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BCLC saves money by spending more

BCLC saves money by spending more

It appears the way the B.C. Lottery Corporation saves money is by spending more.

The BCLC tried saving money by offering buyouts, but the planned failed miserably when more employees took the gold-plated offer, that cost the crown corporation $25 million.

BC Minister of Finance Michael de Jong said Wednesday the lottery corporation restructuring exercise in March designed to cut operating costs by $20 million ended up costing $25 million.

Crumbling Pipes and a Cash Crunch!

Crumbling Pipes and a Cash Crunch!

Rossland City Council -- Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, December 15, 2014

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Aaron Cosbey, Andrew Zwicker, Andy Morel, John Greene, and Lloyd McLellan.   Regrets:  Marten Kruysse, not yet returned from travels.

Mayor speaks to issue of damaged snowplow

Mayor speaks to issue of damaged snowplow

In a politically-driven Facebook forum called The Castlegar Podium, striking union member Darrel Bojechko was expressing upset over the amount city managment are being paid to handle essential services such as snowplowing in the union's absence, and added, "And I might add they have done thousands of dollars damage to the equiptment (sic) also."

City/union to resume mediated talks

City/union to resume mediated talks

The City of Castlegar has initiated mediated talks with CUPE Local 2262 (striking city workers) to begin this coming Monday, according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

Chernoff said David Schuab, the Labour Relations Board mediator who wrote recommendations for settlement on Sept. 22 of this year, will be mediating the discussion.

Approval of Site-C Dam project a major step backwards in Provincial Government relations with BC First Nations

Approval of Site-C Dam project a major step backwards in Provincial Government relations with BC First Nations

First Nations Summit leaders are denouncing today’s decision by the Government of BC to approve BC Hydro’s Site-C Dam project on the Peace River, approximately seven kilometers west of Fort St. John in northeastern BC.

The proposed dam will result in the flooding and destruction of 5,550 hectares of land within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations.

Clark government gives go ahead to Site C project

Clark government gives go ahead to Site C project

Premier Christy Clark announced today the Province has approved the Site C Clean Energy Project, concluding it will provide British Columbia with the most affordable, reliable clean power for over 100 years.

“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy. Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy,” said Premier Clark.

CITY PUBLIC NOTICE V – RE CUPE STRIKE

CITY PUBLIC NOTICE V – RE CUPE STRIKE

The City wishes to advise Castlegar residents that City facilities remain open and City non-union staff will endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors during the current labour strike. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

What’s Going On?

RELEASE: City workers target mayor and council for inaction on talks

RELEASE: City workers target mayor and council for inaction on talks

City workers, members of CUPE Local 2262, are holding a noon hour rally today outside city hall.  The event is a show of support from other unions and the community for the workers who have been on the picket line for more than a month.

CUPE Local 2262 president Leford Lafayette says it’s difficult to convey what the support of fellow unions like the Steelworkers and community members means to those 34 civic workers on strike.

Cabinet appoints three to Forest Practices Board, including Nelson's Marlene Machmer

Nelson's Marlene Machmer appointed to Forest Practices Board.

Nelson's Marlene Machmer, R.P.Bio, is one of three members appointed to the Forest Practices Board by the BC Cabinet.

Angeline Nyce, RPF, and current board member Bill Dumont, RPF, reappointed to a two-year term, joins Machmer on the board.

Nyce and Machmer are appointed to two-year terms.

"I am very pleased to see Bill Dumont reappointed, and I welcome Marlene Machmer and Angeline Nyce to the board," said board chair, Tim Ryan.

MP says local seniors going with out due to government error on pension cheques

MP says local seniors going with out due to government error on pension cheques

Some local seniors are part of a group of pensioners across the country who have not been getting their pension cheques from the federal government recently due to what’s being called by Service Canada a ‘glitch’ in the system, according to BC Southern Interior MP, Alex Atamanenko. 

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