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by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Mar 30 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Although BC Hydro’s rate increase for 2011 may be frozen and under review by the Province, Nelson Hydro’s energy rate increase takes effect Friday.

Inflation, wage and material costs going up combine with increased wholesale power purchase costs to account for much of the needed 9.6 per cent increase...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Mar 30 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Two projects that have caused hue and cry from some sectors of Nelson are still on the Provincial books as “proposed,” according to a major provincial projects report released recently.

New Future Building Group’s Kutenai Landing and the Glacier/Howser energy project pursued by Purcell Green Power are...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Mar 30 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Another potential tax increase is preparing to hit Nelsonites as the regional district now begins to finalize the numbers on its 2011-2012 fiscal budget.

With 10 new services joining the roster of 140 for the Regional District of Central Kootenay this year — including Nelson Search and Rescue and...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Monday Mar 28 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

There is expected to be a 40 per cent increase in the demand for electricity in BC over the next 20 years, according to BC Hydro, and the Crown corporation is in the process of drafting a 20-year plan to meet those needs.

Public input on the Integrated Resource Plan is being garnered through 12 open...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 25 2011

British Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act.

The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine the outcome of the referendum. Further details on the referendum will be finalized by an order-in-council, but the...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 25 2011

The planned BC Hydro rate increases over the next few years won't be as high as expected, according to the province’s Energy Minister.

When the increases were first announced earlier this year, BC Hydro had said rates could soar by 10 per cent in each of the next three years. The company has embarked on a $6-billion plan to upgrade its dams and other facilities and...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Thursday Mar 24 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

There is a plan in the works to place a Telus cell phone tower in the southern part of the Slocan Valley, the communications giant confirmed this week.

Shawn Hall of Telus Communications Ltd. in Vancouver said the West Kootenay is on the “radar screen” and they are working to acquire several sites to...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Mar 22 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The search for locally raised meat is over.

Fattoria Local Foods in Castlegar has begun offering door-to-door delivery of Creston raised, grass fed, local beef, in an affordable and convenient size, ready for the freezer or the barbeque.

Started by Nelsonite Jennifer Barclay...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Friday Mar 18 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The regional district will be wiping the slate clean of 2,222 delinquent building permits that are older than six years, a move which could catch many property owners by surprise.

With personnel resources in the Building Department of the Regional District of Central Kootenay not equal to the task of...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 17 2011

After years of debate and hesitation, the province’s minimum wage is finally going up.

Premier Christy Clark announced late Wednesday British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, and the training wage will be eliminated.

“This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a...

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