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OUT OF LEFT FIELD: A new election paradigm for those who commit crimes

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: A new election paradigm for those who commit crimes

I don’t think having a criminal record should discourage anyone from running for public office. What?!?! you say?

Yes, I just said that. If you smoked pot when you were 18, got busted, and now are in your 40s or 50s and being productive and helpful, I’m more likely to vote for you – making bad decisions is an excellent way to learn to make good decisions, and I think the electorate at large is smart enough to make that discernment. Rob Ford notwithstanding.

Chamber thrilled about open for business award

Chamber thrilled about open for business award

Local efforts to boost Grand Fork’s status as a great place to do business have won our city a key provincial award: the province’s 2014 Open for Business Award.

“This is fantastic news for Grand Forks, and a tribute to our city’s excellent leadership in creating a business-friendly community,” said James Wilson, Executive Director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Just nine communities in all of B.C. won the award this year, out of 162 municipalities in the province.

City of Grand Forks wins open for business award

City of Grand Forks wins open for business award

The City of Grand Forks is one of the winning communities of the Open for Business Awards at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference in Whistler.

Grand Forks along with nine other B.C municipalities was honoured with the B.C. Small Business Roundtable’s Open for Business Award.

The award recognizes local policies, projects and programs that support small business.

Evaluations were based on local measures that make it easier to do business in the community.

CBT offers $ .5 million for proposed Riverfront Centre

CBT offers $ .5 million for proposed Riverfront Centre

The City of Trail is very pleased to announce that Columbia Basin Trust has dedicated $500,000 in grant funding for the proposed Library/Heritage Centre (Riverfront Centre). The facility, estimated at $6.9 million, will be built on the land previously occupied by the Eagles’ building if Trail’s electors vote in favour of the Loan Authorization Bylaw at the upcoming election on November 15th.

UBCM continues to lobby against province giving $1 mill to town with no residents: Jumbo

UBCM continues to lobby against province giving $1 mill to town with no residents: Jumbo

Today, the Union of BC Municipalities unanimously passed a motion opposing provincial funding of municipalities without residents.

Today, delegates representing municipalities across British Columbia voted unanimously to urge the Province of B.C. to stop funding towns without a population.

Put forward by Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, the resolution is directed at the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality:

Nelson City Police: 'Down to the Marrow'

Nelson City Police Chief Wayne Holland . . . every community has different needs

It’s not how you measure but what you measure, says Nelson City Police Chief Wayne Holland.

Holland was responding to a report from Vancouver’s Fraser Institute released this week entitled, “Police and Crime Rates in Canada, A comparison of Resources and Outcomes,” that concluded many communities across Canada are spending more on policing while crime rates are dropping.

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Zellstoff Celgar is responding to a misconception that it was at the pulp mill’s request that CP Rail has started running nighttime trains through Castlegar.

Celgar spokesperson Sandy Hinter told The Source that, in fact, the opposite is true.

“CP Rail recently implemented changes to its service policy and schedule on the Kootenay Valley Railway (KVR) short-line,” she said.  “Celgar currently relies on the KVR to supply process chemicals to the mill and ship finished pulp product to market. 

MLA and MP join forces to offer congrats on Communities in Bloom win

Castlegar's ground-breaking Sculpturewalk was one of the many criteria CiB judges used in giving the Sunflower city top honours.

BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy join in congratulating the City of Castlegar on winning the 2014 Communities in Bloom International Challenge.  Castlegar received 5 Blooms and competed against other cities across Canada and in Ireland for the overall win in the small category (less than 10,000 population).

City thriving with year-over-year jump in building permits, business licenses

Crowds flocked to the grand opening of Millennium Ponds, the city's most significant improvement project this year.

City beautification and marketing efforts appear to be bearing fruit, as per business license and building permit reports submitted to city council, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff.

Chernoff said a substantial increase over last year’s numbers in both licenses and permits indicates the city is successfully attracting new businesses while, at the same time, encouraging residents to further invest in their properties and community.

UPDATED: Petition to save Pass Creek Fall Fair

UPDATED: Petition to save Pass Creek Fall Fair

The link to sign a petition letting the RDCK know you'd support taxpayer investment to save the Fall Fair is here: http://passcreekfair.com/
 

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The 19th Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair last weekend was, by all accounts, a screaming success … but will this popular regional event still happen next year?

That’s not a given, despite this year’s record crowds, according to Pass Creek Exhibition Society treasurer Donna Smith.

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