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Old December 29th, 2005, 01:09 AM   #41
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Copper refinery eyed for HVC
by Cam Fortems

Highland Valley Copper’s parent company is taking a second look at a refinery proposal that was rejected seven years ago because of its high cost.

Greg Waller, a spokesman with Teck Cominco Ltd., told the Canadian Press Tuesday a hydro metallurgical process developed by the company as an alternative to conventional smelting is under consideration for the mine.

The technology, developed in Richmond, is being used at a commercial operation in Brazil.

Highland Valley Copper ships copper concentrate overseas, where it is further refined for use in everything from copper tubing to copper wire.

“Of course we pay a fee to the refineries overseas to convert our concentrate into metal,” Waller said.

“What this does is takes the concentrate and refines it on-site and produces the metal. So it reduces our transportation costs substantially.”

The proposal was first considered in 1998 when it was announced by then-premier Glen Clark. Clark flew into the mine site on a helicopter to promote the project as part of the NDP government’s Power for Jobs initiative.

The refinery was supposed to bring an estimated 100 to 150 jobs and add three to four years to the mine’s life. Clark held out the possibility that it could refine copper for other B.C. mines.

The province and Highland Valley’s owners committed to entering discussions on providing low-cost electricity for the project if it were deemed viable after a $1-million study.

But the project was ruled out because of high capital costs.

Since then, however, the commodity landscape has changed dramatically. Copper prices have nearly tripled since 1998, reaching all-time highs late this year. And the mine life has been extended by five years, until 2013.

Transportation costs, due to the doubling or tripling in the price of a barrel of oil, are also much higher — a factor that should weigh in favour of the refinery.

On the other side, construction and steel costs are also much higher than seven years ago.

B.C. also faces potential electricity shortfalls in the coming decade and beyond unless it increases production.

Highland Valley Copper is BC Hydro’s largest single customer.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:26 AM   #43
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I just wanted to share this and the above shot with every one, I wanted to get a bunch of shots but still dont have a lot of time
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I would love to hear other development projects from other northern BC towns. Anything forumers from Terrace or Fort St. John?
From what I hear about the BC Peace, there really isn't anything truly earthshaking going up there in places like Fort St. John, but the region seems to be doing well economically, considering the massive natural gas fields, the exploration and oil/gas pipelines up there. As for Dawson Creek, it's just a farming town that hasn't changed much in the last 40 years, although a rail line from Alberta to DC is already being reopened after a decade of being shut down. This is in anticipation of the future port expansion in Prince Rupert.

The majority of the building and infrastructure projects seems to be on the other side of the AB/BC border. Especially in Grande Prairie, the city that you almost never hear about, but yet is growing like crazy. (in fact it's the 2nd fastest growing city in Alberta after Fort McMurray and is also planning a massive annexation of land - up to 320 sq km in addition to the current 62 sq km it currently covers)
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^i've read about the port expansion in rupert being stopped due to the natives wanting more say in the decision and they want their workers to work on it.
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^i've read about the port expansion in rupert being stopped due to the natives wanting more say in the decision and they want their workers to work on it.
I posted an article on that the other day in the thread on Prince Rupert.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 03:25 AM   #47
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MERRITT TO THE RACES



Opening for summer 2006, Active Mountain resort will offer privileged guests everything from the ultimate in racing excitement and outdoor activities, to the most sublime relaxation facilities.

The track has been carved out with engineering and design work well
Active Mountain Resort is the BC’s premier motor racing resort and a completely new level in resort hospitality.

The Off-Road Vehicle Training Facility opened on October 1st, and we are scheduling numerous programs and events for the coming months.
AMR hosted stages for two successful Rally events:
June 18th, 2005 Western Canadian Rally Championship
October 14-15, 2005 National Rally Championships
They gave the drivers and spectators a small taste of where Active Mountain Raceway is headed but 2006 will truly be they year that the entire Active Mountain Resort becomes…ACTIVE.
2006 will see us commence paving the skid pad, parking areas and the track, subsequently adding many more raceway events. Accommodation for racers, driver training participants and spectators will be available on the resort.

With zoning and services complete, construction is already underway on the first resort condominium units with completion of Phase 1 planned for The Summer of 2006
Moonshadows Campground and RV Park will be operational and providing the finest camping facilities in the area
Sales of phase 1 and 2 of the Active Mountain Resort will be underway
The Merritt Mountain Music Festival will continue it’s record breaking success

Merritt is located 271 Kilometres (168 miles) northeast of Vancouver in the heart of the Nicola Valley. With a population of approximately15,000, Merritt is the commercial centre for the area.


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The Merritt thing in pretty cool , I was told they are building a whole pile of Condos there to , something like 1000 or so . they believe that the Population could grow to over 25, 000 people in 5-10 years . It is all ready a nice Bedroom communitee to Kamloops ( only 30 minuites a way . )
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More Kamloops shots
Im not going to get a chance to get great pics , as I probably wont be here in spring, so better now then never.

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Kensington meetings in Union Bay



By Bruce MacInnis
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Feb 22 2006

Editor's note: In error, we published an old story in Friday's Record that said public meetings about a proposed development in Union Bay would be in Courtenay. This article includes the updated location in Union Bay. We apologize for any confusion.
A draft official community plan and environmental studies for the Kensington Island Properties development at Union Bay will be released at public meetings, the regional district says.
The rezoning application and proposed official community plan drafted by Kensington will be unveiled during a public meeting today at 7 p.m. at the Union Bay Community Hall.
Results of environmental and other studies required by the regional board will be released at a meeting at the Union Bay Community Hall on March 1 at 7 p.m.
Studies to be released at the meeting include development strategy, an environment protection study, a sustainability study, a transportation impact study, a visual impact study and a water study. The meeting is organized by the developer.
Rezoning for the project has received tentative approval from the regional board and is scheduled to go to public hearing March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Union Bay Community Hall.
The hearing is convened by the regional district board and is citizens' opportunity to voice opinions on the issue to regional board directors. The hearing was initially scheduled to be held at the Florence Filberg Centre, but the regional district opted to change the venue.
Provincial law prohibits directors from receiving public input about the proposal after the hearing is adjourned.
If plans are approved by a number of federal and provincial agencies, the project is expected to take shape over the coming 15 to 20 years. At completion, it is expected to include a 27-hole golf course, 1,240 housing units, 450 housing units for old people, 95 vacation units, 165 hotel rooms, a 100-slip marina and 15,000 square metres of commercial space.
For information about the project, contact the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona at 334-6000.



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Kamloops indian Band eye's development

Kamloops Indian Band Chief Shane Gottfriedson said the priority for the KIB is to "make some money" in 2006.
Key to that goal is the band's plan to build a $16-million sewer system infrastructure, a project it had originally planned to do with Terasen Utility Services, but which it will now do on its own.
A business plan is being developed and will take about six months to complete. Construction should start just after then.
It's not the only key to development for the band, however. Planning is underway for a $1.2-million health centre, to be built near St. Joseph's Catholic Church on the band's land, and an additional 500 acres of land heading north toward Rayleigh have been designated for industrial, commercial and retail development.
"It's important that we get all the infrastructure in place so we can continue to expand," Gottfriedson said. "And that means creating our own economy - retail, commercial, industry."

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sun Peaks Expantion
Bam! Sun Peaks Resort is kicking it up a notch with more than $4 million in capital improvements for the 2006-2007 winter season.
The Sun Peaks Resort Corporation announced Friday it's moving through phase 2 of its four-phase master plan with capital improvements designed to raise the already world-class resort experience to the next level.
Great snow conditions and an increasingly unbridled reputation are pushing the resort toward record-breaking numbers, said Steve Ogden, Tourism Sun Peaks marketing and media co-ordinator.
Unfortunately, the resort is finding it increasingly difficult to accommodate the droves. In fact, visitors were turned away during the holiday season.
It is hoped the expansion will take some pressure off strained seams.
In addition to more parking stalls, the resort plans to add lifts, routes and runs to Tod Mountain, Mount Morrisey - and a new mountain.
Orient Ridge is scheduled to open by next season, along with other phase 2 expansions, and will stand as an anchor to the future east village.
Already under construction, the east village will be located at the base of Mount Morrisey and Orient Ridge and will consist of commercial and residential development.
Plans for an expanded and enhanced children's ranch are also in the works. An animated theme park with dedicated terrain and fun features, it will be designed for kids ages three to 12.
Careful consideration has been made with regards to the environmental impacts of expansion in the area, said Ogden, who noted the resort was recently awarded the Environmentally Responsible Tourism Reward from Tourism B.C.
"The goal is to protect the environment, preserve it and do [the development] in a way that is sustainable," he said.
Sun Peaks is the only resort in Canada to receive the International Organization for Standardization ISO 1400 designation, recognizing its environmental management system.
Growth at the resort is scheduled to continue through phases 3 and 4 during the next 15 to 20 years, with visitor numbers effectively tripling.
By 2026, Ogden said, when the four phases are complete, the resort expects to be able to accommodate about 18,000 visitors a day.
Increased traffic on the mountain should also increase the opportunity for events and festivals, he said.
Already this past year, an extra day was added to the Ice Wine Festival and a new concert series is planned for the summer.
All things considered, the multi-million dollar development has been designed to maintain the area's invaluable and characteristic intimate charm.
"If you look at the way it is being laid out and planned, it is all done in a way that will maintain the quieter character of the mountain and the intimate feel of the village," said Ogden.
Phase 2 expansion is scheduled for completion in time for for the 2006-2007 season and "there is still the opportunity for the people in Kamloops to enjoy all this, at this year's pricing," he said.
Early season pass prices will be offered again this year until June, but after that, 2006-2007 rates could increase, said Ogden.

Sun Peaks Resort plans to add to its existing facility, with new runs, a new quad chair, more residential and commercial development, an expanded children's area and more parking space. Above is the Sunburst Chair run, at right, the location of some of the new services.


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WILD LIFE PARK EXPANDS

The B.C. Wildlife Park is about to embark on a fundraising program that will help its own patrons learn about the life of a bear - and otters, also - as it moves into phase 2 of its five-year development plan.
Phase one will come to fruition in the spring, with the opening of the park's new Discovery Centre and outdoor and amphitheatre.
The target amount to build a new bear and river otter exhibit, as well as a new educational feature on nature, is $1.5 million, said part general manager Rob Purdy.
Helping to kickstart the campaign on Friday were Kamloops This Week, the Broadcast Centre, the city and the provincial government.
The bear and otter exhibit will place the animals in a creative and natural-looking environment that has invisible fencing, underwater viewing locations and landscaping that will be chosen to enhance the public's appreciation of the wildlife.
The nature exchange will be an educational area in which children can participate, report on what they learned during their visit to the park and earn "nature points" they can use to exchange for items at the park.
As the park develops, with its focus on celebrating B.C. wildlife, attendance is also expected to increase. Purdy said annual attendance should reach 155,000 visitors, which would have a spinoff economic benefit to Kamloops of about $3.5 million.
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I just found out from a contact at Radio NL that these folks are building a new establishment here in town to be opened in 2008 , I hope this is the beginning of the New Las Vegas of the North !
I of course would like any info from anyone on this or any B.C. projects .
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City's boundary may stretch a bit
Part of land in Tranquille development lies in the TNRD area

Kamloops' land mass is poised for expansion by a smidgen, should a development on the city's western fringe proceed.
British Columbia Wilderness Tours has applied to city council for an amendment to the city's official community plan to allow development of a resort-type community on the shores of Cooney Bay at the site of the former Tranquille Sanatorium.
A few hectares of the 192-hectare property lie outside city boundaries and are part of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
Theoretically, the two parcels of land on the property's northern and western edges do not have to be incorporated for the development to go ahead. Practically, however, it makes sense because having the development in one jurisdiction would make it easier to administer.
Once the TNRD agrees, the ultimate decision whether to permit Kamloops to extend its boundaries is up to Victoria. This process could last up to one year.
Before that happens, however, British Columbia Wilderness Tours will have to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to have more than half of the entire portion of the land removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
Following a public hearing on April 25, council will decide whether it will apply for that removal from the ALR on behalf of B.C. Wilderness Tours.
Council is expected to support the application.
Following the ALC's ruling, the Tranquille development would go back before council in the fall.
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Waste-water plant waits on Ottawa Estimates for a new waste-water treatment plant have skyrocketed, breaching the $90-million mark this year because of rising construction costs.
Meanwhile, a federal funding program for such infrastructure projects has not yet been announced.
"The sense that we get is that Ottawa is not moving very quickly on this," said Coun. Pat Wallace during a workshop discussion this week.
Funding for the plant, estimated to cost $92.2 million, is most likely to come from Western Economic Diversification Canada, the same ministry that would fund expansion of the terminal at Kamloops Airport.
To be able to apply for a federal grant, said Mike Warren, engineering manager for the City of Kamloops, his department has to complete a predesign, worth $100,000. This sum is included in the budget.
The predesign will be submitted to Ottawa once a new grant program is announced.
A treatment plant using membrane filtration is the preferred option, according to the waste-water steering committee.
One advantage of using Zenon, the company that supplies the technology for the water-treatment plant, is that used membranes from the latter could be used to treat the waste water, said David Duckworth, director of public works and utilities.
However, the eventual supplier of the technology remains to be selected.
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A development double

Plans to develop a parcel of land across from Thompson Rivers University could go before city council this spring.
Kelowna-based developer Mike Culos holds an option to buy the property, part of which lies on a former landfill, and may develop it into a commercial-residential complex.
Culos said he expects to make an application for rezoning and subdivision within the next four weeks. It will take about four months to have the application processed at city hall.
Ministry of Environment regulations require that development of the former landfill can only proceed once a certificate of compliance is issued, following an environmental assessment.
SEACOR Environmental Inc. is completing a study of the area on behalf of the City of Kamloops, the results of which will be submitted to the ministry in July.
However, Dave Freeman, the city's real estate manager, said Culos does not have to wait for this certificate because only a small portion of the land he plans to purchase is part of the landfill.
Freeman said the landfill impacts six properties in the area.
Culos is also involved in another project in partnership with Aberdeen Lands Inc.
On Hillside Drive near Aberdeen Mall, the construction of a $10-million commercial-residential development is well underway.
The building under construction on the site will house the liquor store associated with Duffy's Pub, as well as a drive-though coffee shop. Culos said lease agreements with the other tenants still need to be finalized.
In the main building, 7,000 square feet are reserved for commercial development, room enough for seven tenants. Culos said the residential component will be started in May or June this year.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed in June 2007.
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Housing remains hot in Kamloops
The new home market continues to climb in Kamloops and is being boosted by an increase in construction of multi-family units.
While single-family homes are still leading the way in new home construction, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) market analyst Paul Fabri said multi-family dwellings, whether duplexes, townhouses or condominiums, are experiencing a surge after years of little activity.
Multiple-family units provide a different lifestyle option for homeowners, said Fabri, including their affordability and lower maintenance requirements.
"While single-family starts have been quite strong over the last two to three years, there haven't been a lot of multi-starts.
"I think there's been pent-up demand for that and builders are recognizing the market opportunity."
In March, construction started on 32 single-family homes and 18 multi-family units, together representing an 85 per cent increase over March of last year.
Meanwhile, the first three months of the year have recorded 91 single-family housing starts and 40 multi-family starts, for a combined increase of 118 per cent over the same period in 2005.
Kelowna and Penticton continue to see housing starts rise as well, whereas Vernon has experienced a decline.
Reasons for the continued rise in new home construction, said Fabri, are the same as they have been for a while - an expanding economy, new jobs, more people, and relatively low interest rates.
The latest figures from CMHC represent the best quarter for housing starts in Kamloops in 12 years.
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A big development for Penticton called Alysen place. Not crazy about the name. Three big condos eight stories each.

http://www.alysenplace.com/location.htm

There are pics at.

http://www.pilotpacific.com/projects.html

There is also Harrison Landing, but it seems to be in the begining stages.
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cool , Penticton is a great Place , reminds me of Florida for some reason.
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Revitalization underway

Kamloops' downtown core continues changing as two separate developments are expected to get underway this spring and summer.
Plans to replace a commercial-residential building at the intersection of Seymour Street and Third Avenue are still in their infancy stages.
The building, home to the popular Jade Garden Rest aurant, is owned by Plainsman Companies.
Jim Thomson, the company's owner, said he is contemplating tearing down the existing structure and replacing it with a new one, possibly another commercial-residential building. So far, however, nothing is definite, and no development permit has been submitted to city hall.
"We're thinking about it," he said. "Nothing's been decided yet."
Should Thomson go ahead and replace the existing building, the zoning of the property allows for a building up to eight storeys high. The existing building is two storeys: commercial at the bottom, residential on top.
A parking lot behind the building, used by employees of businesses in the area, is also part of Thomson's property.
Thomson said he expects to make a decision within the next two months, noting he doesn't wish to alarm existing tenants. Should he decide to tear down the structure, they will receive "lots of notice," he said.
The tenants include the Jade Garden Restaurant, Oops Cafe, Healthy Life Nutrition and Willms Architectural Scale Models. Two commercial spaces are vacant. Thomson said he bought the property about two years ago.
A few blocks to the southeast, across the street from the YMCA, a parking lot is to be transformed into a building housing 15 luxury suites, according to a sign on the property advertising the development.
In May, council will be asked to review a development permit for the property, said Randy Lambright, the city's community development supervisor.
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KAMLOOPS LAKE PROJECT TO OPEN HOUSE
The developer of a proposed resort community at Tranquille Farm hopes those opposed to the removal of land from the site will see the project’s environmental benefits.

Russ Cundari, president of B.C. Wilderness Tours Inc., said a letter was sent to councillors by Karen Willies, director of the Kamloops Naturalist Club, saying members were “unanimously in support of the retention of agricultural land within the Agricultural Land Reserve.”

The letter points out the area was used to grow hay, corn and other fruits and vegetables. The KNC is concerned the development will disrupt the land and any wildlife grazing in the area.

Cundari assured the group the project is designed to enhance the environment around it. Contractors will update the area’s irrigation system and remove hazardous asbestos when they remove the existing buildings.

“Agricultural land will take up three-quarters of the property,” he said.

“We’re still going to have agricultural land and make sure it’s kept up in future years.”

This includes conditioning soil for the vineyards and orchards that are a big part of the proposal, he said.

“Instead of focusing on the land that has to come out they should look at the end of the day and how the land is being utilized,” Cundari said.

He invited people to bring their concerns to a public meeting at City Hall Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The meeting is the latest step in B.C. Wilderness Tours’ bid to gain council’s support as the project goes before the Agricultural Land Commission.

Cundari said the 150 people who came out to last week’s public meeting were supportive of the project overall.

Coun. Tina Lange said the community will not only be a beautiful residential area but also a tourist draw attracting people from all over the world.

“What they are proposing fits beautifully into the KAMPLAN. In my mind it’s a slam dunk,” she said.

Coun. Peter Milobar said he will reserve any decision until after the public meeting.

“I’ll hear the concerns the developer has and the public has and then make a decision,” he said.

The proposal includes 320 single-family homes, 900 multifamily units, a four-star hotel, golf course and marina on Kamloops Lake.
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