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by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Jan 30 2018

A new economic development initiative has Castlegar and area residents completing an online survey outlining their priorities and needs in terms of retail and service businesses in our area.

Mark Laver was hired on as Economic Development Manager two months ago in a joint venture between the City of Castlegar, CBT and RDCK Areas I and J, with a goal to retain and expand local businesses...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Jan 30 2018

In mid-January I attended the British Columbia Natural Resources Forum in Prince George.  This is one of the biggest gatherings of resource companies, government leaders and nongovernment organizations in Canada, and is always a good place to hear the latest news from that sector.

I was happy to see federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr there, as I’d urged him last year to...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Sunday Jan 28 2018

By Bob Williams

There was a time when securing a good-paying forestry job in British Columbia was not just an option but an expectation for many.

This was a time when the provincial government took an active role in managing our public forests and overseeing the activities of private companies whose workers cut trees, milled wood and made pulp.

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by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Wednesday Jan 24 2018

BC must dramatically change how forestry is managed and governed if it hopes to reverse today’s troubling trends, says Bob Williams, who served as the province’s forest minister in the early 1970s, in a new report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Williams says it is essential to shift decision-making away from unaccountable transnational forestry corporations to regional...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jan 17 2018

In today’s interconnected world, it is easy to see how your hard-earned money can end up going towards projects and businesses all around the world. In 2013, British Columbians contributed $4.5 Billion of new monies into their RRSPs, much of that money disbursed outside the Province and Canada.

Imagine what an impact we could have...

by The Fraser Institute on Sunday Jan 14 2018

More than 90 per cent of Canadian families with children will pay higher taxes once the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) tax increases are fully implemented, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The first of seven increases to the CPP tax, which all workers must pay, will start this time next year.

“The...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jan 10 2018

My parents were born in Vancouver — Dad in 1909, Mom in 1911 — and married during the Great Depression. It was a difficult time that shaped their values and outlook, which they drummed into my sisters and me.

“Save some for tomorrow,” they often scolded. “Share; don’t be greedy.” “Help others when they need it because one day you might need to ask for their help.” “Live within your...

by Dermod Travis on Wednesday Jan 10 2018

Loans Officer (LO):  So you'd like to borrow $10.7 billion?

BC Hydro (BCH):  Yes sir. It's for a hydro-electric dam.

LO:   Well that's a lot of green...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jan 10 2018

Want to win cash for post secondary tuition?

Community Future’s Junior Dragons Den is inviting submissions for its fourth annual business pitch competition.

Modelled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den,” students in Grades 7 to University will pitch their business idea to a panel of local judges, in front of a live theatre audience, for a chance to win up to $1,500.

“To...

by The Fraser Institute on Tuesday Jan 09 2018

Canadian cities — including Toronto and Vancouver, which are experiencing an affordability crunch—can accommodate much more housing supply as they have much lower population densities than other major urban centres around the world, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Compared to their international peers, Canadian...

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