China and B.C. sign wood-frame MOU

Memorandum of Understanding is designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China.

Efforts to expand export markets for B.C. lumber took a major step forward Tuesday night with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Tan Yueming, Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development in China's Zhejiang province, took part in the official signing ceremony via videoconference.

Average Canadian family spends more on taxes than necessities of life

Taxes put the average Canadian family behind the eight ball says the Fraser Institute study.

The Fraser Institute

Basin Youth to Benefit from Junior Achievement’s Expansion into the Region

Students in the Basin will have access to Junior Achievement Programming starting this fall thanks to a three-year partnership between Junior Achievement British Columbia and Columbia Basin Trust.

This fall, youth in the Columbia Basin will be able to learn about entrepreneurship and the viability of self-employment as a career option when Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) expands into the region. The expansion is possible through a partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust), which is contributing $300,000 over three years to support business education for local youth.

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

The on-again, off-again negotiations in the teacher's strike are, on-again, for now.

The provincial government said the resumption of bargaining Friday will resume with the B.C. Teachers' Federation this week.

Both sides in the dispute say not much progress is being made.

The slow progress has forced the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils has called an emergency meeting for this Saturday.

The BCCPAC said if the strike does not end before August 25, school would not start on time.

City and union no closer to contract today

City and union no closer to contract today

Despite both parties’ expressed desire to reach an agreement and contract, CUPE Local 2622 and the City of Castlegar’s dueling press releases yesterday seem to indicate an ongoing lack of consensus.

(To read the City’s press release, click here, and to read the union’s, scroll to the bottom of this page).

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett statement on Mt. Polley Mine accident

The tailing pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett made the following statement today in response to the mine tailing pond incident at Mt. Polley Mine:

“In the early morning of August 4, 2014, the tailings pond dam at the Mt. Polley Mine site breached and released an estimated 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sand into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows out of Polley Lake, and the flow may have continued into Quesnel Lake.

Government dumps money into BCIT trades training seats

More seats for educating trades will be available in September.

Government is delivering on its commitment in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase access and reduce waitlists for critical trades training seats by adding 272 seats at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Seats will be available to students as early as September 2014.

“We want British Columbians first in line for the one million job openings anticipated to open by 2022," said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

Happy Birthday Columbia Valley agriculture association

WDFI makes the 100-year grade in the East Kootenay.

The name has been changed several times but the commitment to promoting agriculture and rural life has remained the same.

The Windermere District Farmers’ Institute and Livestock Association (WDFI) was presented with a Century Farm Award at a Centenary Celebration in Windermere Sunday.

The WDFI was incorporated in 1914 under the B.C. Agricultural Association Act as the Windermere Farmers’ Institute – Incorporation #91. The institute’s first membership fees were set at “Fifty Cents”.

"Neighbours" hosts successful Biz After Biz

Dave Bachmier (L) talks to Biz After Biz guests at Neighbours Computers with James Wilson looking on.

The Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (BCRCC) Biz After Biz meeting had a full house at their meeting. This time the July 16th event was in Grand Forks, hosted by Neighbours Computers in their newly relocated and expanded store on 72 Avenue. The business, along with Your Dollar Store With More, was honoured for having over 60 per cent of its employees complete the WorldHost Training. James Wilson, executive director of the Chamber, was on hand to present certificates and to help facilitate the evening.

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