WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - Mar. 15, 2018 - The Ts^ilhqot’in National Government (TNG) applauds BC Hydro for their recent plan to pursue power purchase agreement negotiations with the Ts^ilhqot’in Solar Farm (TSF). Located within the Ts^ilhqot’in territory, once completed, the TSF will be the first large-scale solar power plant owned and operated by a First Nation in western Canada.
T'Sou-ke Nation is a community on the south-west corner of Vancouver Island, busy not only culturally but economically, since they achieved construction of the largest solar array in B.C.. Linda Bristol is an Elder, Arts Manager, and Cultural Advisor who was engaged from the beginning of a Comprehensive Community Planning process that began in the last decade. Out of this community engagement came the powering of the community with solar renewable energy. “The process was vision-oriented and we had a progressive-thinking group. One of the options was solar energy and it caught the imagination of the people creating the vision,” says Bristol.
Success of the T'Sou-ke solar energy project came from the T'Sou-ke CCP process, she explains, and unity was the key, READ IT HERE
Quaaout Lodge and Spa has been established for over 25 years on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake. The 70-room facility has grown from inception to include spa and conference halls, not to mention an 18-hole golf course ranked in the top 10 in B.C., and cultural awareness features such as a re-created kekuli on the property beside the lake, and pictography in the facility's walks and walls that recall the ancient connection of the Little Shuswap Indian Band with their traditional territory in the Secwepemc Nation. READ IT HERE
PORT ANGELES, WA - Jan. 29 2018 – Boat builder Armstrong Marine launched ‘Adel,’ a new 32’ x 11’ survey
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catamaran on January 19 and completed sea trials on January 25. Twin 225hp diesel inboards power the vessel, which also includes a 4.5 kW generator, autopilot, and engine compartment fire suppression system. READ IT HERE
Grace Dove shines as 'Ricki' in today's (Jul 13, 2018) release on Netflix of the movie How It Ends (2018), "A desperate father tries to return home to his pregnant wife after a mysterious apocalyptic event turns everything to chaos."
The movie stars Theo James and Forest Whitaker as they struggle to get to Seattle from Chicago in the middle of an apocalyptic scenario with lawless crazies dominating a dystopian society on the highways of America. READ IT HERE
Frank Busch Book Review"...The strong narrative voice of Painted Turtle Man peels the layers of society off in small but explosive revelations.
VANCOUVER — A report released by BC Hydro on Apr 23, 2018, finds cost is the number one perceived barrier preventing British Columbians from purchasing an electric vehicle.
While the increasing price of gas has a third of British Columbians saying they are interested in making the switch to an electric vehicle, more than half believe electric vehicles are still too expensive.
The report from BC Hydro, entitled Unplugged: Myths block road to the electric car dream [PDF, 212 KB] has good news for the more than 55 per cent of those surveyed who said their prime motivation for buying an electric vehicle would be to save money on gas and maintenance.
Silence is creeping closer, the gentle lapping of the sea a beautiful opaque turquoise blue warmed by the sun splashes elegantly over pale golden white sand, tiny pink and ivory cowrie shells and pebbles that pattern in zig zigzags the tideline. Sea pinks on rocks shake in a slight breeze, and a tern skims over head and disappears.
The modern hustle and bustle of life is on hold and I am yet again on an island, St Martins in-fact. St Martins is one of 200 Islands, Islets and rocks that form the Isles of Scilly situated on the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 28 miles from the tip of Cornwall, England and forty miles from Penzance Harbour. Six of the Islands are inhabited Bryher, Tresco, St Marys, St Agnes, St Martins and Gugh.
The Isles of Scilly has a mystical often sub-tropical allure, Tresco Island especially is well known for its sub-tropical Tresco Abbey gardens and is home to over 20,000 plants that flourish in paradise, it's unbelievable that such a place exists in the British Isles.
There is an incredible history to the Islands which are thought to have first been visited at the end of the last Ice age 10,000 years ago, the first settlers are believed to have been from the Bronze Age. Reflections of the past are scattered on all the Islands from Bronze Age grave entrance caves and Roman alters to Medieval castles and exist almost frozen in time endowed in wildlife. On every visit here it feels as though all of it has been discovered afresh, it never gets boring.
St Martins is the third largest Island and my personal favourite, yellow gorse, purple flowering heather and an array of different colours pattern moorland.
OTTAWA, ON - Aug. 3, 2018 - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has been granted intervenor status in the B.C. government’s reference case at the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.
"The AFN has a long history of participating in judicial proceedings where our peoples, their rights and traditional territories are concerned. Any decision in this reference case could have far-reaching impacts for First Nations across the country and the AFN is uniquely positioned to provide a national perspective on these potential impacts," said AFN National Chief Bellegarde.
“CIBC is pleased to congratulate KingFisher Boats on being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, recognizing its excellence in leadership, business performance and innovation,” said Dino Medves, Senior Vice President and Head, CIBC Commercial Banking. READ IT HERE
Poseidon Ocean Systems was founded in 2015 by Matt Clarke, P.Eng, President, with co-founder, Heather Clarke, B.Comm, Vice President of Business Operations. Poseidon Ocean Systems was established in response to increasing demand for engineering efficiency in aquaculture operations around the world.
Matt Clarke graduated University of British Columbia with a degree as an engineer in Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) . . . READ IT HERE
Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws is one of those books you anticipate long before it’s released and struggle to put down once it arrives. It is a weighty book – both in terms of its length (at 588 pages) and its significance. As a Secwépemc person who teaches Indigenous Studies and history, the impact of this book has been both personal and scholarly. READ IT HERE
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Two more On-site Net Washing Vessels will soon join the Badinotti fleet on the waters off North Vancouver Island, "We have ordered two more vessels from Armstrong Marine Inc. to work out of the Port Hardy and Port McNeill area in the waters north of Campbell River," says Kevin Onclin, CEO at Badinotti Net Services Canada Ltd.. There is the potential for the vessels to work in the Sounds and Inlets on the West Coast of Vancouver Island as well if requested or required. The acquisition of two new vessels is being made based on the performance of BRAVO II earlier this year.
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The First Nations National Building Officers Association (FNNBOA) and the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) established a partnership where the expertise from both organizations can work together to improve the levels of health and safety of people living in Indigenous Communities.
CCMC provides an evaluation service focussed on innovative and non-standardized construction products, materials, systems and series. These services provided by CCMC are useful for Indigenous Communities to determine the acceptability of products within the context of their respective regional building, fire, and plumbing, energy code provisions.