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by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Jan 12 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

A program that has contributed over 1,400 businesses in the last 22 years to the West Kootenay region is now facing some cutbacks.

The Self Employment Program run through Community Futures in Nelson will be instituting two new changes to the popular and productive program, as the nationwide program...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

The power goes out on a regular basis in the West Kootenay during the winter.

In light of the fact today is the first official day of winter, BC Hydro has introduced a new mobile-friendly version of www.bchydro.com that makes it easier for customers to access information on their smart phones during power outages.

The mobile site will work...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The Waneta Dam expansion could create a legacy of skilled trades people for the West Kootenay region, says a Columbia Power spokesperson.

Audrey Repin said with a guaranteed policy in place to hire apprentices on the jobsite, many of the over 400 new job hires could become journeymen trades people...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Dec 20 2010

Two studies conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) point to wide-ranging economic and social benefits from hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The reports, which cover the period of 2003-2009 and the first three months of 2010, show some positive impacts for both B.C. and Canada in the areas studied.

The...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Thursday Dec 16 2010

By Rachel Lucas, Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin students and businesses will be able to access the Summer Works program again in 2011, as the Board of Directors of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has approved the program for another year.

In addition, the program's budget will increase to $500,000, from $390,000 in 2010, allowing more...

by Contributor on Thursday Dec 16 2010

In a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), two prominent economists propose changes to U.S. and Canadian mortgage finance polices to prevent a future financial crisis.

 

The report is authored by Doug Peters, former Secretary of State (Finance) and former TD Bank Chief Economist, and economic consultant...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Dec 14 2010

In what amounts to, literally, a license to print money, a group of local economy advocates are about to launch a regional currency that will be in circulation throughout the Columbia Basin early next year.

It’s true: as early as next February, Columbia Community Dollars will be tradable online and in circulation as paper money in an initial six communities: Kimberley, Fernie, Cranbrook...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 11 2010

B.C.’s economy is expected grow moderately over the next year according to B.C.’s independent Economic Forecast Council.

“B.C.’s economy has performed better than expected this year,” said Finance Minister Colin Hansen. “Given ongoing instability in U.S. and European markets, the council agrees it is essential B.C. continue to exercise prudence as we move forward in...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 08 2010

Riding the high of a successful tri-city bid to host the 2011 B.C. Senior Olympic Games, the tri-city mayors and Chambers of Commerce met last week to discuss further economic development in the region.

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, along with Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs and Nelson Mayor John Dooley, met with Chamber of Commerce representatives on Nov. 29. in Castlegar.

"We met...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 04 2010

Homeowners will be paying about $7 extra a month for their electricity as BC Hydro forecasts a 10 per cent rate increase per year over the next three years.

The increase, which would take effect in April 2011, may be reviewed further and must still be approved by the BC Utilities Commission, BC Hydro said in a news release.

An increase of 7....

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