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by Contributor on Sunday Aug 28 2011

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has confirmed the Province’s AAA credit rating will continue after British Columbians voted to bring back the PST plus GST tax system, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced Sunday.

Standard & Poor’s noted the Province has the solid revenue and expenditure flexibility necessary to meet its deficit targets and a moderate tax-supported debt burden...

by Contributor on Sunday Aug 28 2011

As the Kettle Valley Food Co-op enters year two of operation, they are "going nuts over beans." September will bring the second bulk ordering opportunity for co-op members.

Bulk items will include a variety of nuts, beans and other high demand food items, these products are not available from local producers and will be organic and of the highest quality. In addition this time we are...

by Mona Mattei on Sunday Aug 28 2011
Despite some indications of lower sales prices in the West Kootenay-Boundary, the housing market in B.C. and across Canada remains buoyant and mortgage trends show signs of encouraging further investments.
 
The Bank of Canada is ready to meet on Sept. 7 to set upcoming interest rates. Interest rates are a strong indicator for housing sales.
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by Contributor on Saturday Aug 27 2011

The Province will reinstate the combined 12 per cent PST and GST tax system following the referendum decision by British Columbians to extinguish the HST in B.C.

An action plan has been established to guide the transition process and help ensure an effective and orderly transition from the HST to the PST plus GST system in B.C.

The PST will be reinstated at seven per cent with all...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Aug 25 2011
The Grand Forks sawmill workers ratified their collective agreement last week after nearly two years in negotiations.
 
International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) and the United Steelworkers Union finalized their contract wording two weeks ago, and on Friday, Aug. 19 the workers voted with a 76 percent majority to accept the new agreement.
 
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by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Aug 21 2011

Mining is returning to the Princeton region as the Copper Mountain Mine celebrated its grand opening Friday. The mine brings jobs to the area and benefits the entire province.

Having started production in June 2011, Copper Mountain is the third-largest copper mine in Canada and the first major-metals mine to open in British Columbia since 1998.

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by Contributor on Thursday Aug 18 2011

In just three years, the environment has lost its status as one of the top five issues facing Canadians, with only 49 per cent ranking it as very important.

According to Bensimon Byrne's latest Consumerology Report, concern has fallen significantly since 2008 (down 11 points) and ranks behind issues such as the price of gas, adequate pensions, the state of...

by Contributor on Thursday Aug 18 2011
By: Fred Marshall, forester and woodlot owner
 
While the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) has devastated central B.C. over the last few years, in the Boundary it has been moderately active but not devastating. However this moderate activity ended this spring with a significant increase in attacked trees being visible extending from the Big White summit towards Rock...
by Mona Mattei on Thursday Aug 18 2011
Rock Creek woodlot owner George Delisle was recognized this week as one of three foresters in B.C. who have excelled in their forest management practices.
 
Delisle received the Minister’s Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management from Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater at a presentation on behalf of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve...
by Allyson Kenning on Wednesday Aug 17 2011

It all started back in 2000 with a ski holiday road trip from Calgary to Vancouver, and a highway closure near Revelstoke. Australians Kim Pegg and Peter Stuart’s original route west was supposed to have taken them along the Trans-Canada Highway until the weather intervened and they needed to take a detour. They’d heard of “that Red place” and decided to give it a go. Fate, it seemed,...

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