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By Timothy Schafer on Thursday Mar 16 2017

Grand Forks taxpayers are getting hit with a double whammy this year.

City council is considering a 3.5 per cent increase for property taxes — to be voted on in earnest March 27 — in addition to a 4.8 per cent increase in property values from B.C. Assessment.

Council voted on an increase of 3.5 per cent — $125,062 — on top of the previously proposed $3,573,211, for...

By Contributor on Tuesday Mar 14 2017

Virna Bation, a nurse who’s worked in elder care for 17 years, never expected that her attempt to help a patient would turn violent. A 75-year-old resident suddenly became agitated while Bation was providing care and bit Bation’s thumb so badly that it sent her to the emergency department and kept her off work for three months.

“The pain was excruciating,” she says. “Emotionally...

By Timothy Schafer on Saturday Mar 11 2017

One of the city’s top bureaucrats is leaving his post this month, but it is not an expected departure.

On Feb. 27 the City of Grand Forks announced that chief administrative officer Doug Allin had tendered his resignation from his position, effective March 24.

The move came with no prior warning or fanfare in previous city council meetings or correspondence and leaves a sudden...

By Timothy Schafer on Sunday Feb 19 2017

An unsubstantiated incident of alleged excessive vehicle idling has prompted city council to look at re-opening the noise and idling bylaws to make changes.

At their Jan. 30 regular meeting city council had received a letter from Grand Forks resident Jack Koochin about a “serious problem” that affected “the entire neighbourhood, as well as our city.”

By Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Feb 14 2017

Over half of the people who took part in an affordable housing survey in the city in January spend nearly half of their monthly income on their accommodations, a city development and engineering department technologist says.

Graham Watt revealed some of the preliminary results of the City of Grand Forks’ Affordable Housing Survey in a city council meeting Jan. 30, including the...

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Feb 09 2017

Christy Clark blames the NDP for hacking their party website.

NDP John Horgan fires back, threatens to sue Liberals over allegations by Premier.

Locally, Boundary-Similkameen NDP Candidate Colleen Ross says Liberal MLA Linda Larson bringing “Wild West” political cash scheme to riding.

It sure appears a provincial election is on the horizon.

Ross raised the issue...

By Contributor on Tuesday Feb 07 2017

The Columbia Basin Trust is making history as it establishes a new program, a new partnership and new funding to support the Basin’s heritage values.
The Trust has allocated $6.15 million for a three year large capital grants program for built heritage and $600,000 for a Heritage Support Program that will see a professional heritage position established in the Basin to support...

By Timothy Schafer on Sunday Feb 05 2017

The city will be pulling on its reserves to help fund a new $5.6-million substation construction in order to reduce its power purchasing costs.

City council granted the early budget approval of $500,000, to be funded from capital reserves (gas tax reserve), for city staff to proceed with the design of the estimated $5.6-million electrical substation.

The project cost...

By Timothy Schafer on Sunday Feb 05 2017

Wayfinding signage designs chosen by the community have yet to be approved by city council as final decision on the project has been tabled.

At its Jan. 16 regular meeting city council was perplexed with the final look and location of the signs, despite having significant input from the community and business community on its development.

The community had voted for...

By Contributor on Wednesday Feb 01 2017

Are you tired of riding in the singles line? Skied Dating returns this February with two events to choose from. Head to RED Mountain Resort on Saturday, Feb. 11, or Whitewater Ski Resort on Sunday, Feb. 12 to experience a fun and easy way to meet other singles who also love to ski or snowboard.