Business

Way back in January of 2009, I wrote an article about a new device that was taking the world by storm. The iPhone. You may have heard of it. When I bought one, it was version 3 and had been out for about 18 months at that point.

It was then and is now an amazing piece of technology. The new iPhone 13 is a powerful computer and multimedia device that also lets you make phone calls. Pretty neat. I upgraded to an iPhone 13 a few months ago. The camera is amazing. It’s faster. The screen is better. But is it so much better that I needed to upgrade?

Community Volunteer Income Tax Programme

The annual free income tax preparation for limited income ($35k for single, family $45k plus $2500 per child) and simple returns is back this March until the end of April, with the option to drop off or make an appointment.

Drop Off is at the Fernie Heritage Library. Get an envelope from the library, containing a two-sided authorization and client ID form. Fill these out as required and include receipts.You will be contacted for more information or that your return is ready for pickup.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is announcing the line-up of speakers for the Housing Information Session being hosted as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in-person event on Thursday April 21st. Celebrating 120 years since incorporation, the Fernie Chamber is excited to return to an in-person format at the Cast Iron Grill (Fernie Golf Club) after two years of virtual AGMs.

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) has released the Elk Valley Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) survey report. BRE surveys and reports are an effective economic development tool that encourages local businesses to stay and grow in the community through identifying and responding to their needs.

As I write this month’s column, I am in Richmond for the 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Conference. It has been amazing to be back in-person with colleagues from the Kootenays and across the province. The theme of the conference was ‘Kickstarting the Comeback,’ and there was a lot of thoughtfulness and optimism as the BC visitor economy looks to the future beyond recovery from the pandemic. 

Local businesses impact all our lives everyday – whether we work for them or buy goods and services from them. Our local businesses are powered by people, and those people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Keeping up with February’s momentum, FBC is releasing four more brews this month – two new releases, along with two returning favourites, making for a March full of delicious craft beer.

Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) announced today that its third water treatment facility, the Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility (FRO-S AWTF), which has capacity to treat up to 20 million litres of water per day, is now operating and successfully removing selenium and nitrate from water at Teck’s operations in the upper Fording River. Commissioning of the facility was completed in December 2021 and it is now ramping up to achieve 100% of design capacity.

We’re all pretty done with this pandemic, huh? Indubitably. It’s been a lot and has dragged on for way too long. One of the many things that have had to take a back seat in the interest of public safety these past two years is the traditional idea of networking and connection.