GFCU able to help during teacher's strike recovery

GFCU able to help during teacher's strike recovery
Grand Forks Credit Union (GFCU) reassures members they have policies and practices in place to help those affected both directly and indirectly by the recent BC Teachers’ Federation and BC Public School Employers’ labour dispute.  
“We understand the financial strain this can put on some of our members and there is often much we can do to assist them during events such as these,” states Kelly Thomas, CEO of GFCU.

Local governments 'fragmented', need control: Report

Local governments 'fragmented', need control: Report

The relationship between local governments and the provincial government reached a new low this week, said RDCK area D director Andy Shadrack, when a provincial review on government wages was leaked to the public.  

The report prepared by Ernst and Young claimed that salaries and wages in local government are now higher than within core provincial government services, rising 38 percent as opposed to a rise of 19 to 24 percent for core government and public sector salaries respectively in the same time frame.

Government provides $11 million for health research

Government provides $11 million for health research

Patients and researchers will benefit from a new $11-million grant from the provincial government to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).

"This funding will help the foundation maintain the global competitiveness of B.C.'s health-research sector," said Health Minister Terry Lake. "The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research helps support solutions to our more-pressing health problems by funding the best and brightest researchers and spearheading significant projects to address health-system priorities."

Minister Bill Bennet comments on Columbia River Treaty 50th anniversary

Duncan Dam was one of three dams built as part of the Columbia River Treaty, which was ratified in 1964. — Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett issued the following statement today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty:

“On September 16, 1964, B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and United States President Lyndon B. Johnson met at the International Peace Arch Boundary at Blaine Washington and Surrey, B.C. and ratified the Columbia River Treaty.

“Today the Treaty is known throughout the world as one of the most successful models of trans-boundary water management.

BWC looking for nominations for Outstanding Women of the Boundary awards

BWC looking for nominations for Outstanding Women of the Boundary awards

The Boundary Women’s Coalition (BWC) values the contributions women make to our lives and is pleased to provide a yearly opportunity to celebrate local women’s accomplishments. 

We all know women who—by their actions, by the way they live their lives—make the Boundary Community a better place in which to live. They are more today than they were yesterday, they have made a significant impression and they inspire the rest of us. Celebrate the special women in your life with a nomination.

Nelson, Grand Forks among list of Small Business Awards

Nelson, along with Grand Forks, are prime examples of communities that thrive on small business.

Nelson and Grand Forks have both been recognized as part of a 13-finalist group for the 2014 Open for Business Awards the province announced Monday.

The Open for Business Awards recognize communities that support small business through local-government measures aligned with the BC Small Business Accord.

“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities," said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business.

BC Finance Minister says province on a balanced-budget course

Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, explains the year-end surplus is expected to be up $82 million.

Despite challenges to the fiscal plan from wildfires and flood-related costs, B.C. is currently on target to balance the 2014-15 budget, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Tuesday.

The year-end surplus for 2014-15 is now projected to be $266 million, up by $82 million from Budget 2014.

Revenues have improved by $515 million, partly offset by higher expenses of $433 million primarily for statutory spending on fighting fires and flood-related emergency programs. Firefighting costs alone are expected to reach $350 million this year.

UPDATED: Minister of Education calls BCTF vote 'widely expected and understandable'

Minister Peter Fassbender . . . another empty effort to give parents and teachers a false hope

Education Minister Peter Fassbender released the following statement today in response to the BCTF vote on binding arbitration:

"The results of this vote were widely expected and understandable.

"We know BC teachers want schools re-opened.  That is a goal we all share.

"As we have consistently made clear, binding arbitration would lead to unacceptable tax increases in this case. That's because the two sides remain too far apart on wages and benefits.

1040 job postings...a good sign for the Lower Columbia!

1040 job postings...a good sign for the Lower Columbia!

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 jobs posted in the Lower Columbia Region. From January through August 2014 there has been 1,040 different employment opportunities posted at the Community Skills Centre!

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Mining and the sun link the three cities with the same name — Kimberley — in British Columbia, Australia, and South Africa.

After 92 years of active mining, producing more than $20 billion worth of lead, zinc, and silver, Kimberley, B.C.’s Sullivan Mine closed in 2001.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia accounts for all of the area’s diamond production and produces 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamonds.

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