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Editorial Musing: New MSP Premiums for 2017

Editorial Musing:  New MSP Premiums for 2017

How much do you pay for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?  This year, if you're a single person who earned $21,900 (or so) last year ("adjusted net income"), you'll pay nothing  -- as long as you applied for Premium Assistance.

COLUMN: From the Hill - The High Cost of Getting a University Education

South Okanagan-West Kootenay NDP MLA Dick Cannings.

On May 5th, the Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report titled, Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education. One of its findings was that Canadian college and university students come from disproportionately wealthy families—about 60% of students are from families in the top 40% of income.

City seeks to recoup legal fees from Officer convicted of assault

Constable Drew Turner resigned his position as a police officer with NPD earlier this year.

The City of Nelson has decided to try to recoup legal fees from former Constable Drew Turner.

"At the September 20th board meeting, the Nelson Police Board reached a decision to recover legal fees from former Officer Drew Turner for defense of assault charges laid against Mr. Turner in 2014," said the City of Nelson media release Friday.

"Mr. Turner has been notified of the Board’s decision."

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation agreement

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation agreement

The City of Trail’s Recreation Negotiating Committee and the Beaver Valley Parks and Recreation Committee (BV Rec) have reached a five-year recreation agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2016. BV Rec will contribute $125,000 annually to allow Beaver Valley (BV) residents to utilize Trail Parks and Recreation facilities, programs and services for the lower-tiered fees outlined in the City’s Trail Resident Program (TRP).

Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly, with less pollution and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and planes would be quieter.

Buzzing with fowl play: council votes to allow discussion on urban chickens and bees

Candace, of Fluster Cluck Farms, was shampooed and brushed before winging to council chambers to egg on a vote in favour of backyard chickens and bees. She's pictured here posing with councillor Deb McIntosh. Photo courtesy Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff.

Castlegar city council voted unanimously at their regular meeting last night to discuss a motion to allow chickens and beekeeping within city limits – it doesn’t mean they are allowing either, just that they will discuss the possibility at their next regular meeting Sept. 19.

As many as 30 people showed up to hear the outcome of the vote, and the room broke into spontaneous applause in response to council’s decision.

Declared city byelection candidates Arry Dhillon and Cherryl MacLeod were both in attendance at the meeting.

Liberals stand pat, raise price of bus passes for disabled riders

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said despite protests across the province, the B.C. Liberals have raised the price of bus passes for people with disabilities.

On the NDP website, Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said despite protests across the province, the B.C. Liberals have raised the price of bus passes for people with disabilities from $45 a year to $624 a year.

“By raising the cost of bus passes for people with disabilities the Christy Clark government is forcing many people with disabilities to choose between food and other basics and the ability to get around,” said New Democrat social development spokesperson Michelle Mungall.

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.

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

The School District 20 has eliminated the controversial student busing fees slated to be implemented this school year, after finding out they'll be ellibigle for a roughly $243,000 grant earmarked for transportation services.

Castlegar Trustee Mickey Kinakin said this means the district has to submit a report indicating the way they'll use the grant money – and priority one was ditching the fees. In an emergency meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to create a transportation plan to send to the province as soon as possible.

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