April 2017

Age a factor in Canadian wealth inequality

Age a factor in Canadian wealth inequality

Wealth inequality in Canada is largely the result of differences in people’s age, where wealth accumulation is a slow and steady process over a long period of time, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Wealth, measured by a household’s net worth, includes the value of all assets — house, business, stocks, bonds, savings, etc. — minus all debts, such as the mortgage, a line of credit and credit card debt.  It is, of course, different than income.

Better to give chocolates bunnies at Easter

SPCA branches across the province receive dozens of abandoned rabbits after the Easter holiday.

As Easter approaches, the BC SPCA is reminding the public that, unless a family is already considering adopting a pet rabbit, it is better to give chocolate bunnies as gifts, rather than real rabbits.

Each year, SPCA branches across the province receive dozens of abandoned rabbits after the Easter holiday has passed and the excitement of a new pet has worn off, and the reality of pet care sets in.

“The animals turned in to SPCA shelters are the fortunate ones,” says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager, community relations.

Plan ahead to stay safe this Easter long weekend

In the Southern Interior 62 people are injured in 310 crashes.

After months of tough winter driving conditions, many British Columbians are likely making their first road trip of the year this Easter weekend.

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) said in a media release, that every Easter long weekend, an average of four people are killed and 650 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C.

In the Southern Interior 62 people are injured in 310 crashes.

Selkirk College Distinguished Alumnus Rises to Peak of the Ski Industry

Panorama Mountain Village President and CEO Steve Paccagnan will receive the honour of Distinguished Alumnus at the Selkirk College Graduation 2017 ceremony on April 28 at the Castlegar Campus. Paccagnan graduated from the Ski Resort Operations & Management Program in 1988.

One of Canada’s ski industry leaders will be honoured as a Distinguished Alumnus at the upcoming Selkirk College Graduation 2017 ceremony.

Salmo seeks public input on parks

Salmo seeks public input on parks

The Village of Salmo is seeking public input on the use, function, and infrastructure in Salmo’s two community parks – Lions Park and Knights of Pythias (KP) Park.  A survey form is available online and at the Village office and ideas and suggestions are due by May 15, 2017. The Village intends to use the input to shape parks master planning.

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

A former West Kootenay police officer has started a movement which has spread throughout the country in protest of working conditions within the RCMP.

Former Kaslo top cop Sgt. Chris Backus (now with the Sunshine Coast detachment), risked censure or even dismissal by approaching the media with a ‘yellow stripe campaign’ to send a message to the government – and it’s a message being heard loud and clear here in Castlegar and Trail.

RED's Simon Hillis -- North American Freeride Champ for his age

Left to Right: Gabe Gaudet (Coach), Calix Webber, Simon Hillis, Pete Then (Coach), Natalie Cooper & Liam Gaudet at Kirkwood Mountain, California

Four young Rosslanders qualified for the 2017 North American (NORAM) Junior Freeride Championships. Simon Hillis, Liam Gaudet, Calix Webber and Natalie Cooper recently competed at Kirkwood Mountain in California, April 5th to 8th.

 “The NORAM Freeride Championships welcomes the most talented young freeriders in North America. Any support we can provide for the future of freeriding, especially with our own RED Mountain Juniors, is something that fits nicely with RED’s culture of youth and big mountain skiing,” says Don Thompson, RED’s General Manager.

Council mulls mill rate and sets the municipal tax take for 2017

 The mill rate in the three options presented to council was based on the total revenues needed, and the city used the multiples for each tax class.

The cart was before the horse as city council set the mill rate for its new budget, and some confusion reigned about the process.

The mill rate, also referred to as the millage rate, is a figure representing the amount per $1,000 of the assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax. 

City property tax increase higher than 3.5 per cent: Butler

Coun. Julia Butler said she would prefer to see the increase calculated based on expenses for the year.

Although final reading for the Financial Plan Bylaw passed, one city councillor says the 3.5 per cent tax increase contained in the budget is higher than what has been cited.

Coun. Julia Butler said the tax rate the city will be assessing actually increases by five per cent, since it’s a 3.5 per cent increase in the overall revenue collected by the city, meaning people are paying more than 3.5 per cent to make up the municipal demand for revenue.

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

The DriveBC website said Highway 3 east of Greenwood is now open to alternating single-lane traffic.

The Highway was closed early Friday morning due to a mudslide.

Mudslide closes Highway 3

The highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood is closed thanks to a mudslide that washed across Hwy. 3, early Friday morning. 

The mudslide, located 5 km east of Greenwood, was published on DriveBC at 7 a.m. It is in the process of being evaluated. 

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