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Changes to ALC Act amendment not enough, says local agriculture advocate

The government is stepping back, but not enough says ALR advocates

Public outcry over the province’s proposed changes to the Agriculture Land Commission Act has the provincial government considering stepping back a bit from its original plan.

However, the changes do not do enough according to one Nelson resident on the forefront of the fight to protect farmland in the province.

Nelson resident and Co-Chair of the BC Food Systems Network, Abra Brynne met the second reading of the altered Bill 24 with “outrage.

“It’s so disappointing to see Bill 24 going to second reading yesterday,” Brynne said.

City says 'yes' to hotel tax

City says 'yes' to hotel tax

City council voted unanimously tonight to support a Chamber-of-Commerce-led request for a two-per-cent accomodation tax bylaw request (which requires final approval by the province).

City councillor and Finances and Corporate Services Committee chair Kevin Chernoff said this means, in layman's terms, that if you stay in a hotel in Castlegar for $100, you'll be charged an extra $2 for the tax.

COMMENT: Union speaks to local service reductions by Canada Post

COMMENT: Union speaks to local service reductions by Canada Post

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Castlegar Local is outraged by the announcement made by Canada Post (CPC) manager Norm Ouellet that, effective May 12, 2014, customers will no longer be able to pick up carded items such as parcels or mail requiring a signature at the corporate
Post Office. On that date, items will be redirected to the private postal
outlets at Shoppers Drug Mart in Castlegar or Johnny’s store in Robson.

“This reduction in service falls on the heels of the manager’s decision

West Kootenay's Junior Dragon's Den ready to roar

West Kootenay's Junior Dragon's Den ready to roar

Modeled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den”, where qualifying entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a group of potential investors, Junior Dragons’ Den, the West Kootenay wide business contest for youth entrepreneurs, is taking flight!

Background - spearheaded by Community Futures, students in Grades 8-12 from throughout the West Kootenay-Boundary region were invited to submit a business concept paper and a brief ,one-and-a-half to two-minute video elevator pitch, explaining their business idea.

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

The Grand Forks Credit Union (GFCU) director election is almost finished. The voting began on Saturday, April 5 and finishes on Saturday, April 12.

The GFCU regularly holds elections, but this year’s election stands out for two reasons. This is the first year they have introduced e-ballots and they also have a larger number of interested candidates than in the past.

"We've had computerized voting in the past,” said Angela Soukoreff, manager of marketing and communications. “But this is the first version of e-ballot."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bored Room Bistro

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bored Room Bistro

Board Room Bistro: RJ and Tom are the owners of this mom and pop operation and do everything themselves.

Address : 607 8th Ave. Midway, BC, V0H 1M0

Phone250-449-2465

Hours11am – 10pm Tues. thru Sat. and Sunday till 9pm. Mondays closed.

COMMENT: MP says safer rail means safer communities

Alex Atamanenko . . . luck no one was injured in Plaster Rock

One of the most defining issues of the Conservative’s time in government is their constant march toward self-regulation for industry. In the past, Canada relied on strong public regulation and oversight to ensure risks are managed to protect the public. The move away from the time-tested method has been incremental and deliberate. We have seen it with food inspection, environment monitoring and safeguards, and have been reminded again about how our railways operate.

Boundary businesses become more united

Greenwood Board of Trade chair Jim Nathorst and Boundary Chamber executive directory James Wilson.

The Greenwood Board of Trade (BOT) and the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC) have joined forces, after an agreement was made at a meeting in Greenwood, March 16. 

At the meeting, the two groups agree to a partnership that would allow them to support each other and help each other grow.

“This really creates a strength in the region,” said BCRCC executive director James Wilson, stressing that it will help united the Boundary communities. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Get ready to pay more to mail a letter as Canada Post changes begin

Check the price of the stamp before mailing a letter Monday.

Don’t look now but that $0.63 stamp used Friday by people mailing letters is now rising to $0.85 on Monday (March 31, 2014) for people who buy stamps in booklets or coils thanks to the recent changes to its operations announced by Canada Post in December 2013.

People who purchase stamps individually, the cost of mailing a letter goes up to $1.

The increase is part of a full-scale shakep up of Canada Post designed to help make up for the decline in demand for mail delivery.

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