by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 4:49pm

The City of Castlegar has initiated mediated talks with CUPE Local 2262 (striking city workers) to begin this coming Monday, according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

Chernoff said David Schuab, the Labour Relations Board mediator who wrote recommendations for settlement on Sept. 22 of this year, will be mediating the discussion.

Recent News

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: On the strike, random acts of kindness and family

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: On the strike, random acts of kindness and family

I’ve been in a total funk for the past few weeks – all the negativity and rage surrounding the current city strike have been so disheartening and demoralizing. I keep thinking, What about after the strike? We’re all going to have to go back to working together, shopping in each other’s stores, attending our children’s hockey games together. How to do that, when accusations are flying around, charging community members with everything from ineptitude to flat-out corruption?

Mayor speaks to issue of damaged snowplow

Mayor speaks to issue of damaged snowplow

In a politically-driven Facebook forum called The Castlegar Podium, striking union member Darrel Bojechko was expressing upset over the amount city managment are being paid to handle essential services such as snowplowing in the union's absence, and added, "And I might add they have done thousands of dollars damage to the equiptment (sic) also."

Christmas hockey game to benefit Selkirk Saints Hockey Program

Christmas hockey game to benefit Selkirk Saints Hockey Program

The Christmas Classic Hockey game and the Broomball Dance will be joining forces this year at the Complex in Castlegar on (Saturday) December 27.

The cause behind the Christmas Classic Hockey game is to raise funds for our Selkirk Saints Championship Hockey Program. 

All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Selkirk Saints. 

The game is from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex. 

There are beer gardens, various giveaways and Broomball Dance tickets at the game. 

Regional News

Knot Your Traditional Classroom Activity

Carpentry Foundation Program students (L-R) James Stone, Jeff Shaw and Jack Sturrup claimed the annual Knot Tying Competition at Nelson’s Silver King Campus on Tuesday. —Submitted photo

Students in the trades programs at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus squared-off in the annual Knot Tying Competition on Tuesday in Nelson.

The fifth annual pre-Christmas event had teams of students from the Millwright/Machinist Program, Welding Program and Carpentry Foundation Program manipulating rope as more than 100 of their peers cheered them on.

“The purpose at its heart is to properly learn some knots for rigging and you throw a little competition in there to add some excitement,” said Carpentry Foundation Instructor Dan Brazeau.

Two Slocan Park residents killed in snowmobile accident north of Nakusp

Two Slocan Park residents killed in snowmobile accident north of Nakusp

Two residents of Slocan Park have died in a snowmobile accident Monday approximately 25 kilometres north of Nakusp.

Nakusp RCMP Cpl. Ryan Fehler said the fatal collision happened in a remote area approximately seven kilometers from Highway 23 on a non-maintained section of the Halfway Hotsprings Forest Service Road.

The Year-End Blues

The Year-End Blues

“What rough beast … slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

“Americans still heralded the Enlightenment’s entry into history precisely because they’d all been uprooted from their several soils and ancestries and plunged together into one vortex, whirling irresistible in a space otherwise quite empty. To be an American is of itself almost a moral condition, an education and a career….” G. Santayana

Provincial & National

Approval of Site-C Dam project a major step backwards in Provincial Government relations with BC First Nations

Approval of Site-C Dam project a major step backwards in Provincial Government relations with BC First Nations

First Nations Summit leaders are denouncing today’s decision by the Government of BC to approve BC Hydro’s Site-C Dam project on the Peace River, approximately seven kilometers west of Fort St. John in northeastern BC.

The proposed dam will result in the flooding and destruction of 5,550 hectares of land within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations.

Clark government gives go ahead to Site C project

Clark government gives go ahead to Site C project

Premier Christy Clark announced today the Province has approved the Site C Clean Energy Project, concluding it will provide British Columbia with the most affordable, reliable clean power for over 100 years.

“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy. Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy,” said Premier Clark.