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Friday, May 28, 2010 03:40 PMVictoria, B.C. -   Agreements signed today will  help  set the stage for the development of the Northwest Transmission Line.


Clean energy agreements between BC Hydro, British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC), Coast Mountain Hydro L.P., a wholly owned  subsidiary of AltaGas Income Trust Ltd. (AltaGas) and the Tahltan Nation will  help to create jobs, provide clean and renewable electricity to B.C.'s Northwest, and power the development of the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL)

The agreements, which will support construction of the NTL, include:


* A $180-million umbrella agreement between AltaGas and BCTC for the construction and development of the NTL.
* An electricity-purchase agreement between BC Hydro and AltaGas for the Forrest Kerr clean energy project near Bob Quinn Lake.
* An impact-benefit agreement between AltaGas and the Tahltan Nation for the Forrest Kerr project.


The NTL project also includes $130 million...

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DBIA Has Mission to Create New Downtown in 2 Years

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 05:21 PM


DBIA Vision for  downtown:  A-Public market and artists loft; B-Multi use development; C - Downtown Wood Innovation Design Centre; - Student Housing; E- Expo building; F- Performing Arts Centre; G- Parking Building; H- access to riverfront  Heritage Trail; I-Mixed Use development; J-Commonwealth Gardens-seniors housing; K-Commonwealth Health


Prince George, B.C.- The new DBIA in Prince George has presented a vision for the downtown of the city which calls for public-private partnerships,   some private investment, and a shared vision with the City of Prince George.
The   vision depicts a downtown that has been transformed by a variety of “incentives” for development. The incentives include low development cost charges, guaranteed approval times,  and revitalization tax “...
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Few purchases as significant as the purchase of a home. How to ensure that purchase remains as affordable as possible is a key interest to the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA).

BC has the highest home ownership costs in the country. A recent RBC Financial Group survey of housing affordability indicates that more than 60% of a BC household's pre-tax income is required to cover the home ownership costs of a detached bungalow. Normally, 30% is considered affordable.

In BC, two taxes at the provincial level are considered shelter taxes:

  1. Homebuyers have been subject to the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) since the late 1980s.
  2. The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), expected to be implemented on July 1, 2010, is an additional tax burden on BC homebuyers, homeowners and landlords.

Click Here for the full website and information.

Best regards

Dean Birks - Prince George Real Estate

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If someone you know is or has been looking for a true seniors living strata complex this is it! Asher Place. Open House this Sunday May 16, 2010 from 1 to 2:30pm at 2889 Ferry  Ave, Unit 503, Prince George BC. View this home as well as the Rec Center, Community Hall facilities. The best 55+ living in Prince George.
For more details visit www.DeanBirks.com



Best regards
Dean Birks


Royal LePage Prince George
Direct Phone: 250-612-1709


  

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For your convenience here is two latest news items for Prince George BC.
One is the Delegation that came to Prince George to explore the Logistics Opportunities and the other was the renovations to the hospital in preparation for the cancer clinic.
See attached pdf.
Cheers!



Best regards
Dean Birks


Royal LePage Prince George
Direct Phone: 250-612-1709



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Just more good news for Prince George and BC. Thought I would pass along. Cheers!

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Hi All

There is lots of good news on the economic front right now with new unemployment numbers released yesterday, credit ratings, lumber prices and a general sense of optimism. Perhaps the Spring season brings out the best in everyone but it sure is nice to see some solid economic indicators.

This past week I had 2 different bills in front of the House, the Net Zero Deforestation Act and an Amendment to the Forest Act. The Net Zero Deforestation is world leading and will ensure we have trees to harvest well into the future. It does not create penalties for cutting trees down but will create incentives for planting trees in deforested areas. The Amendment bill does a number of things including allowing for a new type of scaling that facilitates getting wood to secondary users such as fence post and rail and bioenergy manufacturers.

This weekend I’m in the Canadian Cancer Society...

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