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April 2023 Astrology

April begins with the Sun in the sign of Aries and is moving in the sky with Chiron, Jupiter, Vesta and Mercury. The asteroid Chiron is both our wound and our gift of healing. When we heal ourself, we may guide another. Chiron has been travelling through Aries since 2018 and will continue until 2027 and it is a time when every person is doing deep healing work. The Sun travelling in the sky with Chiron definitely illuminates this wound for some, and for some of the more advanced, allows the healers to shine. 

Posted by admin on Apr 04, 2023 in Art and Entertainment


Slow travel is inherently green and helps support sustainable travel. Staying in one place for a long period of time instead of continual travel, and cooking with local ingredients reduces our carbon footprint because any way we look at it, travel of any kind is carbon producing and we should attempt to minimize our carbon footprint. Even something as simple carrying a reusable water flask and a hot/cold cup is an important practice. 

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Mar 31, 2023 in Health

Robyn Peel

Did you know that approximately 9% of the world’s population is severely food insecure and one-in-four are moderately food insecure? This increased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in food security becoming of increasing importance for individual households, community organizations and all levels of government. Just look at the gardens in our community that were created a few years ago and now flourish!  

Posted by admin on Mar 31, 2023 in Community

Rick Mercer Headlines Trust Symposia

Columbia Basin Trust is inviting Basin residents to celebrate the region together and discuss the future at three symposia taking place in Cranbrook (May 26 and 27, College of the Rockies), Trail (June 9 and 10, Trail Memorial Centre) and Golden (June 23 and 24, Golden Civic Centre). Attendees will enjoy local food, music and stories—and hear from keynote speaker, noted Canadian comic and television personality Rick Mercer.

Posted by admin on Mar 31, 2023 in Community

Galloway Lands Open Houses Taking Place March 30 and April 1

Reto Barrington, the Galloway Lands development proposal proponent, is excited to share his vision at two open houses at the Fernie Seniors’ Centre.

Posted by admin on Mar 29, 2023 in Community

Celebrate Your Body

If I asked you to stand in front of a full-length mirror and state three things you liked about your body what would happen? Could you do it? Would you be pulled to notice what you do not like and struggle to compliment yourself?

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Mar 23, 2023 in Health

Dinner Party 101

Fernie might be a six-letter word for casual, because since I’ve moved here, I don’t think I’ve worn high-heels to a single function. Hey, I’m not complaining! But with that in mind, sometimes taking a little more forward approach to a dinner party can be a fun occasion. 

Posted by Claire Smallwood on Mar 23, 2023 in Art and Entertainment

Snow Fleas

Have you seen tinyblack flecks on the top of the snow, especially in the spring? You might have thought it was dirt, but these are tiny soil animals called springtails, or ‘snow fleas.’ They are not actually fleas but can jump like a flea using a tail-like ‘furcula’ that unfolds to launch them through the air.

Posted by Sylvia Ayers on Mar 22, 2023 in Community


Over the last 16 or so years, I’ve written a few columns about good password practices. Logging in to web services with an email address and password has become ubiquitous and good passwords are still key (please don’t reuse them) but I haven’t mentioned the email address side.

Posted by Kevin McIsaac on Mar 22, 2023 in Art and Entertainment

Fernie Needs Your Help to Make it to the Top 3 in the Mackenzie Top Peak contest

Fernie has made it to the Top 10 finalists in the Mackenzie Top Peak Contest.  Now they need your vote to get them to the top 3 in hopes of being crowned Canada's Most Invested Ski Community.

Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2023 in Community

Compassion for the Fearful Dog and Owner

A single traumatic event can lead to a lifetime of fear, and many reactive dogs have experienced trauma in their lives. That single isolated incident – maybe an attack by another dog – can produce fear that generalizes very quickly. Soon all dogs are something to be feared and reactive behaviour becomes a way to keep fearful things at a distance. Constantly feeling fearful isn’t a great way to live.

Posted by Valerie Barry on Mar 18, 2023 in Community

Women of Resilience, the Family Caregiver

Sometimes their life stories haunt my dreams. Weaving tales of pain and sorrow, along with immense strength, resilience, and inspiration. I awake with lingering sadness, feelings of inadequacy, or fresh ideas of how to deal positively with my own situation. As I reflect upon the amazing caregiving stories that Elk Valley women have shared when they reached out for support, I am reminded of a quote from Dr Victor Frankl. 

Posted by Marianne Agnew on Mar 17, 2023 in Community


Recently I had the good fortune of speaking with a resident of our community who is an immigration consultant, but she was, at the time, unable to work due to a lack of childcare. This set of facts represents a missed opportunity that will not be lost on any business owner in the region.

Posted by Nic Milligan on Mar 16, 2023 in Community

Island Lake Lodge Announces Its Summer 2023 Season

Island Lake Lodge is pleased to share with its community partners, the details of our upcoming 2023 Summer season. After a challenging 2022 summer season with labour shortages throughout the industry and region, we are cautiously optimistic that we will return to a robust offering of hotel, dining and spa services that our guests and visitors know and love. 

Posted by admin on Mar 15, 2023 in Business

Ecosystem Projects Create Meaningful Impact

Groups around the Columbia Basin are undertaking major projects to enhance biodiversity and ecosystems in the region with support from Columbia Basin Trust. In the most recent intake of its Ecosystem Enhancement Program, the Trust is supporting four new large-scale and six smaller-scale ecosystem projects.

Posted by admin on Mar 15, 2023 in Outdoors