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Growing, Shrinking, and Aging - Columbia Basin-Boundary Regional Population Update

Growing, Shrinking, and Aging - Columbia Basin-Boundary Regional Population Update

Demographic information is critical for planning – whether you are a non profit, a local government, business, or any other type of organization. “Understanding your population, from numbers to gender to age and beyond, can help inform what services and programs are needed, as well as what challenges may be on the horizon”, says Dr.

West Boundary Residents to Receive Green Bin Collection Service

This is an opportunity for West Boundary residents to divert 40% of their garbage from the landfill.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is bringing the successful green bin organic waste diversion program to West Boundary residents starting July 1st, 2017.

The RDKB Board of Directors have approved a 5-year contract to Alpine Disposal and Recycling to provide weekly garbage and green bin collection services to nearly all residents from Christina Lake to Carmi.

UBC Healthcare Travelling Roadshow stops in Grand Forks Monday

There will be 10 health profession students on this year’s trip.

Grand Forks Secondary is the place Monday students have a chance to learn more about jobs in healthcare as the University of BC hosts its Healthcare Travelling Roadshow.

The roadshow brings together a diverse group of healthcare students to showcase career options to high school students in hopes of inspiring the next generation of rural healthcare professionals.

There will be 10 health profession students on this year’s trip representing medicine, nursing, licensed practical nursing, respiratory therapy, midwifery, pharmacy, and optometry.

Habitat for Humanity looks to the city for help on three new builds in 2017

Grand Forks city council was asked to approve variances and waive fees for two lots on 72nd Ave.

Habitat for Humanity is looking to build three new homes in the city this year but is looking for a little help from the city to get started.

On Monday Habitat for Humanity Southeast B.C. (HFHSEBC) asked Grand Forks city council to approve variances and waive fees for two lots on 72nd Ave.

Bob Huff, executive director for HFHSEBC, asked the city to provide relief in the development charges, service charges and permit fees associated with building a duplex on one lot and a single family home on the other.

Selkirk College Valedictorians Help Define Rural Post-Secondary Education

 Brenna Mackay is a member of the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program class at Selkirk College and will represent her peers as one of two valedictorians at the upcoming Graduation 2017 Ceremony at the Castlegar Campus on April 28.

A pair of locally raised Selkirk College students will represent the 50th graduating class as valedictorians at this year’s Graduation 2017 ceremony on the Castlegar Campus.

Charged with delivering the final addresses to their peers, Brenna Mackay and Clara Graves are outstanding students who have made the most of their time at Selkirk College. Both raised in the Rossland area, Mackay and Graves add a touch of symbolism about the core reason Selkirk College was created back in 1966 — to provide inspiring post-secondary close to home.

My message is about opportunity,” says Mackay, who will be graduating with the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program cohort.

One dozen transient camps already removed as city battles ongoing issue

The city’s bylaw services and the RCMP have removed one dozen individual transient campsites so far this year in Grand Forks. — Creative Commons photo

‘Tis the season to remove transient camps.

The city’s bylaw services and the RCMP have removed one dozen individual transient campsites so far this year in Grand Forks, as well as clearing one dozen more potential transient campsites of construction material.

According to a bylaw services report to city council last week, spring and warmer weather brings the transient camps and with it comes an ongoing issue for the city.

Business survey reveals almost one third of respondents planning to exit within five years

According to the city’s Business Survey conducted over the last few weeks 21 of the 77 business owners that responded said their business would close by 2022. — Creative Commons photo

Almost one third of the Grand Forks business owners that responded to a recent city survey said they are planning to exit their business in the next five years.

According to the city’s Business Survey conducted over the last few weeks, 21 of the 77 business owners that responded said their business would close by 2022, mostly due to retirement.

City deputy manager of operations and sustainability, Cavan Gates, said most of the people planning to exit are doing so due to retirement — 18 in all.

Tips for Earth Day April 22

 Insulating, especially in basement crawlspaces, remains one of the best ways to reduce heat loss.

Climate action can start at home

Earth Day is on April 22 and for savvy do-it-yourselfers, it’s a good reminder to plan, hammer and drill away at some energy savings to lessen the impact your home has on the environment. You may also save some money along the way.

Community Futures chooses volunteer of the year

Alan Peterson recognized as Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Boundary, as part of the National Volunteer Week is recognizing Alan Peterson for his work in the community. 

Peterson joined the Community Futures Boundary Board in November 2014 and is currently vice president.  Peterson is a retired lawyer having practiced in Victoria for 35 years.  Since his arrival in Grand Forks, he has spent numerous hours volunteering with Rotary, Community Futures Boundary, Grand Forks Curling Club, Grand Forks Trail Society, Christina Lake Golf Course and other organizations. 

City property tax increase higher than 3.5 per cent: Butler

Coun. Julia Butler said she would prefer to see the increase calculated based on expenses for the year.

Although final reading for the Financial Plan Bylaw passed, one city councillor says the 3.5 per cent tax increase contained in the budget is higher than what has been cited.

Coun. Julia Butler said the tax rate the city will be assessing actually increases by five per cent, since it’s a 3.5 per cent increase in the overall revenue collected by the city, meaning people are paying more than 3.5 per cent to make up the municipal demand for revenue.

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