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Kootenay Savings Credit Union locks out unionized employees Friday

Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 and 9705 at Kootenay Savings South Slocan Branch were out on the picket lines having been locked out by the employer Friday. — The Nelson Daily photo

The latest shoe to drop in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union labour dispute happened Friday with Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 and 9705 on the picket lines after being locked out by the employer.

The lockout was for Friday, October 28 at the Trail, Castlegar, Fruitvale, Salmo, South Slocan, Kaslo and Kimberley branches. Services at branches in Nakusp, New Denver, Invermere and Radium Hot Springs are unaffected and will remain open.

Do away with messy public tenders, pre-approve instead

One thing is for sure: keep your membership in good standing and the lists keep on giving and giving.

News that's guaranteed to cheer the hearts of a small number of B.C. companies is word that they've been added to a list of pre-qualified suppliers to the B.C. government.

The lists are intended to offer all the appearances of open and transparent procurement. They can be anything but.

It's one way to get around the bad optics of sole-sourcing too many public contracts.

You can imagine the minister's briefing note: “We chose from a long list of well-qualified firms who were put through a rigorous vetting process by the ministry.”

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Almost four million international visitors to B.C. in 2016

Many international tourists are finding out about the beauty of BC. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The August international visitor numbers are in and they are proof that this past summer has been an exceptional time of growth for tourism in British Columbia.

Year-to-date figures show an 11.5% increase in international visitors over the same time period last year (January to August). That represents close to four million total overnight international visitors (3,990,574) that came to B.C. during the first eight months of this year.

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Some new excitement is scheduled at Red -- the region's first cyclocross race ever!  Hope for good weather on October 30, for the sake of cyclocross racers doing the  "Hallocross" event.  This is a fun race; for those rare individuals who don't already know all about it, here's a definition cribbed from Wikipedia:

UPDATED: Two sides in Kootenay Savings labour dispute take weekend hiatus

UPDATED: Two sides in Kootenay Savings labour dispute take weekend hiatus

Even members of bargaining committees need a few days off for a weekend break.

Talks in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union Labour dispute are taking weekend hiatus Jeff Bromley of the United Steelworkers Union said in an email release Friday.

Bromley said bargaining has stopped for the weekend with employer (Kootenay Savings Credit Union) expected to return to the table Monday with an offer.

Talks resume in Kootenay Savings labour dispute

Report shows growth in B.C.’s small business sector

Report shows growth in B.C.’s small business sector

There’s nothing small about the continued growth of B.C.’s small business sector as outlined in the Small Business Profile 2016: A profile of small business in British Columbia.

The 2016 Small Business Profile includes updated key economic indicators such as job growth (including self-employment) and exports, trends by industry, regional breakdowns and cross- jurisdictional comparisons to report out on the health of the sector throughout the province.

Opinion: Putting patient food in the hands of corporations reveals the trouble with normal

An underwhelming hospital sandwich

It's amazing what we gradually accept as normal -- even admirable -- in how we treat each other in Canada. Practices that were once seen as a repugnant surrender to government indifference, like food banks, are now virtually celebrated as a high point of citizen engagement and promoted as such by our public broadcaster once a year. And other practices, like hospitals and seniors' care homes that once had their own kitchens and cooking staff, are seemingly a thing of the past, a "luxury" that we have no hope of ever getting back.

Province provides $100,000 to help women in small business throughout B.C.

Equipping women with more tools to help them succeed not only encourages more young women to follow their own dreams, but creates jobs and thriving neighbourhoods.

Premier Christy Clark announced Friday $100,000 in provincial funding for the Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) to continue and expand its mentoring programs, helping women throughout British Columbia learn indispensable business skills.

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