BC Finance Minister brings in balanced budget

Minister of Finance Michael de Jong

The B.C. government’s third consecutive balanced budget builds toward a stronger and more diversified economy and delivers additional support to British Columbians who are most in need, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

“The discipline we showed through the recession to bring the budget into balance has given us the flexibility to make modest, strategic investments that maintain public services like health care and education, as well as strengthen and encourage growth in key economic sectors," said Minister of Finance Michael de Jong.

CP Train derails near in southwestern Alberta

Two rail cars containing crude oil rest on its side after a derailment near Frank, Alberta Saturday morning. — The Nelson Daily photo

Travelers on Highway 3 in southwestern Alberta received a first-hand view Saturday morning of a Canadian Pacific train derailment near the community of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass.

Canadian Pacific said train was travelling westbound when 12 of the cars derailed. 

All but two of the cars remained upright.

Eyewitnesses told The Nelson Daily emergency crews were on the scene when they traveled through the southwest Alberta town of Frank.

BC RCMP arrest man in relation to two-year-old cold case

BC RCMP arrest man in relation to two-year-old cold case

The RCMP North district Major Crime Unit has arrested one man for his role in the 2013 death of a 21-year-old woman.

Garrett Steven George, 26, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in the death of Destiny Rae Tom.

On Saturday March 23, 2013, at 5:25 a.m. the Fraser Lake RCMP responded to a 911 call in the Fort Fraser area where they found Destiny Rae Tom deceased outside of a residence.

Destiny was a resident of the Nadleh First Nations reserve and the daughter of Andy and Vivian Tom.

An Individual vs His Community: Pulling in Different Directions.

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Coastal First Nations Say Eagle Spirit Pipeline Announcement Is Misleading; Pipeline Has No Support on BC Coast

First Nations opposition to heavy oil exports on the BC coast is unanimous, including in Eagle Spirit President’s home community of Lax Kw’alaams.

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA (February 12, 2015) - The Coastal First Nations say a recent announcement by Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. is misleading because it ignores unanimous opposition among First Nations communities on the BC coast.

Canfor cuts shift at Canal Flats Mill; 81 employees hurt by decision

Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) is scaling back operations at its Canal Flats Mill by dropping a shift. — Photo courtesy

Canfor announced to their Canal Flats employees (Thursday) February 5 that the mill would be going from two shifts to one affecting 81 employees due to lack of economically available fiber effective May 4, 2015.

“This is devastating news for our members, their families, Canal Flats, surrounding communities and the Local Union” said Doug Singer, President of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook.

Kootenay students get in-demand skills with new trades training equipment

College of the Rockies hosted a visit from Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson who met with students, faculty and staff. — Submitted photo

The College of the Rockies and Selkirk College will receive $640,702 to buy new trades training equipment that supports students entering in-demand occupations that are critical to the economy.

The College of the Rockies will receive $325,274. Examples of trades training equipment include air dryer and heat exchangers for industrial mechanic and millwright students, a wheel aligner for heavy mechanical trades and an oxyfuel cutter for welding students.

UPDATED: Missing Kimberley man found

Ernest Davis of Kimberley, BC.

The High River RCMP would like to thank the Public for their assistance on this matter.

As a result from a tip, called in by an area rancher, the Crowsnest Pass Search and Rescue sent out snowmobiles and located Mr Davis. 

His vehicle had left the road on Highway 40 or what is also known as the Forestry Trunk Road, north of Blairmore, Alta.

At this time Davis is being transported to the hospital for an examination.   

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Single winning ticket purchased in Barrie, Ontario

Single winning ticket purchased in Barrie, Ontario

Back to work people.

The single winning ticket for the $50-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw is believed to be purchased in Barrie, Ont.

The winning numbers were  1, 5, 7, 13, 14, 33 and 46. The bonus number was 47.

There were two prizes of $254,045.60 in the LOTTO MAX 6/7+Bonus category won by winning tickets purchased in Calgary and Ontario.

The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Feb. 13 will be $12 million.

Thirty-Two More Charges Laid in Investment Fraud

Thirty-Two More Charges Laid in Investment Fraud

A complex multi-agency investigation into a high profile investment fraud has now resulted in 32 new charges against a Lower Mainland male. 

Arvindbhai Bakorbhai (Arvin) Patel, 61, a former financial planner, is alleged to have been working in partnership with Rashida Samji, also 61, a well-known former Notary. 

ICBC asks drivers to prepare for unpredictable weather this long weekend

Slippery roads were the blame for a recent accident near Beasley on Highway 3A. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Although we're experiencing an unusually mild winter this year, weather in our province can still be unpredictable at this time of year.

ICBC is warning the public travelling over the Family Day long weekend, to be prepared for varied and rapidly changing road conditions including snow, slush, fog, heavy rain and ice.

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