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Midnight train controversy draws angry crowd to Community Forum

Midnight train controversy draws angry crowd to Community Forum

More than 100 people crammed into Castlegar’s Community Forum last night (Oct. 6) to attend a council meeting in which a CP Rail delegate was set to speak to the new nighttime train schedule in the area. There were also quite a few people there to see Communities in Bloom volunteers honoured for their spectacular work and wins in this year’s competition, as well as a group of city workers attending to give council members papers outlining the union’s current issues in regard to their limited strike action.

Celgar speaks to stink situation

Celgar speaks to stink situation

Celgar is offering some information regarding the pungent stench recently emanating from the mill.

Spokesperson Sandy Hinter said today that a mechanical problem is at the root of the odiferous issue.

Temperatures unchanged for two decades, climate policy should start reflecting global warming 'hiatus'

Temperatures unchanged for two decades, climate policy should start reflecting global warming 'hiatus'

By Ross McKitrick, The Fraser Institute

Policy-makers should carefully consider the implications of the pause or “hiatus” in global warming when crafting climate policy, concludes a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

City responds to union's rejection of mediator recommendations

City responds to union's rejection of mediator recommendations

City officials reacted today with disappointment at hearing of the union’s rejection of the recommendations of the Labour Relations Board appointed Mediator David Schaub. If accepted, the recommendations would have ended the strike and concluded a new collective agreement between the parties. The collective agreement expired in February 2013.

City workers reject mediator recommendations, ask for more talks

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

Workers at the City of Castlegar have sent out a press release today via Marketwired, indicating they are seeking further talks with the employer in order to reach a new collective agreement and avoid full strike action.

Following mediation in September, members of CUPE 2262 met last night to review the mediator's recommendations. After thorough review and discussion of the mediator's report, the recommendations were resoundingly rejected by city workers.

22 firefighters quickly douse blaze outside Retriev Technologies

22 firefighters quickly douse blaze outside Retriev Technologies

A fire yesterday morning outside the old Toxco location (now home to Retriev Technologies) drew 17 firefighters from Trail, four from Warfield and one from Montrose, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue chief Terry Martin.

He said the blaze was quickly controlled, and while crews continue to investigate, the fire doesn’t appear suspicious. He also said it was a clean burn, and resident concerns about burning chemicals were unfounded.

Meanwhile, Steve Robinson, operations manager at Retriev Technologies, issued the following statement:

Fraser Institute think tank praises B.C. education model — Ontario take note

Fraser Institute think tank praises B.C. education model — Ontario take note

If Ontario adopted British Columbia’s model for funding and delivering K-12 education, the province could save up to $1.9 billion per year, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Restructuring Education in Ontario, estimates the financial benefits of Ontario adopting B.C.’s K-12 education model, with its publicly funded anglophone and francophone school systems, and partial funding for independent schools.

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Zellstoff Celgar is responding to a misconception that it was at the pulp mill’s request that CP Rail has started running nighttime trains through Castlegar.

Celgar spokesperson Sandy Hinter told The Source that, in fact, the opposite is true.

“CP Rail recently implemented changes to its service policy and schedule on the Kootenay Valley Railway (KVR) short-line,” she said.  “Celgar currently relies on the KVR to supply process chemicals to the mill and ship finished pulp product to market. 

BC Access Grant, online seat finder help trades students get ahead

BC Access Grant, online seat finder help trades students get ahead

As part of B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, students with financial need may now receive up to $16,400 in non-repayable grants for studying in-demand trades at eligible public post-secondary institutions.

The BC Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities has been expanded to provide students with funds for relocation and tools, as well as funds to reduce provincial student loans and supplement StudentAid BC funding to help them cover the full cost of their education.

Boundary couple receive Forestry award

Boundary couple receive Forestry award
A Boundary couple, Fred and Jane Marshall, are one of four winners of an Ministry of Forests award.
The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations minister, Steve Thomson, has given four awards for people who run small, community-based forestry operations. 
The Marshalls won $2,500 for the South region for their “leadership in the field and their long-time advocacy of the woodlot licensing program.”
Other winners include Clayton Foster from Vanderhoof, Wolfram Wollenheit and Sibylle Walkemeyer (both from Camp
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