Association for Mineral Exploration BC Opens Toronto Stock Exchange

Toronto - January 15, 2015- The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) and BC Minster of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett opened Toronto Stock Exchange as part of the association’s trade mission to Toronto. “Mineral explorers and developers based in BC are known for their resilience, innovation and optimism,” says Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO of AME BC.


Photo: David Suzuki Foundation

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 2
13 Jan 2015


Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

By David Suzuki


It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries — along with their government promoters — don’t believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract and use up the Earth’s resources as quickly and wastefully as possible?

Believe it or not, price of gas dips below a buck

The price of a litre of gas dipped below a dollar at the 7-11 Petro Canada station in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

What can you get for under a buck?

Well, as of this week in Nelson, a litre of gas.

Petrol in the Heritage City joined the rest of the province in seeing its gas prices plummet from $1.40 not that long ago to 99.9.

Average gas prices have fallen more than 40 cents per litre since June due to declining oil prices.

The price throughout the West Kootenay Boundary is the same according to Gas Buddy website.

Paving the way for large personal income tax cuts in Canada

Paving the way for large personal income tax cuts in Canada

Large-scale personal income tax cuts could provide relief for working Canadians and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The current debate about tax relief in Ottawa has focused primarily on the size of future budget surpluses, but policy-makers should think big and consider sweeping tax reform to lower the tax burden on Canadians and bolster the economy,” said Niels Veldhuis, president of the Fraser Institute.

Another year of hardship for taxpayers says CTF

Another year of hardship for taxpayers says CTF

British Columbians face a number of tax and fee increases in 2015, courtesy of three levels of government, says the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).

“It will be another expensive year for taxpayers, as we hand over more money to government,” Jordan Bateman, B.C. Director for the CTF said in a release published on the CTF website.

“With MSP, EI, CPP, BC Hydro, ICBC and BC Ferries all going up, it’s no wonder why ‘B.C.’ is joked to be short for ‘Bring Cash’.”

Among the tax and levy increases coming in 2015:

Hijacking at Castlegar's West Kootenay Regional Airport?

Frank Shlakoff plays hostage-taker/hijacker in emergency exercise at airport Dec. 31.

Anyone seeing the plethora of emergency vehicles out in front of the West Kootenay Regional Airport New Year’s Eve might have been concerned, as every agency from RCMP to fire to BC Ambulance, to emergency social services, as well as commissionaires, CATSA and preboard security were on hand to manage a so-called “hijacking attempt”.

Gerry Rempel, who serves as both Fire Chief and airport manager, said it was all part of a surprise emergency training exercise – everyone knew it was coming, but not when.

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Emcon (our regional road maintenance contractor) is once again under fire after only the second significant snowfall of the season (see last year’s story by clicking here )

Trail says 'no' to regional airport study; sticks to Trail Regional Airport plan instead

Trail says 'no' to regional airport study; sticks to Trail Regional Airport plan instead

The City of Trail would like to clarify that it does not support the proposed Regional Airport Study being developed through the West Kootenay Economic Development group. The City of Trail will be moving forward with the Trail Regional Airport Plan that will advance options to improve and enhance current operations, infrastructure and economic development.

Soon to be completed Waneta Expansion Project

Wally Penner (right) is joined to help light the Christmas Tree at the Waneta Expansion power project one last time.

The annual Christmas tree is lit for the holiday season at the Waneta Expansion Project site.

This is the last Christmas that will see construction on the project which is slated for completion in 2015.

The $900 million Waneta Expansion Project, located next to the Waneta Dam south of Trail, will see the addition of a second powerhouse located immediately downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River.

The expansion will share the existing hydraulic head and generate power from water that would otherwise be spilled.

Broadband to 'light up' downtown Trail in time for the holidays

Broadband to 'light up' downtown Trail in time for the holidays

Business-grade fibre broadband is ready to be lit-up in downtown Trail just in time for Christmas. Columbia Networks will be the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide services on the new open access network. Initial business offerings include connectivity up to 100Mbps (upload and download), email, offsite data storage and Microsoft Partner software licensing.  

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