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College of the Rockies uses simulators to train haul truckers

A College of Rockies instructor puts a student through the paces using a training simulator. — Submitted photo

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk got a hands-on demonstration Wednesday of a haul-truck simulator during a visit to the College of the Rockies.

"Haul-truck simulators at the college are preparing students in the region for B.C.'s mining sector with hands-on training," said Virk.

"We expect thousands of jobs in the mining sector to open up over the next few years - particularly in the Kootenays - and we need to ensure we are training students in the right region with the right skills."

World Bank report indicates US women still have a way to go to achieve equality

A suffrage parade in the United States in 1912. Image: National Archives and Records Administration .

Tuesday, World Bank released the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. The United States is referred to many times, often as a benchmark to foster understanding of recent gains for women in other parts of the globe. At the same time, United States women still lag behind US men in a number of areas.

Pixar closure in Vancouver costs 100 jobs

Pixar closure in Vancouver costs 100 jobs

There will be no more Pixar in Vancouver as the computer animation giant shut its doors Tuesday, forcing 100 employees to the streets.

In a media statement, a Pixar spokesperson said the company decided to focus its efforts and resources under one roof at the company's Emeryville, Calif., location.
The statement went on to say the company was incredibly proud of the talented staff and the work they've done at Pixar Canada.
 
The Vancouver studio opened in 2010 to much fanfare.

Business can now take advantage of PST webinars in October

Business can now take advantage of PST webinars in October

It's never easy changing tax systems.

Which is why the BC Government is offering businesses that want to learn more about the Provincial Sales Tax interactive webinars.

The webinars are offered by the provincial government in October said Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto.

Change to Old Age Security would assist low income seniors

 Change to Old Age Security would assist low income seniors

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Arrow Lakes Reservoir gets another $1.25 million in fish food

Eva Schindler, FWCP-Team Leader with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, monitors dispersal of nutrients. Each year from April to September, nutrients, in the form of a liquid agricultural fertilizer (nitrogen-phosphorous) mixture, are dispersed into the Upper Arrow Lake from the Galena Bay ferry as it makes its run from Galena to Shelter Bay. Photo credit: Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program

The Arrow Lakes Power Corporation (ALPC), a subsidiary of Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust, has signed another five-year funding agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) for the Arrow Lakes Reservoir Nutrient Restoration Program. ALPC will contribute one quarter – or an estimated total of $1.25 million over five years - of the cost of the Reservoir’s Nutrient Restoration Program.

Minister salutes 'Small Business' month in BC

Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto. — photo courtesy Jeff Vinnick, BC Government

October is "Small Business" month in B.C.

Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto released the following statement to kick off Small Business Month in British Columbia:

Small businesses are the heart and soul of communities. They support families and keep local economies strong. The owners are parents, coaches and volunteers who make a difference every day.

Waneta Expansion Project reaches milestone

In the dead of night a 117 tonne transformer was trucked through the streets of Trail and onto the Waneta Expansion Project. — Photo courtesy Larry Doell

The Waneta Expansion Project south of Trail reached a milestone early Thursday morning when the first of two 117 tonne transformers were moved through the streets of Trail and onto the mega project near the Canada/US border.

The first of two 16-foot wide, 117 tonne transformers travels through downtown Trail on a 201 foot-long truck.

This move signals the kick-off of the second half of the project, with focus shifting from civil to mechanical and electrical work.

City to sell Esplanade lands for downtown development

City to sell Esplanade lands for downtown development

Trail City Council is pleased to offer two key properties on Esplanade Avenue fronting the Columbia River for development purposes. The city is seeking proposals from developers to purchase and develop the properties in the heart of Trail’s downtown with preference as a mixed-use project, combining residential and commercial uses.

Teck's sustainability practices rank in top 10 per cent

Teck's sustainability practices rank in top 10 per cent

Teck has been named to the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the fourth straight year, indicating that Teck's sustainability practices rank in the top 10 per cent of the world's 2,500 largest public companies.

"We're pleased to be appointed to the DJSI for the fourth straight year," said Don Lindsay, president and CEO, "This achievement reflects the work of employees across our company who are committed to continually improving our sustainability performance."

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