SD20 Negotiations

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the School District 20 debate over the Planning for the Future document. I read through the recommendations when it first came out (I think in 2008 for Part 1), but aside from the tax requisition that is obviously part of the issue, we homeschool our kids, so […]

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 […]

Castlegar’s Recreation Complex – The Referendum

Castlegar and surrounding communities are preparing to go to referendum on whether to build a $25 million dollar renovation for the Castlegar and District Community Complex. As a parent of two kids, I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the facility –  for swim lessons, casual swimming, and drop-in skating – not as much […]

Bears and Garbage in the Kootenays – 2010

Bears are a common problem in Kootenay towns, and it seems that Castlegar is making the news – because the Conservation Officers are shooting bears. Some area residents were “horrified” to see three black bears killed in a north Castlegar backyard last Friday, but conservation officers say they were left with no other option. There […]

No Frills Castlegar

The people of Castlegar are getting a new supermarket. Extra Foods has been the anchor of the Mall at Columbia and 15th for years, and since Shoppers abandoned ship and moved, it has been the main reason that people have frequented the mall. Enter No Frills Still part of the Loblaws chain of supermarkets, there […]

Castlegar Dims the Streetlights

Castlegar, a rural City in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia (and our home) is getting smart street lights. “The City of Castlegar is pleased to be the first city in Canada to totally commit to a complete transformation of all of its streetlights to the Adaptive Street Light Management System and moving ahead with its strategy […]

Brilliant Bridge

This weekend has been a series of rainy fall days, the mist and cloud cover punctuated with brief downpours and temperatures hovering around 14 degrees. During one of the breaks in the rain we got out for a quick walk on the recently restored Brilliant Bridge, built by the Doukhobors in 1913 for $60,000, and […]

The Price of Ignoring Water Infrastructure

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr We’ve been living on borrowed time when it comes to infrastructure, not just the communities in the Kootenays, but towns and cities of all sizes across North America. From what I can tell, more than half of the pipe in the ground in this part of the world is older […]