Year in Review – October

Notable Oct events include Trail's five-bloom rating win and the new pedestrian bridge's ground-breaking ceremony.

  • Dec. 31, 2015 5:00 a.m.

1 – A bear and her cub shot in Sunningdale sparks outrage aimed at residents who continue to leave un-picked fruit and garbage as attractants.

3 – Trail earns a five-bloom rating and bronze title in the international category at the annual Communities in Bloom national symposium in Kamloops.

5 – Elections Canada rescinds a number of voter cards to Trail residents after incorrect information directed them to Warfield for advance polling.

6 – Over 200 people were at the Cominco Gym for an all-candidates federal election forum. Representatives were on hand to answer a variety of questions from the floor ranging from Bill C-51 to representation in such a large district with varied interests.

12 – A steady stream of voters made their way to advance polling stations in Greater Trail and across the country. Veteran election workers reported a high advanced voter turnout.


13 – Trail council opts for a change of pace for the 2016 Silver City Days. The city signs a three-year deal with Shooting Star Amusements to operate midway rides beginning in 2016. That breaks a decades-long tradition of using West Coast Amusements.

14 – The initial step towards the new pedestrian/pipe bridge began with a ground-breaking ceremony at Rotary Park.

16 – The second annual Coins for Change event, which encourages participants to sleep under the bridge to experience one night of homelessness, raises over $10,000 in the Greater Trail area.

19 – NDP candidate Richard Cannings is elected as the federal MP for the newly-formed South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding. Cannings garnered over 24,000 votes, 5,000 more than runner-up Marshall Neufeld of the Conservative Party. Despite a cross-Canada wave that elected a Liberal majority government, SOWK Liberal candidate Connie Denesiuk finished third with 18,000 votes.

26 – A meeting to discuss a proposal to limit motorized entry into the Pend D’Oreille valley attracts a full house at the Muriel Griffiths Room in the Charles Bailey Theatre. While the meeting was held to highlight changes to road access, the attendees focused on the need for other solutions to protect wildlife and habitat.

26 – School District 20 (SD20) officially confirms it has sold the Blueberry Creek Community School to the local society for $1. Part of the deal allows the district the right to repurchase the building and land for the same price should the society put it on the market.