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Columbia Basin Trust is now providing over 70 programs and initiatives to Basin communities thanks to a strong year for its investments.

Sara believes fun and celebration is important. “It creates visibility.” Events such as Drag Queen Story Time and Bingo with Drag Queens exposes different age groups to the LGBTQ community. 

On Thursday October 3rd from 6:30pm, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce will host a local candidate forum ahead of Canada’s next federal election on Monday October 21st. The forum will be held at the Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge located at 1622 7th Avenue, Fernie. Doors will open at 6pm and the forum will begin at 6:30pm sharp.

The Columbia Basin Trust provides over $1.9 million for 12 community projects. Picture: Jaffray Community Hall will be upgraded to create an inviting useable community space.

Outdoor public spaces like parks, downtown cores and waterfronts will become even more welcoming as 12 communities receive over $1.9 million to create, restore or enhance these locations. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants.

This September 7, Keegan Street of Rooftop Coffee Roasters, a specialty small-batch coffee roasting company located in Fernie, BC, entered the BC Regional Aeropress Championships in Vancouver. His only goal - not to embarrass himself. The field was competitive, with some big names in the industry. The result - he won and is now heading to Toronto (all expenses paid) to compete at the Nationals.

We wanted to learn more about the competition so we got in touch with Keegan with a few questions!

There’s a new online source for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to communities throughout the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions. The Columbia Basin Climate Source website - basinclimatesource.ca - was initiated by Columbia Basin Trust and developed by Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre.

A fixture of our community, especially when it comes to the outdoors, Bob has been sharing his love and passion with our community for the past 19 years, ever since he arrived in the Elk Valley. So, just how did it all begin?

A wise way to approach parenting is to begin with the end in mind. What kind of human would you like to guide into existence? How do you want your son or daughter to be in the world as an adult?

Walk, bike, hike, run or however you enjoy the front or backcountry, trails are critical for recreation. Around the Basin, 25 projects will be adding to or improving the region’s trails, with nearly $400,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.

The bylaw department and service at the City of Fernie comes up frequently, and by frequently, I mean every time I hit the grocery store I get a bylaw observation! People are surprised to hear that our bylaw service investigates on a complaint basis, so if you don’t call it in, we aren’t investigating.