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Columbia River Treaty negotiators meet in Kelowna

Negotiating teams for Canada and the United States concluded the 17th round of negotiations toward a modernized Columbia River Treaty. B.C. government officials said the talks went ahead in Kelowna on May 16 and 17. Representatives spoke about a number of topics, including hydropower operation planning, integrating Canada's desire for greater...

Rural airports get provincial government funding for upgrades

Rural airports across B.C. will get some money from the provincial government for upgrading services and safety. Some of that money will be coming to the Kootenays, with investments at the Fairmont Hot Springs and Creston Valley airports. $48,000 will go to the Creston Valley Airport for an airport master plan...

Kootenay-Columbia MP speaks out against Bill C-21

Bill C-21, which aims at introducing tighter regulations on firearms, has passed through the House of Commons by a vote of 207-113.  All 110 Conservative party MPs voted against, including Kootenay-Columbia representative Rob Morrison, who spoke out against the bill during the discussion.  "I agree that we need to have gun...

Canyon-Lister Elementary to get improved, accessible playground

A new and improved playground is on its way to Canyon-Lister Elementary thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Education and Child Care. Superintendent Trish Smillie says the $195,000, plus an additional $15,000 from School District No. 8, will pay for new and accessible playground equipment. “We strive to create...

RDCK rejects motion to increase expense allowance for directors

The RDCK board has decided not to amend a bylaw to increase the amount rural directors can claim for mileage and other expenses while attending meetings on behalf of the district.  The motion proposed by Area C director Kelly Vandenberghe, which did not specify an amount but asked for a...

RDCK postpones climate action open houses

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has postponed their RDCK Climate Action Open House due to safety concerns.   According to a media release the open houses were scheduled to take place May 23rd to July 5th and are meant to give residents the opportunity to voice questions and concerns on the district’s four-year...
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