In a council meeting on Monday, the city formally recognized proclamations given to designated weeks and months across September and October.Council recognized October 2015 as Foster Family Month, saying in the proclamation that ‘foster families work in partnership with birth parents, extended families and community child and family services as an integral and valued part of a team that serves the children and families of British Columbia.’The upcoming week of October 19th to 25th was recognized as Waste Reduction Week. Council said they are committed to conserving resources and reducing waste.- Advertisement -Two proclamations were formally recognized – but not presented to a representative specifically – were for September 2015 to be proclaimed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and for October 4th to 10th to be Mental Illness Awareness Week.Those proclamations had already been shared on the City of Fort St. John Facebook page, and forwarded to Prostate Cancer Canada and Northern Health.
TCI Govt Year End Report: $67.8 Million surplus, MPs row over service charge Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #resortrecommendationstogovernment, #ServiceChargebill TCI: Landmark vote, House of Assembly members support workers getting full service charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: ‘Big mistake’ says Deputy Premier after Gansevoort staff ‘change’ letter leaked Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The national conversation being had about service charge has to be handled right or it could lead to a shut-down of expansions or closure of resort properties in the TCI. Confusions over the reason for the tax to guests, the revenue itself and how it is dispersed and even the name of the tax are emerging everyday with more and more information coming and more and more people being engaged in the conversation.One thing appears clear though, both major political parties are determined to fulfill campaign promises to industry employees to see them receive 100% of this fee, currently they are getting 60% of the tax, and not 40% as we had previously reported. Titles like gratuity, service charge, resort fee and facilities fee have all been linked to this money which is vital to the workers’ take home pay and vital, Magnetic Media is learning to the operation of the resorts.On Tuesday, the PDM Administration announced that a survey was launched to begin public engagement and last week, PNP Appointment Member, Royal Robinson seemed to pick up where his brother, Clarence Selver left off. As the then PDM appointed Member, Selver also tried to champion that all of this money should go to hospitality workers. Many resorts are exposing though that to lose the 40% or not to get at least that 40% would be catastrophic when it comes to the profitability of the properties; in some cases it would actually eliminate profits say some.One recommendation which Magnetic Media has been exposed to is that there needs to be clarity in the terminology. The charge needs to be a guest paid tip or gratuity – newly created – which goes 100% to the hospitality worker and that there needs to be a name change of service charge to something more suitable like facilities or resort fee. Once established, this facilities or resort fee could continue to be split, 60-40 as is the case currently. It will mean guests voluntarily leave money in a newly created revenue stream and all of it goes to the staff; and that the staffers continue to get their 60% share of a resort or facilities fee with the resorts holding onto the 40% to offset operational costs.Magnetic Media is told that this will have to be discussed with government as the major focus is obviously to appease the thousands of workers in the sector, who believe they have for years been shortchanged by not getting this collected money in full.#MagneticMediaNews#Servicechargebill#resortrecommendationstogovernment Recommended for you
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos – January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Selling ‘weed’ in the Turks and Caicos is an illegal but lucrative business as prices for a gram of marijuana in the TCI, far surpass many nations in the region including Jamaica, Mexico and Colombia. It seems that like most things in the Turks and Caicos, ‘weed’ just costs more; significantly more.TCI Police on Monday in Five Cays made a significant drug bust where some 15 pounds of marijuana was seized and two men – a Bahamian and an American – were arrested. The street value of the drugs, legally identified as cannabis in this jurisdiction, is a staggering $68,000 for the fifteen pounds. This equates to $10 per gram or over $4,533 per pound. Comparatively, the Drug Enforcement Unit of The Bahamas and Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States consistently in 2017 put the street value of marijuana per pound at $1,000 following drug arrests in The Bahamas. The price per pound of the contraband often accompanied Police reports on drug seizures.A 2015 news report on the rising cost of marijuana was among the online posts we reviewed to check and double check the going rates for marijuana per gram and per pound around the world. Price ranges on the marijuana were revealed for six countries, including the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Colombia, Thailand and Mexico and spanned from $600 to $6,000 per pound. California, in 2015 had the most expensive marijuana price tag per pound, getting up to as much as $6,000. However, this price is the top value for top of the line ‘weed’.In the Turks and Caicos, those familiar with the price of a gram of ‘ganja’ told Magnetic Media that the local weed is low grade, nicknamed, ‘babbit’ and costs between $10 to $30 per gram. That figure is staggering, and actually is five times more expensive than even the finest quality of marijuana.“The dope here is garbage mostly, as from what I was told but some pushers do get their hand on good dope sometimes.”Another said, “…the weed ain’t no high grade or Kush. Kush is the highest. (Here) it is low grade and it is called Babbit. Haitian weed don’t be too expensive, Jamaican and American weed is the killer.”What Magnetic Media uncovered in under an hour was concerning and it may answer at least a part of the question of why some young men resist getting a regular job in the Turks and Caicos. If there is that option of peddling marijuana, we can tally up pretty easily that there is far more money to be made, likely in a shorter span of time, though illicitly.The two men arrested during a stop and search on Monday were not only found to be with the illegal drugs, but were found to have entered the Turks and Caicos illegally. Perhaps word is already getting out that one gets more bang for the buck in the TCI for mediocre marijuana and the law must be ready.“The quantity and the quality is important in any case because depending on the type of weed it is, that tells you what the street value is. The highest gets to $20 a gram, the lowest is $5 or $10 a gram.”The explanations to Magnetic Media about the contrasts and street savvy on the illegal trade lends to new ideas about what could be fueling and funding the illegal sloop landings in the Turks and Caicos, for example. The realities also ramp up the pressure upon leaders from all sectors to do more to discourage illegal behavior among our boys in particular.It will be difficult though, as we are awakened even further to the fact that one could illegally earn some $22,665 with the sale of marijuana, equating to a 5lbs bag of rice. This earning reality means that the corner drug dealer is making considerably more than the country’s leaders per month. On the other hand, the punishment for breaking the law is also weighty; one could spend up to five or 14 years in Turks and Caicos prison for illegal drug possession and drug trafficking.Photo credit: Westword