Current environmental news from the West Kootenay region of BC and beyond. Tuesdays at 12 pm with Keith Wiley and Linn Murray. Repeats Sunday at 9 am.

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August 6, 2019

Colleen Doyle from the Kootenay Carshare Coop will be in to talk about the new electric cars.   Mark Laver is the Economic Development man for Castlegar and he talks about the initial feasibililty getting a train going from the East Kootenay to the West Kootenay.  Nelson’s brand new Climate Change Coordinator talks about the excitement of the new challenge here.

July 30, 2019

Natasha Edwards from the West Kootenay EcoSociety updates on the 100% Renewable Kootenay campaign. Logging blockader Jessica Ogden had her day in court last and the charges against her failed because of a technicality. We talked to her shortly after she got out of court July 25. Justin Yule talks about living with less, a lot less, to reduce personal environment impact.

July 23, 2019

Logging road blockader, Jessica Ogden was in court July 22 and there was a crowd of supporters on the street. We hear from Jessica herself and from supporters. Provincial forest minister Doug Donaldson promised to protect 54 old-growth trees. Sierra Club of BC forest campaigner Jens Wieting will talk about the plan.

July 16, 2019

Deputy Leader of the Green Party in BC, Sonia Furstenau was a guest on KCR’s Kootenay Morning Show last Friday.  Nelson City Council is planning to cut down on single use plastics in our community.  Councillor Rik Logtenberg explains. Exciting music from a newspaper! The Toronto Star newspaper has a major climate crisis feature on its website. Even great music.

July 9, 2019

Elsipogtog, New Brunswick…. no report yet on complaints about excessive RCMP violence in 2013! We hear from someone who was there. Premier Kenney launches inquiry about foreign funding of environmentalists..? Really!  Pipeline pays for greening? Or Not! We talk to Mitchell Beer from .   Corporate Mapping Project launches major research project: the structure of Canada’s fossil corporation power. UVic’s Bill Carroll explains.

July 2, 2019

Canada Day flocking fun from Extinction Rebellion. Council of Canadians on Green New Deal. Peter Amerongen, a successful net zero house building in Edmonton is going BIGGER, pushing large scale retrofitting for the 80% of Canadian buildings we will still be using in 2050. Report from the camp on the Balfour Forest Service road… and more on the arrest and jailing of Jessica Ogden.


June 25, 2019

Jessica Ogden arrested blocking Balfour logging road, we hear from supporters and audio from the actual arrest. Gary Diers from talks about discovering caribou in the Purcells, but Cooper Creek Cedar wants to log.

June 11, 2019

We hear about local logging protests one more time. And we have Joern Wingender on from the Harrop Proctor Commuinity Coop that manages and logs in their watershed…a positive story and model.  And there’s a short report from last week’s Green New Deal TownHall in Nelson. Big rally in Vancouver against TransMountain pipeline… federal decision could come in the next week. The Unistoten are in court this week on the injunction against their camp in the way of the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline.

June 4, 2019

Host Keith Wiley speaks with Laura Sacks, winner of the 2019 Suzy Hamilton Legacy Award.  Jan Inglis talks about keeping up hope in uncertain times and there’s lots about the Pact for a Green New Deal, including excerpt from an Avi Lewis podcast on

May 28, 2019

Dr. MV Ramana, the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia talks about the promotion of Small Modular NuclearReactors in Canada.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety Outreach Coordinator Erin Thompson tells us how seniors can get connected to the energy efficiency program. And the Friends of Kootenay Lake running a very cool art project. We talked to Camille LeBlanc.

May 21, 2019

Valley permaculture teacher Greg Lamoureux  talks about the Nelson talk byDr John Todd an ecological design pioneer on Thursday, May 30.  Local concerned citizen Lisa Hanning is bringing Extinction Rebellion to Nelson.

May 14, 2019

Katherine Oldfield and David Beringer from the West Kootenay Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby were with a group meeting MLAs in Victoria. We got them on the phone.

The National Farmers Union has long been raising concerns patenting farmers’ seeds and we spoke with a past President Terry Boehm. Nelson City Council voted narrowly to go in with Regional composting plan, Linn Murray talked to Judy O’Leary from Citizens’ Climate lobby. The David Suzuki Foundation wants BC to find out how much methane is leaking because of LNG and fracking… and much more.

May 7, 2019

Nelson students held their second School Strike for Climate May 3rd and Linn Murray captured the students singing, chanting and talking about their climate concerns.  Nelson City Council debated – and voted in favour of – joining the Regional composting initiative. We listen in on some of the debate. Our Member of Parliament, Wayne Stetski brings up the actions by Nelson students and raises climate change questions in Canada’s Parliament.

April 30, 2019

Nelson City Council has got a deadline to reach a decision about compost pick up in the City. We talked with long time advocate Bruce Edson. Michael McMann is the President of the Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club and he talks about the trips they are organizing this year. The West Kootenay EcoSociety’s Erin Thompson will tell us about the plan to seniors save energy and money. Alyssa Taburiaux tells us about the May 3rd School Strike for Climate in Nelson and around the world.

April 23, 2019

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson has done research showing how to move to 100% renewable energy.. which he says is completely possible. Who owns our power?  should be a simple question in BC… but it’s not.  Sierra Club of BC has produced a podcast on the topic. The inspiring voice of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, talking about how great the world could be with a Green New Deal.

April 16, 2019
EcoSave expands to RDCK, Coastal Heroes Reuben George and Romilly Cavanagh

Clips from Brilliant Cultural Centre fundraiser for Chief Reuben George from the Tsleil Waututh First Nation and Romilly Cavanagh, an environmental engineer who had worked for Kinder Morgan, but protested and was arrested. City of Nelson EcoSave director Carmen Proctor talks about expanding the money and energy saving program through all the RDCK.

April 9, 2019
Climate change an election issue? Praise our Coastal Heroes, Sierra Club of BC does forestry course

We caught up with new Council of Canadians ED Molly Kane in Kamloops last weekend. She tells us about the environmental issues the Council is campaigning on and why.  Organizer Nadine Podmoroff talks about For our Earth Praise High our Coastal Heroes  fundraiser for the broad movement blocking the Transmountain pipeline. Sierra Club’s Galen Armstrong invites everyone to a weekly an online seminar about forestry issues.

April 2, 2019
Canada ‘consults’ on fossil subsidies, ForestMarchBC, Caribou habitat

Julia Levin from Environmental Defence critiques federal cuteness on fossil emissions.  Amber Peters from the Valhalla Wilderness Society talks about the new caribou protection plans and the need to protect more habitat for the last southern herd.  Part of a talk from Jennifer Houghton from Grand Forks who initiated

March 26 2019, province’s caribou deals, saving woods at Cottonwood Lake, World Water Day and logging.

Jessica Ogden talks about and the Nelson event starting at 10 am April 6th at Cottonwood Falls park. Wilderness Committee’s Charlotte Dawe is back to discuss new deals on caribou preservation. Nikita McDaniel from the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society talks about RDCK land deal and remaining forest to be protected, as well as upcoming events. World Water Day was March 22 and RDCK Area E Director Ramona Faust talks about local water issues.

March 19 2019.   Gas fracking report, 314 cutblocks, World Water Day March 22

Gas Fracking report leaked, comment from Green MLA Sonia Furstenau. In five months 314 cutblocks approved in caribou habitat, Charlotte Dawe from Wilderness Committee comments.  World Water Day is March 22, Leslie Payne talks about the Nelson event.

March 12 2019.  What’s going to make the 2019 Canada election relevant?

To anything at all? Well some NDP folks at want to get a Green New Deal for Canada on the agenda.

Harry Kopyto, a long-time Waffle NDPer is a ball of fire. He’s with a group of activists in the NDP who want the Party to campaign on a Leap and Green New Deal vision in the coming federal election.

Leslie Payne and the Council of Canadians are organizing a special event to mark World Water Day, on March 22nd. And, it’s awards time at the National Campus and Community Radio Association and we have nominated The EcoCentric. Today we’ll listen to our entry, a recap of some of the best moments recently on the show.

March 5, 2019.   School strike, logging arrests, Nelson Council fudges climate emergency, 100% Renewable Kootenays

Students strike for the climate… Nelson Council debates declaring climate emergency: blow by blow. Arrests of logging blockaders on Greyhorse Creek. EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable campaign

February 26, 2019

Elizabeth May, Eugene Kung and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip respond to NEB ‘re-approval’ of TransMountain pipeline. Alyssa Taburiaux talks up Monday, March 4 School Strike for the Climate at Nelson City Hall and KL Kivi addresses what activists can do now.

February 19, 2019

Living with a heat pump in Nelson and saving money. Glade Watershed injunction rejected by court. Caribou vigil in the falling snow. MP Richard Cannings raises issue of Trail spills.

February 12, 2019

Host Linn Murray talks with Rik Logtenberg about Host Keith Wiley spoke with Jason Laeus from Ymir Community Watershed about imminent logging. The Extinction Rebellion movement in England started with hard direct talk from science about climate change.  Not for the squeamish. But listen up.

February 5, 2019

Live from the solidarity protest with #WetsuwetenStrong in front of Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources office of MLA Michelle Mungall. Sinixt matriarch Marilyn James reports on meeting with Mungall. BC Forestry seeks feedback on plan to spray invasive plants with herbicides across southern interior. Candace Batycki from YtoY talks about the sad end of lower Kootenay caribou.

January 29, 2019

First Nations activist Nipawi Kakinoosit is on to talk about the plan for several First Nations to buy ownership of the Transmountain pipeline. Premier John Horgan told the BC Truck Loggers Association about a plan to cut raw log exports .  Special showing, The Radicals.

January 22, 2019

In-depth discussion of hereditary government for First Nations with activist Nipawi Kaknoosit. Updating the sovereignty crisis in Wet’suwet’en Territory. !00% Renewable Kootenays passes in Rossland and clip from the web: Naomi Klein talks climate change with Bernie Sanders!!!

January 15, 2018

Nelson City Councillor Rik Logtenberg talks about save, hazmat and more. Watershed Protector Jessica Ogden gives an update. We ride in a new electric vehicle (actually plug-in hybrid) and driver Jason Peil talks savings. WK EcoSociety takes 100% Renewable to Rossland and New Denver Councils.

January 8, 2019

RCMP attacked Wet’suwet’en peaceful occupiers of traditional territories Jan. 7 We play a statement from Freda Huson, long-time leader of the #Unist’ot’en Camp. Economist Marc Lee from CCPA BC discusses interactions between provincial Clean BC plan, LNG and Site C Dam. Co-host Linn Murray phones in live from #Wet’suwet’enStrong rally on Baker Street.

November 27, 2018

Polling shows opinion in BC and Alberta is close on climate change and the oil industry. Mark Jacobson talks about realistic 100% renewable energy. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip speaks on revived TransMountain pipeline review.

November 20, 2018

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visits Nelson, we get an exclusive interview. Citizens Climate Lobby calculates $1 billion in BC subsidies to fossil fuels. Listen now here:

November 13, 2018

Death of three grizzly bears stirs up outrage. We speak with activist KL Kivi about it and with Gillian Sanders from about how it can be prevented. Erin Thompson from the West Kootenay EcoSociety talks about the ALL IN movie being screened this month in Nelson (Nov. 28) and Rossland (Nov. 15). Listen to the show here:

November 6, 2018

Environment Minister George Heyman explains new law on professional reliance and its impact on forestry and resource industries. Water is life activists in the Kootenay gather and speak about protecting their watersheds from clearcut logging and an update on Lemon Creek court cases.

October 30, 2018

West Kootenay watershed gathering coming up Oct. 2. MP Nathan Cullen talks pipeline in Nelson. Carmen Procter from Nelson’s EcoSave talks about program to reduce your home energy use.  Podcast links at the bottom.

October 23, 2018

New Nelson City Councillor Ric Logtenberg on hopes for new term. Veteran RDCK Director Ramona Faust talks about environmental challenges faced by the District. Protect the Inlet news conference criticizes “redo” of NEB’s pipeline process.

October 16, 2018

Michael Jessen on the alarm on climate from the IPCC. Brittny Anderson on Young Agrarians. Clips from the Nelson candidate forum on Climate Change and Wildfires

September 25, 2018

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on the Court quashing the TransMountain pipeline construction, BC LNG plans make climate targets impossible and David Suzuki says federal environment minister should resign!

September 18, 2018

Local vegan, Melanie Miles is in to talk about veganism, the all vegetarian diet. Aila Goldenfyre and colleagues held two successful local watershed logging actions. She tells us how and why. Former West Kootenay MLA Corky Evans talked about the importance of changing to a Proportional Representation voting system.

September 11, 2018

Looking back to the global day of action on Sept. 8th we hear from some of the people who attended the Nelson Parade with Giant puppets. And… in the really good news department.  I finally got my electric bike. We talk to Dylan Roberts at Boomtown about putting it together for me.

September 4, 2018

The Federal Court of Appeal came out with an historic ruling that overturned the approvals of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline. Saturday day September 8th… it’s a global day of action to Rise for Climate.  Diane Van Eyk is in to talk about it. And repeat special guest interview: Jackie Milne who started the Northern Farm Training Institute in the Northwest Territories.

August 14, 2018

Julia Roberts came in to talk about the Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative (see them on Facebook) and all the activities coming up. Nelson electric car enthusiast Andrew Chewter talks about the EV market and USED electric cars!

July 31, 2018

Sjeng Derkx and Ann Remnant from the Fairvote Kootenays campaign for proportional representation are in to talk about BC’s October referendum on changing elections (Facebook: Fair Vote Kootenays). Chelsey Jones of the campaign talks about protecting the mountain sides on the northeast corner of Kootenay Lake.

July 24, 2018

Sarah Colvin from the West Kootenay EcoSociety is in to talk about community meetings about 100% Renewable Kootenays.  Founder and editor Carol Linnitt talks about a great online environment investigative magazine.

July 17, 2018

Host Keith Wiley spoke with Kaslo’s John Cathro about the Climate Change and Wildfire conference held in Nelson.  Mitchell Beer from talked about record heat temperatures all over and death from heat in Montreal and Andy Shadrack and Keith discussed the opportunity opened by the departure of Greyhound from BC.

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July 10, 2018

Wendy Holm is taking her new book on the issue of the Site C dam on a BC tour and coming to Nelson.  Keith Wiley spoke to her about the book and the ongoing concerns about the dam.   Joanne Siderius, Chief Naturalist from the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre came in to talk about all the summer activities at our beloved local Park.  Keith talks about the cancellation of Greyhound Bus service and paddling on Kootenay Lake.

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July 3, 2018

Host Linn Murray plays speeches from our Kootenay Members of Parliament Richard Cannings and Wayne Stetski.  And in BC forestry companies spray thousands of hectares every year with glyphosate, (Roundup) and it’s killing moose and much more.  Keith Wiley speaks with James Steidle from