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Current job market sluggish but long-range forecast positive: province

According to recent statistics from the ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour, the West Kootenay-Boundary is expected to grow steadily in the next nine years. — Photo: Creative Commons

The cold wind of winter might be blowing in snow to the West Kootenay-Boundary region, but it also may be bringing with it some good news on the labour front.

According to recent statistics from the ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour, the West Kootenay-Boundary is expected to grow steadily in the next nine years.

Steady growth continues for B.C.’s tourism sector

Improved air access connecting B.C. to Australia, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom have contributed to this growth.

In the first 10 months of 2016, nearly 4.9 million international visitors came to British Columbia.

The latest international overnight visitor numbers from Statistics Canada from January to October 2016 indicate a 12.2% increase over the same 10-month period last year, which translates to 531,431 more visitors to the province.

Month-over-month statistics show a 12.1% increase in October 2016 over October 2015. Other notable increases from key markets include:

Advice for BC's Political Parties

Advice for BC's Political Parties

2016 is almost a wrap and – safe to say – one for the books.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, though, it's time for a few New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s political parties to consider in their on-going quest for self-improvement.

1.   Anticipate more, scramble less

A line from Carly Simon's Anticipation sums this one up: “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway.”

EDITORIAL: The CBC -- Boon or Boondoggle?

EDITORIAL: The CBC -- Boon or Boondoggle?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is Canada's national radio and television broadcaster -- loved by many, reviled by others.  Its exact date of origin may be open to interpretation; its predecessor, the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, was established as a state-owned company  in 1932, following a  1929 report  that raised concerns about  Canadian airwaves being taken over by American radio.  In 1936, the organization was re-created as a Crown Corporation and re-branded with its present name.

Changes to camping reservation system take effect in January

The province is hoping changes to Discover Camping Reservation Service will making booking a site easier.

With the 2017 camping season just around the corner, those looking to experience BC Parks are reminded to become familiar with new changes to the Discover Camping Reservation Service.

The Province announced significant changes to the Discover Camping Reservation Service in November 2016, to enhance fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite in B.C.’s world-renowned provincial parks.

 These changes take effect on Jan. 2, 2017, and include:

Not everyone jumping on first-time homebuyers program

Christy Clark announced the new first-time homebuyers program Friday.

Not everyone is jumping on the Christy Clark Liberal government B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership rolled out Friday the the sitting BC government.

NDP housing spokesperson David Eby said instead of taking real action to bring down the cost of homes for young families struggling with record debt levels, the Christy Clark government is encouraging people to take second mortgages for down payments.

"People can't afford housing because Christy Clark sat on her hands for two years while prices spiraled out of control," said Eby.

City police agree to new contract after almost four years without

The police union reached a deal with the city on Dec. 1, with the Nelson Police Association (NPA) members voting to accept the proposed contract on Dec. 6.

One down two to go.

The city has finally reached a contract agreement with its unionized municipal police force, with only firefighters and members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) remaining without contracts.

The police union reached a deal with the city on Dec. 1, with the Nelson Police Association (NPA) members voting to accept the proposed contract on Dec. 6, ending a reign of almost four years without a contract for the NPA.

Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low

The study finds that 21.3 per cent of Canadian tax filers claimed charitable donations in 2014, the last year of available data, down from 25.1 per cent in 2004.

The percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their taxes—and the amount they’re giving as a percentage of their income—is the lowest it’s been in a decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

COLUMN: Tread Lightly

Too much stuff?

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That’s how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England’s University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on the planet, estimated at around four trillion tonnes.

The Rec Site: Free Public Recreation, or For-Profit Business?

Snow-covered Igloo cabin and a portion of Mt. Plewman.  Photo by Sara  Golling

With seven billion and counting on this little planet, space in some places is at a premium.  We're so lucky here in BC's southern interior -- we aren't overly crowded.  And yet, we still compete for space.  Space for recreation in the back-country in some areas is highly contentious, with horse-back riders, hikers, skiers, snowshoers, sledders, dirt bikers, mountain bikers (including fat bikers in the winter) and others fighting to occupy the same hills and valleys with their favourite activity.  Some of those activities don't mix very well.

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