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by Contributor on Tuesday Jul 26 2011

China has taken over from the United States (US) as the largest consumer of wood from British Columbia in Canada, according to Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

FRA, a research and analysis consultancy, has said that the new figures show how the region has diversified its markets for the key products generated from the local forestry industry. The market for forestry products in China...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 18 2011

The Province of British Columbia ended the fiscal year with a smaller deficit than forecast.

“Better economic conditions and our prudent approach to spending mean we’ve been able to close the deficit gap considerably, ending the year with a deficit of $309 million and keeping us well on course to balance the budget in 2013-14 as planned,” Finance Minister...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 18 2011

The City of Nelson took home over $500,000 as the Province handed out its second installment of the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) — part of a total of $91 million province-wide.

The investment includes advance payments of Small Community and Regional District Grants and the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program...

by Contributor on Sunday Jul 17 2011

A range of perspectives were proffered from advocates of the forest industry, First Nations, professional foresters and biologists, conservationists, youth, current and past provincial and local politicians, and local concerned citizens in the summer series of Healthy forests-Healthy communities: A conversation on BC forests (HFHC) Community Dialogue Sessions. The series has concluded...

by Contributor on Saturday Jul 16 2011

This summer, BC Hydro will begin exchanging existing meters with smart meters across the province.

These modern devices are part of an integrated system that measures the flow of electricity through the grid and can capture and record the amount of power that is consumed, and when.

Smart meters enable a...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jul 13 2011

Proposals are being sought for new industry-specific programs to provide more skilled workers in the Kootenay region, as well as North Coast, Nechako and Cariboo areas.

It’s anticipated that B.C. will have one million job openings in the next 10 years, and much of the demand will be in the Interior and northern B.C.

To help meet the challenge...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Jul 13 2011

The City, Vancouver Police and provincial appointees, former Olympic czar  John Furlong and former Nova Scotia deputy justice minister Doug Keefe are all busy investigating what went wrong and led to Vancouver’s latest riot: they will fail.

The problem is they all have a lot in common: they all are or have been members of the public establishment, now investigating the establishment’s...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jul 12 2011

Skip Triplett was appointed to lead the Community Gaming Grant Review, with the final report to be delivered by Oct. 31.

The former president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Skip Triplett is now a partner in the governance consulting firm Triplett & Triplett.

During his long career, he has held executive, board and management...

by Contributor on Thursday Jul 07 2011

Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James has extended the timelines of the 2011 HST Referendum calendar.

“Under the authority of section 280 of the Election Act, I am issuing an Order to extend the timelines of the HST Referendum to compensate for the effects of the Canada Post labour dispute” said James. “Two key dates have been extended: the deadline to request a voting package is...

by Anonymous on Tuesday Jul 05 2011

There have been more sudden infant deaths in British Columbia in the first half of 2011 than for all of 2010.

Sudden infant deaths occur when a previously healthy baby dies in sleep-related circumstances, and no cause of death is found on autopsy.

The BC Coroners Service is urging parents to educate themselves on safe sleep practices to ensure...

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