Prime Minister announces longest campaign in Canada since 1872

The race is on as what may had predicted when he met with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall Sunday. — Photo courtesy Facebook

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday the start of the 42nd federal election campaign, following his meeting with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.

Canadians will go to the polls on October 19, 2015, after the Governor General indeed dissolved Parliament, launching the longest campaign in Canada since 1872.

“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security,” said the Prime Minister in a release on the Conservative Party of Canada website.

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation deal

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation deal

The City of Trail and Beaver Valley (Fruitvale, Montrose and Area ‘A’) are pleased to announce they have successfully negotiated and approved a one-year recreation agreement that will take effect on September 1, 2015.  Beaver Valley will contribute $125,000 for the one-year term which will allow their residents to use Trail Parks & Recreation facilities and participate in its services and programs at the Trail Resident fee.



 July 30, 2015,  1:00 pm

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

Absent on holidays:  Aaron Cosbey.

Staff:  Laurie Karn (taking minutes);  Interim Chief Administrative Officer Mike Maturo; Acting Chief Financial Officer Lois Hunter.

More debt, to pay for Washington Street  Infrastructure Renewal

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates are set to increase next month, according to a press release issued by FortisBC this afternoon.The release reads as follows:

FortisBC has completed its annual rates review with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and has received approval from the BCUC for a 1.6 per cent increase effective August 1, 2015.

The increase is necessary to make upgrades and improvements to the electrical system and to purchase added capacity for the system. Capacity is needed to provide customers with electricity during peak times of the day and year.

History-writing for a time with a hazy future

History-writing for a time with a hazy future

“You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains/ You can roll out your rules, but you know you can’t outrun the History Train.”

-- Paul Simon, Peace Like a River

“Keep away, old man, you don’t fool me,/ You, and your ‘History’, won’t rule me.”

Province Provides Selkirk College Funding for New Trades Training Equipment

Selkirk College Millwright/Machinist Program student Josh Carr works on the new industry-standard drill press that was purchased with the last round of funding from the provincial government. Future students at Nelson’s Silver King Campus will further benefit from $87,000 in new equipment that has been made possible by the provincial government under its B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint initiative.

Selkirk College is receiving $87,000 from the provincial government to purchase new industry-standard technology for its trades programs.

As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions so students planning to enter in-demand occupations learn their trade using the best quality technology.

Trail recreation rates to rise

Trail mayor Mike Martin

Rates are on the rise for recreational services in Trail.

Monday afternoon, council received three readings of the Trail Recreation Fee Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2795. The bylaw will be advanced to adoption in August and proposes an increase in fees by 1.7 per cent at various facilities including the Memorial Centre and gymnasium.

CBT and Fortis plugging local communities into energy savings

CBT and Fortis plugging local communities into energy savings

Several West Kootenay communities will soon be reducing their carbon footprint thanks to $168,000 support from Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC.

Over the next year, participating local governments will work alongside the Community Energy Association (CEA) which will provide expert support to help communities, in FortisBC’s electric service operating area (in Columbia Basin Trust’s region), find ways to use less energy in their community.

Warm and fuzzy not the norm following last November's municipal elections

Grand Forks is going through power struggle much like several other municipalities in BC.

If the screams for help are any indication it would seem a few town councils aren't settling in so well following last November's elections.

Couple of common themes: the life expectancy of what may be the most risky job in civic life and old-fashioned collegiality.

Since the last tally, a few more towns have said "au revoir" to their Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), including: the Regional District of Central Kootenay, Fraser Lake, Kitimat and Sicamous.

CBT annual report shows $22 mill invested in Basin

CBT annual report shows $22 mill invested in Basin

As it approaches its 20th anniversary, Columbia Basin Trust is pleased to announce 2014/15 was another year of strong support to the area it serves in the Columbia Basin. Over the year the organization delivered nearly $22 million in programs and services to communities and residents, $17 million in new loans to Basin businesses and earned revenues of over $29 million.

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