Politics

City announces Trail airport terminal building call for tenders

City announces Trail airport terminal building call for tenders

The City of Trail announced last week that it has launched a call for tenders inviting eligible contractors to bid on the civil works and construction of the Trail Regional Airport Terminal Building. The tender, released March 8, closes March 28, at 3 p.m. PST and will require the successful contractor to start construction in early spring 2017 with substantial completion by December 2017.

Merchants of Doubt documentary to screen in Castlegar

Merchants of Doubt documentary to screen in Castlegar

The Castlegar community has the opportunity this week to view the eye-opening and entertaining documentary film Merchants of Doubt. The film will be shown on March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar United Church (809 Merry Creek Rd.). Admission is by donation.

Merchants of Doubt exposes the campaign to confuse the public and discredit climate science.

Castlegar, Slocan and Nelson awarded multi-million-dollar grants for infrastructure projects

The stretch of Columbia earmarked for revitalization, as shown by Google Maps.

Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue Complete Streets program got a major boost over the weekend, when two higher levels of government announced more than $3 million in grant funding toward the project.

The federal and provincial governments have committed $1, 607,421 each to the project, with the City of Castlegar paying the remaining $1,607,422.

Teck Trail Operations Completes Construction of Groundwater Treatment Plant

Teck Trail Operations Completes Construction of Groundwater Treatment Plant

Teck Trail Operations has completed construction of the Groundwater Treatment Plant, a $46-million investment to address groundwater affected by the site’s historical activities. Commissioning of the plant is currently under way, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by summer 2017.

“The Groundwater Treatment Plant demonstrates our commitment to addressing effects of our historical operations and aligns with our ongoing focus to ensure the environment is protected,” said Thompson Hickey, General Manager, Teck Trail Operations.

COLUMN: Shine Your Light

COLUMN:  Shine Your Light

Scissors and Paste

The academic supervisor for my post-grad thesis in history would not have approved of what I do in this edition of the Arc. He dismissed the method (with a curl of his lip) thus: “writing with scissors and paste, Charles.”

I have looked over several pieces of writing recently, some of it my own, and I am making a scrapbook of topics that hang together. The theme emerges from the topics.

The Peel: Intact wilderness is a hedge against our ignorance

A part of the Peel River watershed:  Photo by Peter Mather

In 2011, I travelled with my family down Yukon’s Hart River. It’s one of seven pure rivers in the Peel River watershed, a 68,000-square-kilometre wilderness that’s been at the centre of a legal dispute for many years and a land-use planning debate for more than a decade. For two weeks, we fished from the river’s vibrant green waters and gazed at the limestone and dolostone peaks of the Ogilvie Mountains.

COLUMN: Donations shenanigans

COLUMN: Donations shenanigans

This past weekend the Globe and Mail reported that lobbyists in the province have been making political donations on behalf of their clients, effectively camouflaging the identity of the real donors and breaking B.C.'s Elections Act in the process.

On Sunday, Elections B.C. announced it was conducting an investigation into the Globe's findings. Five days later, the entire matter was referred to the RCMP.

Council priorities; taxes and accommodators; FIS races need volunteers; MRI wait times

Council priorities; taxes and accommodators; FIS races need volunteers; MRI wait times

 REGULAR MEETING OF ROSSLAND CITY COUNCIL, MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, Andy Morel, Marten Kruysse, Andrew Zwicker and John Greene.  Absent:  Aaron Cosbey.

Staff:  CAO Bryan Teasdale, CFO Elma Hamming and Executive Assistant Alison Worsfold.

There were no members of the public in the gallery, and no scheduled delegations.

Council began withUnfinished business:  Subcommittee on Council’s  Strategic Goals.

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

Tax reprieve for Credit Unions -- for now

credit union logo

Credit unions are a part of many of our communities, but how are they different from banks?  ARE they different from the big banks?  Well, yes.  They do the same things for us -- pretty much -- as banks, but there's one crucial difference.  Banks have shareholders, and they are not necessarily the bank's customers.  Those shareholders demand that profits be earned from the bank's customers.  The bank exists to serve its shareholders.

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