New Partnership: National Ski Academy and RED

New Partnership:  National Ski Academy and RED

We are proud to announce that RED Mountain’s Legacy Training Centre has been designated The National Ski Academy’s 'Official Western Canadian Training Centre'. 

Kootenay Savings Credit Union locks out unionized employees Friday

Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 and 9705 at Kootenay Savings South Slocan Branch were out on the picket lines having been locked out by the employer Friday. — The Nelson Daily photo

The latest shoe to drop in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union labour dispute happened Friday with Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 and 9705 on the picket lines after being locked out by the employer.

The lockout was for Friday, October 28 at the Trail, Castlegar, Fruitvale, Salmo, South Slocan, Kaslo and Kimberley branches. Services at branches in Nakusp, New Denver, Invermere and Radium Hot Springs are unaffected and will remain open.

Salmo LED Street light Conversion of Downtown Core Complete

The before (bottom photo) and after look at the main street in the Village of Salmo.

The Village of Salmo is pleased to announce the completion of the 2016 LED Street Light conversion project. All the street lights within the Village’s development permit area, known as the downtown core of Salmo, were converted.
The project was put to tender in June 2016 and the successful proponent was Martech Electrical Systems Ltd. of Castlegar for installation of quality fixtures made by Canadian company LED Roadway Lighting Ltd.

Do away with messy public tenders, pre-approve instead

One thing is for sure: keep your membership in good standing and the lists keep on giving and giving.

News that's guaranteed to cheer the hearts of a small number of B.C. companies is word that they've been added to a list of pre-qualified suppliers to the B.C. government.

The lists are intended to offer all the appearances of open and transparent procurement. They can be anything but.

It's one way to get around the bad optics of sole-sourcing too many public contracts.

You can imagine the minister's briefing note: “We chose from a long list of well-qualified firms who were put through a rigorous vetting process by the ministry.”

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Manufacturers seek end to ban on seasonal homes

 Gord Rattray from the manufactured home association addresses the RDCK board during Thursday's meeting. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily.

When Ross Bonner decided the old trailer on his recreational lot in Balfour was getting too small for his needs last year, he upgraded to a modern manufactured home to replace it.

A few months later, he got notice that his home was illegal in the Kootenays.

“I’m upset, I didn’t know if I was grandfathered, there’s still no explanation on how it’s going to affect anyone who already owns a place,” he says.

Almost four million international visitors to B.C. in 2016

Many international tourists are finding out about the beauty of BC. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The August international visitor numbers are in and they are proof that this past summer has been an exceptional time of growth for tourism in British Columbia.

Year-to-date figures show an 11.5% increase in international visitors over the same time period last year (January to August). That represents close to four million total overnight international visitors (3,990,574) that came to B.C. during the first eight months of this year.

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Some new excitement is scheduled at Red -- the region's first cyclocross race ever!  Hope for good weather on October 30, for the sake of cyclocross racers doing the  "Hallocross" event.  This is a fun race; for those rare individuals who don't already know all about it, here's a definition cribbed from Wikipedia:

UPDATED: Two sides in Kootenay Savings labour dispute take weekend hiatus

UPDATED: Two sides in Kootenay Savings labour dispute take weekend hiatus

Even members of bargaining committees need a few days off for a weekend break.

Talks in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union Labour dispute are taking weekend hiatus Jeff Bromley of the United Steelworkers Union said in an email release Friday.

Bromley said bargaining has stopped for the weekend with employer (Kootenay Savings Credit Union) expected to return to the table Monday with an offer.

Talks resume in Kootenay Savings labour dispute

Report shows growth in B.C.’s small business sector

Report shows growth in B.C.’s small business sector

There’s nothing small about the continued growth of B.C.’s small business sector as outlined in the Small Business Profile 2016: A profile of small business in British Columbia.

The 2016 Small Business Profile includes updated key economic indicators such as job growth (including self-employment) and exports, trends by industry, regional breakdowns and cross- jurisdictional comparisons to report out on the health of the sector throughout the province.

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