Feds Fail to Respect Indigenous Fisheries Rights

Feds Fail to Respect Indigenous Fisheries Rights

Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It’s also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it’s been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them.

New Teck $174-million acid plant to create 160 jobs during construction

New Teck $174-million acid plant to create 160 jobs during construction

Teck Metals Ltd. (“Teck”) announced Monday that the company will invest $174 million in the installation of a new acid plant to improve efficiency and environmental performance at its Trail Operations.

CBT Board Announces New President and CEO


Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors has announced that they have appointed Johnny Strilaeff to the position of President and CEO. Strilaeff has been with the Trust since 2005, most recently as the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

Strilaeff moves into the position following the unexpected passing of long-time President and CEO Neil Muth earlier this month.

U.S. lumber industry petitions government to launch trade litigation

BC Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is disappointed U.S. lumber industry is pushing for trade litigation.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson released the following statement today on the status of negotiations between Canada and the U.S. on softwood lumber and in response to the U.S. lumber industry filing its petition requesting the U.S. Government launch litigation against the Canadian and provincial governments and forest companies. He issued the statement while on the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission to expand markets for B.C. wood products in China and Japan.:

KSCU and Steelworkers Union ratify agreement

KSCU and Steelworkers Union ratify agreement

After reaching a tentative agreement on November 23, the respective bargaining principals for Kootenay Savings Credit Union and United Steelworkers Locals 9705 and 1405 have now ratified the terms of a renewed collective agreement. Both parties’ bargaining teams unanimously recommended acceptance.

LETTER: From Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau

LETTER: From Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau


Mr. Prime Minister, as you contemplate approving pipelines in our province, I respectfully suggest you ask yourself a couple of questions.

How come Donald Trump, a Republican, could say the most outrageous things about Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, supported by a very popular presidential couple, yet  voters elect him anyway? The polls had Clinton from wire to wire - yet she lost.

OPINION: The Trouble With CETA and Faith-based 'Reality'

OPINION: The Trouble With CETA and Faith-based 'Reality'

"Sweep away the community of honest brokers in America [and] we'll be left with a culture and public dialogue based on assertion rather than authenticity, on claim rather than fact."

-- U.S. journalist Ron Suskind, 2004

COLUMN: On the Quality of Public Discourse, and the Difference Between Debate and Dialogue

A portion of the cover of James Hoggan's book, "I'm Right and You're an Idiot -- the toxic state of public discourse, and how to clean it up."

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn’t bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.

Canada’s health-care wait times hit 20 weeks in 2016 — longest ever recorded

Before this year, the longest recorded median wait time was 19 weeks in 2011.

Canadian patients waited longer than ever this year for medical treatment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time of 20 weeks — the longest ever recorded — and more than double the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking wait times for medically necessary elective treatments.

Trail Airport has new, lower approach limits approved by NAV CANADA

Trail Airport.  Photo by Garry Quist

All weather aircraft access will improve greatly at the Trail Regional Airport (YZZ), starting this winter.  Effective January 5, 2017, YZZ will have the official approval from NAV CANADA to allow lower landings from the north and south approaches. The City of Trail has been working on this new system with JetPro, an Alberta-based engineering firm that specializes in instrument flight procedures, for the last two years.

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