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Selkirk teams with local business to compost for Earth Day

Selkirk teams with local business to compost for Earth Day

For two weeks this year, in celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, the downtown Castlegar office of RHC Insurance, with the help of Gaia Janitorial Services, is sending their compostables like lunch scraps, coffee grounds and used paper towels over to Selkirk College.

In 2011, Selkirk College began operating a large composting vessel as part of a pilot composting program on their Castlegar campus.

Stop 'genetically modified alfalfa' protest comes to Nelson

A large group of protesters flocked to the Kootenay Co-op Tuesday for Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa. — The Nelson Daily photo

People from the Nelson area joined fellow protesters across Canada outside the Kootenay Co-op in Nelson Tuesday for Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa.

Rallies, called for by the National Farmers Union-Ontario, and supported by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, were held to stop the introduction of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa (http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Alfalfa).

BC Conservatives slam top-heavy Interior Health

Interior Health stretches from Williams Lake in the north to Cranbrook, Grand Forks and Penticton in the south.

By Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

Just on the heels of Interior Health presenting its new Community Integration plan, the BC Conservative party has slammed IH for the amount of money and positions it has in administration.

Radon gas danger to residents may cause platform problems for provincial candidates

Radon gas danger to residents may cause platform problems for provincial candidates

An issue that came before council last night could prove contentious enough to end up a platform issue in the upcoming provincial election, according to councillor Deb McIntosh.

This after a presentation, at council's regular meeting, by Dana Schmidt, of the Donna Schmidt Memorial Lung Cancer Prevention Society.

No joke, PST back in BC on April Fools Day

No joke, PST back in BC on April Fools Day

Most people got out to bed this morning to a few April Fools jokes . . . a la, sugar in the salt shaker, clock set ahead, etc.

However, most everyone would never had thought the B.C. Government would ever get rid of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on April Fools Day.

But that’s just what happened as Provincial Sales Tax (PST) returned to B.C. Monday.

The brought back from the dead, PST replaced the HST, which was introduced on July 1, 2010 and rejected less than two years later by voters in a referendum.

RDCK keeps handle on any major budget increases

RDCK keeps handle on any major budget increases

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is keeping a lid on a major increases in 2013, announcing the budget for the upcoming year will be just over one percent.

The projected budget, increasing to $58,686,050 from $58,022,994 — 1.14% increase, will adopt its 2013—2017 Financial Plan on March 28.

“This plan is the result of the Board’s ongoing commitment to serve residents in the most cost-effective means possible while delivering a multitude of services throughout a large and diverse region,” said Chair Kettle in a written release.

Castlegar United Way to close its doors

Castlegar United Way to close its doors

The region is slated to bid adieu to yet another non-profit organization – the Castlegar United Way – due to lack of volunteers and donours.

United Way president Nicole Beetstra said the almost-half-century-old charity will be closing its doors on May 31, with the official announcement coming at a general meeting on April 2.

COMMENT: Flaherty talks another bank into higher mortgage rates

COMMENT: Flaherty talks another bank into higher mortgage rates

By: Rob McLister, Canada Mortgage Trends

On Friday, Manulife Bank posted its lowest rate ever on a 5-year fixed mortgage, 2.89%. It lasted for four days.

When our big brothers at the Department of Finance (DoF) caught wind of it, they dialed up Manulife and swayed the bank into raising its rate back to 3.09%.

City/residents/college partner to design Castlegar's Happily Ever After

City/residents/college partner to design Castlegar's Happily Ever After

How is a college student going to help you, personally, determine the course of your community's future?

Be at the Community Forum beside City Hall this Thursday (March 21) at 5 p.m. to see for yourself as 12 Selkirk students roll their sleeves up with community members to create action plans for implementing the city's Official Community Plan (OCP).

Take a stand against the bad guy

Take a stand against the bad guy

With B.C.'s first Consumer Awareness Week now in full swing, the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection BC are sharing their top five consumer tips of all-time under the theme of "Take Five" - representing not only the number of tips released per day during Consumer Awareness Week, but also the need for consumers to pause before making any purchasing decision.

Take Five: Top five all-time consumer tips:

1. Trust your gut. Remember that if an offer seems too good to be true, it often is.

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