January 2018 New Business

Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF)

The community is invited to the Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF)Open House, Tuesday January 30 4:30-8:30 pm at the Fernie Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre.

Since 2012, the CEMF Working Group – made up of First Nations, industry, governments, and community – has assessed the current condition of four valued components (VCs): grizzly bear, riparian habitat/Westslope cutthroat trout, bighorn sheep, and old/mature forest in the Elk Valley. Selected future scenarios were then modelled to explore potential cumulative effects and specific strategies to avoid, reduce or manage cumulative impacts on the VCs.   

Dr. Bram Noble, an expert on cumulative effects from the University of Saskatchewan, is the guest speaker and will discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing a cumulative effects-based strategy. Meet the CEMF Working Group leads and watch the predictive models in action. Participate in activities that will help the community better understand the scope and usefulness of this exciting new tool.

For more information contact lee-anne@elkriveralliance.ca 250-423-1682.

Fernie Fresh Food Share

Nicole Knauf grew up learning to waste as little as possible, but working in restaurants, she saw a lot of good food thrown out and headed for the landfill. Disheartened by the waste, she was inspired to start Fernie Fresh Food Share.

Many citizens are conscious about the environment and their community, and the initial support has been substantial. The Salvation Army Food Bank was immediately on board and has been instrumental in getting started.  

Fernie Fresh Food Share is a food recovery program, redirecting surplus food from restaurants and grocery stores to appropriate end users. Food is picked up and brought to The Salvation Army Food Bank to be sorted and distributed to those in need. Anything not fit for human consumption is given to local farmers to feed animals or be composted. The goal is to end up with as little waste as possible.

Call or email Nicole at ferniefreshfoodshare@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or interest in participating. January 8, 2018 is the first pick up and start date. 

Silver Lining Events

Silver Lining Events is a new company based in the Kootenays that specializes in wedding and party planning. The sole proprietor, Angela Magliocco, has helped couples plan and execute beautiful mountain weddings in Fernie in all seasons over the past three years. The secret of her success is her passion, her attention to the fine details, and her access to the best local staff and vendors involved. 

Regardless of whether your event is big or small, sophisticated or simple, Silver Lining Events removes the worry and stress that often comes with event planning. Silver Lining Events provides a full range of services including planning, decorating, and equipment rentals.

Give Angela a call or email her at animags@shaw.ca for a free consultation to see if a wedding or event in the beautiful Kootenays could be in your future.