Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute research shows dramatic disparity between male and female earnings in the region

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute research shows dramatic disparity between male and female earnings in the region

In honour of International Women's Day, we are taking a look at gender-based differences in Columbia Basin-Boundary incomes.  Pre-tax income distribution is an indicator of the earning opportunities and potential within our society.  Examining the differences in the distribution of income between males and females sheds light on earning potential related to gender.

Celebrating women in trades and technology

The percentage of women who are registered apprentices in BC is at 10.4%, up from 8.5% in 2009.

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the success of women in non-traditional and in-demand industries such as trades and technology.

“There has never been a better time for women to consider a career in the trades," said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour.

FortisBC receives approval to build new Kootenay facility in Castlegar

FortisBC receives approval to build new Kootenay facility in Castlegar

FortisBC said in a media release the company has received regulatory approval from the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to build a new Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, B.C. and will begin construction as early as May.

Op/Ed: Government Spending: Embrace Carbon First

CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Derek Nighbor, says Carbon First would send a message to all Canadians and the rest of the world.

Rare in the history of our collective battle to address climate change has there been a more serendipitous opportunity for our federal, provincial and territorial governments to lead by example.

On the one hand, First Ministers at their recent Vancouver meeting underscored their commitment to move towards a low carbon economy.  On the other, in the wake of the recent global economic slowdown, governments are rolling out economic stimulus spending initiatives to support jobs and address the country’s very real infrastructure deficit.

Up, up and away on Air Christy

Cost of Premier Clark's private jets has raised a few eyebrows.

News that Premier Christy Clark has spent $500,000 on private jets since assuming office has – not surprisingly – raised a few eyebrows.

It's a story that has as much to do with the symbolism as it does with the dollars. A political condition that the government seems increasingly tone deaf to as of late.

The story also broke at a particularly bad time.

Tough to defend private jets when you're clawing-back transit passes from the disabled at the same time.

IHA wrings out Nelson laundry service and prepares to cut 29 jobs in the city

The province recently provided jobs in Nelson by building a new Emergency Department at Kootenay Lake Hospital. Tuesday, Interior Health elimated 29 positions when it announced the contracting out hospital laundry services. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The fate of Kootenay Lake Hospital’s laundry services has all come out in the wash.

On Tuesday afternoon the Interior Health Authority (IHA) has elected to contract out hospital laundry services for Nelson and four other communities, meaning 29 job losses in the city.

Teck Trail Operations Assessed Penalty

Teck Trail Operations Assessed Penalty

Teck Metals Ltd. (Teck) has been assessed a penalty in relation to five charges under the Fisheries and Environmental Management Acts relating to incidents at Teck Trail Operations between November 2013 and February 2015. A portion of the penalty will be designated for local environmental conservation funds.

Penticton's Got Game — 2016 BC Winter Games Welcomes 1,200 athletes

Penticton is once again ready to welcome athletes, coaches, officials and visitors from across British Columbia to the BC Winter Games.

Ready . . . set . . .British Columbia’s best young athletes, along with their coaches and officials have gathered in the City of Penticton for the 2016 BC Winter Games.

More than 1,200 athletes will compete in 17 different sports at venues throughout the South Okanagan.

Competitions for athletes with a disability are also included with events scheduled in basketball, figure skating and cross country skiing.

Women Grow Kootenay

Women Grow Kootenay

Women Grow: Kootenay Region Chapter held its inaugural event in Nelson on January 7th of this year– an event that brought in an all-encompassing crowd: women, men, younger folk, older folk, locals and non-locals, activists, advocates, educators, entrepreneurs, and those simply open to learning all made up the successful event of over 80 attendees on the wintery Thursday evening in the small British Columbia city.

OPINION: BC Budget Critique; How Does BC Compare?

OPINION:  BC Budget Critique; How Does BC Compare?

Petty. One word that springs to mind after last week's B.C. budget.

At best, it's a lip service budget. Tweak here, tweak there, but devoid of any real purpose.

To be sure, some were tossed a chicken wing.

But you can almost hear the minions in the backroom: “just make sure it doesn't cost us anything, the rubes will never catch on.”

Make believe money for the most hurting. One minute it's there, then poof.

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