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Kinder Morgan Expansion project comes with conditions — Premier Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the federal government’s pipeline decisions.

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the federal government’s pipeline decisions:

“Yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his decision to reject Northern Gateway and approve the Kinder Morgan Expansion project. 

“For four and a half years, British Columbia's position has been principled, clear, and consistent.

Any heavy oil project must meet our five conditions:

Castlegar cadet one of 22 regional kids to attend Boot Camp in Trail

Castlegar cadet one of 22 regional kids to attend Boot Camp in Trail

Air Cadet Joseph Thorpe from the Castlegar Air Cadets was one of 22 cadets from across the region who attended the Level 1 “Boot Camp”, which was held last weekend at the Kembel Armories in Trail.

Cadets from the Sea and Air Cadet corps in Trail, Castlegar, Nelson and Grand Forks spent last weekend learning the basics of the Cadet program.  The weekend was for new cadets who have just recently joined their corps or squadron.  For most of them, this was their first full weekend with the cadets.

New Teck $174-million acid plant to create 160 jobs during construction

New Teck $174-million acid plant to create 160 jobs during construction

Teck Metals Ltd. (“Teck”) announced Monday that the company will invest $174 million in the installation of a new acid plant to improve efficiency and environmental performance at its Trail Operations.

Carfentanil detected at scene of illicit drug death for first time in BC

Carfentanil detected at scene of illicit drug death for first time in BC

For the first known time in B.C., the highly toxic opioid carfentanil has been detected at the scene of an apparent illicit drug death.

A drug sample seized by the coroner and Vancouver Police at the scene of a death that occurred Nov. 17, 2016, in an East Vancouver residence was sent to a federal Health Canada laboratory for testing. The sample has now been confirmed as containing carfentanil.

CBT Board Announces New President and CEO

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Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors has announced that they have appointed Johnny Strilaeff to the position of President and CEO. Strilaeff has been with the Trust since 2005, most recently as the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

Strilaeff moves into the position following the unexpected passing of long-time President and CEO Neil Muth earlier this month.

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

A reader has notified me of a disturbing incident.  It was just paper -- three pages of it -- tacked to a fence in downtown Rossland, but the reader reported that it was an attempt to spread hate in our Mountain Kingdom.  The targets were the usual ones that bigots love to hate:  "liberal,"  feminist, Jewish,  LGBTQ;  and the tone, said the reader, was "hateful, aggressive and belligerent."

UPDATED: Information released regarding new collective agreement at KSCU

Brent Tremblay, KSCU President and CEO, said in media release unionized employees will return to work the morning of Wednesday, November 30, and all unionized branches will resume regular operations at 12:30 pm that afternoon.
Information has been released in the four-year agreement between Kootenay Savings Credit Union and United Steelworkers Locals 9705 and 1‐405.
 
The two sides in the labour dispute — Kootenay Savings Credit Union and United Steelworkers Locals 9705 and 1‐405 — ratified the terms the collective agreement after bargaining teams reached a tentative agreement Wednesday (November 23).
 

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

I would like to preface this by saying I have long been a vehement – almost rabid – supporter of the Blueberry Creek Community School Hub (BCCS). I lobbied hard, both personally and professionally, for SD 20 to sell the BCCS property to its non-profit society to keep the school in operation.

Blueberry school hosts unprecedented controversy

Parents of students attending BCCS were not only prevented from attending the AGM, but ejected from the property altogether.

Long-brewing contention at Blueberry Creek Community School Hub reached a boiling point Wednesday night, when a large group of parents were denied membership in the non-profit society and, thus, access to its annual general meeting (which has, in the past, been open to the public).

Policy to change around city grants-in-aid

Policy to change around city grants-in-aid

Change is in the air for Castlegar’s grant-in-aid policy after city council’s regular meeting Monday night.

Finance chair and councillor Dan Rye brought forward a report suggesting that grants no longer be provided to people/groups/organizations travelling outside of the city for events such as sporting tournaments.

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