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BC Hydro's $2.5-mill reno of Castlegar offices nearing completion

BC Hydro employees are looking forward to moving back into their newly-renovated digs. Photo by Devon Hoggan

BC Hydro is nearing completion of their $2.5-million renovation of their offices, according to spokeswoman Mary Anne Coules, who said the project is expected to be completed on schedule by April of this year.

Selkirk College Career & Education Fair Makes Employment Connection

Canada Border Services Agency is an employer exhibitor participating in Selkirk College Career & Education Fair. The annual free event is an opportunity for people to make that valuable job connection. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Local employers are teaming up with Selkirk College for the Career and Education Fair. The aim is to connect with people eager to find employment, students wanting to chart a course for future education and employment counsellors seeking up-to-date career information.

This free annual event benefits all participants, says Selkirk College Recruitment Specialist Amy Byers.

OP/ED: Spending is to blame for Alberta's $10.8 billion deficit

This year’s deficit is expected to top $10.8 billion.

The Alberta government could have posted a small budget surplus this year if successive governments had kept program spending increases in line with population growth and inflation, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

But Alberta’s new government is continuing its predecessors’ trend of rapid spending increases, which has seen nearly uninterrupted deficits in the province since 2008/2009 — even during years when oil prices were at historic highs.

Column: Work Less, Live Better

Column:  Work Less, Live Better

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay.

Canada’s inadequate patent protections for pharmaceuticals hampering innovation and economic growth

Both the U.S. and European Union provide a patent restoration term of up to five years beyond a patent’s 20 year life.

Strengthening protections of intellectual property rights for pharmaceutical drugs would encourage innovation of new medicines, create high-skilled jobs and grow the economy, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Credit unions to keep special tax status one more year

According to Finance Minister Michael de Jong the change will be introduced Feb. 21 as part of Balanced Budget 2017.

B.C. credit unions will keep their preferential tax advantage a little longer as the provincial government intends to pause for one year the phase-out of the tax advantage credit unions have enjoyed.

The change will be introduced Feb. 21 as part of Balanced Budget 2017, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Tuesday.

New modern liquor laws create new opportunities

Regulations come into force Monday, January 23.

An updated Liquor Control and Licencing Act and regulation come into force Monday, January 23, that will create new opportunities for businesses, increase convenience for consumers and enhance the Province’s commitment to social responsibility.

“We’ve come a long way since we first began the process of updating B.C.’s antiquated liquor laws," said said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

Get Ready for Rossland's Winter Carnival!

Photo by Larry Doell

There will be non-stop fun at the Rossland Winter Carnival -- the longest-running such event in Canada, it's been happening every year since 1898. With so much going on, people will wish they could defy the laws of physics by  being in more than one place at a time.  Here's a smattering of the events.

Business group lobbies for $40,000 feasibility study for bridge from college to downtown area

Conceptual rendering of proposed bridge across Columbia River.

A coalition of downtown business owners wants a $40,000 feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the Columbia River between Selkirk College and Zuckerberg Island.

At its regular meeting Monday night, city council was asked to contribute $10,000 to the initiative. Presenter Jackie Letkeman told council that CBT has offered a verbal commitment to fund half the study, while Selkirk College would add a “modest  contribution”.

Also presenting on behalf of the group was Dr. Sandy Battista, owner of Head to Toe Holistic Health Clinic.

Celgar donates ambulance to Ootischenia Fire Department

In the photo attached taken at Celgar today, left to right are:  Mark Goebel: Celgar Health & Safety Manager, George Hamm: Celgar employee and Ootischenia fire chief, Kevin Anderson: Celgar Managing Director, Len Coates Celgar employee and Ootischenia fire deputy fire chief, George Seigler Regional Deputy fire chief.

Last year Celgar’s Health and Safety department, headed by Safety Manager Mark Goebel, made the decision to upgrade Celgar’s onsite Emergency Transport Vehicle.  Although not used frequently, the 1991 ambulance has served Celgar well for approximately 20 years to transport patients to medical aid when required. 

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