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by Contributor on Monday Nov 28 2011

B.C.'s deficit is now projected to rise by $313 million to $3.1 billion by the end of the fiscal year because of lower revenues, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced in Victoria on Monday.

"While British Columbia is still expected to continue to outperform most other North American economies, we expect revenues to decline and we are revising our deficit calculations...

by Contributor on Tuesday Nov 22 2011

Members of the federal NDP B.C. Caucus are calling for stronger action by the federal government to protect Canadian citizens affected by a series of measures undertaken by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

According to US law, anyone who was born in the US is required to file US tax returns even though they have worked and paid taxes in Canada and have no US income....
by Contributor on Friday Nov 18 2011

The B.C. Economic Forecast Council has lowered its growth projections for the province this year and next in light of the worsening global economy.

On average, the council expects B.C.’s GDP growth to be 2.2 per cent in 2011, down from its 2.7 per cent forecast in January of this year. The council also predicts B.C.’s GDP will grow 2.2 per cent in 2012 and average 2.7...

by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Nov 16 2011

Council was crammed wall-to-wall for the public hearing before third reading of the new zoning bylaw on Monday night. Two distinct groups brought their concerns, but council passed the bylaw anyway, 5-2, with Coun. Laurie Charlton and Coun. Andy Stradling opposed.

One group raised concerns about the "infill zone"—discussed briefly at the end of this article—but this wasn't what swayed...
by Boundary Sentinel on Sunday Nov 06 2011
The sawmill in Grand Forks will be getting an overhaul over the next year-and-a-half as International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) pumps $24 million into the region.
 
The company’s announcement came last Wednesday, Nov. 2 when general manager Andrew Horahan unveiled their decision to invest $19 million in Grand Forks and $5 million in the Castlegar mill....
by Anonymous on Wednesday Nov 02 2011

The NDP is demanding BC Hydro stop paying lavish executive bonuses, following an auditor general's report that revealed that the Crown corporation actually ran a $249 million deficit last year, the CBC reports.

NDP leader Adrian Dix says at a time when Hydro is looking at ramping up rates for customers, the current bonus system for executives doesn't make sense

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by Contributor on Sunday Oct 30 2011

B.C.’s minimum wage will increase to $9.50 on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

At the same time, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers will increase to $8.75.

This is the second increase to the minimum wage this year, and follows the announcment to increase minimum wage in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012.

Non-hourly rates...

by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Oct 26 2011
As plans for the Columbia-Washington upgrades solidify, the ISL Engineering design team will now turn their attention to the details of "staging" the construction to minimize the impact on businesses, residents, visitors, and traffic.

ISL project manager Kevin Terness told council on Monday that it was "critical" for the city to actively engage the business...
by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Oct 26 2011
The majority of the $8.8 million ISL Engineering have budgeted for the proposed Columbia-Washington upgrades—excluding "phase three" extras—are associated with hard-nosed realities like water pipes and storm drains, but the hottest debate revolves around the 20 per cent of the budget slated for sidewalks and streetscapes.

We address the ...
by Contributor on Sunday Oct 23 2011

Very good wall conditions and control were recorded at Roca’s MAX Mine near Trout Lake since the underground operations of Roca MAX Mine restarted at the end of July.

Crews have focused on new blasting designs and practices in an effort to demonstrate that previous experiences with wall sloughing, and geotechnical instability could be controlled....

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