Canada Pension Plan costs triple as investment board spending skyrockets

Retirement? What's retirement?

The Fraser Institute

Partnership fuels expansion of University of Northern B.C.'s bioenergy system

UNBC's award-winning bioenergy heating system is expanding.

Students, communities and the environment will benefit from the expansion of the University of Northern British Columbia’s award-winning bioenergy heating system, thanks to a $1.1-million contribution from the Government of B.C.

The funding partnership was announced by Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk at UNBC’s 25th-anniversary kickoff celebration held today in Prince George.

BCTF President calls upon Premier to meet and resolve dispute

BCTF president Jim Iker . . . call on Premier to get involved

BCTF President Jim Iker is calling upon Premier Christy Clark to meet with him to help reach a fair settlement to the current strike/lockout before September 2.

Over the weekend in talks with Vince Ready, the BCTF trimmed its package by $125 million. By contrast the BC Public School Employers’ Association did not bring one penny to the table.

Furthermore, the government is demanding a court case escape clause, that would in effect nullify two class size and composition wins in the BC Supreme Court and any future decision in teachers’ favour.

BCTF too far from affordability zone for mediation

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . disappointed

 Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following
statement Saturday following the decision by mediator Vince Ready to leave talks:

"Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties  are too far apart for mediation at this time.   

"I'm very disappointed for students, parents and teachers. What should be a time of excitement and anticipation will instead be marked by frustration and uncertainty.  

Kootenay Entrepreneurs get a Podcast and Radio Show all their own!

Kootenay Entrepreneurs get a Podcast and Radio Show all their own!

Imagine the opportunity to sit down for a candid, in-depth conversation with the CEO founder of one of Canada’s top three employers (Globe and Mail 2014), or with the co-founder of the third-largest events website in the world. Or the chance to pick the brain of a nurse-turned-designer who has transformed multiple ideas into licensing deals with big-name action adventure sports companies, to learn his special alchemy: ideas into cash.

Canada's labour laws restrict business growth

Canada's labour laws restrict business growth

The Fraser Institute

New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

The Lower Columbia Region is thriving! The most recent economic statistic in a series of published metrics highlighting our thriving economy is the number of non Canadian visitors entering the Lower Columbia region via our local, Paterson and Waneta, borders. From January through May 2014, a whopping 11,800 non Canadian visitors passed through the borders into the Lower Columbia region.

CBT hire a student program continues in fall

The School Works Program benefited Tom Oglow, owner of Oglow’s Paint, Wallcoverings and Window Blinds in Castlegar, and student Patrick Linkletter. — Submitted photo

Businesses and organizations around the Basin can once again get support to hire students through Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program.

Applications  are available at  and are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program provides a wage subsidy of up to $8/hour to encourage employers to provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school year.

No movement in impasse between city and union workers

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

The impasse between the City of Castlegar and its union workers seems as relentless as ever today, after the second day of labour action.

While not fully on strike per se, CUPE 2262 has issued a ban on overtime work as a first step after issuing 72-hour strike action notice on Friday, Aug. 15.

Chris Barlow, city director of Transportation and Public Works, said the ball is in the union’s court.

Nelson Youth Soccer acquires indoor facility thanks to $350,000 loan from City

Many of the players may remain the same, but the operators of the Cedar Street Indoor facility is changing with Nelson Youth Soccer joining forces with the City of Nelson to purchase the business from Soccer Quest. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Nelson Youth Soccer is going from a six-month program to a year-round operation after getting a loan from the City of Nelson to purchase the Cedar Street indoor soccer facility from the Soccer Quest organization.

The deal was completed thanks to a $350,000 loan agreement between the City of Nelson and NYSA.

“This opportunity will create new revenue streams for the City and for Nelson Youth Soccer,” says Mayor John Dooley in a City of Nelson press release.

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