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City says 'yes' to hotel tax

City says 'yes' to hotel tax

City council voted unanimously tonight to support a Chamber-of-Commerce-led request for a two-per-cent accomodation tax bylaw request (which requires final approval by the province).

City councillor and Finances and Corporate Services Committee chair Kevin Chernoff said this means, in layman's terms, that if you stay in a hotel in Castlegar for $100, you'll be charged an extra $2 for the tax.

COMMENT: Union speaks to local service reductions by Canada Post

COMMENT: Union speaks to local service reductions by Canada Post

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Castlegar Local is outraged by the announcement made by Canada Post (CPC) manager Norm Ouellet that, effective May 12, 2014, customers will no longer be able to pick up carded items such as parcels or mail requiring a signature at the corporate
Post Office. On that date, items will be redirected to the private postal
outlets at Shoppers Drug Mart in Castlegar or Johnny’s store in Robson.

“This reduction in service falls on the heels of the manager’s decision

Local home-building design company gets featured in Huffington Post

Rachel Ross and Lars Chose of Mandala Homes are thrilled to get some national exposure.

A local couple received some unexpected press for their home-building design company from Huffington Post Canada.

Lars Chose and Rachel Ross own and operate Mandala Homes, a company that uses sustainable B.C. wood to build energy efficient houses.

West Kootenay's Junior Dragon's Den ready to roar

West Kootenay's Junior Dragon's Den ready to roar

Modeled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den”, where qualifying entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a group of potential investors, Junior Dragons’ Den, the West Kootenay wide business contest for youth entrepreneurs, is taking flight!

Background - spearheaded by Community Futures, students in Grades 8-12 from throughout the West Kootenay-Boundary region were invited to submit a business concept paper and a brief ,one-and-a-half to two-minute video elevator pitch, explaining their business idea.

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

The Grand Forks Credit Union (GFCU) director election is almost finished. The voting began on Saturday, April 5 and finishes on Saturday, April 12.

The GFCU regularly holds elections, but this year’s election stands out for two reasons. This is the first year they have introduced e-ballots and they also have a larger number of interested candidates than in the past.

"We've had computerized voting in the past,” said Angela Soukoreff, manager of marketing and communications. “But this is the first version of e-ballot."

COMMENT: MP says safer rail means safer communities

Alex Atamanenko . . . luck no one was injured in Plaster Rock

One of the most defining issues of the Conservative’s time in government is their constant march toward self-regulation for industry. In the past, Canada relied on strong public regulation and oversight to ensure risks are managed to protect the public. The move away from the time-tested method has been incremental and deliberate. We have seen it with food inspection, environment monitoring and safeguards, and have been reminded again about how our railways operate.

Get ready to pay more to mail a letter as Canada Post changes begin

Check the price of the stamp before mailing a letter Monday.

Don’t look now but that $0.63 stamp used Friday by people mailing letters is now rising to $0.85 on Monday (March 31, 2014) for people who buy stamps in booklets or coils thanks to the recent changes to its operations announced by Canada Post in December 2013.

People who purchase stamps individually, the cost of mailing a letter goes up to $1.

The increase is part of a full-scale shakep up of Canada Post designed to help make up for the decline in demand for mail delivery.

Pass Creek hosts First Annual Small Farm Animal and Poultry Sale and Swap

Pass Creek hosts First Annual Small Farm Animal and Poultry Sale and Swap
We are inviting all small farmers and businesses in the East and West Kootenays to attend Pass Creek Exhibition grounds for our First Annual Small Farm Animal and Poultry Sale and Swap. The venue will offer small farmers the opportunity to meet other farmers, exchange information, sell and trade. We are inviting businesses that sell merchandise used by farmers to attend as well. We are charging $5 per farmer or business.

Interfor workers in Castlegar/Grand Forks ratify five-year deal

Interfor workers in Castlegar/Grand Forks ratify five-year deal

A meeting in Castlegar Monday saw Interfor workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of a new five-year deal, according to a press release issued this morning:

Following four days of bargaining in late February with INTERFOR for members at the Castlegar and Grand Forks Sawmills, USW Local 1-405 and 1-423 announced today that the members have ratified a new five-year collective agreement.

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