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OCTOBER 29, 2013


FRANK PEEBLES
CITIZEN STAFF
FPEEBLES@PGCITIZEN.CA

 
 
An important group of scientists is holding a meeting in Prince George next week to focus on boosting technology and science-based industrial practices in the northern region.
 
 


The event is a presentation of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. (ASTTBC), as part of National Technology Week. The group has 10,000 members and is the ninth largest professional organization in the province.
 
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I have been keeping an eye on spray foam insulation as I personally may have some applications for my place. I recently searched online for info and came across these and many other sites. Thought you may be interested. This five part series examines the potential health hazards associated with of spray foam insulation, its chemical makeup, its fire safety, and explores other insulation alternatives.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/series-spray-foam-insulation-safe.html
also
http://www.cbc.ca/news/spray-foam-insulation-can-make-some-homes-unlivable-1.2224287
or
http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-HERS-BPI/bid/25546/4-Pitfalls-of-Spray-Foam-Insulation

For other information visit my Prince George Real Estate website at www.DeanBirks.com 

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OCTOBER 24, 2013 

JENNIFER BRANDLE-MCCALL - PG CITIZEN

"Evidence of Prince George’s entrepreneurial strength surfaced this week when we were ranked by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) as the 37th most “entrepreneurial” city out of 107 Canadian cities. Within British Columbia, Prince George ranked third behind Kelowna and Penticton. While the statistics used by CFIB and their interpretation of the numbers is debatable, the results speak to an increasing number of self-employed people who are optimistic about their success while supported by business-friendly local government tax policies."
read more.... http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20131024/PRINCEGEORGE0304/303289984/-1/princegeorge03/prince-george-home-to-innovation

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BCREA ECONOMICS NOW

Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision - October 23, 2013

The Bank of Canada left its target for the overnight rate unchanged at 1 per cent this morning. In its accompanying statement, the Bank highlighted that uncertain global and domestic conditions are delaying a forecast pick-up in exports and business investment, leaving the level of economic activity lower than what the Bank had been expecting. The Bank is forecasting growth of 1.6 per cent in 2013, and has trimmed its outlook on growth in 2014 from 2.6 per cent to 2.3 per cent.  Interestingly, the Bank also noted that persistently below target inflation are of increasing importance, normally an argument for a cut in the overnight rate. However, the risk of exacerbating already elevated household debt is weighing heavily on the Bank's interest rate decisions. 
Low inflation, higher long-term interest rates and the Bank's downward revisions to its economic forecast virtually rule out any movement in...
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