The Future of Potholes

It’s around this time of year that the potholes start to open up again around the Kootenays and probably must of  North America. These troublesome portals into the underworld appear most commonly either; at points of high stress in the road surface, or at points of structural weakness that are exploited by water. With the […]

Influenced Wishes and Manufactured Happiness

What do you long for? What are your dreams? What influences these ideas? Would you feel fulfilled if your lifelong dream actually came true? Or would your lifelong dream seem somewhat dulled by the actual experience of having it fulfilled, like the toy that was so desired the week before Christmas, but after opening lies […]

Consumerist Sheeple

Communities around North America are waking up to the reality that things are no longer on the trajectory of endless prosperity that we had come to expect. Housing prices are falling, inflation seems a certainty, government and personal debt is at record breaking levels. Yet, the Sheeple still go out Black Friday shopping, some staying […]

Shutting Down Urban Farming in Lantzville

The trouble with attempting to be progressive is that there are often rules against it, whether written or unwritten. It may be the neighbours who don’t like the fact that you tore out your front lawn and replaced it with potatoes and squash plants, or in Dirk Becker’s case, it is the District of Lantzville’s […]

Expectation or Entitlement

In light of the upcoming referendum for the Castlegar Rec Centre Expansion Project, I thought I’d play an audio excerpt from CBC that articulates many of the conflicting circumstances that add complexity to the decisions that governments make regarding money and funding projects. The excerpt, an intro to a CBC Ideas program aired in May […]

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 […]