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New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

The Lower Columbia Region is thriving! The most recent economic statistic in a series of published metrics highlighting our thriving economy is the number of non Canadian visitors entering the Lower Columbia region via our local, Paterson and Waneta, borders. From January through May 2014, a whopping 11,800 non Canadian visitors passed through the borders into the Lower Columbia region.

CBT hire a student program continues in fall

The School Works Program benefited Tom Oglow, owner of Oglow’s Paint, Wallcoverings and Window Blinds in Castlegar, and student Patrick Linkletter. — Submitted photo

Businesses and organizations around the Basin can once again get support to hire students through Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program.

Applications  are available at  and are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
The program provides a wage subsidy of up to $8/hour to encourage employers to provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school year.

No movement in impasse between city and union workers

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.

The impasse between the City of Castlegar and its union workers seems as relentless as ever today, after the second day of labour action.

While not fully on strike per se, CUPE 2262 has issued a ban on overtime work as a first step after issuing 72-hour strike action notice on Friday, Aug. 15.

Chris Barlow, city director of Transportation and Public Works, said the ball is in the union’s court.

BC Government announces Independent inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach

Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett (center) announces the independent engineering investigation and inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Monday. — Photo courtesy BC Government

The Government of British Columbia, with the support of the Soda Creek Indian Band (Xats’ull First Nation) and Williams Lake Indian Band, has ordered an independent engineering investigation and inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach, and independent third-party reviews of all 2014 Dam Safety Inspections for every tailings pond at a permitted mine in the province.  

China and B.C. sign wood-frame MOU

Memorandum of Understanding is designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China.

Efforts to expand export markets for B.C. lumber took a major step forward Tuesday night with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Tan Yueming, Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development in China's Zhejiang province, took part in the official signing ceremony via videoconference.

Average Canadian family spends more on taxes than necessities of life

Taxes put the average Canadian family behind the eight ball says the Fraser Institute study.

The Fraser Institute

Basin Youth to Benefit from Junior Achievement’s Expansion into the Region

Students in the Basin will have access to Junior Achievement Programming starting this fall thanks to a three-year partnership between Junior Achievement British Columbia and Columbia Basin Trust.

This fall, youth in the Columbia Basin will be able to learn about entrepreneurship and the viability of self-employment as a career option when Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) expands into the region. The expansion is possible through a partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust), which is contributing $300,000 over three years to support business education for local youth.

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

The on-again, off-again negotiations in the teacher's strike are, on-again, for now.

The provincial government said the resumption of bargaining Friday will resume with the B.C. Teachers' Federation this week.

Both sides in the dispute say not much progress is being made.

The slow progress has forced the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils has called an emergency meeting for this Saturday.

The BCCPAC said if the strike does not end before August 25, school would not start on time.

City and union no closer to contract today

City and union no closer to contract today

Despite both parties’ expressed desire to reach an agreement and contract, CUPE Local 2622 and the City of Castlegar’s dueling press releases yesterday seem to indicate an ongoing lack of consensus.

(To read the City’s press release, click here, and to read the union’s, scroll to the bottom of this page).

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett statement on Mt. Polley Mine accident

The tailing pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett made the following statement today in response to the mine tailing pond incident at Mt. Polley Mine:

“In the early morning of August 4, 2014, the tailings pond dam at the Mt. Polley Mine site breached and released an estimated 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sand into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows out of Polley Lake, and the flow may have continued into Quesnel Lake.

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