Lately, my social media has been full of live feeds and great results from our local girls’ volleyball teams… and I have been loving every minute of it! From the amazing Summer Olympic women’s soccer’s athleticism and coverage last year, to the continuation of some of the best hockey I’ve ever seen at the Winter Olympics performed by women this winter, to a growth and focus on girls’ volleyball in Fernie… what a joy, and something I hope has become the new norm. 

Three First Nations in the Columbia Basin are increasing renewable energy generation and sustainability of their affordable rental housing by adding solar panels. This improves energy efficiency while creating sustainable, comfortable and affordable housing for members. The projects are receiving support from Columbia Basin Trust and the New Relationship Trust.

The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) has partnered with Spring Activator to bring the Kootenay Investment Challenge to the region. This 10-week online program will run from September through December 2022, bringing together local innovative tech entrepreneurs and angel investors looking to make an impact.

Emergency management, emergency preparedness and building resilient communities. Those are all phrases we throw around a lot, and you might be thinking those phrases have become tedious. I can completely appreciate that, but you should be watching local governments closely right now, because we need to be investing in programs that to the best of our ability insulate our communities from these emergency situations. 

As the days warm up and the wildfire season approaches, communities and groups in the Columbia Basin can access new supports for their efforts to protect people and the places they love. To help them prepare for and reduce the threat of wildfire, Columbia Basin Trust and the Province of British Columbia are partnering to support projects that build community wildfire resiliency, especially in rural areas that face high risk.

Fernie Pride Society

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fernie Pride Society are excited to be bringing a workshop to Fernie employers on how to build a more 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive business. This workshop will take place on Wednesday June 8th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Option to join in-person at the Fernie Senior Centre (562 3rd Avenue, Fernie) or online via Zoom. During this session we will look at what a more 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive business may look like, what the benefits are to your business and what steps you can take towards being more 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive.

As it begins to prepare for the General Local Elections this fall, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is hoping to hear from residents interested in acting as Election Officials.

“We have had a number of our long-time Election Officials retire or move away and, as a result, we are hoping to recruit a number of new Election Officials in advance of the fall election,” explains RDEK Chief Election Officer Tina Hlushak.

A public hearing regarding bylaw amendments to permit new residential development on private property known as the Galloway Lands adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort has been cancelled.

“We have received notification from the developer that following comments and concerns received from the public and RDEK Board, they are withdrawing the current application,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “As a result, the public hearing scheduled for mid-June has been cancelled.”

The public hearing had been scheduled to run over the course of three nights on June 14, 15 and

A proposal in Electoral Area A to amend the Official Community Plan and zoning designation of multiple properties known as the Galloway Lands to permit increased residential development on a piece of private property adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort will be going to public hearing.