Tragedy Struck and a Kootenay Mom Adapted

Forrest and Cassy with their two sons

What do you do when your world changes in an instant?

Following the tragic news of her husband’s skiing accident which left him a quadriplegic, Invermere’s own Cassy Campbell did what any mom would do: she decided to take her newly purchased hobby-business to the next level all while becoming her family’s primary breadwinner, her husband’s primary care-giver, continue being the mom of two active kids, and now giving back to her community, and moms everywhere. No big deal, right?

Successful First Nations in Canada support economic development and are fiscally responsible

Successful First Nations rely on self-determination and make the most out of their own assets rather than relying on Ottawa for their prosperity.

First Nations with the highest living standards capitalize on, rather than oppose the economic opportunities available to them, and are governed by long-serving, fiscally prudent leaders, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Special meeting may see city net grant for airport expansion

Special meeting may see city net grant for airport expansion

At a special meeting Friday at 12 p.m., city council unanimously voted in favour of applying for a grant that would help fund an expansion of the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The reason for the urgency and special meeting, according to city CAO John Malcolm, is that applications for the grant, offered by the BC Rural Dividend Program, are only being accepted between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016.

New Partnership: National Ski Academy and RED

New Partnership:  National Ski Academy and RED

We are proud to announce that RED Mountain’s Legacy Training Centre has been designated The National Ski Academy’s 'Official Western Canadian Training Centre'. 

Kootenay Savings Credit Union locks out unionized employees Friday

Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 and 9705 at Kootenay Savings South Slocan Branch were out on the picket lines having been locked out by the employer Friday. — The Nelson Daily photo

The latest shoe to drop in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union labour dispute happened Friday with Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 and 9705 on the picket lines after being locked out by the employer.

The lockout was for Friday, October 28 at the Trail, Castlegar, Fruitvale, Salmo, South Slocan, Kaslo and Kimberley branches. Services at branches in Nakusp, New Denver, Invermere and Radium Hot Springs are unaffected and will remain open.

Do away with messy public tenders, pre-approve instead

One thing is for sure: keep your membership in good standing and the lists keep on giving and giving.

News that's guaranteed to cheer the hearts of a small number of B.C. companies is word that they've been added to a list of pre-qualified suppliers to the B.C. government.

The lists are intended to offer all the appearances of open and transparent procurement. They can be anything but.

It's one way to get around the bad optics of sole-sourcing too many public contracts.

You can imagine the minister's briefing note: “We chose from a long list of well-qualified firms who were put through a rigorous vetting process by the ministry.”

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Almost four million international visitors to B.C. in 2016

Many international tourists are finding out about the beauty of BC. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The August international visitor numbers are in and they are proof that this past summer has been an exceptional time of growth for tourism in British Columbia.

Year-to-date figures show an 11.5% increase in international visitors over the same time period last year (January to August). That represents close to four million total overnight international visitors (3,990,574) that came to B.C. during the first eight months of this year.

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Some new excitement is scheduled at Red -- the region's first cyclocross race ever!  Hope for good weather on October 30, for the sake of cyclocross racers doing the  "Hallocross" event.  This is a fun race; for those rare individuals who don't already know all about it, here's a definition cribbed from Wikipedia:

UPDATED: Two sides in Kootenay Savings labour dispute take weekend hiatus

UPDATED: Two sides in Kootenay Savings labour dispute take weekend hiatus

Even members of bargaining committees need a few days off for a weekend break.

Talks in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union Labour dispute are taking weekend hiatus Jeff Bromley of the United Steelworkers Union said in an email release Friday.

Bromley said bargaining has stopped for the weekend with employer (Kootenay Savings Credit Union) expected to return to the table Monday with an offer.

Talks resume in Kootenay Savings labour dispute

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