BLADERUNNERS – Potential Free Training Program For East Shore Youth

East Shore youth ages 15 to 30 years are invited to an Information Meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 3 pm in the library at Crawford Bay School with Ktunaxa youth worker Selby Aquila.

Bladerunners is a fully funded program that works to meet the interests of local youth.  If you could be trained next summer with job skills- what would you be interested in? 

We would like to get input and feedback and explore possible opportunities with the Bladerunner program.  Some Eligibility Requirements apply. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

More info: Laverne Booth: 250-551-6020 

Open Call to Artists

  • The celebration has a theme base but, the call to artists is AN OPEN THEME.
  • Submission deadline: July 15th, 2019

Exhibit date: September 26th to 28th, 2019

Juried Exhibition/Auction Open to all artists of Creston Valley and surrounding areas

Qualifying exhibition for    “Phantom of the Gallery Art Auction”

Guidelines Specific to this Exhibit:

Jurors: Donna Baspaly SFCA, Terry Isaac and Angela Fehr. Images will be reviewed independently online by each juror. Successful images are considered by the panel as a group for acceptance to the art auction. All artists will receive emailed notifications of their results. Artists may not submit artwork to the auction that has not been juried into the exhibit.


Media: Acrylic, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen, pencil, water media. All artwork must be 2D for this call to artists and signed.

Excluded Media: Photography, digital photography, digital prints, digital art, posters, pyrography, giclee and mechanical reproductions. Watch for additonal calls/invitational offers for these medias.

Substrates: Paper, illustration board, rising museum board, canvas are all accepted supports. All paper substrates must be framed or mounted for display – loose sheets of paper will not be accepted. Work must be either framed or finished to an archival standard and mounted to a gallery wrapped canvas or cradled wood panel. Any artwork not protected by glass or plexiglass must be finished to an archival standard. All works must be ready to hang with coated wire.

Size: All artwork must not be any larger than 96” tall by 48” wide. All styles and subject matter are welcome.

Delivery: Costs of shipping/delivering of artwork to and from the exhibit are the responsibility of the artist.

Pricing: All submitted artworks must be available for sale at the “Phantom of the Gallery” auction. C.V.A.C. has undertaken the promotion and advertising for the venue and will charge a 30% commission of the sale price. Artist will be able to discuss and agree to a reserve price after jurying and prior to submission of their work for auction.

Insurance: C.V.A.C. does not provide insurance for artwork. Artists are responsible for arranging their own insurance during transit and the exhibit/auction.

Auction Parameters: Work that fails to reach the minimum price set by the artist and jury committee will not be auctioned without the express consent of the artist. Pre-bids will be accepted in person, by phone or email until noon September 27th. At time of printing we are in consultation regarding an on-line bidding system. Watch our website/Facebook for further details.

Entry: Submission is open. Submissions are accepted by email only at:   Submission forms are available on the Council’s website.

Submissions should be low resolution no larger than 16mb in jpg format. Submission of an entry to this exhibit automatically constitutes the entrants acceptance of the guidelines and rules outlined. The jurors’ decisions are final and submission marks your acceptance of their decision. Artists cannot change details on their submissions after the deadline for the entries has passed. Artists are responsible for ensuring that the information, at the time of submission, is correct.

Event Schedule

February 1, 2019: Submissions open

July 15, 2019: Deadline for submissions

September 13, 2019: Deadline for delivery of works to CVA

September 26 and 27, 2019: Open viewing from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

September 28, 2019:

“Phantom of the Gallery” Celebration 5:00pm, Art Auction 7:00pm

Location:  Casey’s Community House – upper floor. 1136 Canyon Street, Creston, BC

Contact Information:   phantomartshow@

Sharon Svanda – Committee Chair – 1.780.518.5502

Alison Szpak – Co-chair/Finance – 250.428.2120

Brenda Brucker – Communications/Funding

Margaux Allard – Graphic Design

Carole Francis – Promotion/Advertising

About C.V.A.C: The Creston Valley Arts Council (CV.A.C.) is an non-profit organization that is committed to supporting, enabling and promoting arts and culture within the Creston Valley and surrounding areas. The “Phantom of the Gallery” Exhibit and Art Auction will provide a unique experience for artists and buyers alike and provide a much needed platform for the artists of our region.

Interior Health Seeks Physician for East Shore

Press release by IHA

East Shore Health Centre sees diminished doctor days (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only until another doctor is found to fill the third shift) – Photo Ingrid Baetzel

Effective immediately, physician services are currently available two days per week at the East Shore Community Health Centre with the recent departure of Dr. Lauren Galbraith.

Interior Health is working with the Kootenay-Boundary Division of Family Practice to recruit a primary care provider to join the existing two physicians at the clinic who currently serve the community. We regret the interruption of services to patients who formerly saw Dr. Lee until her retirement in the fall and then Dr. Galbraith.

To make an appointment, patients may call the East Shore Medical Clinic, Crawford Bay at 250-227-9006.

MAINSTREET NOTICE: There will be only two doctor days per week at the East Shore Health Clinic, effective immediately. A third doctor day was published in the March paper due to miscommunication, but please know that there will only be doctor days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, indefinitely, unless another doctor takes the third day. Dr Piver will be covering Tuesdays and Dr Moulson will be covering Wednesdays as normal.

Call the clinic (250-227-9006) to check for changes and be aware that there may be longer waits to see a doctor than normal.

ESTBA Membership Drive

The East Shore Trail and Bike Association has begun it’s 2019 online membership drive. It’s our hope that we can keep our membership strong and continue to expand our support network and partnerships.

Maintaining a healthy membership assists us with grant and sponsorship funding as well as ensure adequate liability coverage on the trails.

As ESTBA begins it’s fifth operational year we have reflected on the amazing journey it’s been. We are so grateful for the support we have received and are excited for the opportunities that await us this year.

This year we have added a new membership option. If you have a business or organization please consider supporting us in this capacity. See you on the trails


Farm & Food Directory – Get Listed, East Shore!

Don’t miss your chance to be listed for free in the 2019 Farm & Food Directory!

Don’t miss your chance to be listed for free in the 2019 Farm & Food Directory! Listings are free and must be completed by March 31st to be included the fabulous print version that will be distributed throughout the Central Kootenay throughout 2019. More information can be found here. Help residents in and visitors to the Central Kootenay to find your food. 

  • For a business to be listed, you need to be located within the political boundaries of the RDCK;
  • Each business needs to set up an account on the website, which gives you the ability to go back in and edit it, as needed, over time. We have created a guide to creating the account and completing the necessary information. It can be found here.
  • All new and updated entries must be completed by March 31st in order to meet the print version deadline.
  • Questions? Contact Abra Brynne, Executive Director, Central Kootenay Food Policy Council at: t: 250.352.5342 / c: 250.777.2480

Join CBESS 8/9 Students for a Chili/Cornbread Dinner – Proceeds Going Towards ADST Class

Join us on Wednesday, March 6th

ADST (Applied Design Skills Technology) 8/9 Class invites all students, parents and guardians, teachers, and community members to our fundraiser dinner and Trades Programs presentation next Wednesday night in the Performance Space!

Tickets at the door are $10 or free for children 5 and under. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm – delicious vegetarian chili and cornbread. Dessert will be scrumptious lemon squares and brownies.

We are fundraising for our Gr. 8-9 ADST (Applied Design Skills Technology) class, with an eye to supporting the construction of an outdoor classroom. We are currently in the planning phase, with the support of a recently received grant from Growing Innovation in Rural Sites of Learning.

Educational entertainment will be Brent Firkser about the Trades Programs at Selkirk College, information on secondary school course selection, and a Raffle!

If you can let us know that you are coming, that would help for planning. If not, come anyway! We look forward to treating you like royalty!

See you on Wednesday March 6th.

Can We Get Wheels Under These Meals?

submitted by Fran O’Rourke for Riondel Seniors

We know there are people on the East Shore – seniors and those with medical issues – experiencing difficulty preparing meals. Others have trouble cooking for one or are just tired of their own cooking. Riondel Seniors Association is trying to initiate a meal delivery program that responds to some of these needs. Kootenay Gourmet in Balfour is willing to package and deliver meals as far as the ferry. There will be a meeting on Monday, March 11 at 4:30 pm in the Seniors room of Riondel Community Centre. We are inviting people from all over the East Shore to join us in discussing how to create a workable meal delivery program. We have volunteers to deliver meals in Riondel, but to serve the East Shore, we need volunteers from other communities.

Daniel from Kootenay Gourmet will attend the meeting with examples of his menu. Sampling plates will cost $10 each. You don’t have to pay to join the discussion, but if you are interested in the tasting, please register with Fran O’Rourke (250.225.3268). Daniel needs to know how much food to bring. And join us on March 11; this is a program the East Shore needs.

Laugh Your Belly Fat Away

Tina Fey’s Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat*

Come and play with the local contingent of belly-fat burners and howling laughers… Every Monday at Community Corner at 7pm. (For those who saw our original poster and were planning for Sundays, please note the new day – MONDAYS at 7pm at Community Corner in Crawford Bay. Don’t miss it – you won’t regret coming and you might lose a tonne of weight. *Results not guaranteed.

The first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required to agree with whatever your partner has created. So if we’re improvising and I say, “Freeze, I have a gun,” and you say, “That’s not a gun. It’s your finger. You’re pointing your finger at me,” our improvised scene has ground to a halt. But if I say, “Freeze, I have a gun!” and you say, “The gun I gave you for Christmas! You bastard!” then we have started a scene because we have AGREED that my finger is in fact a Christmas gun. Now, obviously in real life you’re not always going to agree with everything everyone says. But the Rule of Agreement reminds you to “respect what your partner has created” and to at least start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you.

As an improviser, I always find it jarring when I meet someone in real life whose first answer is no. “No, we can’t do that.” “No, that’s not in the budget.” “No, I will not hold your hand for a dollar.” What kind of way is that to live? The second rule of improvisation is not only to say yes, but YES, AND. You are supposed to agree and then add something of your own. If I start a scene with “I can’t believe it’s so hot in here,” and you just say, “Yeah…” we’re kind of at a standstill. But if I say, “I can’t believe it’s so hot in here,” and you say, “What did you expect? We’re in hell.” Or if I say, “I can’t believe it’s so hot in here,” and you say, “Yes, this can’t be good for the wax figures.” Or if I say, “I can’t believe it’s so hot in here,” and you say, “I told you we shouldn’t have crawled into this dog’s mouth,” now we’re getting somewhere. To me YES, AND means don’t be afraid to contribute. It’s your responsibility to contribute. Always make sure you’re adding something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.

The next rule is MAKE STATEMENTS. This is a positive way of saying “Don’t ask questions all the time.” If we’re in a scene and I say, “Who are you? Where are we? What are we doing here? What’s in that box?” I’m putting pressure on you to come up with all the answers. In other words: Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles. We’ve all worked with that person. That person is a drag. It’s usually the same person around the office who says things like “There’s no calories in it if you eat it standing up!” and “I felt menaced when Terry raised her voice.” MAKE STATEMENTS also applies to us women: Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, “I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?” Make statements, with your actions and your voice. Instead of saying “Where are we?” make a statement like “Here we are in Spain, Dracula.” Okay, “Here we are in Spain, Dracula” may seem like a terrible start to a scene, but this leads us to the best rule: THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, only opportunities.

If I start a scene as what I think is very clearly a cop riding a bicycle, but you think I am a hamster in a hamster wheel, guess what? Now I’m a hamster in a hamster wheel. I’m not going to stop everything to explain that it was really supposed to be a bike. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up being a police hamster who’s been put on “hamster wheel” duty because I’m “too much of a loose cannon” in the field. In improv there are no mistakes, only beautiful happy accidents. And many of the world’s greatest discoveries have been by accident. I mean, look at the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or Botox.

*Improv will not reduce belly fat

–From Bossypants by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books; 2011)


Long-term financial benefits to the Columbia Basin and the Province

Waneta Expansion Project

(Castlegar, B.C.) – Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corporation announced today they have entered into an agreement with Fortis Inc. to purchase its 51 per cent interest in the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric generating facility located near Trail, B.C. for $991 million.

“We are extremely pleased to be restoring ownership to the originally mandated 50/50 partnership,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust and Acting President and CEO, Columbia Power Corporation. “Columbia Basin residents value the local ownership of all of our facilities and will enjoy even greater benefits now, and in the future, as more of the revenues are injected back into this region and to the Province.”

The Trust and Columbia Power, which currently own 49 per cent of Waneta Expansion, worked closely with the BC Government to make this purchase possible.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the government to work in collaboration with Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust to return this valued asset to the people of the Columbia Basin,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty, Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corporation. “The return on this investment will benefit the province and residents of the Columbia Basin for generations to come.”

The 335-MW facility was constructed with Fortis ahead of schedule and on budget, adding a second powerhouse immediately downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Orieille River. It shares the existing hydraulic head and generates clean, renewable, cost effective power from water that would otherwise be spilled, and provides enough energy to power 60,000 homes.

“Congratulations to Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation and Fortis for reaching this milestone,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “Thanks to your work the Waneta Expansion will provide real, lasting benefits for both the people of British Columbia and residents of the Columbia Basin.”

There will be no change to operations or to any key agreements. Long-term agreements are in place with BC Hydro to purchase the energy and with FortisBC to operate the facility and purchase surplus capacity.

“This facility is an extraordinary asset that wouldn’t have been possible without Fortis coming on board as a partner in 2010 to help with its development,” added Strilaeff. “I want to thank Fortis for our strong and collaborative relationship and we look forward to continuing to work with FortisBC as the operator of the facility and the purchaser of the surplus capacity.”

Financial close is expected in April 2019. See the announcement from Fortis here.

TD Securities Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP acted as legal counsel, and DCF Consulting acted as strategic transaction advisor to the Trust and Columbia Power.