No injuries after Teck incident last night

No injuries after Teck incident last night

While some residents may have been alarmed by an incident at Teck Cominco last night, spokesperson Catherine Adair says there is no cause for concern, despite sirens and what appeared to be smoke coming from the mill.

"Shortly after 9 p..m., the Lead Smelter experienced an unplanned local power outage," Adair said. "This resulted in the venting of some in-process gases from the KIVCET furnace and Slag Fuming Furnaces, which was visible both on site and to the community.

Government announces Selkirk faculty ratification of new agreement

New agreements for faculty unions runs until March 31, 2019.

More than 500 BCGEU faculty members at Okanagan and Selkirk Colleges have ratified new agreements under the B.C. government’s 2014 Economic Stability Mandate.

Following local ratification by union members and college boards, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association board provided the final ratification for the settlements between Okanagan College and the BCGEU Local 707, as well as between Selkirk College and the BCGEU Local 709.

The terms of the new agreements for the faculty unions are from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019.

How cool is your region? You're about to find out ...

How cool is your region? You're about to find out ...

They say confidence is key. So confidence in our region must be paramount to its success.

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation is trying to increase just that. The corporation just began a four-month campaign which includes the release of a metric, or fact, in the first week of every month, in the hopes of keeping the public informed and confident in our region.

Government creates program to help low-income energy customers

Premier Christy Clark and the BC Government announced a plan to expand energy-efficiency programs to help low-income customers reduce electricity and gas bills.

Premier Christy Clark has announced that government, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, is expanding energy-efficiency programs to help customers, particularly those on low-incomes, reduce their electricity and gas bills.

Updates to existing low-income programs will nearly double the number of eligible customers and make it easier to apply, and a new program will provide homeowners with up to $6,000 in rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades.

Trail issues release saying boundary extension one step closer

Trail issues release saying boundary extension one step closer

The City of Trail is one step closer to extending its boundaries into Columbia Gardens (Electoral Area A). As of Wednesday, July 2, the city has officially received support from the property owners in the proposed extended region.  As directed by the province, a letter was sent to all residents who would be impacted by the extension. The city received only one response from a property owner indicating they preferred the status quo; therefore there would appear to be very strong support from the impacted property owners to proceed.   

Unilever takes on Planet Bennu in fight for 'sicle' name

On planet Bennu there are no bullies.

On planet Bennu there are no bullies.

Unfortunately, here on Earth,  vernacular like Kleenex, scotch tape, popsicles, Xerox and Mickey Mouse are owned by corporations that have no problem  protecting the words they invented.

And that’s why Starcicles owners Rain Shields and Daniel Carlson are down to their last dime. They have already spent most of their profits preparing for a fight with the Unilever Corporation, both in the US and Canada, for the right to call their frozen juice on a stick Starcicles.

Average Canadian family pays big bucks for healthcare says Fraser Institute study

Contrary to public belief, health care in Canada is not free.

The Fraser Institute

Regional leaders agree on importance of bringing broadband to the Koots

Regional leaders agree on importance of bringing broadband to the Koots

What do you think a room full of 12 significant community leaders in the West Kootenays would be talking about?

If you guessed the future of the region acquiring broadband infrastructure, you’d be right.

On June 17, West Kootenay city officials including the mayors of Nelson, Trail and Kaslo as well as representatives for Trail, Nelson and Castlegar Chambers of Commerce, met at the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Broadband the key to economic development in the Koots

Speakers at the Community Economic Development Forum held in Nelson on May 27 & 28 (from left to right): Terri MacDonald, Amber Hayes and Paul West. Photo by Cate Korinth

One thing everyone seemed to agree on at the Community Futures Economic Development Forum held in late May was that the economy is shifting towards broadband dependent industries. And that local communities need to adapt and keep up.

Community Futures Central Kootenay hosted and organized the conference at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson. The forum's purpose was to discuss how to leverage broadband technology to boost community economic development and help local business succeed in the digital age.

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