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B.C. government plans a 3.5 per cent income tax on LNG

The British Columbia government has climbed down from its proposed goal of a seven per cent income tax on the province's liquefied natural gas industry, and instead cut the rate in half to 3.5 per cent for the next two decades. Finance Minister Mike De Jong said Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Inc...

Job grant to relieve skills shortage

Alberta employers facing skills shortage challenges may soon get some relief thanks to a new Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program. Post-secondary institution SAIT Polytechnic is ready to provide training in a number of high-demand sectors, a statement reads. The CAJG program recently announced s...

Decision makers, dissenters set sights on Site C project price tag

With provincial and federal environmental certificates now in hand, BC Hydro faces a much tougher hurdle for its massive Site C hydroelectric project - the bottom line. The Crown agency estimates it will cost $7.9 billion to build the dam on the Peace River, making it the largest provincial public e...

BLOG: BC Construction Roundtable on development in B.C.'s north

The B.C. Construction Roundtable, held October 16 in Vancouver, examined opportunities and challenges for construction in British Columbia's northern region. The first speaker was Janine North, the CEO of the Northern Development Initiative, who looked at the projects currently underway and proposed...

Cabinet decision on Site C project should come by end of year: minister

British Columbia's growing economy will need plenty of power for both business and population growth, but provincial Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the Site C dam on the Peace River still is not a certainty. Bennett said he will offer Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet next month a recommendat...

A Dozen Mid-October Economic Nuggets

This month’s Nuggets report will feature interesting news items (and commentary) in about equal proportion to some of the latest economic statistics. Too many tasty morsels have been served up fresh by media outlets to leave them untouched on my plate. Broadly-speaking, I’ll try to mix them up, sw...

Ledcor goes green with its new vehicles

The Ledcor Group of Companies is taking ownership of more than 200 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, creating one of the largest fleets of CNG vehicles in the country. The 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect cargo vans have been converted by G.W. Anglin Manufacturing to incorporate CNG fuel syst...

Highway 1 project nearing finish line

The second and final phase of a project to improve one of the most-challenging sections of the Trans-Canada Highway between Pritchard and Hoffman's Bluff will proceed to tender next week. This 3.1-kilometre section of Highway 1 will widen from two to four lanes, improving the safety and reliability ...

Sinclair will not run for re-election as BCFL leader

Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour (BCFL), announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election. Sinclair made the announcement on the federation's Facebook page in a letter. "This was not an easy decision nor was it taken lightly – but it is the right decision at the right...

Another explosion at a Burns Lake mill

WorkSafeBC is reporting the Pinnacle wood pellet plant in Burns Lake, B.C. has been hit by an explosion, injuring several people. It is not the same Burns Lake facility that exploded in 2012.   WorkSafeBC records show the Pinnacle plant, was slapped with a $48,000 fine this May for wood dust build...

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