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The City of Fernie, in partnership with the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA), has been awarded $1,619,000 for segment 1B of the Fernie Valley Pathway (FVP).

Fernie tech startup Sucre Interactive Technologies Inc. has reached the final round of the New Ventures BC Pitch Competition.

Sucre is the only company outside of the Lower Mainland/ Capital Region to make the Top 15  of this highly competitive startup event.

Sucre develops hyper-realistic immersive (Virtual Reality-based ) training environments. Their solution is deployed in workplaces where “learning by mistake” has catastrophic real-world consequences.

The Fernie Pride Society is seeking input from workers and residents in the Elk Valley as part of their efforts to build diversity and inclusion; particularly for those who identify as LGBTQ2+ or who may be questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. Input is being collected through a confidential online survey open to everyone, including allies such as employers, family members, friends, coworkers, educators, and healthcare professionals.   

The City of Fernie adopted a new Animal Responsibility Bylaw at the most recent Regular Meeting of Council. The new bylaw is modeled after the BC SPCA’s Animal Responsibility Model Bylaws that promote best practices for a tiered approach to aggressive, vicious, and dangerous dogs as well as provisions for animal welfare, control, licensing, duties of animal owners, penalties, and enforcement.

More than 2,400 new affordable rental homes are coming for people with moderate and low incomes in 39 communities throughout the province.

The Columbia Basin Trust is providing $2.5 Million towards 114 New Affordable Housing Units in Aq’am, Fruitvale, Kaslo, New Denver, Sparwood and Valemount.

The Elk Valley will once again be part of the regional organics program after the Elk Valley Directors reversed a decision earlier this year and voted in favour of re-joining the East Kootenay Regional Organics Strategy and constructing an organics processing facility at the Sparwood Transfer Station.

Thanks to a fantastic grant opportunity from the Columbia Basin Trust, the Fernie Trails Alliance is able to hire for five, temporary summer positions, to work on our 2021 Trail Maintenance Program.

ABOUT: The trail network in Fernie, BC is one of the biggest assets in our community. The FTA is looking to hire a motivated Trail Crew Supervisor, along with four Crew members, to work on the 2021 Trail Maintenance Program.

Saturday, May 1st is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and residents across the East Kootenay are being urged to spend some time tomorrow thinking about how they can help protect their homes and properties from the risk of wildfire.

Local businesses, organizations and the tourism sector have endured many challenges and hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting April 29th until June 20th the LOYAL to LOCAL #FernieStrong initiative aims to further support local by rewarding local spending. 

With spring in the air, many people will be heading outside to do spring clean up around their homes and properties and the RDEK is urging residents doing any spring burning to use caution.

“Anyone doing spring burning must make sure they are taking steps to be prepared by having a water source, shovel or tools, burning when it’s not windy and staying on site monitoring the fire until it is completely out,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.