Improving Health and Biodiversity in Local Ecosystems

Five large-scale projects will be significantly improving ecosystem health in the Columbia Basin, bringing areas closer to their natural states and improving habitat for many species. The projects are being initiated and supported through Columbia Basin Trust’s (the Trust) Ecosystem Enhancement Program.

Posted by admin on Mar 04, 2019 in Community

An Afternoon with a Legend

Holding the office of the Mayor involves a lot of things which Ange hopes to explore at length in this space over the next several months, but today she wants to shine the light on that part of the job that brings her a bounty of opportunity. The ceremonial role.

Posted by Ange Qualizza on Mar 02, 2019 in Community

Griz Days Goes Denim

The town of Fernie, BC comes to life the first week of March to celebrate the Griz - a local legend who shoots his musket into the sky to encourage the champagne powder this ski town is known for to fall in abundance.

Posted by admin on Feb 26, 2019 in Community

Winter Play Starts Outside

Put your snowsuit on and get out there! The season for playing outdoors is here and Fernie’s mild temperatures, dry fluffy snow and easily accessible trails and sledding hills make outdoor play a breeze.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Feb 21, 2019 in Community

Play - Beneficial at Every Age

If you’ve been reading child development literature you know that play is essential for optimal human growth. Sometimes we forget, however, that teenagers also want and need to play. In fact, play is beneficial at every age, and adults have a lot to gain from it whether they are parents or not.

Posted by Kerri Wall on Feb 20, 2019 in Community

CBT Launches New $6 Million Community Outdoor Revitalization Program

On February 19, 2019 the Columbia Basin Trust announced its new Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants! Whether it’s a downtown core, plaza or waterfront, outdoor public spaces help shape the livability and attractiveness of communities. Now local governments and First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin are invited to make these places even better by accessing these grants!

Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2019 in Community

Learning To Play Again

So far, there have been many memorable experiences with the MAST program. A top experience for me was our five-day hike into the Steeples range, via Maus Creek. While in mid-September, it snowed every day and we got just soaked.

Posted by Amy Twigge on Feb 17, 2019 in Community

Lining Up With the Legends

It’s December 12. Not for you, but try to remember. Before your New Year’s hangover and the sweet turns you carved through the crowds. Before it started to get really crazy and really fun. Dec. 12 was the morning it snowed 45 fresh and fluffy cm’s. A Wednesday. First official pow day. 

Posted by Shelby Cain on Feb 13, 2019 in Community

Wendy Reade

Most of us have had an experience with Ski School… whether learning to ski or snowboard as a child, or as a cry for help after trying to pass these skills onto our own kids. Wendy Reade is the the queen of FAR’s Winter Sports School.

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Feb 08, 2019 in Community

Columbia Basin Trust Announces Board Changes

Columbia Basin Trust​ is announcing changes to its Board of Directors. Rick Jensen has been reappointed to the role of Chair while Jocelyn Carver, who joined the Board in 2018, has been appointed Vice-Chair, while other new additions include Krista Turcasso, Don McCormick and Ron Oszust. 

Posted by admin on Feb 05, 2019 in Community

The Lutheran Church Welcomes a Family

The City of Fernie received an application to rezone the Lutheran Church from Public Institutional to Residential and planners were faced with the challenge of how to preserve the value of a heritage building, and perhaps more importantly, create a framework that would ensure the Lutheran Church would not be demolished.

Posted by Ange Qualizza on Feb 04, 2019 in Community

February 2019 Editor's Fix

Let’s all stop what we are doing, step outside (if not already there) and look around. Take a deep breath, inhaling the magnificent fresh air this mountain town provides. Relish in where we are, and count our blessings. We are here, in Fernie. Five minutes from solitude in any direction.

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Feb 03, 2019 in Community

Free Play

Playing can be initiated and happen in many ways. As an educator, my teaching journey has led me to explore the deeper aspects and benefits of child-lead learning, much of which happens through play. It can be very difficult for adults to be patient, step back and observe; however, uninterrupted play initiated by children serves their future selves through a variety of ways. 

Posted by Courtney Haesler on Feb 02, 2019 in Community

Trust and Columbia Power Purchase Waneta Expansion

Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corporation announced today they have entered into an agreement with Fortis Inc. to purchase its 51 per cent interest in the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric generating facility located near Trail, B.C. for $991 million.

Posted by admin on Jan 28, 2019 in Community