most about. But you'll have to Google that part…

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Climate Strike: we can change the world

On September 20th, I found myself at the front of the climate march in Nelson. Beside me stood 5 amazing youth who I had worked with for the past months to organize the climate strike. Behind me, almost 1500 people chanted “System change not climate change.” At that moment, I had no doubt that we could change the world and create a sustainable future. That was the first day of the global week of…

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Home energy efficiency session for seniors at Nelson library

If you’re a senior and a Nelson Hydro customer, this one’s for you. On Monday, October 7, from 10 am to 2 pm, come find out about the Seniors Energy Efficiency Program that provides a free installation of basic energy saving materials in your home. This free session at the library is the perfect place to drop in to ask questions, understand the process, and get signed up.  This photo shows…

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So many events this week!

Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, we’re coming to see you this week with these events you won’t want to miss: October 1 Nelson Public Library and Nelson at its Best jointly present the film The Public, Tuesday October 1, 7:00 pm at the Civic Theatre. Admission is by donation. Followed by a panel discussion on timely and relevant local issues. And the film has Emilio Estevez. When was the last time we saw…

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