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by The Fraser Institute on Sunday Jun 09 2019

This study analyzes the first budget of the new Progressive Conservative government in Ontario, tabled in early April 2019, to assess the extent to which it reflects either a fundamental shift in fiscal policy from the policies of the Ford government’s predecessors, or continuity with the fiscal policies of the McGuinty and Wynne governments.

Although the new budget does represent a...

by Contributor on Thursday Jun 06 2019

According to the CPABC Regional Check-Up, an annual economic report by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC), the Kootenay labour market contracted by 700 jobs or one percent to 71,200 jobs in 2018.

The goods sector was entirely responsible for the jobs lost...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jun 04 2019

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Janice Nightingale, Scott Forsyth, Dirk Lewis, Chris Bowman, and Stewart Spooner.  Absent:  Andy Morel.  Staff members:  CAO Bryan Teasdale, Deputy Corporate Officer Cynthia Año Nuevo, CFO Elma Hamming, City Planner Stacey Lightbourne, Manager of Operations Darrin Albo, and Recreation Manager Kristi Calder...

by Contributor on Sunday Jun 02 2019

By Stuart Parker

As Hunter S. Thompson began to observe the failure of the 1960s and the rise of modern neoliberal capitalist retrenchment, he increasingly referenced Horatio Alger stories of the First Gilded Age to describe his own precarious position in a resurgent decadent American capitalist plutocracy. Las Vegas in...

by Contributor on Sunday Jun 02 2019

B.C.’s general hourly minimum wage will increase to $13.85 from $12.65, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will all also increase, effective June 1, 2019.

Regular increases to minimum wages are one way government is helping to make life more affordable for people, while providing the predictability and certainty that businesses...

by The Narwhal on Thursday May 30 2019

Three-quarters of the nation's territory lies within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance. A potentially precedent-setting court case on this 'death by a thousand cuts' could disrupt B.C.'s multi-billion dollar natural gas industry.

By Christopher Pollon, for The Narwhal

After almost a year...

by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday May 28 2019

Interfor mills outside of Castlegar, Grand Forks and Adams Lake are to see another production curtailment in the month of June, according to a press release issued by Interfor Tuesday.

“Interfor Corporation today announced plans to temporarily reduce production across its operating platform in the BC Interior during the month of June 2019 due to a combination of weak lumber prices and...

by Sara Golling on Sunday May 26 2019

Rossland Reduces Plastics is the name of a group of residents concerned about the huge problem of plastic pollution; it’s a global crisis, approaching the magnitude of the climate crisis.  Members of this group are working to reduce Rossland’s contributions to the crisis...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday May 22 2019

Some politicians believe protecting a sunset industry’s interests is more important than looking out for the citizens who elected them. In Australia, the coal industry holds sway over government policy. In Canada, bitumen and fracked gas rule. In the U.S., it’s all of the above. Fortunately, many people, especially youth, are heeding the rational voices of those who acknowledge the tremendous...

by Sara Golling on Monday May 20 2019

Readers may well wonder about the “danger” mentioned in this headline.  The value of climate change adaptation is obvious to the well-informed: it will help willing residents and their communities better survive the extremes that climate change is bringing.

Better water conservation can prepare communities for longer, more intense droughts.  “FireSmart...

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