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by Nelson Daily editor on Thursday Jan 20 2011

By Roscoe Triana

Canada Post announced a decision in the summer of 2010 that they would look into rerouting all Friday mail sent from the Kootenay area in British Columbia to Vancouver for sorting prior to...

by Murray Dobbin on Monday Jan 17 2011

Few developments in our era of savage capitalism are so powerfully symbolic of the new feudalism than the obscene compensation paid out to the new economic elite: the CEOs of the most powerful corporations in the country. The CCPA’s Hugh MacKenzie now reminds us yearly of this economic and social sickness by identifying exactly when the average CEO (of the 100 largest firms) has earned...

by Erin Handy on Wednesday Jan 12 2011

What better way to launch a grand new year than with the soothing sounds of large-scale rock demolition? Construction of the long-awaited second powerplant at the Waneta Dam may begin in just over a month, with blasting booked as early as mid-February, Columbia Power representatives told Rossland council Monday.    

“I'm sure in the past, you've heard a lot of hopeful 'wish-fors,'”...
by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 05 2011

“Castlegar has taken the cake this year,” - that from BC Assessment's deputy assessor, Dennis Hickson, in regard to residential property values in the region for 2010.

He said the average increase in assessed value for single family dwellings in Castlegar is 4.66 per cent, compared with Nelson's 1.92 per cent, Creston at 2.61 per cent, and Trail at 1.2 per cent.

“I'd say that's...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

The power goes out on a regular basis in the West Kootenay during the winter.

In light of the fact today is the first official day of winter, BC Hydro has introduced a new mobile-friendly version of that makes it easier for customers to access information on their smart phones during power outages.

The mobile site will work...

by Nelson Daily editor on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The Waneta Dam expansion could create a legacy of skilled trades people for the West Kootenay region, says a Columbia Power spokesperson.

Audrey Repin said with a guaranteed policy in place to hire apprentices on the jobsite, many of the over 400 new job hires could become journeymen trades people...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Dec 20 2010

Two studies conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) point to wide-ranging economic and social benefits from hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The reports, which cover the period of 2003-2009 and the first three months of 2010, show some positive impacts for both B.C. and Canada in the areas studied.


by Contributor on Thursday Dec 16 2010

In a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), two prominent economists propose changes to U.S. and Canadian mortgage finance polices to prevent a future financial crisis.


The report is authored by Doug Peters, former Secretary of State (Finance) and former TD Bank Chief Economist, and economic consultant...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Dec 14 2010

In what amounts to, literally, a license to print money, a group of local economy advocates are about to launch a regional currency that will be in circulation throughout the Columbia Basin early next year.

It’s true: as early as next February, Columbia Community Dollars will be tradable online and in circulation as paper money in an initial six communities: Kimberley, Fernie, Cranbrook...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 11 2010

B.C.’s economy is expected grow moderately over the next year according to B.C.’s independent Economic Forecast Council.

“B.C.’s economy has performed better than expected this year,” said Finance Minister Colin Hansen. “Given ongoing instability in U.S. and European markets, the council agrees it is essential B.C. continue to exercise prudence as we move forward in...


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