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Selkirk College Provides High School Students a Peek at Trades

Selkirk College’s trades programs will be on display on December 6th for high school students in the West Kootenay/Boundary regi

High school students from around the region will have the opportunity to get a taste for the wide array of trades pathways available at Selkirk College.

On Friday, December 6th, Selkirk College is hosting Made for Trades. The event will provide students in Grades 11 and 12 the chance to get hands-on experience and explore career directions in the trades.

Government takes balanced approach with BC Hydro 10-year plan

BC Hydro Kootenay Canal dam near South Slocan.

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review Tuesday announced a 10-year plan that will keep electricity rates as low as possible while BC Hydro makes investments in aging assets and new infrastructure to support British Columbia's growing population and economy.

Over the past several months, government and BC Hydro have worked together to reduce pressure on rates.

Ferraro Foods speaks to Facebook furor over Sensible BC video

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A video posted on You Tube depicting grocery-store owner Danny Ferraro directing customers away from a Sensible BC petition (to decriminilize marijuana) has created a furor on social media, with many people committing to boycott the popular Trail store (Ferraros also have a grocery in Rossland).

FortisBC named regional utility of the year

FortisBC named regional utility of the year

FortisBC has been named the regional utility of the year by Natural Resources Canada’s ENERGY STAR® Market Transformation Awards.

FortisBC was acknowledged for the success of its water heater program, which promotes the adoption of high-efficiency residential water heaters, including

ENERGY STAR tankless, hybrid, and condensing storage models. With rebates and an awareness campaign, FortisBC was able to increase the overall market uptake of high-efficiency water heaters in B.C. homes.

Double the natural gas reserves, double the funds

Double the natural gas reserves, double the funds

A new report released today reveals British Columbia's natural gas reserves are more than double previous estimates.

British Columbia's resource potential is a competitive advantage the province holds over many other areas of the globe competing for growth and investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG).

"The global demand for energy is increasing rapidly and clean-burning natural gas is the solution," said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development.

Teck Trail Operations pH Level Permit Exceedance Penalty Supports Habitat Conservation

Teck Trail Operations pH Level Permit Exceedance Penalty Supports Habitat Conservation

Teck Trail Operations has been assessed a penalty of $210,000 under the Fisheries Act and the Environmental Management Act. $200,000 of the penalty will be split evenly between the provincial Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the federal Environmental Damages Fund. The funds will be used to support habitat conservation within the Kootenay River or Columbia River watersheds.

Teck penalized over $200,000 for exceeding pH; money to go to conservation

Teck penalized over $200,000 for exceeding pH; money to go to conservation

Teck Trail Operations has been assessed a penalty of $210,000 under the Fisheries Act and the Environmental Management Act. $200,000 of the penalty will be split evenly between the provincial Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the federal Environmental Damages Fund. The funds will be used to support habitat conservation within the Kootenay River or Columbia River watersheds.

Liquor review creates lots of interest

The BC Government received more than 75,000 views on its Liquor Policy Review website.

Liquor, or changes to government regulations, definitely was a hot-button topic for the BC public as more than 76,255 people logged into the Liquor Policy Review website to voice their opinions.

Parliamentary Secretary John Yap said the consultation process saw an nprecedented level of engagement with the public, stakeholders and industry groups.

B.C. government to study liquor in grocery stores

The BC Liquor store model may be a think of the past if consumers have their way. — The Nelson Daily photo

Beer from WalMart, wine at Save On Foods or spirits at the local corner store?

Purchasing alcohol in grocery stores could be a reality sooner than consumers think as the provincial government plows though the responses from the Liquor Policy Review.

"I've heard strong support for liquor sales in grocery stores and the added convenience it would afford B.C. families," said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform in a government release.

CBT commits nearly $2 million over three years to Basin Business Advisors program

CBT commits nearly $2 million over three years to Basin Business Advisors program

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has committed $1,980,000 in funding over the next three years to the Basin Business Advisors(BBA) program. Delivered by Community Futures(CF), the program aims to build economic capacity in Basin communities by strengthening and supporting all business models.

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