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by Contributor on Sunday Jan 01 2012
By: Rob McLister, Canadian Mortgage Trends
Cheap money fuelled another buoyant year for real estate in 2011.
That helped housing values climb a wall of worry (prices...
by Erin Perkins on Saturday Dec 31 2011
A leaked government document about the future of Canada's border crossings -- including possible closure, reduced hours, sharing of facilities and remote monitoring --  lists Midway, Cascade, Nelway and Chopaka crossings.
The document, "Small Port Working Group - Initial Results and Paths Forward", was done collectively between Canada's Customs and Border...
by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Dec 14 2011

 'Tis the season to wrangle over the municipal budget, so if you have an opinion about how the city should spend taxpayer money, we (and the city) want to hear about it now!

The timeframe for your opinion to be heard is very short. On Monday evening, the committee-of-the-whole — absent new councillors Cary Fisher and Jody Blomme — passed a recommendation...
by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Dec 09 2011

 A group of more than 50 scientists is publicly lobbying BC Hydro to reconsider its decision to close the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) office in Nelson, and to lay off staff in Castlegar, Nelson and Prince George.

The offices are to be closed by January 2012, and the program consolidated in Burnaby offices.
“In this particular...
by Contributor on Thursday Dec 08 2011

Canada’s key interest rate will end 2011 unchanged.


The Bank of Canada (BoC) left its policy rate at 1.00 percent this week, as anticipated.


In a statement, the Bank said European economic performance will be worse than expected, Canadian and United States growth are “slightly” better than expected, and inflation will “ease.”

It added: “With the target...

by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Nov 16 2011

Council was crammed wall-to-wall for the public hearing before third reading of the new zoning bylaw on Monday night. Two distinct groups brought their concerns, but council passed the bylaw anyway, 5-2, with Coun. Laurie Charlton and Coun. Andy Stradling opposed.

One group raised concerns about the "infill zone"—discussed briefly at the end of this article—but this wasn't what swayed...
by Contributor on Saturday Nov 05 2011

 At its meeting Monday, Interfor's Board of Directors approved a $24-million capital plan to upgrade the Company's Grand Forks and Castlegar sawmills.

The plan involves the installation of a new small log line at Grand Forks to replace the existing two-line facility, along with funds to complete the installation of an automated lumber grading system. The Grand Forks project is...
by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Oct 26 2011
As plans for the Columbia-Washington upgrades solidify, the ISL Engineering design team will now turn their attention to the details of "staging" the construction to minimize the impact on businesses, residents, visitors, and traffic.

ISL project manager Kevin Terness told council on Monday that it was "critical" for the city to actively engage the business...
by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Oct 26 2011
The majority of the $8.8 million ISL Engineering have budgeted for the proposed Columbia-Washington upgrades—excluding "phase three" extras—are associated with hard-nosed realities like water pipes and storm drains, but the hottest debate revolves around the 20 per cent of the budget slated for sidewalks and streetscapes.

We address the ...
by Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Oct 20 2011
Boss Power Corp. surrendered its uranium exploration and mining rights to the Province of B.C. for $30 million this week.
The negotiated settlement comes after Boss Power launched a law suit in 2009 after the province announced a prohibition against uranium exploration and development in 2008. The agreement gives the Crown the mineral rights to the Blizzard uranium...


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