As people and communities in the Columbia Basin faced challenges over the last year, Columbia Basin Trust was humbled by the resiliency, strength, and the continued innovation and hard work by so many across this region, as evidenced in the release of the Trust’s annual report.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with the Sparwood and Elkford Chambers to present an Elk Valley All-Candidates Forum ahead of the upcoming federal election. The forum will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 14 September online using Zoom and will also be live streamed on the Fernie Chamber Facebook page, where people will be able to watch it afterwards. The Zoom webinar link and the link to the Fernie Chamber Facebook page are included at the bottom of this release.

Black and white. Us and them. Old and young. Boy and girl. Big and small. Short and tall. Local and visitor. 

We grow up learning of ‘the other.’ Defining things and people by these attributes. Putting one another into boxes. And you know what? It just has to end.  

Learning; a simple verb that is often taken for granted. This seemingly basic verb is a lifelong and intentional action that goes hand-in-hand with allyship. Fernie Pride Society is fortunate to work with many dedicated educators in the Elk Valley and to continue collaborations with community organizations to ensure that inclusive and diverse learning opportunities are available for people in all stages of life.

Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to sit on the Tourism Master Plan committee with an impressive group of Fernie residents and leaders. This plan, supported by Tourism Fernie, the City of Fernie, the Regional District of the East Kootenays (RDEK), and the Columbia Basin Trust, is a framework to ensure the direction of tourism in the Fernie area reflects the needs and interests of residents, and also that tourism is sustainable in future.

Teck Resources Limited (Teck), Portable Electric, and the Community Energy Association are pleased to announce the launch of Canada’s largest clean energy, mobile electric vehicle (EV) charger in the East Kootenays this summer.

Reconciliation isn’t an either-or proposition. It absolutely feels uncertain, confusing and at times overwhelming to know what to do next, but I could not have been prouder of our community to start on that path with the very first step, acknowledgement.

On Canada Day with open hearts, Fernie and the Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡIm walked together in Reconciliation.

The Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service has been fielding numerous calls of late regarding backyard fires.