Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff threw down the gauntlet for the city's small business community at the Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting at the Fireside Inn last night.
"There's a change coming that will effect absolutely everyone, not just in Castlegar, but throughout the entire province," he said. "Small business in B.C. employs one million people, accounts for over a third of the province's gross domestic product, represents 56 per cent of private sector jobs ...that's huge."
Photo by Phil Markin: City council members unveil the new name, sign and logo what was once the Castlegar Airport.
Monday night's regular council meeting saw the final report for the Castlegar Airport – from now on, reports will speak to the progress and traffic levels of the West Kootenay Regional Airport, instead.
This meeting's report said traffic was down more than nine per cent at the airport – a statistic the new name, which was unveiled Monday, may help improve.
I’m sure to receive at least a couple of accusations of being racist after writing this column, to which I would respond that I am not; However I am frustrated by what I believe are undeserved special rights the government is willing to grant Canadian native groups.
Celgar manager Al Hitzroth confirmed today that the mill he manages here in Castlegar has gotten the green light for $57.8 million in federal grant money through a program intended to help level the playing field after the U.S. announced $8 billion in black liquor subsidies for American pulp mills.
Unlike the U.S. program, which allows mills to use the money as general revenue, the Canadian program requires the funds to be spent on capital projects furthering environmental stewardship goals.
Photo: Castlegar Chamber of Commerce executive director Pam McLeod.
More than a dozen local business interests were on hand Oct. 6 at the CBT Forum (across from city hall) to hear from Jon Garson, vice president of public policy development for the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, regarding the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Representatives were on hand from the Castlegar, Nakusp and Rossland chambers, and the Columbia Basin Business Exchange, as well as several Castlegar business owners.
The first half of this he-said/she-said debate can be found in Rob Leggett's Right to the Point column, in the Op/Ed page of the Castlegar Source.
Rob and I have had some difficulty, lately, in finding an issue on which we passionately disagree. He solved that problem, however, with his most recent column on Winston Blackmore (leader of polygamist community Bountiful).
Due respect, Rob ...what a load of bunk.
In a rare moment of accord, Celgar officials say they are as pleased as City of Castlegar representatives at the outcome of this year's Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention.
Celgar manager Al Hitzroth said the UBCM resolution urging the provincial government to re-examine major industry taxation in B.C. is good news.
“I'm still disappointed in the provincial government's wait-and-see attitude,” he said. “They're just kind of sitting back ... I think they're hoping it (the taxation issue) will just go away.
This year, Selkirk College will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its signature event-the Gala! This event is held each year to raise money to support students through awards, projects and field trips.
During the Selkirk College Gala, a live and silent auction will be held. As part of the live auction, the auction committee will be holding their Aeroplan Charitable Pooling Program once again. The program allows individuals to contribute their Aeroplan Miles to the success of Selkirk students.
In a decision brought by the B.C. appeals court Thursday, the provincial government is being held liable for negligence in a case involving a four-month-old Castlegar infant.
The infant, now six years old, was violently shaken by his father on Sept 16, 2002, suffering permanent injury, and the child's maternal grandmother is now seeking more than $6 million for the child's future care.
Selkirk College, FortisBC and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program have joined forces to protect the natural habitat along the Kootenay River. In particular, the riparian (riverside) area near the oxbow at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers.