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Government workers in B.C. paid 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers

The study finds that government employees in B.C.—including federal, provincial and municipal workers—received 7.4 per cent higher wages, on average.

Government workers in B.C. receive 7.4 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector, and enjoy much more generous non-wage benefits, too, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

COLUMN: A Ray of Hope from Nature

COLUMN: A Ray of Hope from Nature

If you fly over a forest and look down, you’ll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun’s beneficence! Research shows we might benefit by thinking more like a forest.

Gitxsan chiefs add fourth lawsuit opposing Pacific Northwest LNG

Juvenile salmon at Flora Bank, by Lelu Island.  Photo by Tavish Campbell.

Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver.  They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus house group, and Yvonne Lattie with the Gwininitxw house group —filed the judicial review on Tuesday morning. 

Government lends helping hand to families with property taxes by increasing home owner grant

The Province is projected to spend $821 million on home owner grants in 2017-18, compared to an estimated $809 million in 2016-17.

The Province is increasing the home owner grant threshold to $1.6 million, helping keep property taxes affordable for families and ensuring most home owners will continue to receive the full grant this year, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Monday.

“This is a 33% increase over last year,” said de Jong.

Regional airport analysis supported

Council agreed to contribute $10,000 from the airport reserve fund to the City of Castlegar towards Jeppesen Aviation’s Registered Navigation Procedure Analysis for the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

During Monday's Nelson City Council meeting, it was discussed that the city will be helping to propel a feasibility report on the region’s main airport with a financial contribution for its analysis.

Council agreed to contribute $10,000 from the airport reserve fund to the City of Castlegar towards Jeppesen Aviation’s Registered Navigation Procedure Analysis for the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community
   

As has been pointed out by too many people, 2016 was a devastating year for progressives (a homely term for all those who are want equality, democracy and ecological sanity). There is no need to repeat the list of atrocities, failures and disappointments, as we all have them indelibly marked on our psyches.

Restrictions and Delays at Northport Bridge

The bridge at Northport

The 1500-foot-long bridge at Northport  on State Route 25, five miles south of the US-Canada border,  is open to single-lane, alternating  traffic only,  with no over-legal-weight or wide-load vehicles permitted; restrictions are in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are expected to remain in place for up to six months.

No more Alberta advantage —corporate rates now lower in Ontario, Quebec, B.C.

The study finds that in 2014, before the current government’s tax increases, Alberta had the lowest corporate tax rate in Canada at 10 per cent.

Corporate and personal income tax hikes in Alberta last year have wiped away crucial tax advantages that helped fuel the province’s economic prosperity for years, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Editorial: Ignorance as a Survival Tactic

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There, a nice picture of a cat. Now for some of the stuff we'd rather ignore, even if that's not a very smart move.

Column: Unfinished Business

Christy Clark

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There are bits of unfinished business the B.C. government could attend to in the meantime, though.

Just as there are debt clocks to track the growth in public debt, perhaps there should be a “not forthcoming clock” to track the amount of time it takes for the government to come clean on the 2012 health ministry firings.

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