Local Journalism Initiative

Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He’s thrilled by a provincial change to allow more secondary housing on agricultural land reserves. File photo

ALR housing rule changes delight landowners, confound administrators

Farmers can have both a principal residence and small secondary residence on property

Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He’s thrilled by a provincial change to allow more secondary housing on agricultural land reserves. File photo
View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Jessee Regnier

Canada given top marks for Columbia River Treaty public engagement

Eight American organizations are praising Canadian efforts

View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Jessee Regnier
Abby and Steve Hardy are turning their Appledale-area property into a tiny-home community that offers a better work-life balance for modern-day knowledge workers. Photo: John Boivin

New Slocan Valley developments see future in tiny homes, communal living

A couple is building a 37-acre development between Winlaw and Slocan City

Abby and Steve Hardy are turning their Appledale-area property into a tiny-home community that offers a better work-life balance for modern-day knowledge workers. Photo: John Boivin
A fully loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo

Defendants appeal Lemon Creek fuel spill class action decision

The lawsuit stems from the July 2013 spill of 35,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek

A fully loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo
Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)

Coastal Cleanup stages sequel of bid to rid B.C. coast of garbage

West Coast cleanup nets over 200 tonnes of marine debris

Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)
Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)

Work begins on researching unmarked burials at Alberni residential school site

Funding needed, but tips, ideas and a desire to do something strong

Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)

Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

On summer’s cusp, Kootenay forests are at record dry levels

Southeast Fire Centre says 4 months of unusually dry weather have had effect on the region’s forests

Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson

A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)

Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
A report shows nine West Kootenay communities are have more low-income persons than the provincial average. File photo

Study casts new light on poverty in the West Kootenay

Nine communities in region have more low-income residents than provincial average

A report shows nine West Kootenay communities are have more low-income persons than the provincial average. File photo
Work has begun on the $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp. File photo

Work begins on Slocan Valley fibre-optic line

The $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line runs from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp

Work has begun on the $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp. File photo
“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)

‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
Sam Fait takes a break to enjoy the view from the mountains east of Williams Lake. (Williams Lake Tribune photo)

Hunters join forces with conservationists to call on B.C. to protect fish and wildlife habitat

Unlikely alliance includes fishers, trappers, naturalists and conservation organizations

Sam Fait takes a break to enjoy the view from the mountains east of Williams Lake. (Williams Lake Tribune photo)
A fully loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo

Slocan Valley’s Lemon Creek fuel spill class action suit gets second go-ahead

The lawsuit stems from the July 2013 spill of 35,000 litres of jet fuel

A fully loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo
Karen McLeod is a resident of British Columbia, but has been living in Sackville since November, caring for her mother, Dodie, who has dementia. (Submitted)

‘She needs constant care’: B.C. siblings denied entry at border leaves family in difficult situation

Karen McLeod and her mother are limbo after her siblings were denied entry into the province under a compassionate care exemption to pandemic restrictions

Karen McLeod is a resident of British Columbia, but has been living in Sackville since November, caring for her mother, Dodie, who has dementia. (Submitted)
Carved by Vancouver Islander Luke Marston, the Truth and Reconciliation Bentwood Box is a tribute to all residential school survivors and travelled across the country with the TRC to all its official events. (University of Manitoba)

B.C. First Nations survivors addressing sexual abuse by Building the Family Circle

Vancouver Island-based effort aims to make healing a holistic, community-wide process

Carved by Vancouver Islander Luke Marston, the Truth and Reconciliation Bentwood Box is a tribute to all residential school survivors and travelled across the country with the TRC to all its official events. (University of Manitoba)
Doug White III, chairman of the B.C. First Nations Justice Council. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Indigenous groups express concern over B.C. travel ban expanding police powers

‘We want to make sure necessary safeguards are in place to ensure the province isn’t putting forward direction that would expose Indigenous peoples to further policing’

Doug White III, chairman of the B.C. First Nations Justice Council. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
An officer with Traffic Services was shocked when his in-car radar unit captured a northbound Corvette travelling at more than double the 120 km/hr speed limit, registering with an unbelievable speed of 243 km/hr. (BC RCMP)

Corvette clocked at 243 kilometres per hour on the Coquihalla

A Traffic Services officer was shocked when his radar unit captured a northbound Corvette travelling at more than double the speed limit

An officer with Traffic Services was shocked when his in-car radar unit captured a northbound Corvette travelling at more than double the 120 km/hr speed limit, registering with an unbelievable speed of 243 km/hr. (BC RCMP)