People in the Columbia Basin will be better able to access community resources, build connections and overcome barriers through 42 projects that aim to improve quality of life and enhance social well-being in the region. The projects are being supported with over $800,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants program.

The RDEK is encouraging residents within the region to share their thoughts on the projects being considered for funding through the 2021/2022 Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. 

The Elk Valley Regional Land Trust (“EVRLT” or the “Trust”) is pleased to announce the official launch of a fundraising campaign aimed at raising money to purchase large tracts of privately-held forest in the Southeast British Columbia Rocky Mountains.

Interior Health will be setting up a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Fernie Memorial Arena, with immunizations set to begin April 12, 2021.

The City will be providing use of the Arena facility for immunizations over the months of April – September. The Arena location was selected based on parking capacity, wheelchair access, and square footage. Interior Health will begin set up for the clinic the week of April 5th, 2021.

Lately, I have thought a lot about women being labelled as emotional. Like it’s a negative attribute and something that should be discouraged and avoided. This has made me realize that people seem to have created a habit of commenting on other people’s emotional states. 

For the first time in history, we have a woman in the White House. After Hillary’s run, and after the Trump administration, quite frankly I was a bit numb to the event. I had almost nothing left to feel about the political events in the US, and then the morning of the inauguration came and every platform I subscribe to was flooded with images of Kamala Harris. Classy, confident and cool. Miraculously, I started to feel again. 

In a year that seemed like bad news was around every corner and hope was lost, the people of the Elk Valley stepped up in a legendary way. The Fernie Women’s Resource Centre has been helping the women and families of the Elk Valley since 1979 and we’ve never received support like we have these past 12 months. 

Trails around the Columbia Basin will see upgrades and additions this spring to make them safer and more accessible. This is thanks to 25 new projects that are receiving nearly $500,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.

Columbia Basin Trust is providing $1.35 million to three new, large-scale projects that will improve ecosystems in the Elk Valley and Lower Columbia sub-regions, benefitting locally significant species including northern rubber boas, bull trout and Rocky Mountain elk among others, and their habitats.

Community buildings in the Columbia Basin will see upgrades this year as part of the Trust’s Energy Sustainability Grants program. Nearly $634,000 will support 15 projects to increase energy efficiency and generate energy to reduce costs and improve sustainability in public buildings.