Unemployment rate drops in B.C.

first_imgAlberta led the rest of the country in lost jobs again last month with nearly 21,000. It’s jobless rate, which was consistently the lowest among the provinces during oil and gas industry boom times, is now up to 7.2 per cent — the highest among the five provinces west of Quebec.In fact, it is now higher than national rate which remained stuck in neutral last month at 7.1 per cent, as solid employment gains in the services sector were more than wiped out by losses in the goods-producing industry.This could also be bad news for the countries so-called have-not-provinces, as the federal government’s primary equalization payment bank in Alberta — the hitherto leading have-province would now appear to be effectively closed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — If jobless numbers can be seen as a reliable re-election barometer, then B.C.’s Liberal Government can only hope that what’s happened in April of this year occurs in the same month next year, in advance of the May election.Even with this area of the province still reeling in the midst of the oil and gas economic downturn, B.C. led the nation last month in employment and posted a nearly one per cent drop in jobless numbers.- Advertisement -Canada’s April jobless report showing B.C. added another 13,000 hires in the month.That dropped the unemployment rate nearly one percentage point, from 6.5 to 5.8 per cent, which is now the lowest provincial rate in the country, and the only one below six per cent.It also means that B.C. has now posted a gain of 110,000 jobs over the past year…The B.C. gains come at a time of great pain in Alberta where low oil prices, which are now compounded by the major wildfire problem, have forced major job losses in the oil patch.Advertisementlast_img read more

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SUMMER IS HERE! READ OUR GUIDE TO DONEGAL’S GREATEST FESTIVALS

first_imgThe weather is set to take a turn for the better and with summer finally here, it means that festival time is nearly upon us.Here in this article for donegaldaily.com KATRINA DEVINE rounds up some of the best Donegal festivals this year.Sea Sessions Bundoran 24th-26th June: Donegal’s very own camping, music and surf festival. The highlights of this year’s line-up include Ziggy Marley, Bell X1, Grandmaster Flash and The Go! Team. Day and weekend tickets are available from Xtra Vision, HMV or online. Rory Gallagher Festival 2011 2nd-5th June: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival that celebrates the international legend. This year’s line-up includes the Eric Bell Band, Jan Akkerman Band and Martin Carthy. Joining those greats are many tribute acts performing at various locations in Ballyshannon.Seafest 1st-3rd July: The land based activities of Seafest such as walks, games and theatre will happen in Rathmullan. On the water, there will be the Lough Swilly Regatta and the Saldanha Cup Regatta. There will also be taster lessons in wind surfing and paddle boarding. The festival also aims to promote local produce so there will be plenty of food on offer.Buncrana Music Festival 21st-24th July: Donegal’s second biggest town hosts one of the most eclectic mixes of traditional and modern. This year’s festival includes Bobby Kimball of Toto and Irish sensation Mundy. The music runs alongside daytime events like treasure hunts and the annual festival 5k.Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival 29th-31st July: After Ballyshannon recovers from the Rory Gallagher festival; the town will host a weekend of folk and traditional music. This year’s line-up includes Frankie Gavin & De Dannan and Finbar Furey. The festival will also hold instrument workshops and other events. Rathmullan festival 29th-31st July: The August bank holiday also plays host to the Rathmullan Community Festival. The festival features music, workshops and a parade. There are plenty of activities for children including a treasure hunt. The programme has not been finalised yet but it is safe to say there will be something for everyone.Moville Regatta 31st July-1st August: Yachts, dinghies, drontheims (Greencastle Yawl), foyle class punts, rowing races and kayaking can all be enjoyed at the annual event. Monday the 1st of August will have children’s sports on The Green. There will also be music and craic to be enjoyed over the weekend in the hotels and pubs of Moville.Kilcar Fleadh 6th-13th August: This is a must for all traditional music lovers. The annual weeklong Fleadh hosts some of the best Irish music performers in Donegal. There will workshops in fiddle, accordion and tin whistle. There are also workshops in traditional singing and dancing.A taste of Donegal Food Festival 2011 26th – 28th August: Seanator David Norris will open the festival on Friday 26th and Barbara Edwards will provide music. The Marquee will be open from 11am on Saturday and will feature exhibiters from Donegal and all over Ireland. There will also be cookery demonstrations and celebrity chef appearances. It is a great opportunity to experience some of the best artisan food producers that Ireland has to offer.Donegal Shore Festival 1st-5th September: Daniel O Donnell will open the festivities in Kincasslagh. The other line-up highlights include Hugo Duncan, Margo, Shaun Cuddy, John McNicoll and Micheal English. A must for Daniel fans near and far. * Are you involved in community events or festivals? Send the details to us on [email protected] IS HERE! READ OUR GUIDE TO DONEGAL’S GREATEST FESTIVALS was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal festivalsdonegaldaily.comlast_img read more

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