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Smoke/sirens at Teck the result of minor mishap

Smoke/sirens at Teck the result of minor mishap

Teck officials are assuring area residents that sirens and visible smoke at Teck Trail this morning were the result of a minor incident, and no cause for concern.

Catherine Adair, community relations leader at Teck, said the situation was just minutes, not hours, in duration, and happened between about 9 and 9:30 a.m.

“There was an equipment malfunction resulting in visible smoke in our No. 2 Slag Fuming Furnace,” Adair explained. “Teck emergency response crews immediately responded to the incident, which was less than a half hour in duration.

Part one: Haste, politics and intrigue: The perfect B.C. storm

The Massey Tunnel replacement project is one of to mega projects on the go by the Liberal government.

In 2009 – with the B.C. election fast approaching – the B.C. government went on a full-court press to get the Port Mann / Highway 1 improvement project deal signed and past the point of no return.

Their haste may have contributed to at least one bad judgment call that ended up costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Baldy Ridge extension keeps jobs in East Kootenay

The project will mine approximately 153 million metric tonnes of clean coal and will extend the overall life of the Elkview mine by about 23 years, until 2045.

Issuance of an environmental assessment certificate to Teck Coal Limited for the Baldy Ridge extension project today means greater economic opportunity for southeast British Columbia.

The Baldy Ridge project is an extension of the current Teck Elkview operations open-pit coal mine. The project will mine approximately 153 million metric tonnes of clean coal and will extend the overall life of the Elkview mine by about 23 years, until 2045.

Largest housing investment ever in province’s history

The Clark government is committing $500 million to ensure more British Columbian families have access to affordable rental housing.

The Government of B.C. is committing $500 million to ensure more British Columbian families have access to affordable rental housing, the largest housing investment in a single year by any province in Canada.

A total of 2,900 rental units will be created, in partnership with non-profit societies, local governments, government agencies, community organizations and the private sector.

The state of B.C.'s wallets for National Payroll Week

In 2011, B.C.'s Provincial Health Services Authority reported that the cost of a standard “nutritious food basket for a family of four (was) $869 per month.

It's National Payroll Week. Regrettably, celebrations do not include an extra paycheque.

British Columbians may even be wondering what there is to celebrate at all.
According to the Canadian Payroll Association’s survey of employed Canadians released in advance of this week's festivities, 53 per cent of British Columbians reported that “it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay cheque was delayed by even a single week.”

FortisBC receives approval for adjustment to natural gas rates

FortisBC receives approval for adjustment to natural gas rates

In a media release, FortisBC announced it has received approval from the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to modify natural gas rates. Beginning October 1, 2016 customers will see changes to their bill.

Kimberley, Steelworkers 1-405 ratify agreement

Both sides signed off on the new four-year contract.

The City of Kimberley and the United Steelworkers Local I-405 ratified a four-year collective agreement.

The tentative settlement was previously agreed to on August 29th and replaces the previous contract that expired on February 29th, 2016.

“We are very pleased to have this new contract in place," said Mayor Don McCormick, adding council gave unanimous consent to ratification at a special meeting Tuesday night.

"It reflects what we can afford and at the same time recognizes the value of our employees with a wage and benefits increase."

Car crashes up? Not so fast

ICBC applying for basic rate increase of 4.9 per cent. Which is vastly different story lines among Canada's four public auto insurers.

It's here somewhere.

Licence, car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that's Quebec.

Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that's Manitoba.

Auto Fund rate stabilization reserve hits $377 million – highest ever, $65 million profit in 2015. No, that's Saskatchewan.

Here it is: ICBC applying for basic rate increase of 4.9 per cent.
Vastly different story lines among Canada's four public auto insurers.

Selkirk College and Columbia Power Create Energy for Growth

Columbia Power has many employees who have received at least some of their post-secondary education and training at Selkirk College. Some of those alumni gathered for a photo and include (L-R) Bree Seabrook, Jessica Rogers, Heather Gauthier, Sue Dyer, Scott Spencer, Linda Verishine, Andre Noel, Audrey Rysen, Pat Keller, John Jenner and Caleb Kennedy.

Building a sustainable regional economy requires teamwork and when it comes to helping provide an educated and trained workforce to create growth, Selkirk College and Columbia Power are a winning combination.

UPDATED: Tentative deal reached in postal labour dispute

The mail will continue to move after a tentative deal was reached Tuesday. — The Nelson Daily photo

A tentative deal has been reach between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers averting job action by the union.

"We can't give details of the agreements at this time, but we're pleased that our members don't have to resort to taking job action," Mike Palecek, national president of CUPW said in a statement.

The tentative agreements, reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning, must still be ratified by more than 50,000 postal workers across the country before they become new contracts.

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