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Dec 02, 2013
WesternOne Simplifies WorkSafe BC's Forklift Training Regulations With IVES Operator Certification Training
Are you confused by BC's regulations for forklift training and certification? You're not alone.
In simple terms, WorkSafe BC regulations state that employers must provide forklift training for employees. The actual guidelines are more complicated, however, so we've summarized them for you here. (If you prefer to read the regulatory information in its entirety, refer to OHS Section 16, Mobile Equipment and CSA Standard B335-94, Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training or click here.)
Section 16.4: Competency of Operators
1. A person must not operate mobile equipment unless the person:
(a) has received adequate instruction in the safe use of the equipment.
Section 16.7: Standards
(j) Lift Truck Operator training: CSA Standard B335-94, Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training
CSA Standard 7.1.1: Frequency of Courses
Refresher courses shall be held:
(a) at intervals not exceeding two years; or
(b) in case of accident or incidents attributable to operator error.
In a nutshell, a license is not required. However, you must ensure that your employees have been trained to current standards and have the documentation on hand to prove it.
To make your life easier, WesternOne now offers IVES Operator Certification Training that includes theory, practical training, and evaluation. The training is a win-win for both employer and employee. When an employee successfully completes the training, he or she receives a certificate and wallet card. The employer, in turn, receives copies of all documentation, including theory and practical test records. To find out more, call Greg Phelps, IVES Certified Trainer, at 250.667.0665 or WesternOne in Courtenay at 250.331.0748.
WesternOne, your one-stop shop on Vancouver Island for tool and equipment rentals and sales, is North Vancouver Island's only authorized Polaris ATV and Ranger/RZR Utility Vehicles dealer. WesternOne is also Vancouver Island's exclusive dealer for Polaris snowmobiles. Factory-trained and factory-certified Silver/Gold technicians are on hand for any servicing or repair need, and financing is available. For more information, call 250.339.4518 (local) or 1.877.339.4518 (toll-free). You can also use their Request a Quote online form.
Dec 02, 2013
Affordable Waterfront Luxury Can Be Your's at SookePoint in Silver Spray, Where Victoria Meets the Wild West Coast
One of the finest waterfront real estate developments on Vancouver Island is Silver Spray, a 174-acre seaside development in the community of Sooke. Silver Spray boasts an exceptional selection of new oceanfront homes and residential view lots.
Coming soon to Silver Spray is SookePoint, a new oceanfront private residence club near Victoria, BC. SookePoint offers affordable waterfront luxury unlike anywhere else on Vancouver Island, with brand new turnkey oceanfront cottages, fully furnished, starting in the $300,000s. Glass walls and decks provide uninterrupted views of awe-inspiring sunrises and majestic Vancouver Island sunsets.
At SookePoint, you can stay as little or as long as you like: zoning allows for year-round living, vacation getaways, or rental revenue. Exteriors feature stone accents, privacy trellises, lush landscaping, and oversize walls of glass overlooking the ever-changing ocean. All SookePoint cottages feature panoramic waterfront views and are nestled among natural rock outcroppings, perched safely above the surging Vancouver Island surf below.
Come to Silver Spray – Victoria's cottage country – and discover your nature. For a quick glimpse into what SookePoint has to offer, watch the SookePoint adventure video or visit their website. If you want to build your own new custom home on southern Vancouver Island and are in the market for a spectacular oceanfront or ocean view lot, visit Silver Spray's website or call Jason at 1.778.896.3370.
Nov 29, 2013
Canada's Scientific Research and Experimental Development SR&ED) program is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage technological development by offering a substantial rebate on every research dollar spent. If you own a Vancouver Island company and are pursuing business innovations, technical modernization, or other improvements, Island SRED in Qualicum Beach can help cut through the clutter to ensure you get the most for every research dollar.
How does the process work? Island SRED provides a free consultation to determine whether your company qualifies for SR&ED program benefits. If you do, they work with you to complete the paperwork and submit it to the government on your behalf. There is no charge for their services until the claim is approved and you receive your government rebate.
Vancouver Island companies can apply for SR&ED investment tax credits for expenditures such as wages, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead, and SR&ED contracts. Island SRED is highly thought of in the SR&ED community. Their well-rounded team of full-time professionals in taxation, accounting, science, and engineering offers personalized service tailored to your company’s needs and goals.
Their sister company, Incentive Access Group, supplies SR&ED services to clients in British Columbia and Alberta. Together, Island SRED and Incentive Access Group have helped 270 satisfied clients file more than 600 SR&ED claims for projects during the last year. Why not join them? Contact Island SRED today at 1.866.613.9190 to find out how to earn tax rebates on your research dollars!
1stView has used Island SRED's services for the past three years, and we've been extremely happy with the results! We've received rebates from the federal government based on our proprietary research and database development. We highly recommend Island SRED to anyone who thinks they might qualify for a Scientific Research and Experimental Development claim. ~ Clarice Coty
Nov 28, 2013
Light Up Your Life With Tilley Electrical in the Comox Valley, Your Reliable Vancouver Island Electrician
Do you need a reliable electrician on Vancouver Island? Call the experts at Tilley Electrical Contracting for quality completion of your electrical contracting jobs. Serving the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island for more than 10 years, these electricians specialize in controls, communications, and residential and commercial wiring.
Tilley Electrical's specialties include residential and commercial wiring, light industrial, renovations, and new construction. Choosing Tilley Electrical Contracting for your electrical needs means punctual quality service; knowledgeable electrical technicians; and reasonable rates.
They also offer 24-hour emergency electrician services in the Comox Valley.
Their commitment is to provide quality service and dependability to their customers at competitive prices. Call Tilley Electrical at 250.331.1844 for 24-hour emergency service or to schedule an appointment. Free estimates are always available. For more information, visit their website.
Nov 28, 2013
When you’re looking for inspired kitchen design or custom storage solutions, turn to the experts at Inspired Spaces & More in Courtenay. Inspired Spaces specializes in kitchens, millwork, and Murphy beds, otherwise known as wall beds.
Whether that extra bedroom in your home is waiting for design intervention or acting as a “one size fits all” storage room, Murphy beds are a stylish and economical way to transform bland into beautiful and clutter into clean. Choose from a standard model or let one of the talented designers at Inspired Spaces customize your dream wall bed with cabinets, moulding, and finishes.
As the only authorized Murphy bed dealer on north and central Vancouver Island, Inspired Spaces & More in Courtenay is an established Comox Valley millwright company with many years experience in the manufacturing of fireplace mantels, commercial offices, and customized furniture pieces. They have the knowledge and expertise to transform your Murphy bed into an attractive and practical storage solution.
The company’s motto is simple: We inspire to create products for those who appreciate quality made by skilled artisans and experienced design staff. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating your current one, seeking an economical storage solution, or decorating a guest room, Inspired Spaces & More in Courtenay will have the perfect solution. Call 250.898.9670 today and start creating your inspiring space.
Nov 28, 2013
Live and Play in Canada's Maritime Mediterranean - New Homes and Lots for Sale in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley
Mild weather, wineries, artisanal producers, organic-produce suppliers, and slow-food chefs are just some of the wonderful discoveries that await at Stone Manor Estates in the Cowichan Valley. Residential lots and new custom homes are now selling in Phase 2 of this new Vancouver Island real estate development minutes from the city of Duncan.
New homes in Phase 2 will sport the distinctive craftsman and heritage styles that proved so popular in Phase 1, but Phase 2 upgrades include several building lots backing onto green spaces, a no-through road, and a cul-de-sac. Prices for single-family lots range from $137,900 to $169,900, while two duplex lots are priced at $184,900 and $189,900.
As Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climatic zone, the Cowichan Valley offers a unique, mild microclimate and the warmest mean year-round temperature anywhere in Canada. The residents of Stone Manor Estates relish the Cowichan Valley’s natural beauty and easy access to lakes, marinas, and recreational activities, without sacrificing the convenience of city living and close proximity to shopping, restaurants, schools, and community services in nearby Duncan.
- visit the Stone Manor Estates website;
- view an interactive site plan;
- call 250.597.1952; or
- stop by the open house at Stone Manor Estate's Presentation Centre, now open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Nov 27, 2013
Puntledge River is Beautiful Backdrop to New Homes For Sale at The Ridge at RiversEdge in Courtenay, BC
The Ridge at RiversEdge is a new residential community located in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Fringed by the Puntledge River, The Ridge at RiversEdge is a unique development in which each house is perfectly suited for its individual lot, yet still complements neighbouring homes to create a harmonious community with impressive curb appeal. The gentle sound of the river and the forested parkway along two sides of the development intertwine to create a magical setting for residents.
A preplanned single-family neighbourhood on a no-through street, The Ridge at RiversEdge is home to 24 single-level ranchers only. There will be no two-storey homes looking down on your property. In addition, you'll never have a neighbour in your back yard. Your investment is protected by a sensible registered Homeowner Schedule of Restrictions designed to enhance quality of life and increase the future value of your home.
"The builder, Southwind Developments Corporation, is the only company in the Comox Valley that controls the entire development and building process from start to finish.," says Courtenay Realtor Art Meyer, project realtor. "For projects that Southwind undertakes, they buy the raw land, service it, build the homes, and warranty each home for 10 years. You know precisely what your neighbourhood will look like. That’s the secret to Southwind’s success."
As well, the owners of Southwind Homes actually live at RiversEdge. When developers live in a neighbourhood, you can feel secure knowing they'll be there for all and any issues that arise during the 10-year warranty period. The new ranchers at The Ridge at RiversEdge are also the lowest-priced new homes anywhere in the Comox Valley. Considering the quality of workmanship and materials, Southwind provides the very best products for your money, says Meyers.
Your RiversEdge Specialist is Realtor Art Meyers of Royal of LePage in the Comox Valley. For more information, call Art at 250.207.1879. You can also view a site plan, information package, slide show, virtual tour, or commercial online.
Nov 25, 2013
10 Great Reasons to Buy a New Home at Kettle Creek Station - Now Selling in Langford, BC, Vancouver Island
Living on Vancouver Island is a dream for many people, and now there is another incentive to move to beautiful British Columbia. Kettle Creek Station in Langford, a bustling community near Victoria, is now offering townhomes to its residential community.
Featuring clean lines and simple aesthetics, the homes at Kettle Creek Station feature bright comfortable spaces, contemporary finishes, and thoughtful details. Their fresh architecture and exterior detailing imbue each home with a charming, timeless appearance that will make you fall in love.
In addition to the new single-family detached homes for sale at Kett le Creek Station, the developer is now selling eight brand-new townhouses. These bright, stylish homes for sale on Vancouver Island are affordably priced and feature many amenities. Consider the following 10 great reasons to buy a new home at Kettle Creek.
|1.||Very affordable $339,000 starting price, including net GST.|
|2.||Three bedrooms and three bathrooms in each unit.|
|3.||En-suite and walk-in closet in the master bedroom.|
|4.||Quartz countertops, contemporary cabinets, and kitchen island.|
|5.||Engineered laminate floors.|
|6.||Stainless-steel kitchen appliances included.|
|7.||One-car garage with remote door control included|
|8.||Private patio and landscaped yard with sprinkler system|
|9.||Three floor plans, starting at 1,283 square feet|
|10.||Great location in Langford, BC, only 20 minutes from Victoria|
To learn more about the beautiful new townhouses for sale at Kettle Creek Station in Langford, visit their sales centre or call 250.391.5880. You can also view floor plans, an interactive site map, or calculate your mortgage online.
Nov 25, 2013
Comox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent's Featured Listing: Beautifully Renovated Four-Bedroom Home in Courtenay
When you're looking for a new Vancouver Island home, turn to Comox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent, PREC,"Your Comox Valley Connection."
Tina currently has a beautiful four-bedroom, 2,200 square-foot home for sale at 2099 Evans Place on a quiet cul-de-sac bordering Comox and Courtenay on Vancouver island. Tasteful upgrades throughout give this home a "like new" feel and look, but you'll pay no GST as you would on a new home. Check out these highlights:
- oversized bedrooms;
- engineered hardwood and Italian tile;
- nine-foot ceilings;
- large great room with gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings;
- stylish ensuite;
- large kitchen with maple Shaker-style cabinets and island;
- heat pump;
- fully fenced with underground sprinklers;
- sunny mountain views from your yard or deck; and
- close to all schools, shopping, and walking trails.
Priced at $459,900, this amazing home won't last long. For an online tour of 2099 Evans Place, click here. For more information on this listing, call Tina Vincent, PREC, Comox Valley Realtor, at 250.792.2776. You can view Tina's other Vancouver Island listings on her website.
Nov 24, 2013
Experience a wet and wild, West Coast winter at Reef Point Cottages in Ucluelet!
Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain, and waves during a winter storm on West Vancouver Island. The raw power of nature has become a fascinating draw for tourists to Ucluelet and has created a new winter activity in the area: storm watching.
With your own vacation cottage at Reef Point Cottages, you can enjoy the storm from the comfort of your own hot tub. The resort currently has a private waterfront cottage for sale: a low-maintenance 956 square-foot home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Luxury touches in this waterfront home include teak, marble, and slate flooring; granite countertops; and pine wainscotting and ceilings. Curl up by the fireplace on stormy nights or bask in your private hot tub on the oversized covered deck overlooking Spring Cove. Unit 273 is competitively priced at $279,000.
This Ucluelet vacation cottage for sale is part of the Reef Point Cottages rental program, and the owner is entitled to six months of personal use per year. Cottage owners can also leave their vacation home in the rental program full-time and earn revenue with this hassle-free investment.
Reef Point Cottages are located on the breathtaking west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, only minutes from Ucluelet’s isolated pocket beaches and beautiful Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park. Stunning vistas of the Wild Pacific Trail are virtually steps away from Reef Point Cottages. For more information, visit their website or call 1.877.726.4425.