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by Castlegar Source on Thursday Feb 23 2012

Local MLA Katrine Conroy had little to praise after the Liberal government unveiled its budget on Tuesday.

"Even the things you want to like ... a good example is that they announced that a senior who renovates their home will get a $1,000 credit ... the fine print says that's only if you spend $10,000 or more," she said. "The arts/sports credit for kids, they say it's if you...

by Mona Mattei on Tuesday Feb 21 2012

The progress of upgrades at the Grand Forks and Castlegar sawmills of International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is one reason for optimism for as they enter a new fiscal year.

In their quarterly results announced today, president and chief executive officer Duncan Davies noted that the 2011 year ended with market improvements.

“We’re starting to see a better tone in the...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Feb 16 2012

No one was injured after a truck hit a train near Celgar this morning, according to Celgar manager of human resources Dean Gaudry.

Gaudry said the accident occurred just after 11 a.m., when heavy snow left a chip-truck driver unable to stop quickly enough to avoid a collision with the train.

“It was very slippery and he just couldn’t stop in time,” Gaudry said, adding there was...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Feb 09 2012

After a five-and-a-half-year tenure at the helm of the city’s largest commercial venture, Al Hitzroth will be bidding Zellstoff Celgar adieu.

Hitzroth, Celgar’s 55-year-old managing director, Operations & Technical, told The Source today that his final day will be February 24, as he relinquishes Celgar’s top spot to current director of strategic initiatives Kevin Anderson....

by IntegrityBC on Wednesday Feb 08 2012

IntegrityBC chastised the BC Liberals today for leaving the impression that they're selling access to Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour Citizens' Services and Open Government, through her presence at a $50 a plate Liberal fundraising lunch tomorrow in Surrey.

There's something incredibly oxymoronic about the minister...

by Contributor on Sunday Feb 05 2012

The Province has completed a comprehensive review of options for provincially operated meat inspection services at Class A and B licensed abattoirs.

This ensures that B.C. continues to provide the most effective, safe meat inspection system possible when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) steps back from this role. The Report on the B.C. Abattoir System Inspection Review can be...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Feb 02 2012

The City of Castlegar unveiled its $19-million 2012 budget to less-than thunderous applause Wednesday, as only seven people (not including city staff and council) showed up for the public meeting.

The turnout was disappointing, but not surprising, according to city councillor and finance committee chair Russ Hearne.

“It's similar to the turn out we've had in previous years," he...

by Contributor on Thursday Feb 02 2012

Madison's Lumber Reporter has learned that the United States' claim against Canada, for alleged subsidies on British Columbia's timber stumpage rates, has been reduced from US$499 to US$303.6 million.

In the American rebuttal of Canada's defense, which was filed on Dec. 23, 2011 but only made public this week, the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) office is asking for almost 40 percent...

by ProPublica on Tuesday Jan 31 2012

By Michael Grabell in ProPublica.

A common criticism of President Obama's $800 billion stimulus package has been that it failed to produce anything – that while the New Deal built bridges and dams, all the stimulus did was fill some potholes and create temporary jobs.

Don't tell...

by Contributor on Monday Jan 30 2012

In 2009 and through 2010 a growing concern was voiced among professional foresters and biologists, conservationists, academics, community leaders, forest industry support companies and First Nations that British Columbia (BC) forests are in need of greater attention to meet societal expectations over the long-term.

This concern generated the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities: A...


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