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Teck May Pay Big for Lead Spill, Ordered to Pay Native Band's Legal Costs

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Teck may be on the hook for millions of dollars for the large spill of lead and hydrofluoric acid from its Trail plant into the Columbia River in the spring of 2008. The spill, which occurred at approximately 5:30 PM on May 28th, 2008, was attributed to a heat exchanger in the lead refinery which failed, allowing electrolyte (a solution of hydrofluoric acid and lead) to spill into a storm water drainage and then into the Columbia River over a five hour period. During that time some 900 kilograms of lead and 360 litres of acid leaked into the Columbia.

Columbia Basin Trust Partners with Non-Profits

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(Columbia Basin) - Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is proud to announce a new three-year partnership with Enterprising Non-Profits (enp), a granting program that seeks to assist non-profit organizations operating a social enterprise. "In preparing our recently released Social Strategic Plan, non-profits told us they needed a variety of tools and resources to help them become more sustainable," said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. "enp understands the unique issues and challenges facing this sector, and will help us support Basin non-profits in getting the technical

Time Running Out To Have Your Say On Our Schools

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The battle for RSS’s future is heating up. The final deadline for public submissions on the future of Rossland’s schools is nearing even as the City of Trail has written a letter advocating the closure of RSS and the bussing of Rossland students down to the new J.L. Crowe. “The dedication of resources required to maintain the Rossland Secondary School, with small class sizes and high operating costs, detracts from the resources available to serve the needs of all other students in the District,” says a letter signed by Mayor Dieter Bogs of Trail.

New Study: BC Families Poorer Than a Generation Ago

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A new study reveals that BC's poor and middle class families are in worse financial shape than their parents' generation. The study, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, finds that fully 60% of families with children are earning less than their counterparts in the late 1970s, while incomes for the wealthiest 10% have increased dramatically. The result is a widening gap between the rich and the rest of the population. Among the study's key findings:

PREVENT CANCER NOW: A Winning Strategy for the War on Cancer

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This Sunday at the Old Fire Hall, Rossland’s Diana Daghofer, national co-chair of Prevent Cancer Now, will be offering a free practical information session on how to reduce the presence of cancer-causing agents in our homes and lives. Interestingly, Daghofer sees Prevent Cancer Now, which launches its new website this week, as an environmental organization. “We don’t do anything to our environment that we don’t to do our bodies,” she notes. “We’re an environmental organization that has a health focus.”

Green Drinks - Saving the World One Sip at a Time

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While St. Patrick’s Day may still be a few weeks away, 50 some odd engaged and concerned Rossland residents got together at the Old Fire Hall on Tuesday night to partake in some green drinks. While not literally green, the drinks (red and white, actually) were imbibed while the group discussed environmental issues in a unique conversation cafe style. Just what is Green Drinks?

VSS Makes Formal Recommendations to SD 20

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Last week, on January 27, the task of preserving K-12 education in Rossland took an important step forward. The Visions for Small Schools Society formally submitted a set of recommendations to School District 20. In their recommendations, VSS made a number of interlinked suggestions: 1. Sustain excellent K-12 education in Rossland 2. Investigate, plan and implement the Neighbourhoods of Learning 3. Midtown Transition area and neighbouring lands planning as a part of the Neighbourhood of Learning opportunity 4. Explore and implement cost sharing methods

Study of a Study: How to Decide on a Rossland Gondola

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Every day that I toss my skis into the back of my pickup truck and drive up to Red, usually picking up and passing a few hitch hikers, I find myself wishing there was a better way. Wishing that I could save on gas, cut emissions and save the sometimes long and cold wait of mid-week hitch hikers looking for a way up to the ski hill.

AMEC Lays Off 18 in Trail Office

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Kicking off the new year in similar fashion to many struggling corporations worldwide, one of Trail’s larger employers AMEC, laid off 18 workers in its Trail office as mining projects by its clients are being delayed or held off on decreasing their workload. Headquartered in London England and listed on the London Stock Exchange AMEC employs in total approximately 23,000 employees over three divisions; Natural Resources, Power and Process and Earth and Environmental working primarily in project management in engineering.

VSS Formulating List of Options for K-12 in Rossland

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With enrolment numbers at Rossland’s schools slowly but steadily declining, and expected to continue to decline in the coming few years, the Visions for Small Schools society, made up of a passionate group of parents and teachers, has been working hard on solutions to maintain a quality K-12 education in Rossland.
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