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A New Truck with Rossland Carshare

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News Flash!  Rosslanders who join Rossland Carshare now have access to a pick-up truck as well as a car.  The 2000 Ford Ranger is a new addition, and is here on a trial basis, to assess demand.  Hint:  joining Carshare will be much less expensive than buying, insuring, and maintaining a pick-up truck of your very own for those  occasions when you  need to transport  stuff that won't fit in the car.  Or in your bike trailer. 

B.C. increases opportunities for craft brewers

B.C. increases opportunities for craft brewers

As British Columbia continues to grow its reputation as the craft beer capital of Canada, craft brewers in every corner of the province will now benefit from an additional $10 million a year in economic support thanks to a significant reduction in the mark-up rate for craft beer products.

Effective July 3, 2016, the mark-up rate for small and regional breweries will be reduced by approximately 25% per litre, meaning that craft breweries will have increased financial capacity to grow and expand.

BC Government Makes Mining Industry Happy

BC Government Makes Mining Industry Happy

The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) welcomes today’s announcement by the provincial government of $5 million in funding toward Geoscience BC. This funding will support Geoscience BC’s mandate to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to British Columbia through generating, interpreting and publicly distributing geoscience data. 

SD 20 students get to participate in Selkirk College's Project Heavy Duty

A group of Grade 10 to 12 students from School District 20 with a keen interest in the trades will spend two days working alongside people in local industry in an event called Project Heavy Duty. It has been running successfully in the East Kootenay for many years and this is the first one being held in our region.

A group of 20 high school students from School District 20 will get a chance to take their keen interest in the trades and local industry one step further with a hands-on experience that could cement their future.

Project Heavy Duty is being offered for the first time in this region as a way to connect employers, educators and students.

“We want to create a continuum for youth moving into the workforce, into the types of jobs we have in this area,” says Kootenay Workforce Development Coordinator Carol Currie.

RDCK approves the first aspect of an electric vehicle project

The growing cost of gasoline-fueled transportation in the region has prompted the prospect of an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure project for the Kootenays. — Screen Shot photo

Change is being fueled in the Kootenays and it is creating an electric feel.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved support at its last regular meeting for a project that is expected to raise the profile of electric vehicle use in the Kootenay region.

The growing cost of gasoline-fueled transportation in the region has prompted the prospect of an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure project for the Kootenays.

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

The BC government is enabling a dangerous disregard for environmental monitoring, reporting and protection among mining companies by letting them off the hook for the full costs of environmental reclamation – leaving taxpayers liable for more than $1.5 billion, a new report shows.

Care for a dose of accuracy with that spin?

It seems Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett mistook a “comparative index of prices” with dollars.

Ever sense that the B.C. government is trying to pull the wool over your eyes sometimes?

Political spin that can politely be described as light in the accuracy department.

A good example is a recent letter to the editor in the East Kootenay News Online Weekly, by Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett.

Selkirk College Alumnus Brings Wealth of Knowledge Home to Kootenays

Alumnus and successful tech entrepreneur Brian Fry turned to Selkirk College as a young man seeking direction after a ski racing accident took him off the national team.

Selkirk College Alumnus Brian Fry considers himself an ordinary man from an ordinary region, both capable of extraordinary things. Humble to the core, the one-time ski racer, now millionaire is a small town boy true to his roots ready to help grow potential in the West Kootenay.

Minimum wage increases coupled with new training supports

Shirley Bond, Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour watches Premier Christy Clark announce the increase to BC Minimum Wage. — Submitted photo

The British Columbia government is increasing the minimum wage in two stages to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s success. 

Medical dispensaries eager to be part of conversation regarding Canada's marijuana legislation says local owner

 Jim Leslie of Kootenays Medicine Tree in Nelson said the recent announcement by the Health Minister is "groundbreaking". — Submitted photo

Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott recently took to the United Nations General Assembly special session on global drug policy to announce Justin Trudeau's plan to keep his campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana — legislation that is especially pertinent to those living in the Nelson area.

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