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by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jun 20 2011

Thirty years and $300,000. Those rather intimidating numbers combined with a commitment to a piece of property and the responsibility for its upkeep can make buying your first home a daunting prospect.

While it does take a big leap to first make that commitment, doing so can literally pay off in spades as a solid investment for the future.

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by Contributor on Monday Jun 20 2011

The recovery is over in Canada and the country has entered a new expansion phase.

Despite a relatively enviable position, Canada's economy will have to deal with a number of challenges. These include the winding down of government stimulus plans, budget cuts, as well as a currency whose high value is still hurting exports.

Interest rate...

by Andy George on Sunday Jun 19 2011
Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC) held its first networking last Thursday night giving attendees their first look at the organization and membership benefits.
 
Cathy Martinoff, president of BCRCC, opened the seminar with an introduction to the board of directors which includes: Wendy Darbyshire, Dave Evdokimoff, Darla Ashton, Tammy Battersby, Dave...
by Timothy Schafer on Sunday Jun 19 2011

With several new projects on the horizon and exploration activity the highest it has been in several years, the mining industry in the West Kootenay is looking to rebound from its drought, says the president of the Chamber of Mines Eastern BC.

Jack Denny said exploration activity is increasing in the region, with many of the projects “flying under the radar” in the...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jun 19 2011

A big broadband boost to the tune of $50,000 will be going out to the communities of Shutty Bench, Fletcher Falls and Ainsworth Hot Springs as the Province is providing cash to expand Internet service.

Overall, the province is providing $2.34 million to over 60 locales in rural B.C. to expand broadband Internet into B.C.’s rural communities in the effort to make B.C. “...

by Anonymous on Sunday Jun 19 2011

Finally, some news out of Victoria for the rural areas of BC: your property taxes are due.

Some of the more than 397,000 rural property owners in British Columbia and the Regional District of Central Kootenay may be wondering how to pay their property taxes by the July 4 tax deadline during a postal strike.

Despite the postal disruption,...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Jun 18 2011

Tax Freedom Day, the day when Canadians start working for themselves after paying off the total tax bill imposed on them by all levels of government, fell on Monday, June 6, two days later than in 2010, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Tax Freedom Day calculations.

However, Tax Freedom Day is actually 16 days later, on Wednesday, June 22, if governments paid for their current...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Jun 15 2011

Maurice Poulin, BA CAIB of Poulin Agencies Ltd. in Nelson was sworn in as the 2011-12 president of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) at the annual general meeting held in Burnaby last month.

Despite being the third-generation owner of Poulin Agencies Ltd., Poulin did not originally intend to pursue a career in the insurance industry.

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by Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Jun 14 2011

There’s a new bean counter in town.

Well, at least at the City of Nelson level he’s new. The City has hired Selkirk College’s director of finance, Colin McClure, to tackle the prospect of handling taxpayer’s dollars in the Heritage city.

Previous to Selkirk, McClure worked for School District No. 8, receiving his chartered accountant...

by Anonymous on Tuesday Jun 14 2011

B.C. small businesses have innovative ideas on how to conserve energy, but many do not have the time or money to make their ideas happen.

The $550,000 LiveSmart Champion Program can help small business make their energy-efficient ideas a reality.

Small business can submit their energy saving ideas to the Ministry of Energy and Mines starting June 14, 2011. Applications will be...

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