By Nicole Trigg
Another Christmas has come and gone. That 2015 is right around the corner is definitely worth a head shake. While flying cars still arent in the picture and there seems to be no end to email spam, the new millennium is progressing at a light speed rate.
Some amazing futuristic breakthroughs took place in 2014, everything from a Swedish woman (who was born without a womb) giving birth to a baby after receiving a womb transplant, to a Dutch man who was fitted with a prosthetic hand capable of delivering a sense of touch, to scientists discovering Kepler-186f, a faraway planet thats perhaps the most Earth-like yet discovered (same size as our planet, and at the right distance from its parent star to have liquid water). The scientific community is also creeping towards a cure for AIDS, something thats been unimaginable in the three decades since the AIDS-causing virus HIV was discovered.
Looking ahead to the world of technology, in 2015 its predicted that 91 percent of internet traffic will be video (including HD and 3D). Since the current internet is not designed for this type of excessive data traffic, service providers will be forced to design new networks to keep up. And as any Mac lover should know, its been nearly five years since Apple launched a truly new product but market analysts are predicting February as the release date for the Apple Watch.
The new year will also be when Canadians start to witness some alarming political antics in the lead up to the 2015 federal election, when threat of a Conservative minority government will result in Liberal and NDP attack ads throughout the year in a push for another Conservative majority mandate. The Pioneer predicts MP Wilks will keep his seat despite election boundary changes that will result in Nelson, Salmo, and Kaslo joining the Kootenay-Columbia riding. We also predict Jumbo Glacier Resort will continue to develop at a glacial speed with opposition to the resort continuing to spread. If these predictions dont inspire hope and happiness for the year ahead, look to the stars. According to Chinese astrology, its the auspicious Year of the Sheep, when political and economic situations in the world start to stabilize. As sheep symbolize peace and prosperity and the valley has its fair share heres to a happy, healthy 2015 full of community dialogue, creativity and caring.