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  • Solar Showdown   1 year 4 weeks ago

    It may come as a surprise to many to learn that in 2010 the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the World was built in Sarnia, Ontario.

    Although it has since been surpassed in size, it demonstrates that solar power on a large scale is technically feasible in Canada.

    What may be even more of a surprise to many is that the Sarnia solar project was developed by Enbridge .... better known in more recent years for its proposed contoversial Northern Gateway pipeline.

    The biggest solar power project in Canada west of Ontario was recently announced by the City of Kimberley, B.C., and is to be built on the site of the old Cominco Sullivan mine on land donated byTeck. 


  • LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education   1 year 5 weeks ago


    Beverly McLaughlin, chief justice, deserves apology from PM, international jurists say:


  • LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education   1 year 5 weeks ago


    Remember in 2006 when Stephen Harper tried to reassure Canadians that they didn't need to worry about his "extreme tendencies" because three "safeguards" in our system of governance would hold him in check?

    One was the Senate as a chamber of sober second thought. Well, so much for that idea! Mr. Harper has mangled the Senate with wrong-headed appointments and constant manipulation. Trust is gone.

    Secondly, a strong public service was supposed to keep him within the confines of decent public policy. But Mr. Harper quickly made it known that advice from government officials is not valued and those who "speak truth to power" get punished. So intimidation reigns.

    The third safeguard was the Courts. And that's where the rubber hits the road.

    The judicial system has a measure of constitutional authority and independence that the first two do not. Governments are not above the law. When Prime Ministers, Parliaments and bureaucracies go wrong, citizens must have the right to challenge them in court.

    A number of courts at various levels - including judges who have been on the Bench for years and some who only just arrived - have questioned the legality and constitutionality of various Harper government actions and pieces of legislation. The issues at stake frequently involve the Charter of Canadian Rights and Freedoms, like a recent ruling that this government's treatment of refugees is, in some ways, "cruel and unusual".

    This enrages Harper Conservatives who have never accepted the legitimacy of the Charter - unlike some 80% of Canadians who regard it as a defining characteristic of our nationhood.

    So you have the unseemly spectacle of Stephen Harper and his entourage on frequent rampages against the courts and judges (including attacks on the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada) and the interpretations of the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Charter.

    What these Harper Conservatives ignore is that the Charter itself was duly and laboriously crafted, debated and enacted according to law. It reflects the democratic will of Canadians, which cannot be easily trumped.

    And it contains a safety valve - i.e., the "notwithstanding" clause - which dissidents can use, if they've got the courage. In other words, the Harper Conservatives could, in fact, legislate their distasteful ideology, but they would have to declare, upfront and explicitly for all Canadians to see, that they are doing so "notwithstanding" the traditions and values of a free and democratic society.

    Of course they'd rather not invoke the Notwithstanding Clause because it destroys their facade of respectability. So instead, they rant against the courts, accusing them of bad faith and "end runs" around democracy.

    Before embracing such criticism, note the prevailing mentality among the folks around Mr. Harper which led his Chief of Staff to think it was "okay" to make a $90,000 payment to a sitting Parliamentarian. Is that the kind of judgment you can trust, without recourse? And that's not all - take a hard look at the bruised and battered "democracy" that characterizes this Harper regime:

    • Hundreds of millions of tax dollars squandered on partisan government advertising to skew public opinion. Vicious attack-ads paid for with tax subsidies. Campaigns of character assassination aimed against charities, non-governmental organizations, church groups, public servants, scientists, statisticians, Officers of Parliament and public-interest watchdogs.

    • Tampering with Access-to-Information procedures. Stonewalling the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Limiting the work of House of Commons Committees.

    • Blatant misuse of Omnibus Bills, Prorogation and Closure to stifle reasonable debate and avoid accountability.

    • The conviction of the Conservative Party for more than a million dollars in illegal election campaign spending. The resignation of a Conservative Cabinet Minister over election violations in Labrador. The "robocall" electoral fraud trial now underway in Guelph. The Prime Minister's former Parliamentary Secretary on trial for other alleged election offences in Peterborough.

    • A Conservative scheme, defended publicly by Stephen Harper, to use robocalls to influence an independent electoral boundaries commission.

    • The new Conservative "Elections Act" which makes it harder for many Canadians to vote and easier for electoral fraud to go undetected.

    Given this perverse approach to democracy, it's probably a good thing that ordinary citizens have at least some ability to fight for their rights in court.

  • Problem North Shore bear killed after swimming across Kootenay Lake   1 year 5 weeks ago

    And so, if he was known to be "highly habituated" to garbage on Johnstone Road, have we "highly habituated" the Johnstone Road residents to the full extent of the bylaw? Or is this another one of the bylaws, as Mayor Dooley recently has admitted, that exist but aren't enforced? Because...?

  • LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education   1 year 5 weeks ago

    I listened to this show and was stunned by the lack of knowledge of the Harper Conservatives . Are we the people really that stupid? Only 40% voted for them This is NOT democratic. They want autocratic rule bought and paid for by corporations.

  • Seeking Contentment with Energy   1 year 6 weeks ago

    the real reason solar prices have come down is subsidies by the Chinese it has nothing to do with technology gains, solar anywhere in the world is unaffordable, it exists because of subsidies, subsidies don't work.

    Germany is showing the world solar was a mistake, if you know where to look behind the curtain, this information is slowly coming out.

    I am all for renewable energy, I am also for smart money, the green washers continue to force their agenda, which I am not willing to waste money on, I hope one day it becomes affordable, now its just everyone else who pays those who have solar, not for solar, but for lack of knowledge that it is unaffordable.

  • Interior Health CEO, Dr. Halpenny, makes house call to Kootenay Lake Hospital   1 year 6 weeks ago

    What a joke. Mr Halpenny says that Nelson residents have HART to rely on for fast safe transport. Wrong again Mr Halpenny.

    Well Mr Halpenny, everyone has heard of the Golden Hour, its name indicating the importance of getting treatment within an hour of an accident, stroke or heart attack. The Hart transport has never enabled a patient in Nelson to be treated in an hour. In fact no patient has arrived in Trail within three hours!! Nelson needs its surgery and internal medicine back, services that the IHA moved from Nelson to Trail. Helath care in Nelson is not adequate and nowhere near what it was even 40 years ago. And the costs have gone up each and every year so they haven't saved us a cent, just less care for more money.

    Just another expensive abysmal failure brought to you by the Kelowna focused Inferior Health Authority. The IHA has been nothing but bad news for Nelson health care.

  • Surprisingly no one hurt as horse trailer flips near Playmor Junction   1 year 6 weeks ago

  • Taghum Beach bacteria come from a variety of sources, says RDCK   1 year 6 weeks ago

    Well people do have to go. And it is always better to live and swim upstream of a sewage system

  • Surprisingly no one hurt as horse trailer flips near Playmor Junction   1 year 6 weeks ago

    A heart-warming story of community  co-operation and caring. Thank you so much to all who used their patience,skills and talents in a complex and challenging situation.

  • Grand Forks man dies after jumping off Nursery Bridge   1 year 6 weeks ago

    And you are???

  • Grand Forks man dies after jumping off Nursery Bridge   1 year 7 weeks ago

    Thank you for the correction. My information came from the BC Coroner's Office -- they said Search and Rescue was called. When I called the Fire Hall, they were unable to talk to me.

  • Grand Forks man dies after jumping off Nursery Bridge   1 year 7 weeks ago

    One of the basic tenets of news reporting is to have the facts correct. Unfortunately, the writer of this article failed to achieve this goal.

    Grand Forks Fire Rescue volunteers were the ones in the water and on land conducting this rescue operation.


  • New transfer station for garbage and recycling to open July 8   1 year 8 weeks ago

    household garbage dumping is free in the east kootenay districts and hours are longer and 7 days a week  I wonder if they have a $38,000.00 boardroom table.

  • New transfer station for garbage and recycling to open July 8   1 year 9 weeks ago

    I really believe putting the transfer station outside the City of Nelson is a great idea, but have to agree the current decision, near Pacific Insight, is a bad move.

    Driving transit bus, and having to make a stop at Pacific Insight, getting back on the road to head west as scary at the best of times. And now adding more, and more traffic it's going to get only worse.

    Can you say the next traffic light, like the one at Highway 6/3A in South Slocan . . . I knew you could. I only hope the traffic light comes before a major accident.

  • New transfer station for garbage and recycling to open July 8   1 year 9 weeks ago

    Yes, I wrote Slocan instead of Salmo by accident.  I have changed it. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • New transfer station for garbage and recycling to open July 8   1 year 9 weeks ago

    Nelson trash to a landfill near Slocan? The author has that wrong, perhaps they meant Salmo?

    Though glad to see the transfer station off the waterfront I wonder about the location chosen by the RDCK. An already dangerous intersection at Insight Electronics on highway 6 has just become more dangerous with the increased volume of traffic. The RDCK gives incentives to employees to ride bicycles to work, yet in their great ecological wisdome greatly increase the distance garbage and recyclables must be hauled by carbon fuel burning vehicles. The RDCK has just increased the carbon foot print of the area.

      Land owners in the RDCK pay taxes for garbage and recycling. Please tell me, why must transfer stations be gated and wired like a prison compound? Increased dumping fees and limited access to transfer stations have increased illegle  dumping on forest roads, something that more of our taxes are paying to clean up.

  • Tahltan Nation prepare Aboriginal title case against Arctos Anthracite coal mine   1 year 9 weeks ago

    What the SCC established is that the consent of three parties will henceforth be required to advance a project: the resource extraction corporation, the provincial/federal government, and the First Nation on whose land the development is proposed.

    That there is a difference between "engaging" First Nations and obtaining their consent is evident in the number of legal challenges initiated by First Nations who are opposed to a project. Have you ever heard of a resource corporation or a government hauling a First Nation before a court to challenge their refusal to consent to a project? That is the effect of the SCC decision.

    As to Canada having the "toughest regulations and duty to public consultation" in the world, I'll take such claims with a grain of salt. I participated in a number of Canadian public consultations (e.g., Northern Gateway) and if that is "world class" then the terms does not mean much. If you can refer me to an independent academic comparative analysis of such regulations world-wide, I'll read the book before taking your claim at face value.

  • Tahltan Nation prepare Aboriginal title case against Arctos Anthracite coal mine   1 year 9 weeks ago

    In BC there are 14 recent Resource Sharing Agreements granting First Nations 37% of mineral taxes.

    And the Tahlan deserve one too; and they'll get it - as will every other First Nation in BC probably for all future mine developments.

    Andre, the public is ignorant of the relationships between First Nations and Mining (let alone understanding the mining industry). The industry has now had many years of engaging different interest groups and communities in the very challenging province of BC; where some of the toughest regulations and duty to public consultation exist anywhere in the world.

    The Mining Industry "gets it" and even shows leadership in these relationships.

    Local community doesn't get it though; First Nations are far more sophisticated advocating for the interest of their own.

    Maybe our villages and towns MIGHT also benefit for their OWN Resources Sharing Agreements. The idea would go far to change the parasitic relationship between urban centers and the rural hinterland.

  • Tahltan Nation prepare Aboriginal title case against Arctos Anthracite coal mine   1 year 9 weeks ago

    The resource revenue industry will have to take the time to consult the dictionary to understand the difference between consulting and consent.

    First Nations too  have an opportunity to weigh the long-term impact of job promises and investment. It would be worth their effort if First Nations were to go to Norway, spend a little time there to appreciate just what a sovereign wealth fund is, and how to manage such a fund for the long term benefit of the people from whose land resources are extracted.

  • Tahltan Nation prepare Aboriginal title case against Arctos Anthracite coal mine   1 year 9 weeks ago

    And a response from the mining industry...

    Today, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) responded to the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment that Aboriginal title over the land area as requested by the Tsilhqot’in Nation is granted, but that provincial laws and regulations still apply on the land.

    “While this is a complex and precedent-setting case that will require further review, we at AME BC know that the path forward is for the federal and provincial governments to continue consulting with the Tsilhqot’in Nation,” stated Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO of AME BC. “The outcome of such consultation will enable further investment from the mineral exploration and development industry that will create jobs and shared economic opportunity for all British Columbians, including the people of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. Improved certainty about title, consistent decision making processes and the application of predictable and reasonable laws and regulations are critical to successfully attracting investment to British Columbia.”

    “It is important to recognize that the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that provincial laws and regulations will continue to apply in the Tsilhqot’in Nation Aboriginal title area, subject to section 35 of the Constitution Act,” noted David McLelland, Chair of AME BC. “Government has the duty to consult with First Nations, but members of AME BC recognize that respectfully engaging with First Nations early and often creates mutual understanding, trust and respect. We have seen that mutual benefits can often occur when this approach is taken by everyone involved, including industry, First Nations and government.”

    “The exploration and development of mineral claims in the area could provide real and significant economic development opportunities and long-term net benefits to the Tsilhqot’in Nation and to everyone in British Columbia,” concluded Dirom.

  • Parallel realities   1 year 9 weeks ago

    can you possibly write so it is easier to read?  How about  it?

  • COMMENT: 'Class Composition' is more than an abstract bargaining term in the current BC teachers' strike   1 year 10 weeks ago

    The government's legislation was not just "deemed unlawful" by the courts, it was found to be in contravention of the Constitution. 

    As to the consequences, take that class of 32 including 8 "coded" kids in your example. Not only will the education of those 8 "coded" kids be inadequate because the kids will not get the focused attention they need to learn, the education of the other 24 kids suffers as well for the same reason. Any extra time and attention dedicated by the teacher to the "coded" kids is "stolen" from the "uncoded" ones. The government's position is a lose-lose-lose position: legally, for "coded" kids, and for "uncoded" kids.


  • Smart Meter protestors join cross-Canada Citizens for Safe Technology rally   1 year 10 weeks ago

    Being in the Kootenays over 60 years I have witnessed  a great company, WKP turn into Fortis who is turning us into corporate fodder for profit consumption by the elite and powerful satanic 1%. What a world!!!!  There must be  the alternative to this national corporate smart meter plan for me that doesn't hurt my health and  invade my privacy.NO TO SMART METERS!!!!NEVER TO SMART METERS!!!!

  • A Closer Look at Indian Dance--this Thursday in Castlegar   1 year 10 weeks ago

    CORRECTION: Please note that this dance performance actually runs from 4-5PM today. From 5-6 there will be a food and drink sharing as well as free dance lessons for those interested.--ed.