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FIFA Women's World Cup will add $52 million to B.C. economy

Striker Christine Sinclair and goalkeeper are not the only people doing the high-five as the FIFA tournament is lining the province's pockets.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup that kicked off in Canada Saturday is slated to to become the largest edition of the tournament in history.

Beginning in Edmonton June 6, a record 24 teams including Canada will play a total of 52 matches for the coveted trophy, up from 16 teams and 32 matches in Germany four years ago. When it comes to ticket sales, more than one million tickets have already been sold, which eclipses the 845,751 tickets sold at Germany 2011 and closely trails the record 1,194,215 tickets sold at United States 1999.

INVASIVE SPECIES DAMAGE ECONOMY, BIODIVERSITY; JUNE IS INVASIVE SPECIES ACTION MONTH.

spotted knapweed

Rossland:   June 6 is our 11th annual Trails Day.  The Rossland  hiking and biking trails network has 30 trails stretching for over 170 kilometres, and both hiking and biking can and do spread invasive weeds.

MP lobbies Air Canada for better landing technology for Castlegar

MP lobbies Air Canada for better landing technology for Castlegar

Derek Vanstone, VP Government Affairs, Industry

And Corporate Strategy

Air Canada

Dear Mr. Vanstone,

Thank you very much for taking the time to meet with us to discuss the future of the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

As you are aware, technology currently exists to improve the reliability of airports such as our Airport in Castlegar.  British Columbia and all West Kootenay communities would benefit if flights into Castlegar could be predictable during the winter months.

Municipal amalgamation in Ontario fails to achieve cost savings in cities both big and small

Municipal amalgamation in Ontario fails to achieve cost savings in cities both big and small

Ontario’s push for municipal amalgamation in the 1990s has failed to deliver cost-savings and efficiencies promised for both large and small cities, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Locals take part in attempt to win tree-planting world record

Trees being planted on Oatscott Road. Photo by David Jackson.

Sixty-seven volunteers and forest professionals planted 8,227 seedlings Wednesday at two Interfor harvesting locations in British Columbia’s Southern Interior as part of a North America-wide effort to set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously in an hour.

Community Futures boasts new office with Chamber of Commerce

Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Tammy Verigin-Burk and Community Futures Central Kootenay Executive Director Andrea Wilkey show off the new Community Futures signage at the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce.

Community Futures Central Kootenay has partnered with Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce to offer its business services – such as business counselling and loan programs – from the Chamber's office at 1995 6 Avenue.

This new partnership will give Community Futures a greater presence in Castlegar and help local entrepreneurs become aware of and access the services available to them.

Kootenay Savings to close Warfield branch

Kootenay Savings to close Warfield branch

Kootenay Savings announced today plans to consolidate their Warfield and Trail branches.

As banking habits of consumers are changing, online and mobile channel usage is rising and the number of in-branch transactions are declining, it has become increasingly difficult to justify two branches in close proximity of one another in the Greater Trail area.

The last day of operation for Warfield branch is scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2015.

Concern about Canadian household debt levels overblown when assets, other measures taken into account

Is Canadian household debt really a concern?

The Fraser Institute

Notwithstanding headlines to the contrary, there is little evidence that Canadian households are being irresponsible in taking on new debt, finds a study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Almost every day we hear analysts warning that household debt levels have reached record highs," said Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada and co-author of A Longer-Term Perspective on Canada’s Household Debt.

Kootenay Savings gives $25,000 to fight cancer

Kootenay Savings gives $25,000 to fight cancer

Kootenay Savings Credit Union announced today a gift of $25,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society.

This generous gift will establish the Kootenay Savings Community Catalyst Fund and will support Canadian Cancer Society community events in the Kootenay region, such as Relay for Life, Slopes for Hope, and the Best Friends Bash.

Pacific Coastal announces suspension of Trail-to-Kelowna flights

Pacific Coastal announces suspension of Trail-to-Kelowna flights

On Jan. 12, 2015, Pacific Coastal Airlines initiated air service between the Trail Regional Airport and Kelowna International Airport. The decision to provide the air link between the West Kootenays and the Okanagan was made, partly, as a result of the overwhelming feedback the airline received within the region about the necessity of this service.

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