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Umo Digital Fares Live in the West Kootenays

BC Transit’s Umo (pronounced “you-mo”) electronic fare system is now live in the West Kootenay Regional Transit System. Umo introduces contactless payment methods and new fare products that improve the transit experience by allowing riders to pick the best options for their lifestyle and travel habits. New Payment Methods New payment methods include the Umo […]

Minimum wage in BC bumps up to $17.40 an hour

Saturday, June 1, 2024, the general minimum wage increased from $16.75 to $17.40 an hour. The BC Government said that the 3.9% increase also applies to minimum-wage rates for resident caretakers, live-in home-support workers and live-in camp leaders. The increase will help approximately 240,000 workers who currently earn less than $17.40 per hour. On Dec. […]

Skookumchuck Prairie near Cranbrook added to protected habitat — Nature Conservancy of Canada

Grassland-reliant species in the Rocky Mountain Trench now have more protected habitat thanks to a new conservation area near Cranbrook. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing its acquisition of 270 hectares in the Skookumchuck Prairie, which lies within the traditional territories of the Ktunaxa Nation and the Secwépemc (Shuswap Band). The Skookumchuck Prairie […]

Province contributes funds to assist Kalesnikoff Mass Timber Inc. grow operations

The Province is supporting the development of a new mass-timber production facility that will create 90 sustainable, local forestry jobs in Castlegar and continue to grow to position B.C. at the forefront of this emerging wood-manufacturing and housing-construction sector. “We’re taking action to increase the available supply of housing that’s needed throughout B.C. by partnering […]

Daily Dose — Show Will Go on Despite Civic Theatre Closing for Renovations

The Civic Centre building, which is owned by the City of Nelson, is now closed for roof renovations and later interior renovations for an indeterminate length of time. Nelson Civic Theatre Society (NCTS), which has been displaced due to the renovations, has move operations to show films using the Shoebox at Reo’s Video. Last month, […]

Onward and upward: City budget prepares to take more from Nelsonites in 2024

For the second straight year the City’s tax take tips the scales on the north end of five per cent. Although City council prided itself on keeping taxes low or at the rate of inflation — as provided by Statistics Canada — from 2019 to 2022, it has been making up for it since. Council […]

Province provides updates for FIFA World Cup 26

With seven matches to be played in Vancouver during the FIFA World Cup 26 tournament, the Province, City of Vancouver and BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) have updated their estimates of the costs, revenues and economic benefits for the world’s largest single sporting event. “Marquee sporting events like the FIFA World Cup 26 have the power […]

Columbia Basin Trust fills vacant positions on board

Suzan Hewat is joining the Board of Directors of Columbia Basin Trust, becoming part of the 12-member Board which helps ensure that the organization continues to support the efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. “I’d like to welcome Suzan, who, with fellow new members Angus, Karen and Christine, will be part of a Board […]

Nelson & District Credit Union hosts 73rd Annual General Meeting

The Nelson & District Credit Union had another strong year financially said CEO Tom Murray following the financial institutions 73rd Annual General Meeting held virtually on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. The past year’s high points were strong comprehensive income and growth in members’ equity, while also distributing $160,000 to community organizations within its service area […]

BC Hydro issues call for new clean electricity to power B.C.'s future

BC Hydro has launched a call for power to ensure that people and businesses will have the clean, affordable electricity needed to power B.C.’s growing economy and create jobs throughout the province. “British Columbians are on the front lines of the fight against climate change and seeing the devastating impact it is having on our […]

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