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Sustainable Tourism

As I write this month’s column, I am in Richmond for the 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Conference. It has been amazing to be back in-person with colleagues from the Kootenays and across the province. The theme of the conference was ‘Kickstarting the Comeback,’ and there was a lot of thoughtfulness and optimism as the BC visitor economy looks to the future beyond recovery from the pandemic. 

Posted by Brad Parsell on Mar 31, 2022 in Business

Communities Target Climate Resilience

Whether they’re enabling the public to use electric cars or promoting clean energy, eight projects are helping Columbia Basin communities become more climate-resilient, with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

Posted by admin on Mar 31, 2022 in Community

Grass Fires Prompt Safety Reminder About Dangers of Spring Burning

Members of the Baynes Lake and Jaffray Fire Departments responded to a grass fire in the Jaffray area this afternoon.

Posted by admin on Mar 25, 2022 in Community

Erin Hay and Rachel Romero

Spending so much time at the elementary school, it is hard not to notice the male to female ratio of teachers, student services and youth care workers. Currently, out of 33 positions there are two male representatives. The real differences can be found in leadership roles. Both the Vice Principals and Principals at EIDES and FSS are women. And young women, at that.

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Mar 24, 2022 in Community

Join the Fernie Trails Alliance Board

The Fernie Trails Alliance look forward to you joining them for their 2022 ‘Virtual’ AGM on March 30th.

Posted by admin on Mar 24, 2022 in Community

Active Transportation Implementation Plan

Local governments are slow machines, we often hear, when are they going to stop talking and start doing?! I can absolutely appreciate that sentiment! 

Posted by Ange Qualizza on Mar 22, 2022 in Community

Equality in Business

Local businesses impact all our lives everyday – whether we work for them or buy goods and services from them. Our local businesses are powered by people, and those people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Posted by Brad Parsell on Mar 18, 2022 in Business

And the Women

The worst form of inequality is to try and make unequal things equal.

Equality implies individuality.
-Trey Anastasio

All who have died are equal.
-Comanche horseman

Posted by Sadie Rosgen on Mar 18, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

Finding and Building Belonging

If you’ve been following this column in the Fix for the past few months, I’ve been sharing some concepts and opinions around mentorship in the mountains. I wrote about learning how to lay the perfect skin track with my friend Grania, the Queen of the Selkirks (December 2021), I shared that mentorship often is inaccessible by those who need it most (January 2021), and last month I explored some risk management and decision making techniques for backcountry skiing. 

Posted by Claire Smallwood on Mar 16, 2022 in Health

Council Approves 2022 Budget, Tax Rate and Financial Plan

City of Fernie Council approved the 2022 Budget, tax rate and Five-Year Financial Plan at the Regular Meeting of Council held on March 14, 2022.

Posted by admin on Mar 16, 2022 in Community

RDEK Launches Program to Support Heat Pump Retrofits in Electoral Areas

Rural residents in the East Kootenay looking to introduce more energy efficient heating systems in their homes may be eligible for a rebate through a new program being offered by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK).

Posted by admin on Mar 16, 2022 in Community



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Posted by Fred Gietz on Mar 16, 2022 in Community

City Appoints Brendan Morgan as Fire Chief

The City of Fernie is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendan Morgan to the position of Fire Chief and Director of Fire & Emergency Services with the City of Fernie.

Posted by admin on Mar 14, 2022 in Community

The After Years

Menopause, the final phase across the life span that we will be discussing. The last big shift we experience in our bodies as females, but unfortunately a shift we may not feel fully prepared for. Most of us are aware of hot flashes, mood swings and the ending of our menstruation, but in my experience a lot of women are not prepared for other changes that can occur, and most wonder why we aren’t educated earlier on. 

Posted by Stephanie McDowell on Mar 14, 2022 in Health

New and Improved Spaces Get People Outside

The outdoors are a great place to be active. Now there will be even more and better ways to get moving in the fresh air, with 18 projects being supported by Columbia Basin Trust. The intent is to improve community well-being by creating low barrier, outdoor recreational facilities in Basin communities.

Posted by admin on Mar 10, 2022 in Community