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Silverton on list to receive 2014 Age-friendly BC grant

Silverton on list to receive 2014 Age-friendly BC grant

Silverton is one of 26 communities in BC that will receive 2014 Age-friendly BC grants to support a variety of projects designed to help older adults stay mobile, physically active and healthy, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Monday.

The Village of Silverton receives $12,000 for the Social and Recreational Programming project.

"This year communities were encouraged to consider projects that complemented three provincial priorities for seniors: elder abuse prevention, dementia care and non-medical home support," said Lake.

COMMENT: IBEW 213 blasts Fortis BC for ongoing lockout

COMMENT: IBEW 213 blasts Fortis BC for ongoing lockout

Ed. Note: The following is an opinion piece provided by The IBEW Union.

Unless a Grinch’s heart grows, this story of 225 locked out electrical workers won’t have a very merry ending. The latest round of negotiations between FortisBC and its electrical workers have failed; all but ensuring 225 workers will be locked out for the holiday season.

Kootenay Contraption Contest 2013 enlists Kootenay Kids to Solve Global Energy Crisis

Kootenay Contraption Contest 2013 enlists Kootenay Kids to Solve Global Energy Crisis

Imagine the year is 2050. Wind and Solar have proliferated as clean, green, sources of electricity. As society has yet to teach Mother Nature to blow wind all day long, and that pesky issue of the sun only shining sometimes is fundamentally unchangeable, we need better ways of saving up the clean energy we make - so we can use it when we actually need it - which begs the question:

“By 2050, with plentiful wind and solar energy available, how will we store that energy to make it more useful?”

Castlegar/Nelson to host events questioning the safety of Genetically Engineered foods

Castlegar/Nelson to host events questioning the safety of Genetically Engineered foods

Two renowned Canadian scientists will be speaking in Castlegar at 12 p.m. on Dec. 6 to answer questions and concerns regarding genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified or GM) foods and human health. As well, they will present at 7 p.m. at Nelson’s United Church.

War of words continues in FortisBC lockout, union says company saving $7 Million in wages

Members of the IBEW say FortisBC should pass on savings due to the lockout back to customers. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The war of word continues to be exchanged between the two sides in the labour dispute at FortisBC.

The locked out International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 213 said in press release FortisBC has saved $7 Million from not paying wages and should not be granted an increase to raise rates by the BC Utilities Commission.

“Considering FortisBC has saved millions of dollars from not paying its locked out workers, these rate increases do not seem fair or right,” said Rod Russell, Assistant Business Manager of IBEW Local 213.

Three Okanagan CUPE unions issue 72-hour strike notice

CUPE Local 748 staged an information picket lines in Creston and Nelson to turn up the heat on the Kootenay Lake School Board.

As if Monday's meeting SD8 Board of Education at 6:30 p.m. in the Nelson Board Room of the Kootenay Lake School Board wasn't important enough, trustee decisions may be even more concerning to parents of students in District 8 after a decision by three CUPE locals in the Okanagan to issue 72-hour strike notice.

Potential job action could occur in School District 53 (Okanagan Similkameen), School District 67(Okanagan Skaha), and School District 83(North Okanagan Shuswap).

City of Trail offering free broadband connection to downtown businesses

City of Trail offering free broadband connection to downtown businesses

The City of Trail is offering free fibre connection to downtown Trail businesses until March 31, 2014. The connection, approximately a $1,500 value, will allow businesses to connect to the new high-speed fibre optic network slated to become available in early 2014.

Selkirk addressing skilled trades shortages with new options for high school students

Selkirk addressing skilled trades shortages with new options for high school students

High school students from around the region will have the opportunity to get a taste for the wide array of trades pathways available at Selkirk College.

On Dec. 6, Selkirk College is hosting Made for Trades. The event will provide students in Grades 11 and 12 the chance to get hands-on experience and explore career directions in the trades.

Selkirk College Provides High School Students a Peek at Trades

Selkirk College’s trades programs will be on display on December 6th for high school students in the West Kootenay/Boundary regi

High school students from around the region will have the opportunity to get a taste for the wide array of trades pathways available at Selkirk College.

On Friday, December 6th, Selkirk College is hosting Made for Trades. The event will provide students in Grades 11 and 12 the chance to get hands-on experience and explore career directions in the trades.

Government takes balanced approach with BC Hydro 10-year plan

BC Hydro Kootenay Canal dam near South Slocan.

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review Tuesday announced a 10-year plan that will keep electricity rates as low as possible while BC Hydro makes investments in aging assets and new infrastructure to support British Columbia's growing population and economy.

Over the past several months, government and BC Hydro have worked together to reduce pressure on rates.

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