Western Forest Products has entered into a conditional agreement to sell its former Woodfibre Pulp Mill site near Squamish for $25.5 million to an undisclosed buyer. The 212-acre industrial waterfront site is at the head of Howe Sound, southwest of Squamish. Closing is subject to Western remediating the property to environmental standards. The net proceeds are expected to be $17 million. “Our non-core asset divestiture program will continue to further strengthen our balance sheet and provide additional financial flexibility to pursue our strategic capital plan,” Western chairman and CEO Dominic Gammiero said in a statement. Western operates eight sawmills and three remanufacturing plants and sells to more than 25 countries.
Job fair hits UVic Monday
The provincial government’s B.C. Jobs Start Here travelling job fair is stopping at the University of Victoria on Monday. It runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at he Student Union Building and is designed to connect job seekers with local employers and provide access to information on job opportunities, career trends and skills training. The fair is one of 23 being held across B.C. between Jan. 22 and March 28. Exhibitors include employers, post-secondary institutions, industry associations and training authorities. A new Skills4BC booth will be onsite with staff to answer questions and share information on skills training in B.C.
Realtors lend helping hands
If you are a non-profit organization with a good cause, the Victoria Real Estate Board wants to hear from you. The board’s Build Your Dream program will contribute up to $15,000 plus fundraising, media awareness and/or volunteerism to help a non-profit establish a strategic initiative to build its dream. It has posted a request for proposals at vreb.org that lists the criteria and how to apply. Projects must meet at least one of VREB’s Quality of Life guiding principles — ensuring economic vitality; providing housing opportunities; preserving our environment; protecting property owners; or infrastructure. Last year’s recipient, the Rainbow Kitchen Society, was awarded $10,000.
School District 61 has issued a request for proposals for a construction management firm to assist with the proposed seismic upgrade to Quadra Elementary School. It closes Feb. 14.
— Times Colonist
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