Tsleil-Waututh make their own bet on green energy with solar project

The Tsleil-Waututh First Nation is making a $600,000 investment in a solar-electricity installation to power the community’s recently completed administration office and health centre, nestled in the slopes above the Dollarton Highway on Indian Arm. “We really wanted to think about what kind of building do we want to have and we knew ultimately we’d like to have solar energy (to power the facility),” said Chief Leah George-Wilson of the decision. “It all keeps in line with Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s values around our own stewardship of our territory as well as economic stability and sustainability.” The project, which kicked off this week, is part of the First Nation’s overall strategy to… Read More

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B.C. business leaders call for carbon-tax protection for high-emissions, export dependent industries

B.C. has an advantage over most other jurisdictions in that the overwhelming source of the province’s electricity is carbon-free hydro power. But there’s a catch: B.C. is also the only jurisdiction with a carbon tax that doesn’t also offer exporters in mining, energy and forestry — known as emissions-intensive trade exposed (EITE) producers — some sort of scheme to offset that tax, Greg D’Avignon, president and CEO of the Business Council of B.C., said Tuesday. It means B.C. producers face higher costs than out-of-province and international competitors. “The rest of the world aspires to do what B.C. accomplished in the 1950s to the 1980s with renewable hydro and low-carbon-content electricity… Read More

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New airport distribution center to boost safety, security for air travelers, Salt Lake officials say

Christian Wunderly, logistics specialist, moves a pallet during the grand opening of Salt Lake City International Airport’s Central Receiving and Distribution Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A new milestone in the multibillion-dollar redevelopment of Salt Lake City International Airport is expected to help make it one of the safest and most efficient airports in the United States, officials said Tuesday. From the outside, the average traveler who goes to any airport has little knowledge — or desire to know — of what goes on behind the scenes to allow the airport to operate in a manner… Read More

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Mortgage delinquencies rising in Vancouver residential market

Mortgage delinquencies across Canada have been gradually falling, but in Vancouver and Toronto they are rising from record lows in 2018. That’s according to Better Dwelling, which tracks Canadian real estate market trends and was co-founded by analyst Stephen Punwasi. In Vancouver, mortgage delinquencies, which are measured by the rate of mortgages that are 90 days overdue, reached 0.13 per cent in the first quarter of 2020. That is 8.3 per cent higher than the same quarter in 2019 and has been steadily rising from 0.1 per cent in 2018. Similarly, in Toronto, there was a 10 per cent increase between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter… Read More

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Utah company develops an updated kid-safe smartphone to fight too much screen time

shutterstock.com LEHI — For parents, the decision of when to give their child a mobile phone can be a vexing question with the challenges of social media, potential cyberbullying and pervasiveness of online child predators. But a Lehi-based company is offering a solution that can give kids the technology they need to stay connected while also giving parents much-needed peace of mind. Last week, Gabb Wireless introduced its second-generation kid-safe smartphone with numerous features to help keep them protected while also minimizing screen time. The Z2 Gabb Phone was developed for safe connectivity that urges children to live beyond the screen, explained Lance Black, vice president of marketing for Gabb… Read More

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DOJ halts changes to Colorado meat processing plant, mounts probe

A ewe watches over her newborn lamb at the Skyline Sheep Co. in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, on Friday April 10, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Lamb producers across West remain in lurch SALT LAKE CITY — Prompted by a flurry of requests to Vice President Mike President by a group of Western congressional representatives, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into the recent acquisition of a Colorado lamb processing plant — a transaction that threatens to put a stranglehold on producers in Utah and 14 other states. Mountain States-Rosen’s plant was acquired in late July in a bankruptcy auction by Brazilian owned JBS USA, which… Read More

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Doug Todd: Real-estate spin torques the reality of home sales in a COVID-19 world

You can be forgiven for feeling perplexed about what’s happening to Metro Vancouver’s real-estate market after almost six months of COVID-19 anxiety and varying degrees of lockdown. The spin coming from the real-estate industry is bewildering — with some realtors saying the market is “hot” and “fantastic.” Some agents say B.C. buyers are “jumping in with both feet,” activity is “up dramatically,” numbers are “record setting” and prices are “20 per cent higher year over year.” Alas, the hype from certain segments of the industry confirms why polls show the public generally has a low opinion of realtors. Insights West recently discovered only 47 per cent of Canadians have a… Read More

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Doug Todd: Real-estate spin torques the reality of home sales in a COVID-19 world

You can be forgiven for feeling perplexed about what’s happening to Metro Vancouver’s real-estate market after almost six months of COVID-19 anxiety and varying degrees of lockdown. The spin coming from the real-estate industry is bewildering — with some realtors saying the market is “hot” and “fantastic.” Some agents say B.C. buyers are “jumping in with both feet,” activity is “up dramatically,” numbers are “record setting” and prices are “20 per cent higher year over year.” Alas, the hype from certain segments of the industry confirms why polls show the public generally has a low opinion of realtors. Insights West recently discovered only 47 per cent of Canadians have a… Read More

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Mitt Romney proposes coronavirus relief for rural communities, family farms

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, talks to reporters as he arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. | Susan Walsh, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Rural communities, family farms and small businesses could see some financial relief from the COVID-19 outbreak under bipartisan legislation Sen. Mitt Romney introduced Thursday. The Rural Equal Aid Act would expand assistance Congress previously provided for certain Small Business Administration loans to Rural Development program loans in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Small businesses and community organizations are vital to the health and livelihoods of Utah’s rural communities, and they have faced great hardship over the… Read More

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COVID-19: WorkSafeBC has issued 420 orders for pandemic-related violations

WorkSafeBC says 420 COVID-19-related work violation orders have been issued to businesses since a provincial emergency was declared in mid-March. The agency has received 2,507 reports of potential COVID-related violations, and conducted 14,536 worksite inspections, as of July 31. The majority of complaints (1,532) have been from the service sector including hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, gyms and hair salons, according to WorkSafeBC. A high number of potential violations (363) also came from the trade sector, which includes retail and wholesale operations, supermarkets, and service stations. …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business       

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