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Energy-efficient lighting saves money and electricity: Rebates available for a limited time on energy efficient lighting

Spend less for the same result; that’s why switching to energy efficient ENERGY STAR® LEDs and CFLs light bulbs makes sense. And, when FortisBC electric customers purchase qualifying ENERGY STAR lighting before April 30, there are rebates available to help them start saving sooner. “Switching to CFLs and LEDs is an easy and...

Energy Diet update: Time's a wasting...Book your audit now!

Have you booked your post energy audit yet? Verda-Tech, the energy auditing firm, will be in Rossland for the next two weeks (March 5 to 19)to perform post retro-fit energy assessments. We encourage you to book your post retro-fit audit, the final step in taking advantage of the many rebates offered by LiveSmart BC and...

Cost of eating still high for B.C. families

The 2011 Cost of Eating in B.C. Report, released by the Dietitians of Canada – BC Region last week, showed no improvement for the average family. The Cost of Eating in B.C. has been published for over a decade to detail how much it costs for individuals and families in B.C. to access an adequate amount of food, to relate this...

Kootenay-Rockies Tourism presents regional "Connected Travel" program, complete with a flashy new app

Chris Dadson, president of Kootenay-Rockies Tourism (KRT), presented council with interesting tourism statistics on Monday evening, and showed off a brand new "Connected Travel" initiative for smartphones that they hope will help fulfill KRT's mandate to enhance the region's visitor economy. While the Canadian Tourism Commission...

Council "smells the coffee" and "jumps out of the pool," removing the four-season aquatic centre from the 2012 five year financial plan

As council continued to trudge through the draft 2012 five year financial plan (FP) on Monday evening, four of seven on council decided they did not want the $5 million four-season pool project in the FP, even though a contentious grant application for this project was submitted in December. The debate boiled down to two...

Debate to expand the Aquatic Centre subsidy program stalled until summer

Council voted to delay debate on a policy amendment to expand the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre (TALC) subsidy program until after a plebiscite is held this summer. The decision split council 4-3, with Moore, Coun. Jody Blomme, and Coun. Jill Spearn against. Coun. Cary Fisher was also against the delay at the beginning of...

Rossland Radio Co-op gets half their rent waived, but remain on the hook for roof repairs

Council voted 4-3 in favour of a one year deal with the Rossland Radio Co-op (RRC) to waive 50 per cent of the rent for their space in the city's Rotary Health building, 1870 Columbia, and to amortize the full bill the RRC was presented for roof repairs over 12 monthly payments.   Two weeks ago RRC’s Marty Cancilla asked...

Teachers should learn from paramedics

BC teachers must realize they will get NOWHERE with the Liberal government and school employers without job action and a major fight. They should learn from the mistreatment and suffering of BC’s paramedics at the hands of their employers and an intransigent  government under an expired contract since 2001. The paramedics’ ...

Bahraini ‘reformers’ in Washington, courtesy of American spinmeisters

By Justin Elliot in ProPublica. Earlier this month, a group of three young Bahrainis arrived in Washington to talk about reform in the small Persian Gulf nation, which has been rocked by Arab Spring protests for the last year. The delegation, including an NGO worker and a tech entrepreneur, both Western-educated, represented...

Learn how Selkirk College can put your child on the fast track to their career

If you are a parent in the process of helping your child plan his or her post-secondary education, there has been a recent report giving high praise to Canadian community colleges for their ability to effectively deliver programs and get people on the fast track to rewarding careers. The Hechinger Report, an American non-profit...

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