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One million new jobs expected in B.C. over next decade

The B.C. government is stressing the importance of post-secondary education as one million new job openings are expected by 2033. Provincial officials said the labour market outlook for 2023 shows that 75 per cent of those new jobs will require some form of post-secondary education or training. “With nearly one million job...

Kootenays not included in speculation and vacancy tax expansion

The B.C. government is expanding speculation and vacancy tax to 13 new municipalities, but there are still no Kootenay communities that have made the list. The tax is designed to turn vacant homes into housing for people in British Columbia by taxing people who own the home but don't live...

Boundary Country Arts Council looks ahead to second year

With one year in the books, the Boundary Country Arts Council has asked the city for continued financial support. The group, formerly known as The Downstage Centre Performing Arts Society, was formed in November 2022 and received $5,000 in city support. During Monday's council meeting, BCAC Executive Director Shaun Aquiline asked...

C.J. Rhodes wins Greenwood by-election

Greenwood residents have elected C.J. Rhodes to replace Jim Nathorst on city council.   A by-election was called last month after Nathorst resigned.  Electors went to the polls Saturday. Rhodes received 88 votes. Linda May Moore had 50 votes and Julia Torgerson 39.   Rhodes is a former Osoyoos town councillor who...

Man convicted in Grand Forks hold-up

A man arrested last year following back-to-back attempted robberies has been convicted of two charges. Jayden Cobb has been found guilty of robbery and theft and will return to court on Dec. 12. He is presently on bail. At the time of the offences, police said a man demanded money from...

B.C. working on standardized designs for proposed higher density regulations

The B.C. government is working on a set of standardized designs to accompany proposed legislation that would allow more housing units on smaller plots of land. Provincial officials said the Standardized Housing Design Project will allow homeowners and builders to develop new housing faster. "In order to address our housing crisis,...
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