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Waneta expansion work getting underway is dam good news for area

Waneta expansion work getting underway is dam good news for area

What better way to launch a grand new year than with the soothing sounds of large-scale rock demolition? Construction of the long-awaited second powerplant at the Waneta Dam may begin in just over a month, with blasting booked as early as mid-February, Columbia Power representatives told Rossland council Monday.    

New apprenticeship jobs guaranteed in Waneta Dam expansion

Photo courtesy Columbia Power Corporation.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The Waneta Dam expansion could create a legacy of skilled trades people for the West Kootenay region, says a Columbia Power spokesperson.

Audrey Repin said with a guaranteed policy in place to hire apprentices on the jobsite, many of the over 400 new job hires could become journeymen trades people when the project is completed in five years.

2010 Games boosted economy: PWC report

2010 Games boosted economy: PWC report

Two studies conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) point to wide-ranging economic and social benefits from hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The reports, which cover the period of 2003-2009 and the first three months of 2010, show some positive impacts for both B.C. and Canada in the areas studied.

The greatest cumulative impacts occurred in employment, where more than 45,500 jobs were created. Incremental tourism spending is estimated at $463 million.

Boundary meat producers can taste abattoir

MLA John Slater reviews the mobile abattoir design with Doug Zorn of the agricultural society; Photo, submitted
With nearly 60 percent of the needed funding in place, the dream of a local mobile abattoir is so close to reality you can taste it. The momentum of finding funding is speeding up the process for the project, started over two years ago by the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society (GFBRAS).
 
“We should be able to have the mobile unit up and running by the fall of 2011,” says Doug Zorn, president of GFBRAS and one of the abattoir committee members.

Mortgage financing reform needed to avoid another crisis: report

Mortgage financing reform needed to avoid another crisis: report

In a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), two prominent economists propose changes to U.S. and Canadian mortgage finance polices to prevent a future financial crisis.

 

The report is authored by Doug Peters, former Secretary of State (Finance) and former TD Bank Chief Economist, and economic consultant Arthur Donner.

New community currency — what will it look like?

New community currency — what will it look like?

In what amounts to, literally, a license to print money, a group of local economy advocates are about to launch a regional currency that will be in circulation throughout the Columbia Basin early next year.

It’s true: as early as next February, Columbia Community Dollars will be tradable online and in circulation as paper money in an initial six communities: Kimberley, Fernie, Cranbrook, Rossland, Valemount and Nelson. Other communities in the Columbia Basin are most welcome to participate.

But what will this new money look like — and how will it work?

Tri-city mayors/Chambers of Commerce seek economic development synergy

Tri-city mayors/Chambers of Commerce seek economic development synergy

Riding the high of a successful tri-city bid to host the 2011 B.C. Senior Olympic Games, the tri-city mayors and Chambers of Commerce met last week to discuss further economic development in the region.

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, along with Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs and Nelson Mayor John Dooley, met with Chamber of Commerce representatives on Nov. 29. in Castlegar.

Sustainability Commission Update: A chat with manager Lea Thuot

Sustainability Commission Update: A chat with manager Lea Thuot

Following up on the Telegraph’srecent report on a proposed business centre in the Bank of Montreal building  the opportunity to sit down and chat with Sustainability Commission liaison Lea Thuot presented itself this past week. Interested in both the latest addition to the SC team and in coming up to speed on recent Visions To Action actions, we approached an extremely busy Ms.

10 Years of Freeskiing Stamina: Red gearing up for 10th anniversary of the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships as the mountain prepares for opening day

Dropping in on Robbie - Dave Heath Photo

With opening day at Red  now officially announced for this Saturday, December 11th, Red is stoked to announce the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships this year.

Bringing Rossland's business culture to the forefront: Business centre concept brewing for BMO

Old BMO building in the snow - Andrew Zwicker photo

When you think about the culture of Rossland you probably pull up the first two unmistakable pieces of the puzzle: a strong outdoor sporting culture and an impressive and continually growing arts scene. A more recent development, spearheaded by the Economic Development Task Force as part of the Strategic Sustainability Commission, has been sparked by the sale and refurbishment of the old Bank of Montreal Building by Fletcher Quince.

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