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Funding announced for a multi-year project to improve connectivity for 5,429 rural households

Funding was announced Thursday in Castlegar for rural communities and areas in the Columbia Basin — encompassing 5,429 homes — to create access to high-speed Internet. This new multi-year, $82-million project is being funded by the federal and provincial governments, the regional districts of Central Kootenay, Columbia Shuswap, Kootenay Boundary, East Kootenay and Columbia Basin […]

Hybrid and Electric vehicles explained

By Gaoliang Fang, Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, McMaster University As part of its goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, Canada has introduced new regulations to mandate one-fifth of all vehicles sold in Canada be electric by 2026. With the price of gasoline being projected to rise again, and...

Interest in Rossland's innovative educator rising

As online schooling becomes the new norm and students learn to navigate a new type of classroom, Rossland’s Seven Summits Centre for Learning (in BC) is thriving as local parents and high school students look for a “future-proof” solution designed to meet their current and longer term educational needs....

Join us for a Photo Op! March 4 on the Trail Ice

Join us March 4 at 12 p.m. at the Trail Memorial Centre for a Photo with the New Olympia Ice Resurfacing Machine! A new Olympia ice resurfacing machine is on its way to the Trail Memorial Centre (TMC) from Resurfice, a Canadian company based out of Elmira, Ontario. The new Olympia will be making its TMC ice debut on Wednesday,...

Smoke Eaters Battle Hard But Fall To Silverbacks By 3-2 Score

The Trail Smoke Eaters battled hard with a strong 3rd period effort but fell just short in a 3-2 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the first of a weekend doubleheader on Friday night at the Trail Memorial Centre.  Both teams opened the game well defensively and saw the opening period go without a goal as the game was 0-0...

Electric vehicles for the Kootenays

accelerateKootenays was in Rossland on for Golden City Days with their fully electric  Chevrolet Bolt.  They answered questions about electric vehicles at their booth at the Fall Fair and then allowed curious Rosslanders to take the Bolt for a test drive.  accelerate Kootenays is Canada’s first community-driven, collaborative...

New from the Kootenays: 'The VinylCast'

New goings-on in the Kootenay music world: a local group is putting a new spin on the resurgence of vinyl with a brand-new project. It’s called The VinylCast, and it aims to deliver music on vinyl to music lovers – right to their doors.  (Or post offices, as the case may be.)  It launches globally this month, and will also ...

Got ideas? Share with the Smart Kootenay Initiative

Ideas for making life better in the Kootenays through technology? The rewards could be more than the improvements themselves; there's a big cash award involved for winning this contest. Even if our team of communities doesn't win the grand prize, working together toward a shared goal can produce other lasting benefits, too....

Telehealth: A boon for rural patients?

Getting to see your specialist for important health care in rural BC can be challenging, especially in the winter. Seeing your doctor through video conferencing can be the best option for many people. Take expectant mom Natalie Santano, who used telehealth video conferencing technology to connect with her specialist in Nelson....

CBT commits $1 mill for non-profit tech needs

Outdated technology is a barrier for many non-profit organizations in their work. Computers, software, hardware and phone systems are increasingly essential in the delivery of community services non-profits provide, but amongst competing resource priorities, these items sometimes come last. To help these organizations carry...