Tag Archives: B.C. Government

3 facts you need to know

… about farming and food in the Kootenays By Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett 1. While we produce only 2.5% of the farm cash receipts, our government does much to support and protect agriculture in the Kootenays such as the … > Read More

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Dear Victoria, please deal with your deer

e-KNOW Editorial By Ian Cobb Are you ready for another few chapters in the urban deer control story unfolding across B.C. in 2014? More and more municipal councils across the province are contending with questions about how to deal with … > Read More

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Innovative arts programs help grow young artists

British Columbia’s budding artists now will have more opportunities to attend professional arts performances, be mentored by artists and gain work experience thanks to new government-funded BC Arts Council programs, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes said last … > Read More

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Rescue and safety agencies getting gaming grant funds

Three organizations vital to the safety of people who enjoy outdoor recreation in the East Kootenay are receiving a total of $132,680 in community gaming grants. The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) is receiving $70,000, the Sparwood Search and … > Read More

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3 Facts you need to know

… About Rural Voting Power By Bill Bennett Kootenay East MLA 1. After every second provincial election, the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act requires government to strike a Commission to evaluate B.C.’s 85 constituencies. The main consideration is the ratio of … > Read More

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3 facts you need to know

… about housing matters in B.C. By Bill Bennett, Kootenay East MLA 1) The B.C. government has invested $3.6 billion since 2001 to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families in communities across the province. The B.C. Government … > Read More

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Cranbrook, Fernie get grants-in-lieu of property taxes

Today (Nov. 15) the B.C. Government will distribute approximately $18.2 million in compensation for municipal property taxes to 63 communities throughout the province. This years’ compensation represents an increase of $1.3 million over last year’s payments. Only two East Kootenay communities will receive … > Read More

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Budget Conversation tele-town hall tonight

East Kootenay residents can expect their phones to ring tonight as the B.C. Government seeks advice on how it should spend taxpayers’ money in the 2014 Budget. Finance Minister Michael de Jong is inviting B.C. residents to participate in telephone … > Read More

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Extreme weather shelter spaces available throughout B.C.

The 24 shelter spaces in Cranbrook are the only ones in the East Kootenay The B.C. Government will provide up to $1.5 million this winter to help more than 80 communities make additional shelter spaces available for those who are … > Read More

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Water Act reform gets cautious thumbs up from Wildsight

Group urges people to comment on draft proposal before Nov. 15 deadline Wildsight is applauding the B.C. government’s commitment to reforming the antiquated Water Act, but cautions that the protection of water must guarantee environmental flows for fish, wildlife and … > Read More

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