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Texada Quarrying employees back to work

Texada Quarrying employees are headed back to work after being on a picket line for the past 20 weeks. United Steelworkers Local 816 members voted Wednesday, March 8, to ratify the offer that union negotiators hammered out the week prior in a marathon 26-hour bargaining session.

The union secured an agreement with no concessions, maintained seniority rights and secured wage and benefit increases similar to other collective agreements in the sector. The ratification vote was a narrow victory with 34 voting in favour and 33 voting against.

(source The Peak)

FERRY SPECIAL STILL GOING

Still not to late to take advantage of the BC ferry spacial… happening until the end of the month. 50% off regular passenger fares, plus kids 11 and under sail free. To find out which sailings have this offer check out the BC ferries website at BC ferries dot com. This 50% offer lasts until March 30th.

Powell River Public Library construction nears completion

An exact opening date for Powell River Public Library’s new location remains elusive, despite progress made inside the building.

Work on the structure at Crossroads Village Shopping Centre on Alberni Street has been ongoing since the middle of last November.

According to general contractor Futurevest Investment Corporation’s co-owner Fred Formosa, interior electrical, mechanical and plumbing installation is roughed in and drywall is being completed.

“Everything is going really well right now,” he said.

Formosa said he is unable to provide a schedule for completion until a Courtenay-based structural-steel subcontractor completes work on the front entrance of the building.

Completion of the building could happen sometime between the end of April and the end of May, he added.

(source The Peak)

 

Ferry advisory committee asks for schedule changes

 

A decision on increasing the number of roundtrips across Jervis Inlet is expected in the coming weeks after the Northern Sunshine Coast Ferry Advisory Committee submitted proposed schedule changes.

Ferry advisory committee chair Kim Barton-Bridges submitted the committee’s formal request for changes earlier this month.

The committee heard from commercial users, tourism operators and the community on issues they all have with the rotating schedule.

Commercial operators identified that moving the 5:35 am sailing out of Saltery Bay to the mid-afternoon during the summer schedule, to help with the increase in tourists, creates challenges for local businesses.

“It concerns all of us because we know how much of a problem that is,” said Barton-Bridges. “Any further costs attached to the transport of goods are borne by this community.”

Tourism operators said a four-hour mid-afternoon gap in service poses a challenge because it means overloads for sailings before the gap and possible long waits for travellers at Earls Cove, said Barton-Bridges.

Losing the early-morning or late-evening sailing also affects the ability of medical travellers going to Vancouver for afternoon appointments to return that evening, she added.

According to the committee’s proposal, it asks BC Ferries to consider maintaining the early morning sailing to help the commercial carriers and also adding the afternoon sailing to ensure tourists are not stuck waiting at Earls Cove.

Barton-Bridges said the committee examined traffic numbers from last summer to justify the request.

Ferry advisory committees do not have access to the ferry corporation’s financial data on where the break-even point is for trips.

BC Ferries is mandated by the province to provide a minimum of seven round trips per day. Changing the schedule to provide the mid-afternoon sailing would bump the number of round trips to eight.

BC Ferries spokesperson Darin Guenette confirmed the corporation had received the request and was analyzing it, looking at vessel operations, crewing implications, terminal operations and increased costs.

“BC Ferries can, at any time, operate more than the minimum service levels outlined in our contract with the province,” said Guenette. “We would have to finance all costs associated with this.”

(source The Peak)

Special Screening of “The End of the Road”

Powell River film lovers!
You are invited to a special hometown Gala Night screening of “The End of the Road” film at The Patricia Theatre during the Powell River Film Festival!
The screening includes a special performance by Rick Scott of Pied Pumkin. If you are in the area, you should definitely come for the very first showing of the film!

(source: Powtown Post)

 

 

1996-97 Powell River Regals Inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame!

Some hometown peeps, many of whom you probably know very well, are going to be in the BC Hockey Hall of Fame (BCHHF) as of July 2017.

The Allan Cup was hosted at the Powell River Recreation Complex Arena April 8-12, 1997.

Powell River beat out the Warroad Lakers that year in a final score of 7-3.

The team was comprised of 17 Powell River born and raised players (24 team members were BC-born). Powell River has had many championship teams over the years but the 96-97 Allan Cup team ranks as one of the best.

(source: Powtown Post)


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