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by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Jul 04 2012

When it comes to jobs and the economy we often get conflicting messages as to how many jobs were actually created.  I thought it would be interesting to share some figures that Statistics Canada released for the month of May.


The Canadian economy as a whole added just 7,700 jobs in May – a relatively weak showing.  In the same period, our labour force...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jul 04 2012

More than 1,300 small businesses in the Okanagan and Kootenays are reaping big savings on their electricity bills thanks to a $6.85 million lighting installation program sponsored by the Province of British Columbia and FortisBC. 

“Small businesses in the Okanagan and Kootenays wanted a program that would make saving energy both easy and cost effective, and in partnership with FortisBC...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 28 2012

City officials played a comparatively rich card in today's bid to draw WestJet to the West Kootenay Regional Airport (WKRA) in Castlegar, promising to purchase $350,000 navigational software to reduce airport landing ceilings by 1,000 feet.

"We've been working on RNP (Registered Navigational Procedure) for ages - it will lower the ceiling to land from 2,800 feet to 1,800 feet and...

by Alex Atamanenko MP on Thursday Jun 28 2012

Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior, paid a visit to the Pacific Northwest to learn firsthand about the proposed Enbridge pipeline project.

He, along with Federal NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie and BC MPs Fin Donnelly and Randall Garrison were hosted by their colleague, Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena Bulkley Valley.  The group met with elected officials from Terrace, Kitimat...

by Contributor on Thursday Jun 28 2012

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by Teck Resources:

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) (“Teck”) today announced a $1 million investment to support the completion of a section of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connecting communities in the Kootenays.

“The Trans Canada Trail is part of our shared Canadian heritage, linking people and...

by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Jun 27 2012

United Nations trade and climate change advisor Aaron Cosbey—a Rossland resident—attended the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and he was back again last week for the glitz, fanfare, and "complete failure" of the Rio +20...

by Kyra Hoggan on Sunday Jun 24 2012

A group of seven Grade 7 kids and their four adult group leaders are singing the praises of Scottie's Marina after being stranded with no supplies or communications during yesterday's flooding.

Youth leader James McFaddin said the convoy set out, prepared to camp in the rain and experience some adventure, when Nature changed their plans.

"The car in back was the one with all the...

by Contributor on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is partnering with BC Ideas to provide five $10,000 cash awards to reward innovative solutions addressing issues which will improve the lives of residents in the Columbia Basin region.

BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities is an online competition seeking to identify solutions to deal with challenges facing BC communities now and in the future. This “...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said letters are coming in fast and furious from across the region in support of the West Kootenay Regional Airport's bid to entice WestJet to Castlegar … with some glaring omissions.

"We've received letters from most communities - not all, but most - and we're getting them from residents, businesses, everyone. About 10 a day, right...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Contention between Castlegar city councillors that was once about poultry is now about process, after a motion was passed Monday night to end the debate about allowing chicken husbandry within city limits ... and ruffling more than a few feathers along the way.

The divide, in this case, runs along gender lines, with councillors Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff and Deb McIntosh panning a lack of...


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