Transporting oil and gas by pipeline in Canada is 4.5 times safer than transport by rail

It's a risky way for moving product says Fraser Institute.

Transporting oil and gas by rail in Canada is a lot more risky than moving it by pipeline, concludes a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Selkirk College Adds Tourism Industry Veteran Jim Greene to Faculty

Selkirk College instructor Jim Greene is settling into his new office on the Tenth Street Campus and excited to be helping foster a new generation of tourism leaders.

Former Red Mountain Resort general manager Jim Greene has taken up a teaching post at Selkirk College and will begin passing on knowledge he has earned over a 25-year career as a leader in the tourism industry.

Beginning this month, Greene will teach a number of Fall Semester classes in the School of Hospitality, Tourism & Cosmetology on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. With a resume decorated with a diversity of tourism-related achievements and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, Greene compliments the already solid stable of faculty with plenty to offer students.

Former CEO back at helm of TELUS after current President steps down

Darren Entwistle is back as President and CEO of TELUS. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

The President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS doesn't like living in Western Canada.

So Joe Natale is stepping down.

"Natale recently indicated that a move to Western Canada would not work for him and his family for several years and the Board determined that the Company would be best served by having its chief executive officer reside in the West," said the TELUS media release.

So the major telecommunications company has gone back to former CEO, Darren Entwistle, to take of the leadership.

Being Ripped Off by Drug Companies -- and Trade Agreements

Being Ripped Off by Drug Companies -- and Trade Agreements

One way of looking at the current election is to see it as a massive civic literacy test, not just for those who actually intend to vote but for those who mistake cynicism for sophistication and stay glued to their iPads instead.

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates are set to increase next month, according to a press release issued by FortisBC this afternoon.The release reads as follows:

FortisBC has completed its annual rates review with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and has received approval from the BCUC for a 1.6 per cent increase effective August 1, 2015.

The increase is necessary to make upgrades and improvements to the electrical system and to purchase added capacity for the system. Capacity is needed to provide customers with electricity during peak times of the day and year.

Community goes 'whole hog' to support local farmer

Community goes 'whole hog' to support local farmer

Residents rallied after reading a heartfelt – and heartbroken – Facebook post written by a local pig farmer who was nearing the end of his rope after hundreds of dollars of meat were stolen right out of the freezer at his farm.

Jim Ross, 51, is the owner of Havesome Hogs in Slocan and creator of the Facebook page Farm the Kootenays, a popular page allowing farmers and gardeners to share information, ideas, questions and best practices, sell produce/livestock/equipment etc., and network with others in the region who share similar interests.

Ross’ post on July 26 was a sad one, and it got the attention of many people on the page.

International visitor numbers show positive growth

BC is attracting more international visitors. — Photo courtesy Destination British Columbia

British Columbia is showing strong growth in international overnight visitors with overall numbers up by an additional 34,785 visitors or 8.3% over May 2014, and year-to-date up by 103,993 visitors or 7.8% over the same period last year.

Statistics Canada figures show an increase in international overnight visitors across many important markets, an important indicator of tourism industry growth.

Forcing Canadians to contribute more to CPP will reduce voluntary private savings

According to the study, past increases in mandatory CPP contributions were followed by a decrease in private savings among Canadian households.

When Canadians were forced to contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan in the 1990s and early 2000s, they ended up saving less voluntarily, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

CBT and Fortis plugging local communities into energy savings

CBT and Fortis plugging local communities into energy savings

Several West Kootenay communities will soon be reducing their carbon footprint thanks to $168,000 support from Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC.

Over the next year, participating local governments will work alongside the Community Energy Association (CEA) which will provide expert support to help communities, in FortisBC’s electric service operating area (in Columbia Basin Trust’s region), find ways to use less energy in their community.

Selkirk College benefits from B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint

Selkirk College will receive $87,000 as part of the $12 million investment to 14 public post-secondary institutions.

Selkirk College is one of 14 public post-secondary institutions that will benefit from the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson in a media release Monday.

The government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment so students planning to enter in-demand occupations learn their trade using industry-standard technology.

Selkirk College will receive $87,000 as part of the investment to to purchase a stonebake oven, a vertical milling machine, and a manual cold saw.

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