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Mill fire near Burns Lake injures three

Mill fire near Burns Lake injures three

Three people are seriously injured after a mill fire near Burns Lake, according to RCMP Cpl. D.J. (Dave) Tyreman.

"On Oct. 9, at 8:59 a.m., the Burns Lake RCMP was notified of a fire at a local mill located 16 km east of Burns Lake and were called in to support BC Ambulance Service and the Burns Lake Fire Department," Tyreman said.

More regulation not the solution to the dispute between CRTC and Netflix

More regulation not the solution to the dispute between CRTC and Netflix

The Fraser Institute

Midnight train controversy draws angry crowd to Community Forum

Midnight train controversy draws angry crowd to Community Forum

More than 100 people crammed into Castlegar’s Community Forum last night (Oct. 6) to attend a council meeting in which a CP Rail delegate was set to speak to the new nighttime train schedule in the area. There were also quite a few people there to see Communities in Bloom volunteers honoured for their spectacular work and wins in this year’s competition, as well as a group of city workers attending to give council members papers outlining the union’s current issues in regard to their limited strike action.

Celgar speaks to stink situation

Celgar speaks to stink situation

Celgar is offering some information regarding the pungent stench recently emanating from the mill.

Spokesperson Sandy Hinter said today that a mechanical problem is at the root of the odiferous issue.

Temperatures unchanged for two decades, climate policy should start reflecting global warming 'hiatus'

Temperatures unchanged for two decades, climate policy should start reflecting global warming 'hiatus'

By Ross McKitrick, The Fraser Institute

Policy-makers should carefully consider the implications of the pause or “hiatus” in global warming when crafting climate policy, concludes a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

City responds to union's rejection of mediator recommendations

City responds to union's rejection of mediator recommendations

City officials reacted today with disappointment at hearing of the union’s rejection of the recommendations of the Labour Relations Board appointed Mediator David Schaub. If accepted, the recommendations would have ended the strike and concluded a new collective agreement between the parties. The collective agreement expired in February 2013.

City workers reject mediator recommendations, ask for more talks

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

Workers at the City of Castlegar have sent out a press release today via Marketwired, indicating they are seeking further talks with the employer in order to reach a new collective agreement and avoid full strike action.

Following mediation in September, members of CUPE 2262 met last night to review the mediator's recommendations. After thorough review and discussion of the mediator's report, the recommendations were resoundingly rejected by city workers.

22 firefighters quickly douse blaze outside Retriev Technologies

22 firefighters quickly douse blaze outside Retriev Technologies

A fire yesterday morning outside the old Toxco location (now home to Retriev Technologies) drew 17 firefighters from Trail, four from Warfield and one from Montrose, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue chief Terry Martin.

He said the blaze was quickly controlled, and while crews continue to investigate, the fire doesn’t appear suspicious. He also said it was a clean burn, and resident concerns about burning chemicals were unfounded.

Meanwhile, Steve Robinson, operations manager at Retriev Technologies, issued the following statement:

Fraser Institute think tank praises B.C. education model — Ontario take note

Fraser Institute think tank praises B.C. education model — Ontario take note

If Ontario adopted British Columbia’s model for funding and delivering K-12 education, the province could save up to $1.9 billion per year, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Restructuring Education in Ontario, estimates the financial benefits of Ontario adopting B.C.’s K-12 education model, with its publicly funded anglophone and francophone school systems, and partial funding for independent schools.

Now 'dewatered' work continues on Kootenay Canal

The Kootenay Canal has now been drained to allow the upgrade the canal’s lining. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Work on installing a liner to the forebay of BC Hydro's Kootenay Canal continues now that the water has been drained from the massive reservoir.

The $10 million project that's using a 70-person crew — including engineers, safety experts, construction workers and environment workers —  is about half way to completion.

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