by Castlegar Source on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:02pm

Interfor has announced it will be making a $50-million investment in its Castlegar facility, according to a Nov. 6 press release which also said the project will convert the Castlegar mill to a two-line operation with state-of-the-art technology and optimization.

Recent News

COMMENT: CUPE looks for alternate venue for Winterfest

COMMENT: CUPE looks for alternate venue for Winterfest

The following is a press release issued by CUPE local 2262:

LETTER: Winterfest committee cancels annual event

LETTER: Winterfest committee cancels annual event

The Winterfest Organizing Committee regrets to inform our community that the 19th Annual Winterfest Family Celebration has been cancelled due to planned labour action by striking CUPE City workers during the event. The Committee decided to cancel the event after hearing that some participants would not continue in the event if the CUPE city workers were maintaining a picket line.

CUPE to picket Winterfest

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.

Ed. Note: This is a press release issued by CUPE via Marketwire:

With the ongoing labour dispute and the City's refusal to bargain, CUPE city workers will be maintaining picket lines during Winterfest, including the planned tree lighting on December 5.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that members regret that they find themselves in a situation where they are unable to support an event that they and their families enjoy every year.

Regional News

Jazz returns to the Old Fire Hall following the launch of new community funding model

Jazz returns to the Old Fire Hall following the launch of new community funding model

Rumors are true, Jazz has returned to the Old Fire Hall in Rossland!

After many years languishing empty, the historic Fire Hall was filled with anticipation on November 14th as patrons awaited the return of the much loved Old Fire Hall Trio. Candlelight created dancing shadows on the timbers, reflections in the large windows, and as the first cords of jazz reached out to fill the Hall it illuminated the smiles of both those who remembered the space, and those experiencing it for the first time.

How this sold out community event came to life is a bit unconventional.

Listen up, Horatio*

Listen up, Horatio*

 

Sometimes the light’s just shinin’ on me,

Famed Artist Santo Mignosa Returns to KSA Roots

Artist Santo Mignosa (middle) chatted with alumni and Kootenay Studio Arts supporters at a Touchstones Nelson event earlier this month. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Legendary former Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) instructor Santo Mignosa visited Nelson earlier this month to help celebrate the impact Zeljko Kujundzic left on our region’s creative community.

Provincial & National

Special Committee extends its consultation period on local elections expense limits

Additional public hearings will be held next week in Victoria and Surrey.

The BC Government announced the Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits has extended its consultation period on principles related to local elections expense limits for elector organizations and third party advertisers.

Additional public hearings will be held in Victoria on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 and in Surrey on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

The new deadline for written submissions is Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Government says latest liquor changes benefits consumers, small businesses

Government says latest liquor changes benefits consumers, small businesses

This is no joke.

April 1, 2015 is the first day that grocery stores are allowed to sell liquor through the store-within-a-store model.

As well, that same day, restrictions will be lifted on BC Liquor Stores, allowing them to offer refrigeration and to stay open longer hours, including on Sundays.

 “It is our expectation that, starting April 2015, these changes will create a more competitive market for retailers,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice.