Community Meetings for Mountain Caribou Protection and Old Growth Forests

Come out to support and offer your insights for the protection of Mountain Caribou and Old Growth Forests in a community near you this April. The provincial and federal governments have just released two draft agreements aimed at recovering threatened mountain caribou. Please learn more about Draft Section 11 Agreement and submit your feedback through an online survey. Upcoming community…

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100% Renewable Kootenays Campaign gets big boost at Castlegar movie night

The West Kootenay EcoSociety's 100% Renewable Kootenays Campaign to phase out fossil fuels and transition the region to 100% renewable energy by 2050 gained more support at a local movie night at the Castle Theatre in Castlegar on Saturday, April 6. The event consisted of a mix of entertainment, education and Cycology Bikes of Castlegar generously donated door prizes. The event drew a full and…

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Changing Kootenay Lake water levels to help the survival of Kokanee Salmon

The scarlet red of the spawning Kokanee Salmon as they come home to spawn is an amazing sight. These land-locked Sockeye Salmon are not only an iconic species in the Kootenays, they are also a keystone species in their home ecosystems; other species in that ecosystem rely on a keystone species. But we have lost some stocks of these beautiful fish in Kootenay Lake in recent years. Kokanee Salmon…

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Your Markets have a new face

I’m Craig Mullin and proud to be the new Market Coordinator for the West Kootenay EcoSociety. I’m truly excited to pick up where Jesse, EcoSociety’s previous Market Coordinator left off and ensure the vibrant market culture we already have in Nelson continues to thrive. I moved to Nelson from Vancouver in 2006 with a dream to build my own home and raise a family. With a background in music event…

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Nominations for Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund Award

Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one woman environmental activist each year through a cash award. The fund was established in 2016 after well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor, Suzy Hamilton, died. For this year’s award, nominations can be sent to mattwglowe @ gmail.com. Entries must include the name and…

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Returning Vendor Applications begin April 10, 2019

Market Season is approaching and Applications for returning vendors from last year will go out on April 10th, 2019. New vendors who wish to vend at GardenFest, the Downtown Market or Cottonwood Market must contact the Markets Coordinator at markets @ ecosociety.ca and will be added to waitlists, if applicable. New vendors wishing to apply for Marketfest, please check our Markets Page to apply on…

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EcoSociety Board welcomes new members from Trail & Castlegar

The 2019 West Kootenay EcoSociety AGM took place in Castlegar on March 14 and was a fun and inclusive meeting with five children joining. Including everyone from seniors to children in discussions about how we make the Kootenays a safer and healthier place is an important part of building solutions that work for our community. Three new board members have joined our Board of Directors team: Morag…

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North of Nightfall Mountain Bike Film in Rossland & Castlegar

West Kootenay EcoSociety is proud to present North of Nightfall, a film by Red Bull Media House made by local film company, Freeride Entertainment. The film plays in Rossland on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at the Miners’ Hall, and in Castlegar on Saturday, April 6 at 6:30pm at the Castle Theater as a fundraiser for the EcoSociety. Extreme Arctic Circle mountain biking, paired with local film…

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20 local governments ask 20 fossil fuel companies to pay a share of local climate costs

BC environmental organizations are celebrating that 20 communities have now voted to send letters to 20 fossil fuel companies. The groups say BC local governments increasingly see clearly their costs associated with climate change, and the need for global fossil fuel giants like Chevron and Shell to pay a share of those costs. The City of Courtenay, on northern Vancouver Island, became the…

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Baker St in winter

City of Nelson Parking Survey

As you may have heard, the City of Nelson is currently reviewing its Parking Strategy and is asking for public feedback, with the survey closing this Monday, February 18th. You can help us build support for a strategy that incentivizes healthier modes of transportation, like walking and cycling, by making them easier and safer, instead of providing incentives to drive and thus congest downtown…

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