Nominations for Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund Award

Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one woman environmental activist each year through a cash award. The fund was established in 2016 after well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor, Suzy Hamilton, died. For this year’s award, nominations can be sent to mattwglowe @ gmail.com. Entries must include the name and…

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Returning Vendor Applications begin April 10, 2019

Market Season is approaching and Applications for returning vendors from last year will go out on April 10th, 2019. New vendors who wish to vend at GardenFest, the Downtown Market or Cottonwood Market must contact the Markets Coordinator at markets @ ecosociety.ca and will be added to waitlists, if applicable. New vendors wishing to apply for Marketfest, please check our Markets Page to apply on…

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EcoSociety Board welcomes new members from Trail & Castlegar

The 2019 West Kootenay EcoSociety AGM took place in Castlegar on March 14 and was a fun and inclusive meeting with five children joining. Including everyone from seniors to children in discussions about how we make the Kootenays a safer and healthier place is an important part of building solutions that work for our community. Three new board members have joined our Board of Directors team: Morag…

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North of Nightfall Mountain Bike Film in Rossland & Castlegar

West Kootenay EcoSociety is proud to present North of Nightfall, a film by Red Bull Media House made by local film company, Freeride Entertainment. The film plays in Rossland on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at the Miners’ Hall, and in Castlegar on Saturday, April 6 at 6:30pm at the Castle Theater as a fundraiser for the EcoSociety. Extreme Arctic Circle mountain biking, paired with local film…

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20 local governments ask 20 fossil fuel companies to pay a share of local climate costs

BC environmental organizations are celebrating that 20 communities have now voted to send letters to 20 fossil fuel companies. The groups say BC local governments increasingly see clearly their costs associated with climate change, and the need for global fossil fuel giants like Chevron and Shell to pay a share of those costs. The City of Courtenay, on northern Vancouver Island, became the…

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Baker St in winter

City of Nelson Parking Survey

As you may have heard, the City of Nelson is currently reviewing its Parking Strategy and is asking for public feedback, with the survey closing this Monday, February 18th. You can help us build support for a strategy that incentivizes healthier modes of transportation, like walking and cycling, by making them easier and safer, instead of providing incentives to drive and thus congest downtown…

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Let’s take a stand to protect our old growth forests

The old growth forests you love are in crisis. They are being hit hard by climate change and wildfires, which in turn are impacting our communities and watersheds. And we are still clearcutting at an alarming rate.  Recently, we sent a message to Forest Minister Doug Donaldson calling for the protection of our old growth forests in the West Kootenays. We have joined over 15,000 BC residents who…

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The Radicals Film Screenings in Nelson & Rossland

West Kootenay EcoSociety is delighted to be hosting the newest film from Beyond Boarding, The Radicals. The movie follows an active group of snowboarders and surfers who drift away from their respective sports into the world of frontline activism in a journey along the West Coast of Canada. Honouring the stewards of this land since time immemorial, they join land defenders fighting for the…

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New Denver, BC is 11th community in Canada committed to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050

On Tuesday, the Village of New Denver passed a resolution at Council to reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. It was so exciting to see the Mayor and Council commit to 100% renewable energy, making New Denver the eleventh municipality in Canada and the fifth in the West Kootenays to be energy leaders. They join the City of Rossland – who just signed-on to 100% renewable energy earlier in the week…

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Rossland is the 10th city in Canada to say yes to 100% renewable energy

Something really exciting happened last night. The City of Rossland passed a resolution that aims to transition the community to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. This makes Rossland the 10th municipality in Canada, and the fourth in the West Kootenays alongside the Village of Slocan, the City of Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to be a bold leader. I grew up in Guelph, Ontario…

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