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Don't let a lending scam spoil your Christmas

Don't let a lending scam spoil your Christmas

British Columbia's regulator of mortgage brokers is warning consumers to watch out for scams targeted at people looking for easy access to mortgage funds.

The Office of the Registrar of Mortgage Brokers at the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) recently identified companies promoting their services through classified advertising that are not registered to do business in this province.

BC shutout of Donner Canadian Foundation Awards

BC shutout of Donner Canadian Foundation Awards

Seven non-profit social service agencies were recognized as the best-run in Canada and shared $60,000 in prize money, the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services recently announced.

Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, Alta.) won the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management and the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services,which goes to the highest-performing agency overall.

Electricity rates to go up Jan. 1

Electricity rates to go up Jan. 1

Consumers will be greeting the New Year with another hike in utility rates, according to a press release issued by FortisBC on Dec. 1.

“FortisBC has received regulatory approval for a 3.5 per cent interim rate increase for electricity customers to take effect January 1, 2015,” the release said. “The rate increase is interim and is subject to change based on further regulatory review with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). The rate increase for 2015 will be finalized in the New Year."

CP Rail response doesn't track for council

CP Rail response doesn't track for council

At its first regular meeting since the election, city council expressed frustration over a less-than-satisfactory response from CP Rail regarding a new schedule of night trains running through the region.

Pacific Coastal introduces new route out of Trail

Pacific Coastal introduces new route out of Trail

Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued by Pacific Coastal:

Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to announce the addition of another new route to its network of more than sixty-five destinations in British Columbia effective Monday January 12, 2015.

The new Trail-Kelowna flight will operate six days a week - once every day except Saturday. It is scheduled to depart Kelowna International Airport (YLW) at 1:00 P.M. (PST) arriving at the Trail Regional Airport (YZZ) at 1:40 P.M. (PST). The aircraft will depart Trail at 2:15 P.M., arriving back in Kelowna at 2:55 P.M. One-way fare prices for the forty minute flight begin at approximately $110.00.

City speaks to union criticisms in current strike action

City speaks to union criticisms in current strike action

PUBLIC NOTICE RE CUPE STRIKE (issued by the City of Castlegar):

The City wishes to advise Castlegar residents City facilities will remain open and City non-union staff will endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors during the current labour strike. Your understanding and patience is appreciated. Please check our website regularly for public service and bargaining updates.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Morale high on picket lines, outstanding issues remain

Photo by Source reader Shelly Embree

Despite unseasonably chilly weather early in the week, morale on the city worker picket line hasn’t cooled, according to CUPE 2262 union president Leford Lafayette.

“I think moral is pretty high,” said Lafayette, adding members see picketing for job security as fighting for a good cause. “We have people from as far away as Edmonton and Kelowna joining us – support we didn’t expect.”

He also said members of the public are stopping by to ask questions and dropping off donations of coffee, donuts, hot soup, etc.

Nominate your favourite small business for BC awards

Nominate your favourite small business for BC awards

Small business owners have the opportunity to be recognized as one of BC’s top entrepreneurs for their contribution to their local community and to the global economy as part of the Small Business BC Awards.

The Small Business BC Awards celebrate the top small businesses and rising stars across British Columbia. With ten diverse award categories this year, there’s one suited for every entrepreneur – whether they own a company operating for over 15 years or they’re still creating a business plan.

Interfor to invest $50 mill in Castlegar facility

Interfor to invest $50 mill in Castlegar facility

Interfor has announced it will be making a $50-million investment in its Castlegar facility, according to a Nov. 6 press release which also said the project will convert the Castlegar mill to a two-line operation with state-of-the-art technology and optimization.

Province recognizes apprenticeship programs

Province recognizes apprenticeship programs

The provincial government has proclaimed Friday (November 7), as B.C.’s inaugural “Apprenticeship Recognition Day” to help raise awareness of the importance of developing a highly trained and skilled workforce for key sectors of B.C.’s growing economy where skilled trades are needed.

The Proclamation was officially announced today in the British Columbia Legislature and marks Apprenticeship Recognition Day as an on-going annual event to recognize the value of B.C. apprentices and the employers who hire, train and mentor them.

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