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by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Dec 08 2011

 Making the switch to online media two-and-a-half years ago was like a crack in the dam – the changes in my life have been coming fast and furious ever since.

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This is a good thing, and largely something I’ve chosen – Gandhi wasn’t blowing smoke when he said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. What...

by Contributor on Thursday Dec 08 2011

Canada’s key interest rate will end 2011 unchanged.


The Bank of Canada (BoC) left its policy rate at 1.00 percent this week, as anticipated.


In a statement, the Bank said European economic performance will be worse than expected, Canadian and United States growth are “slightly” better than expected, and inflation will “ease.”

It added: “With the target...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 28 2011

B.C.'s deficit is now projected to rise by $313 million to $3.1 billion by the end of the fiscal year because of lower revenues, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced in Victoria on Monday.

"While British Columbia is still expected to continue to outperform most other North American economies, we expect revenues to decline and we are revising our deficit calculations...

by Contributor on Tuesday Nov 22 2011

Members of the federal NDP B.C. Caucus are calling for stronger action by the federal government to protect Canadian citizens affected by a series of measures undertaken by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

According to US law, anyone who was born in the US is required to file US tax returns even though they have worked and paid taxes in Canada and have no US income....
by Contributor on Friday Nov 18 2011

The B.C. Economic Forecast Council has lowered its growth projections for the province this year and next in light of the worsening global economy.

On average, the council expects B.C.’s GDP growth to be 2.2 per cent in 2011, down from its 2.7 per cent forecast in January of this year. The council also predicts B.C.’s GDP will grow 2.2 per cent in 2012 and average 2.7...

by Boundary Sentinel on Sunday Nov 06 2011
The sawmill in Grand Forks will be getting an overhaul over the next year-and-a-half as International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) pumps $24 million into the region.
The company’s announcement came last Wednesday, Nov. 2 when general manager Andrew Horahan unveiled their decision to invest $19 million in Grand Forks and $5 million in the Castlegar mill....
by Contributor on Saturday Nov 05 2011

 At its meeting Monday, Interfor's Board of Directors approved a $24-million capital plan to upgrade the Company's Grand Forks and Castlegar sawmills.

The plan involves the installation of a new small log line at Grand Forks to replace the existing two-line facility, along with funds to complete the installation of an automated lumber grading system. The Grand Forks project is...
by Anonymous on Wednesday Nov 02 2011

The NDP is demanding BC Hydro stop paying lavish executive bonuses, following an auditor general's report that revealed that the Crown corporation actually ran a $249 million deficit last year, the CBC reports.

NDP leader Adrian Dix says at a time when Hydro is looking at ramping up rates for customers, the current bonus system for executives doesn't make sense

by Contributor on Sunday Oct 30 2011

B.C.’s minimum wage will increase to $9.50 on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

At the same time, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers will increase to $8.75.

This is the second increase to the minimum wage this year, and follows the announcment to increase minimum wage in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012.

Non-hourly rates...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 20 2011

 This week, Oct. 17 – 21, is Small Business Week in B.C, but the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce has opted to blanket the entire month with commerce-conducive events.

“We subscribe to the go-big-or-go-home notion, so we decided to make it the whole month,” said chamber executive director Pam McLeod.
Some of the month’s highlights include a seminar on target...


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