Trail Chamber of Commerce highlights opportunities for female entrepreneurs

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce boasts a membership of small, medium, and large companies from a wide variety of industries. The Chamber advocates for inclusivity, innovation, and professional competitiveness and believes that when businesses succeed, they can help sustainably grow communities and support families. By championing the collective voice of Chamber members, we strive […]

New name represents Community Futures in South Kootenay

The Greater Trail Community Futures office has changed its name to Community Futures South Kootenay.  The name change was announced Nov. 22 during the Community Futures Open House event held in the organization’s downtown Trail office. “We’re proud to adopt a new name that is more representative of the region we serve,” stated the organization’s […]

Proposed sale of Elk Valley coal mines raises environmental concerns — Wildsight

Wildsight said that Teck’s proposed sale of its Elk Valley coal mines to Glencore, a large mining company with a poor environmental record, has environmental advocates concerned that the water pollution disaster in the Elk and Kootenay Rivers could get even worse. In a media release, Wildsight, a non-profit organization based in the East Kootenay […]

Trail's living wage increases 2% as government support offsets rising costs

Trail’s living wage has risen by 2 per cent, or 42 cents per hour this year, and is now $21.55. Despite this increase, it remains one of the lowest in the Kootenays, with Golden at $25.78, Revelstoke at $24.60, and the Columbia Valley at $22.63. Only Nelson is lower at $21.14. The living wage is […]

Slocan business spreads chocolate sensation into grocery stores throughout Kootenays

The selections are almost overwhelming: orange quinoa crisp dark chocolate, peppermint and hemp vegan milk chocolate, Aztec spice drinking chocolate, cranberry ginger swirl chocolate bark. Those are only a few of the mouth-watering products available from Viva Cacao (pronounced VEE-va ka-COW), the brainchild of owner Beth Campbell. Over the years, Campbell has found rising success […]

More newspapers in B.C. shut down

The newspaper industry in BC saw not one, but three community publications announce the closure of operations over the past few days. Glacier Media, which publishes the Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek Mirror, announced last week that both publications in Northeast B.C. will cease operations. “With the significant changes to […]

Rossland’s Brian Fry honoured with a BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award

October 10, 2023 by Emma Berg for BCIT News At just 19 years old, Brian Fry went from racing with his local alpine ski team to representing the nation as an elite ski racer on Team Canada in the 1980s. Suddenly, a world of possibilities was at his ski boots. For this young athlete, who […]

Career boost for local childcare staff

Shelley-Anne Jorgensen always dreamed of being a preschool teacher. Nurturing the development of young children with compassion and patience always appealed to her. But to achieve her goals, she’d need formal training, as educating children is more than just playtime and crafts. Jorgensen graduated from the College of New Caledonia’s Early Childhood Educator (ECE) program […]

Column: Planetary Boundaries

As scientists warn that we’ve pushed the planet “well outside the safe operating space for humanity” and young people march for their futures, the fossil fuel industry campaigns to keep its products, and the world, burning. Industry’s push for continued global energy market dominance accounts for the climate emergency in the most cynical way. Most […]

Columbia Basin Trust releases its annual report

With solid performance of its investments, Columbia Basin Trust was able to deliver $82.2 million in direct benefits to the Basin. Results are now available in its 2022/23 Annual Service Plan Report. “The Trust strives to generate predictable, sustainable and appreciating investment returns to support residents’ efforts to make their communities better places today, and into […]