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Market analysis a critical next step in better air service for Castlegar

Market analysis a critical next step in better air service for Castlegar

A recent survey sent out to regional businesses by Vancouver-based consultancy Operations Economics Inc.  via the Chamber of Commerce asking detailed questions about business use of local flights and airport services seems to be causing some confusion among residents as to what the city hopes to gain in the process.

The information garnered, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff, will actually help the city in creating a solid business model to induce carriers like our current one, Air Canada, or prospective ones like West Jet, to increase the air capacity for the city – including the systems, aircraft and operators to allow for more reliable landings and take-offs.

Columbia Valley economy takes big hit with closing of Canfor mill at Canal Flats

The doors of the biggest employer in Canal Flats, Canfor, has shut down its sawmill operations effective Monday. — Submitted photo

The Canfor Mill as Canal Flats officially closes its doors Monday said the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in a media release.

As of Monday (November 9), after over a 100 years of sawmill operation in or around Canal Flats that history has come to an end. 

 
“This has been devastating for our members, their families, Canal Flats, surrounding communities and the Local Union” Doug Singer, President of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook said in the media release.

Nelson Hydro rolls out plans for Community Solar program

The pre-sale kick off event, (Tuesday) November 17 is scheduled for the Baker Street Best Western in Nelson. — Submitted photo

Ready, set . . . time to make solar power.

Nelson Hydro is ready to take the Heritage City into the solar energy world the introduction of Community Solar program.

The program will offer solar energy to its customers. 

In a media release the City of Nelson said this type of community solar project makes solar more accessible, since not everyone can install solar PV on their own roof, due to shading, renting or cost.

Reform of public land management needed in Alberta to address competing demands and reduce politicization

Reform of public land management needed in Alberta to address competing demands and reduce politicization

Land management in Alberta and much of Western Canada can be enhanced if policies ensure that property rights are well-defined and transferable, finds a new book released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Excessive concerns over fracking-related seismic activity, water contamination not supported by research

Fracking. Good or bad?

The risks of hydraulic fracturing — the practice of injecting sand, water, and a relatively small quantity of chemicals deep underground at high pressures to extract fossil fuels — are readily manageable with existing technologies and best practices, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Canadian Forest Industry Will Help Reach Your Economic and Environmental Goals

Canadian Forest Industry Will Help Reach Your Economic and Environmental Goals

With the federal election now behind us, the new Prime Minister can and must promote the economy and the environment in the first few weeks of his mandate.

Alberta’s personal income tax rate hikes will likely bring in $1.7 billion less than expected

There could be less money in the provincial piggy banks than expected by government bean counters.

The Alberta government will likely receive $1.7 billion less than expected from its personal income tax rate hikes, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan think-tank.

BC automobile insurance giant makes 2015 basic rate application

ICBC said bodily injury claims costs has increased 64 per cent, or almost $900 million, since just 2008.

In prepared statement, (Insurance Corporation of BC) ICBC will submit the remainder of its 2015 basic rate application Thursday with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), asking for a 5.5 per cent increase to basic insurance rates – lower than the earlier potential for 6.7 per cent.

ICBC said in the release, if approved, this will mean an average increase of $3.70 per month for customers' basic insurance coverage.

Controlling spending in good times would have meant $4.4 billion surplus today—not $5 billion-plus deficit

Prudent spending during the past decade would have put Alberta in better financial situation today.

Had the Alberta government increased spending more prudently over the past decade, the province would today enjoy a surplus, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Interior Health Board announces Mazurkewich as new CEO

Board Chair Erwin Malzer (left) welcomes new CEO Chris Mazurkewich to Interior Health. — Submitted photo

Interior Health announced Tuesday that Chris Mazurkewich has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Interior Health, effective October 26.

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