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Grand Forks' green bin success a model for the region

Grand Forks' green bin success a model for the region

A 200 household "green bin" pilot project for curbside compost collection in Grand Forks, instituted in 2011, was a "huge success" according to Alan Stanley, the Director of Environmental Services for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), and has since been expanded to the whole city.

Kootenay Boundary's big, fat, million dollar 2014 recycling bonus

Kootenay Boundary's big, fat, million dollar 2014 recycling bonus

Just when the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) needs a little cash to lengthen the life for the McKelvey Creek Landfill in Trail by 26 years—namely by composting organics rather than burying them—more than $1.2 million will soon be saved by the RDKB each year thanks to provincial legislation that will require industry to take full responsibility for the paper and packaging they produce.

In other words, in May, 2014, industries will take over blue bin recycling programs right across the province.

Joint City of Nelson, RDCK project has potential to increase business for region

DHC Communications Dave Harasym (front) and RDCK Network Administrator Chris Lehnert patch a fibre optic cable into a switch in the Regional District of Central Kootenay Data Center, officially launching a cost saving and revenue generating new communications system with The City of Nelson. — photo courtesy City of Nelson

In a combined effort aimed at generating new revenue streams and cutting government costs, the City of Nelson and Regional District of the Central Kootenay (RDCK) are celebrating the launch of a valuable and innovative shared fibre optic communications line.

Free legal advice for local businesses

Free legal advice for local businesses

The Kootenay-Boundary region is a hotbed of entrepreneurial spirit, talent and creativity that continues to hatch innovative small businesses. While great ideas and enterprise are here in abundance, the legal steps required to translate ideas into a fully operational and functional businesses can be a major hurdle. In September 2012 , the “Ask An Expert” program kicked off, focussing initially on assisting Kootenay-Boundary entrepreneurs and start-ups with free legal advice sessions.  The first two sessions held  in Nelson and Trail  were a great success.

Greenwood water wins bronze and silver in this year’s water tasting competition

Greenwood Gold water bottles can still be purchased in Canada's smallest city. Photo Erin Perkins.

Greenwood may have lost their place as the top tap water in the world, but the great tasting water still took home two medals at the 23rd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition this past weekend.

The Greenwood water got a bronze in the Best Municipal Water in the World category, where the same water got a gold last year. The Greenwood entry was out-ranked by first time competitor Emporia, Kansas and previous award winner Independence, Missouri.

The bronze win doesn’t take the shine off last year’s top place though.

St John Ambulance to close Trail branch, but will remain in region

St John Ambulance to close Trail branch, but will remain in region

After upwards of 70 years in Trail, SJA is closing its Trail branch and disbanding its local first-aid Brigade, citing a diminished volunteer-base as the primary reason for the branch closure  - but never think that means they're turning their backs on the  Kootenays.

City's $20.83-million budget unveiled; 3% tax increase for residents

City's $20.83-million budget unveiled; 3% tax increase for residents

The City of Castlegar is all set to unveil its $20.826-million 2013 budget at a public meeting Feb. 18.

The meeting, slated for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (directly preceding council's regular meeting at 7 p.m.) will be an opportunity for residents to see what the city has planned and offer feedback and suggestions before the document is adopted.

Residential taxes are set to increase three per cent and commercial one per cent, with heavy industrial remaining the same.

Downtown business owners respond to city's parking boot

Downtown business owners respond to city's parking boot

There's a mixed reaction from downtown business owners to city council's decision, at its last regular meeting, to 'boot' (immobilize) prolific parking violators with unpaid fines in the city's downtown core (until now, the only options were to either impound the vehicle or issue a violation ticket).

Teck charged for effluent disharge into Columbia River

Teck charged for effluent disharge into Columbia River

Teck Trail Operations was officially charged Friday in relation to accidentally-discharged effluent with a higher-than-allowable pH-level, according to a press release issued by Teck representative Richard Deane.

Deane said the incident occurred March 5, 2011, and the company is being charged under the Fisheries and Environmental Management Acts. He said the water used to clean their boilers was discharged at a level of 9.1, as compared to the limit of 8.5, “which means high alkaline.”

What Ontario Can Learn from Greece

What Ontario Can Learn from Greece

By Livio Di Matteo, The Fraser Institute

“Even Greece, the poster child for rampant debt, carried an Ontario-style debt load as recently as 1984” -- Don Drummond (2012) Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services

Greece is experiencing a massive fiscal crisis rooted in rampant debt with resulting cuts to its public spending and services and a decline in the quality of life.

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