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by Contributor on Tuesday Jun 15 2021

With summer on the horizon, Kootenay Savings is providing a financial boost to community organizations throughout the Kootenays to help enrich the lives of residents across the region.

“Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, our Community Foundation receives many inspiring grant applications for community programs and projects that will benefit current and future generations in our...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jun 15 2021

People working for the Village of Fruitvale can share a certain amount of pride knowing that their local government is taking steps to reduce poverty in their community. The Village of Fruitvale is now a Living Wage Employer.

“This just made sense. We made a commitment to providing a good quality of life for our employees and contractors, and to being a leader in bringing awareness of...

by KAST on Tuesday Jun 15 2021

 The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) congratulates Executive Director, Sean Smillie, on his return to the video game industry for an exciting new role as an executive producer for a Quebec and Los Angeles-based game studio. The Board will miss Smillie’s driven nature and positive leadership and appreciates his continued support while Smillie and...

by City of Castlegar on Monday Jun 14 2021

Central Mountain Air will suspend service to the West Kootenay Regional Airport next month.

The last flight is scheduled for Monday, July 5.

“We’re obviously disappointed but we recognize air travel and the industry is only beginning to recover,” says Mayor, Kirk Duff. “On behalf of the City and West Kootenay travellers, I would like to thank Central Mountain Air for its...

by Province of British Columbia on Friday Jun 11 2021

ICBC will issue a second COVID-19 rebate in recognition of lower claims costs due to fewer crashes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We've been clear that any pandemic-related savings against ICBC's bottom line will benefit customers," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Friday in a government media release.

"The good news is that ICBC is in a strong...

by Timothy Schafer on Monday Jun 07 2021

For many small business owners in the region the real fear during successive waves of COVID-19 might not have been the virus or restrictions placed on business, it was how to achieve a greater presence online for their business, says the coordinator of the region’s COVID Rapid Response Team.

Although business owners in the upper demographic might agree on the need to achieve a more...

by Province of British Columbia on Monday May 31 2021

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, B.C.’s lowest paid workers will get a pay boost, with the general minimum wage increasing to $15.20 an hour and the lower discriminatory minimum wage for liquor servers ending the province said Monday in the media release.

Over the past four years, B.C.’s general minimum wage has increased from $11.35 to $15.20 per hour. It has benefited close to 400,000...

by City of Castlegar on Thursday May 27 2021

Air Canada will return to the West Kootenay Regional Airport with flights to and from Vancouver starting June 28, 2021.

Travellers can now book the Air Canada Express flights, which are operated by Jazz Aviation LP, at for Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoon travel on upgraded Dash 8-Q400 aircraft which seats 78 passengers.

“Air Canada’s return is promising news...

by Contributor on Sunday May 16 2021

Starting next week, Insurance Coopertation of BC (ICBC) will begin moving forward with issuing millions of Enhanced Care refunds to eligible customers.

With the launch of Enhanced Care on May 1, ICBC insurance now costs less. Savings started automatically on May 1 and that means ICBC will be sending millions of British Columbians a one-time, pro-rated refund.

Each customer's...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday May 07 2021

Interfor is announcing a $35-million improvement project in its Castlegar facility, according to vice-president of western operations Andrew Horahan.

In an interview Friday, Horahan said the project will have immense value for the community.

“We’re excited to be starting a project in Castlegar, rebuilding and replacing our planer mill,” he said. “It will improve grade, improve...


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