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Canal Flats, B.C., rolled out the welcome mat to a new employer—the Columbia Lake Technology Center—who promises to replace the jobs lost when the 100-year-old sawmill shut down in 2015.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Technology From sawdust to silicon—why Canal Flats is now the envy of every rural community in B.C.

A new data centre has taken over the former sawmill land and promises to bring jobs and hope to Canal Flats and other rural communities throughout B.C.

by Kerry Shellborn
The well-used Canal Flats Arena is undergoing some welcome upgrades
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Tourism Refreshing the heart of Canal Flats

Here’s why the Canal Flats Arena matters so much to the Village and the surrounding communities, and why it needs help.

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Chris Fields is the current economic development officer in the village of Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Creating a new Canal Flats

“The world is changing fast, and adaptability equals success.” - Chris Fields, economic development officer, Canal Flats, B.C.

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Logo for Canal Flats
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Tourism New visual identity for Village of Canal Flats

The new logo is an important step in moving toward a vision established in the Village's Economic Development Strategy.

(L to R) Evan Kleindienst, David Struthers and Shawn Vokey, owners of Vast Resource Solutions in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Environment, Mining VAST Resource Solutions goes big

Six years of work by VAST Resource has enabled CertainTeed Gypsum Canada to receive provincial approval for a new gypsum mine near Canal Flats

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Taken on a cold winter day, this photo shows the wood chip piles in the background. In the centre, we see chlorine dioxide storage towers. Above these is the inclined “long belt,” which transports screened wood chips to the chip bin.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Forestry The timeline: 50 years at Skookumchuck Pulp Inc.

Skookumchuck Pulp Inc. has undergone several significant changes over the past half-century

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Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Environment, Mining Kootenay West gypsum mine granted an environmental assessment certificate

CertainTeed proposes a 135-hectare open-pit gypsum mine, located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats.

Barry Benson, a Realtor in the Columbia Valley, is based in Canal Flats.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kootenay Influencers Empowering Canal Flats

Leaders in Canal Flats are developing plans for strategic economic growth in the community.

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Craig Moritz is a country singer and animal advocate who lives in Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Animal Care, Entertainment and Hospitality, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats music man

Craig Moritz brings a talent for country music and a passion for animal rescue to his new home community of Canal Flats.

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The Village of Canal Flats sign
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Canal Flats hires new CAO – Adrian Bergles

Adrian Bergles most recently was the lands manager for the Akisqnuk First Nation in the Columbia Valley

Georgie Award winners (L to R) Andre Bloemink (LWE), Steve Whelan (LWE - owner), Marcelain Blancette (LWE), Ian Larsen (LWE - owner).
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Small Business LWE’s Kootenay Haven secures two coveted Georgie Awards

LWE in Fernie is the undisputed champ when it comes to custom homes in B.C. They have the photos and awards to prove it

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Picture of heavy equipment truck.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Mining New proposed Kootenay West Gypsum mine

A new mine proposed by CertainTeed Gypsum near Canal Flats projects a 43 year life span and would mine 400,000 ton of gypsum annually.

The Sterzer family enjoys a panoramic view of Canal Flats and the Columbia Valley from the top of Mount Sabine.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats champion

“I know I can’t change the whole world, but I can make a positive difference in the small world around me.” — Karl Sterzer

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Guests of The Flats RV & Campground launch their canoe onto the adjacent Kootenay River
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Small Business, Tourism Embracing Canal Flats

Canal Flats is a new field of dreams for former Calgary entrepreneurs Kate McLean and Kelly Kask.

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The new Columbia Valley Multi-Use Centre is scheduled for completion in May 2017. It will be available for use by all of the communities of southeastern B.C.'s Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality New centre for the Columbia Valley

The new, 17,000-square-foot Columbia Valley Multi-Use Centre will provide service to communities throughout the Columbia Valley.

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Heidi Frank, CAO for Canal Flats, B.C., enjoys her close connections in the community.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats New CAO for Canal Flats

Canal Flats, B.C. CAO Heidi Frank loves village life on the shore of Columbia Lake. She also loves her Harleys.

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Shawn Wernig is the owner and creative force at Eggplant Studios in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Technology For web design, go to Eggplant Studios

Graphic design holds endless fascination for Shawn Wernig, owner of Eggplant Studios in Invermere, B.C.

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Dean McKerracher, mayor of Elkford, offers congratulations to RDEK CAO Lee-Ann Crane, on her retirement after 37 years with the organization.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood Crane takes a bow

Cranbrook’s Lee-Ann Crane had a 37-year career with the RDEK, working for the betterment of this community.

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Theresa Wood is the community events co-ordinator in the District of Invermere.
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs Columbia Valley movers and shakers

Here are some of the people who are ensuring that the Columbia Valley is a healthy, prosperous place to live, play and do business.

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(L to R) Roberta Hall and Laurie Klassen are the chair and executive director, respectively, of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation.
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs Measuring the quality of Valley life

Columbia Valley Community Foundation will be checking the vital signs of the communities in the valley, going directly to its residents for input.

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Susan Clovechok, executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, spent time with members of Junior Achievement B.C.
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs Columbia Valley Chamber 2016

The Columbia Valley communities are setting an excellent example for regional collaboration in many sectors.

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The board of directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay is made up of representatives from eight municipalities and six electoral areas.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood RDEK at the half-century mark

Residents of rural B.C. have a voice in the administration of their areas, thanks to the province’s system of regional districts.

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Ute Juras, mayor of Canal Flats, B.C.
Canal Flats, Forestry Challenge in Canal Flats

The mayor and council of Canal Flats, B.C., are gathering resources to support their community’s economic survival.

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Susan Clovechok, executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism RAC seat for Clovechok

The new Rural Advisory Council allows B.C.’s small communities to influence the development of policies relevant to them.

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second home in the Kootenays
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood A second home in the Kootenays

Who is shopping for real estate in the region while maintaining a primary residence elsewhere? And what challenges do they face?

by Thomm Bokor
Canfor opertations in Canal Flats
Canal Flats, Forestry Canfor cuts 81 Canal Flats mill jobs

Cuts attributed to “a dearth of affordably retrievable timber.”

Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs 2015 RDEK Chair and Vice Chair named

The election of the Chair and Vice Chair took place during the regular RDEK Board Meeting.

Ute Juras is the mayor of Canal Flats, B.C.
Canal Flats Canal Flats re-elected Mayor Ute Juras

Ute Juras is beginning her second term as mayor of Canal Flats, B.C., with a positive attitude and a clear direction.

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Michael Anderson of True Key Hotels & Resorts/Bighorn Meadows was named business leader of the year.
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Retail, Small Business Columbia Valley Chamber hands out the hardware

The 16th Annual Business Awards held at the Copper Point Resort was an evening of celebrating success, achievement and excellence.

Bill Swan holding a solar panel
Canal Flats, Invermere, Golden, Environment, Technology KRIC helps solar skills expansion in the Columbia Valley

A rapid decline in solar prices is closing a once-prohibitive cost gap and is making solar one of the fastest growing industries in the region.

Dump truck filled
Canal Flats, Mining CertainTeed Gypsum looks to open new mine site near Canal Flats

The project start date for the new mine is 2017.

Todd Hebert, executive director of Blue Lake Centre
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Education, Environment, Forestry Citizen science comes to the Kootenays

Blue Lake Centre’s new executive director, Todd Hebert, is incorporating citizen science into the centre’s education programs.

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Neil Muth, CEO of the Columbia Basin Trust
Canal Flats, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Environment $2 million in grants available from CBT

Apply now for a youth, environment or social grant for your community project.

Forestry machinery at work
Canal Flats, Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Forestry Forest Industry has strong connection to Kootenays

Vancouver-based Canfor and a number of other companies lead the list.

women using laptop
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs CBT seeks input on proposed Social Strategic Direction

Feedback on the outcome of the draft 2014 – 2019 Social Strategic Plan needed.

A group meeting for the Columbia Basin Trust's grant evaluation
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Radium Hot Springs, Environment Join the Trust’s environment grants evaluation committee

CBT is offering an exciting opportunity to Basin residents.

NE wetlands near Golden
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Invermere, Environment Trust environmental focus renewed

Five-year plan shaped by input from Basin residents.

Earth moving equipment, a trench holding a metal framework, and a few workers
Canal Flats, Developments A new reservoir for Canal Flats

If all goes as planned, the village of Canal Flats, B.C., will have a new $2.7-million water system completed by the end of June 2014.

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Photo of environmental focus
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Environment Send us your input on CBT’s proposed environmental focus

Draft strategic plan sets CBT’s environmental priorities for next five years

Columbia Basin Trust report cover
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Castlegar, Nelson, Environment CBT releases 2012/13 annual report

Organization focuses on evolving to better empower Basin communities

CBT ad
Canal Flats, Environment Survey open: Show us your priorities on key issues

CBT received over 10,000 thoughts; now show us what’s most important

Photo of three Cranbrook youth
Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Environment $150,000 to fund youth projects in the Basin

Columbia Basin Trust is making $150,000 available for projects that benefit Basin youth through two granting programs.

Small house attached to two-bay firehall, with Canada flag flying out front
Canal Flats, Tourism Village appeal

With affordable housing in a peaceful, almost-rural setting, and an unlimited number of recreational options, the village of Canal Flats, B.C. offers an attractive lifestyle.

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