Castlegar, BC – Before a public meeting in Kaslo on Wednesday that drew 1100 citizens from the town and other Kootenay communities, MP Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) told one of the largest crowds ever assembled against a proposed Independent Power Project (IPP) “This Glacier-Howser IPP must be stopped in its tracks!”
Addressing a rally outside the local school where the Environmental Assessment Office and proponent AXOR’s presentations took place, the NDP MP pointed out that the proposed project is the largest “run-of-the-river” project in the Kootenays.
On July 12, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m. a male in his mid 20's attended the Trail & Greater District Detachment to report that he had been assaulted in his residence in Trail earlier that morning and his girlfriend abducted by the assailant. Apparently it was over money that he allegedly owed. He had also been assaulted in his home the previous day over the same issue.
The City of Castlegar is on the horns of $3.6 million dilemma, as Zellstoff Celgar has refused to pay municipal taxes for 2009, as well as taxes for other levels of government that are invoiced on the city bill, all of which were due at the close of business July 2. (City taxes are $2.785 mil and other jurisdictions are $863,000).
City representatives explained in a press release that, “the City of Castlegar has been served by a petition for a judicial review of 'unreasonable tax rate' or 'illegal' tax bylaw to the B.C. Supreme Court by Zellstoff Celgar.”
The ongoing hot button issue of regional recreation facilities and who pays what for them continues this week with the ball back in Rossland’s court.
A fire occured at the No.2 Slag Fuming Furnace at Teck Resources Limited's Trail Operations at 12:50 am, Thursday, July 2, 2009, lasting approximately two hours. The cause, and the extent and estimate of the cost of damages, and the time required for repair will not be available until a full investigation is completed. There were no injuries and there was no impact to other areas of the facility.
The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is pleased to announce three community pilot projects that will receive financial support as part of the State of the Basin Initiative, a model for monitoring and reporting on social, environmental, economic and cultural indicators and trends in the Columbia Basin region.
Earlier this year, CBT invited municipalities, regional districts, First Nations, not-for-profit organizations and other groups to submit project proposals related to planning efforts that incorporate information.
Teck made a major move this week in its continuing efforts to restructure the company’s debt load. Late last year Teck’s debt had soared to just under $10 billion US following a seemingly ill timed $14 billion takeover of Fording coal mere days before the collapse of commodity prices.
With a current agreement in place as a non-binding memorandum of understanding, Teck will sell a one third interest in the Waneta Dam. The deal is worth 825 million dollars to Teck. A pre-tax gain of approximately C$625 million is expected to be recorded on the transaction.