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Dick Cannings becomes SO-WK riding candidate for the NDP

Dick Cannings becomes SO-WK riding candidate for the NDP

Yesterday, members of the federal NDP Riding Association for South Okanagan – West Kootenay (SO-WK) came together and, along with hundreds of others who voted by mail-in or online balloting, chose Richard (Dick) Cannings as their candidate in the 2015 election. 

Born and raised in Penticton, Cannings’ books and radio appearances have made his name a familiar one throughout British Columbia.

Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program Get Introduction to Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Director of Operations David MacGillivary poses with the Selkirk College hospitality program students that came out to a special presentation at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson last week. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As students in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT), Hospitality and Professional Cooking programs dove into their second month of studies, a visit by the head of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise helped provide additional incentive to make good use of their time learning about the industry.

Nestled in one of the most iconic locations in Canada, the Chateau Lake Louise has left visitors in awe of the soaring mountain peaks that surround the resort, majestic Victoria Glacier and the breathtaking emerald lake for more than a century.

Council candidate David Grantham, in his own words

Council candidate David Grantham, in his own words

My name is David Grantham and I am running for Castlegar City Council.

I personally would like to challenge the City of Trail to stand up and do what is right for the entire region and all their brothers, sisters, and friends in neighbouring communities, and to agree to the fact that we all know to be true, "We need a new Regional Hospital".  I personally could care less where one gets built, it just needs to be done, not just for the sake of Castlegar, but for the sake of all in our entire region. The sooner we start acting as one, which is needed with this ever changing global economy, the sooner we start down a path as a progressive and dynamic region. Our entire region needs to change focus from one of self protectionism, to that of a region with forward thinking and new ideas, which could only help our small businesses who struggle to survive in these changing times. Either you change and adapt your way of thinking, or time passes you by.

Council candidate Bruno Tassone, in his own words

Council candidate Bruno Tassone, in his own words

While I’m proud of the city we live in, I think we can sharpen it up a little bit. I’m an advocate to restore health care services in this town, including ambulance service and our hospital hours. We need to take a more active role in lobbying the government, and getting them to realize the benefit of the crossroads of the Kootenays.

Council candidate Kere MacGregor, in his own words

Council candidate Kere MacGregor, in his own words

Having lived and worked in Castlegar for the last 20 years, I am humbled at the opportunity to run for Castlegar City Councillor.  This amazing community has provided me with an incredible place to raise my family, operate our businesses, work at a job that is meaningful, vigorously participate in the vast recreational opportunities and most of all, be happy.  The gratitude I feel towards living and working in Castlegar has inspired me to repay some of which I have gained by running for public office.

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

Covering elections can be a challenge, especially with a full slate of candidates. Reporters ask questions, but also have to choose which answers to publish. Even the most objective reporter won’t always fairly represent the candidates that way. The Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum is great way to start getting to know your candidates (this election’s forum will be on Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sandman), but even that has limitations, with just two hours to address the platforms of fully 15 candidates.

New cab company promises service to Castlegar/Trail after both cities lose service providers

Castlegar's new taxi. PLEASE NOTE, the number on the side is NOT correct - the number will be 250-687-0133, and should be operational within roughly a week. Trail's number will be 250-921-6921, and should be operational within roughly two weeks.

The ink is barely dry on a deal that will bring taxi service once more to Castlegar and Trail, after both cities’ taxi services were shut down as of Oct. 11.

Ken Parker, a dental rep out of Surrey, and his partner first entered the taxi business when they purchased the license to open Creston Cab Company in July of this year. When he heard, only recently, that both Castlegar and Trail were to be left without any cab service at all, it was a mad scramble to get the licensing and logistics in place to ensure a minimal gap in coverage for local residents.

Indie author brings know-how to Kootenay writers

Indie author brings know-how to Kootenay writers

The world of indie publishing (also called self-publishing) can seem overwhelming. Print or e-Book? Webpage or blog? And what about social media marketing? Fortunately, there’s help.

Award winning indie author Kristene Perron has done it all, and she’ll share her knowledge in a special two-day workshop November 15 and 16 at Oxygen Art Centre. A practical step-by-step guide to self-publishing, the workshop also deals with use of social media and the internet to build a successful writing career and increase sales.

RCMP ask assistance in locating suspects responsible for pepper spraying Winlaw man

RCMP ask assistance in locating suspects responsible for pepper spraying Winlaw man

Police are asking for public assistance after a many was pepper sprayed in his residence by three unknown suspects in the early hours of (Friday) October 10.

RCMP report that at approximately 5:20 a.m. on the morning of October 10, three unknown suspects broke into a residence situated in the 4500 block on Highway 6 near Winlaw.

The male who was sleeping in the residence was peppered sprayed by one of the suspects but he did not require medical attention.

Municipal election candidates confirmed

Municipal election candidates confirmed

The nomination period for municipal elections closed today at 4 p.m., and Trail’s chief electoral officer Michelle McIsaac has released the names of fully four candidates wanted to replace Trail’s retiring leader, Dieter Bogs: Doug Jones, Roger Catalano, Mike Martin and Ian McLeod.

The election will be held Nov. 15.

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