The City of Fort St. John has moved up in the Canadian rankings of Communities in Boom.The yearly ranking done by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has given the city a ranking of 21st out of 100 cities across the country. The city has moved up from last year’s ranking of 28th.- Advertisement -The ranking is based on 12 factors such as the number of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) that start up in a city, the percentage of the population that is self-employed, if an enterprise believes its business performance will increase, and if the local government is receptive to small businesses.Although the city has moved up seven spots, its overall score based on the various criteria has increased by less than 2 per cent – from 52.7 to 54.6.It had an overall rating of 59 per cent for the presence of SMEs and 60 per cent for the City’s policies towards these businesses. However, it only had a 25 per cent rating in the perspective category outlining a business’s growth prospects.The highest ranking city in this year’s report was Grande Prairie, Alberta. However, it had a 73.1 per cent overall score, meaning that there is still significant growth possible even for the highest ranking city.Advertisement
APTN National NewsThe Maliseet are raising concerns over a proposed mining project in their territory.The New Brunswick government recently approved the environmental assessment.But that hasn’t calmed fears over the impact the mine could have on the land and water.APTN’s Trina Roache reports a group of Maliseet clan mothers say they won’t let that happen.
Kolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy was among the four people booked on Sunday in connection with the killing of Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas in West Bengal’s Nadia district, a senior police officer said. Of the four people named in the FIR, two have been arrested, an officer of the West Bengal Police told PTI. Biswas (41), who represented Krishnaganj constituency in the state assembly, was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants Saturday evening inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari area in the district bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose He was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors announced him “brought dead”. “So far, we have arrested two persons in this case and detained another three. A country-made revolver used to shoot the MLA has also been recovered. “As per our primary findings, it seems that the victim was fired from behind and the act was the result of a well-planned plot,” the officer said. Asked about the chances of the assailants fleeing the area, the police officer said the state police have been put on a high alert. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Nadia shares border with Bangladesh and there could be a possibility of them (assailants) trying to escape to the neighbouring country. Police have been put on high alert to check the movements along the border,” he said. Roy, a former TMC member of Parliament, joined the BJP last year after his relations soured with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Claiming that the attack was a conspiracy by the BJP, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said Saturday that those involved in the killing will be punished after a full- fledged inquiry. He also said the saffron party was trying to create disturbances ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and resorted to “politics of murder” by singling out leaders having mass bases. The allegations were termed “baseless” by Roy and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.