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October is Small Business month in BC

Small Business Roundtable’s tenth annual report highlights a decade of accomplishments and upcoming priorities.

Small Business Month celebrations kicked off at the B.C. legislature with the launch of a new award to recognize young entrepreneurs, and the release of the Small Business Roundtable’s annual report.

The new Celebrate Entrepreneurship Award – launched in partnership with Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) – will recognize the student-led company that demonstrates the most innovation in their business.

The winning company and recipient of a $3,000 cash prize will be announced at JABC’s awards ceremony in June 2016.

Failed government policies ultimate cause of Ontario’s dismal fiscal, economic performance

Failed government policies ultimate cause of Ontario’s dismal fiscal, economic performance

The roots of Ontario’s decline from economic powerhouse to economic laggard can be found in a decade of failed government policies, concludes a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Brad Bennett appointed new chair of BC Hydro

Premier Christy Clark welcomes Brad Bennett (second from left) during a press conference Wednesday.

Premier Christy Clark announced Wednesday the appointment of Brad Bennett to the position of chair of the BC Hydro board of directors.

Bennett replaces outgoing chair Stephen Bellringer, whose term expires on Sept. 30, 2015.

“Brad Bennett's longstanding passion for reliable, affordable electricity‎ has served the BC Hydro board – and all British Columbians – well for three years. He’ll bring that same dedication, business experience, and acumen to his new role,” said Premier Clark.

Municipalities can start lining up for Small Communities Fund projects

Some of the projects can include drinking water, wastewater, solid waste management, green energy, highways and major roads, public transit, innovation, connectivity and broadband. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Small Communities Fund will accept applications for $90 million in support for infrastructure before the end of this year, Premier Christy Clark announced today at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual convention.

Cost-shared equally by the B.C. and federal governments with $45 million each, the fund will open for intake on Oct. 30, 2015, closing on April 30, 2016.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the fall of 2016 with approvals anticipated in the winter of 2016-17.

Cranbrook-Kimberley to selected to host 55+ BC Games in 2018

The BC 55+ Games are making a return to the Kootenays as Cranbrook/Kimberley will joint host the event in 2018. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Cranbook and Kimberley have been tabbed by the BC Senior Games Society to host the 55+ BC Games in 2018 said Wayne Naka, president of BC Seniors Games Society in a media release.

The announcement was made as the BC Senior Games Society scheduled its course for the next few years.

The City of Vernon will host the 2017 Games, supported by Greater Vernon and the City of Armstrong and the township of Spallumcheen.

BCNU supports call for long term mental health strategy

BCNU supports call for long term mental health strategy

In a media release, the BC Nurses' Union said it supports the Union of BC Municipalities in calling for the provincial government to create a comprehensive mental health strategy.

BCNU President Gayle Duteil said in the release that there is an urgent need for better services.

“The mental health care system in BC is in crisis," Duteil said.

Province announces funding for urban deer cost-share program

Province to shell out $100,000 for future urban deer management operations.

Responding to a series of recommendations made by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the Province has committed to striking a Provincial Urban Deer Advisory Committee as well as the provision of up to $100,000 for future urban deer management operations.

The recommendations from the UBCM flowed from an initial meeting with the Province at an Urban Deer Workshop in January 2015.

Sometimes breaking up can be a good thing, but never for the taxpayer

Sometimes breaking up can be a good thing, but never for the taxpayer

Neil Sedaka is right breaking up is hard to do. It's also expensive.

On September 15, residents of Vancouver learned that former chief administrator officer (CAO) Penny Ballem's services had been “concluded” that day by Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Ballem, 65, will receive $556,000 as a parting gift for the hastily arranged exit. News that undoubtedly warmed the cockles of the hearts of residents across the city when they learned of it.

Visitor numbers up, strategy updated to continue momentum

Visitors from our province’s largest international market, the United States, rose 11.6% in July. — Photo courtesy the BC Government

The BC Government said in a media release Monday, that the tourism sector in the provincie continues to show growth in international overnight visitors.

The report said there were an additional 72,085 visitors in July 2015 compared to 2014 – representing a 9.9% increase over July 2014.

This brings the total number of visitors to B.C. in the January to July period up by 228,950 visitors or 8.8% over the same period last year.

Fall Boating – It Takes A Little Bit More Care

Before heading out, be sure to check the weather forecast.

Boating in the fall offers colourful vistas, quiet anchorages and excellent fishing but it is not without its challenges that necessitate self-sufficiency and taking some additional precautions to keep from running into trouble.
 
The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the B.C. Wildlife Federation want to remind all boaters enjoying the fall season on the water to follow these tips to ensure that their excursions are both safe and enjoyable.

Before heading out, be sure to check the weather forecast.

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