Friday News Clippings 8 June 2012

Things have been really busy around here, and writing has caught the brunt of it, truly falling off the side of the desk. I’m not going to make any promises here, but I hope to pick things up a bit again over the coming weeks. To kick this off, I thought I’d share some links […]

Improving Castlegar through Placemaking

The Kootenays, a beautiful, rural part of British Columbia, features sparsely populated river valleys punctuated by forested mountain ranges, struggles from a lack of cohesive visioning and it seems that only recently have real efforts at economic collaboration been made, such as the Lower Columbia Community Development Team. Having less than two years under their […]

Castlegar Water Management Plan

In light of the recent decision of Castlegar Council to keep utility rates static for 2011, I’ve posted below copies of the Water Management Plan reports that were completed in March and June of 2009. These reports outline a planned $66 Million cost over 20 years on water infrastructure. As far as I know, there […]

The five P’s

Or “Why I don’t trust BP to clean up anything” I haven’t dedicated much space here to the ongoing saga going down in Louisiana as BP and the US government fumble to maintain the appearance of control of the situation. I’ll leave the blow-by-blow account of these mishandling to people with more time and patience […]

Fredericton Roads and Streets Masterplan – 2009

Infrastructure masterplans are at the backboneof a community’s capital spending plan. While not addressing every possible outcome or required project, the process of considering a masterplan identifies many of the “big-ticket” items that are on the spending horizon for the community. Often these masterplans are written by consultants, for many reasons, political, staff availability, expertise, […]

The Fight for Peak Oil Information

In my quest for information on Peak Oil from the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, another roadblock (no pun intended) has been thrown in front of my adventure. Apparently I need to know the title of the documents I’m requesting under Freedom of Information to get the fee waived – not just a […]

Castlegar Planning for the Future

This week marks the start of The City of Castlegar’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process – at least the public side of it. Last night, a presentation by the Fraser ABasin Council on Sustainability Processes foir Communities drew out out about 30 residents and councillors with some excellent discussion about the end aim of going through such a process for a community.