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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.

City CUPE workers announce full strike action to start Nov. 8

City CUPE workers announce full strike action to start Nov. 8

In a press release issued at noon on Wednesday, city workers announced they will be taking full strike action by the end of this week, with picket lines in place by Saturday.

Castlegar one of only six B.C. towns to be featured on Expedia tourism site

Castlegar one of only six B.C. towns to be featured on Expedia tourism site

Castlegar is poised to become a tourism destination location, with Expedia’s feature of the city just having gone live on the worldwide web.

“Expedia is a travel site that people use to nook accommodations, to explore places to travel, to arrange tour packages – it runs the whole gamut,” said Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk. “Millions of people go to that website every year.”

Adding to the cache is the fact the Castlegar is one of only six B.C. towns that Expedia is showcasing.

COMMENT: Canada's capital gains taxes hurt economy, reform could liberate 'locked-in' capital

COMMENT: Canada's capital gains taxes hurt economy, reform could liberate 'locked-in' capital

The Fraser Institute

Capital gains taxes stifle investment, discourage entrepreneurship, and damage Canada’s economy, notes a new essay released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

A full house at CFB, BCRCC and GF small business awards

The award winners -- photo courtesy of Nik Green.

Community Futures Boundary, the Boundary Regional Chamber of Commerce and City of Grand Forks held the annual Small Business Awards Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Grand Forks Curling Rink. 

The room was packed with organizers, nominees and onlookers who enjoyed an hour of drinks, hor d'oeuvres and socializiing before the program began. Here are the results.

Award/Sponsor

Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program Get Introduction to Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Director of Operations David MacGillivary poses with the Selkirk College hospitality program students that came out to a special presentation at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson last week. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As students in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT), Hospitality and Professional Cooking programs dove into their second month of studies, a visit by the head of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise helped provide additional incentive to make good use of their time learning about the industry.

Nestled in one of the most iconic locations in Canada, the Chateau Lake Louise has left visitors in awe of the soaring mountain peaks that surround the resort, majestic Victoria Glacier and the breathtaking emerald lake for more than a century.

BCRCC supports small business & small business week

BCRCC supports small business & small business week

As B.C. marks Small Business Week (Oct. 20 – 24), the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the vital role small businesses play in the Boundary Country.

New cab company promises service to Castlegar/Trail after both cities lose service providers

Castlegar's new taxi. PLEASE NOTE, the number on the side is NOT correct - the number will be 250-687-0133, and should be operational within roughly a week. Trail's number will be 250-921-6921, and should be operational within roughly two weeks.

The ink is barely dry on a deal that will bring taxi service once more to Castlegar and Trail, after both cities’ taxi services were shut down as of Oct. 11.

Ken Parker, a dental rep out of Surrey, and his partner first entered the taxi business when they purchased the license to open Creston Cab Company in July of this year. When he heard, only recently, that both Castlegar and Trail were to be left without any cab service at all, it was a mad scramble to get the licensing and logistics in place to ensure a minimal gap in coverage for local residents.

Government grants environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy project

Not everyone is in favour of the Site C Dam.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said Tuesday the government has issued an environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.

The ministers decided that Site C is in the public interest and that the benefits provided by the project outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage effects.    

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