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By Contributor on Thursday Jun 24 2010

The Columbia Basin Trust's (CBT) 2010 Summer Works Program is fully subscribed, and Basin-based businesses are now employing over 100 students in the region this summer. Launched in March of this year, the pilot program offers up to eight dollars an hour in wage subsidies for small business and social enterprise.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jun 23 2010

 Memorial services for 19-year-old Castlegar man Zach Larsen have not yet been scheduled, as the family awaits the conclusion of a forensic examination, to be conducted tomorrow.

By Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Jun 23 2010

During this time of economic recovery, many young Canadians are seeking to improve their chances at developing meaningful careers by opting to invest in higher education. But with federal funding of colleges and universities having been slashed almost continuously since the early 80s, students are expected to make up this shortfall by paying unreasonable tuition fees.

By Murray Dobbin on Monday Jun 21 2010

If things go according to right-wing Quebec millionaire Pierre Peladeau’s plans the Republicanization of Canada will, in the near future, take a in another giant leap. Peladeau, the founder and major owner of the Sun media newspaper chain (the most right-wing in Canada) is planning to launch an all news channel which has been dubbed ‘Fox news north.’ The man in charge of developing the network – and getting it past the CRTC – is Tory Teneycke – formerly Stephen Harper’s junk yard dog in charge of intimidating and manipulating the media.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jun 21 2010

The body of a missing 19-year-old Castlegar man, Zachary Larsen, was recovered from the Columbia River today.

Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew said a passerby walking along the riverbank spotted the body in the river between the Robson and Kinnaird bridges.

She said a forensic examination will be conducted, but until the results are available, it's impossible to say whether foul play was a factor in the young man's death.

"We don't know, and we won't until the forensic exam is complete," she said. ''Hopefully, that will have some answers for us."

By Contributor on Monday Jun 21 2010

“Grounds for Haiti” fundraising efforts have been gearing up for the last two events of their campaign. “We would like to thank everyone who has contributed and we are very excited at how this has gone,” says volunteer, Helen Bobbitt. “This has been a great experience for all involved and to know that local dollars have gone on to help long-term rebuilding efforts in Haiti is what’s really so important for our supporters to know.”

By Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Jun 21 2010

It’s time for BC’s Liberal MLAs to make a choice: Gordon Campbell or your constituents.  There’s no more hiding place behind the words “caucus loyalty” or the explanation they “were just following orders” when they voted for the HST.

The voters are speaking out in astounding numbers,  even more so when you consider the anti-HST movement--or should I say revolution--has been truly grassroots: no big political or lobbyist or corporate funding. They WILL be Premier Gordon Campbell and Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s political nemeses.

By Contributor on Friday Jun 18 2010

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy is making a gradual return to work after she donated a kidney and her husband Ed underwent a successful kidney transplant. The couple participated in a Canada-wide ‘domino’ kidney transplant that involved six people. Ms. Conroy volunteered to donate a kidney to her husband, but was not a compatible donor for him, so instead donated to another matched recipient who also had a willing but incompatible donor.

That donor helped yet another unmatched pair, and Mr. Conroy ultimately received a new kidney.

By Contributor on Thursday Jun 17 2010

Students from Selkirk College’s School of University Arts & Sciences dug into their studies through an archaeological field school at Zuckerberg Island in Castlegar from June 7-11. 

During the week, archaeological sites were set up in and around former kekulis (remains of underground houses built by First Nations people) and yards on the Island. Student groups were put in charge of one by one metre squares of land and were required to dig in 10 centimetre increments, recording what they did and did not find as they went along.

By Murray Dobbin on Thursday Jun 17 2010

 Where are the leaders?  It’s a question I hear from people more and more. People are looking for inspiration, hope, some sense that someone at least has some ideas of where the country should go — not this afternoon or tomorrow or next week but in the next 20 years or 50.

Someone who is at least partly a visionary and not just a strategist and tactician. Canadians, I think, are desperately looking for someone who can demonstrate that they have done some serious and thoughtful thinking about what kind of country we want to build.

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