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  • More Screw-ups at City Hall   23 weeks 1 day ago

    Is it fact that Maturo is asking for severance compensation?

    If yes, it's most likely precooked paid holidays, organized by the "little friends club" over at the city. I say this because they did know for a long time that one of the 2 planners had to go.

    Same shit different bowl that goes down in every city.

  • Five Mile Beach: Floating dock a good solution says dock designer, but residents say 'no'   23 weeks 1 day ago

    We have a aircraft carrier?? When did this happen?

  • COMMENT: ‘Leaders’ and why we’re so beyond that--or should be. Part One of Two.   23 weeks 1 day ago

    Anybody interested in issues of media and governance might like to check out this site. The two videos on this page make the case that technology is offering us new and better ways to organize our information-sharing/decision-making processes--ie, politics and media.

  • Five Mile Beach: Floating dock a good solution says dock designer, but residents say 'no'   23 weeks 1 day ago

    It's time to stop pussyfooting around and be very clear as to how the beautiful natural beaches on Kootenay Lake deserve to be treated.


    Once they are gone, they are gone.

    This application needs to be stopped now and permanently as it will scar the esthetic beauty of the beach forever.

    They owners are asking for a float  just under the size of Canada's aircraft carrier. 

    The next  version will be to refloat the Jones Fiasco,also known as the lost Kootenay treasure- MV  Anscomb,  and float it by the beach  as a combination guest house and marina.  All paid for by your tax dollars.

    Keep our beaches natural and safe for all to enjoy.                                    

  • IH announces more closures to Victorian Community Health Centre Emergency Department   23 weeks 2 days ago

    VP of Community Integration?

    Do they change the names of their administrative functions on a monthly basis? lol. We seem to always get the President of Community Obfuscation anyway.

    Why is it that we are paying more than ever and yet getting less than ever for our health care dollars?

    Bring back the volunteer boards and all the beds that were in the system before the IHA was created and promptly cut half the beds in BC, while still managing to cost us more each and every year.

    The corporate, health authority model is an abysmal failure. Follow Alberta's lead and get rid of them.

  • SD 51 to get new buses   23 weeks 4 days ago

    Surprisingly, they won't! They are actually considered to be safer without

  • SD 51 to get new buses   23 weeks 4 days ago
    I sure hope they have seat belts now!
  • Trail to get big $ assist from province and ICBC   23 weeks 6 days ago


    I realize road construction is a fact of life, but couldn't they have found some competent flag people to direct traffic? It's bad enough they don't seem to do a good job on the best of days, but then on Saturday someone made the probably well intentioned mistake of providing them all with an extra large cup of coffee to deal with the cold wet weather. That left them exactly no free hand to direct traffic, and not a single one of them seemed to realize this.

  • Trail to get big $ assist from province and ICBC   23 weeks 6 days ago


    ICBC only paid a tiny tiny fraction of the project cost, and I'm sure they only provided funding for some safety improvements.

  • Trail to get big $ assist from province and ICBC   24 weeks 59 min ago

    Wait a minute here, ICBC is a motor vehicle specific insurance company. Why are our premiums being used for a downtown revitalization project in Trail? Seems like something Tech-Cominco should be doing.

  • Harvesting the First Fuel   24 weeks 10 hours ago


    I think there is more at stake than calculating investment payback at current energy rates. There is a lot of value in reducing GHG emissions, since continued unrestrained use of fossil fuels will have enormous economic and social costs that will be borne by the future generation.  That's not to say that energy conservation doesn't offer more bang for the buck than PV systems. But on the subject of payback studies on distributed PV arrays, I don't think those studies take into account how distributed power generation reduces the required load capacity of the elecrical grid, thereby reducing infrastructure costs in the future. Distributed micro-generation also reduces power transmission losses which are tipically upwards of 25%. Again, these are not usually accounted for in payback studies which look at the economics strictly from the point of view of the purchaser of such systems. In locales where the power generation is state owned, this does add value to state incentives.


  • IBEW Local 213 decides not to ratify tentative deal with Fortis BC, lockout continues   24 weeks 2 days ago

    Fortis is blaming the workers  when Fortis has locked the workers out???        Is is waaaaayyyy overdue for Fortis to show some level of corporate responsibility to the communities they make their  millions from.  First, get these people  back on the  job immediately. Winter is here and Fortis is not prepared for the bad weather that is coming. THERE HAS BEEN NO MAINTENANCE FOR FOUR MONTHS!!!!!

    Areyou dependent on electricity for heat? BE PREPARED to sit in the cold  for days.

    Are you on the grid and using Fortis power?  THEN GET UPSET because you will be sitting in the dark   for who knows how long at the first problem. 

    This is the height of utility corporate stupidity. We all need power. Fortis is playing with our health  and safety.

    Call them now 1-866-436-7847 (24 hours) and demand to get the workers back on the job so that we can be secure in our homes

  • Greens turn out to welcome new interim leader   24 weeks 3 days ago

    Thank you to Adam Olsen and Sjeng Derkx for being sensible politicians. On October 26, at the Cottonwood Market, Nelson, B.C. Adam Olsen, Interim Leader of the BC Green Party & Sjeng Derkx, Nelson-Creston BC Green Party candidate signed the Sensible BC initiative petition to amend the Police Act. It just makes sense. Here is the INITIATIVE PETITION COVER SHEET:

  • Harvesting the First Fuel   24 weeks 3 days ago

    My field of expertise is PV solar power.

    If you know how to look behind the curtain, Boston sunlight hours cannot

    payback their solar PV power systems without subsidies in 50 years with present technology no matter what you may read about solar efficiencies.

    The reference articles state solar power systems will only last 25 to 30 years.  Governments all over the world are being fooled into subsidizing a completely wasteful renewable energy in PV solar power systems.

    Germany is finally recognizing their big problem, yet other governments don't get it, solar technology has come nowhere in the last 25 years.  It still belongs in remote areas where there is no other choice.  I am not against renewable energy, I am against stupidity, I expect a payback and people to use smart money where there is a payback, wait for technology to make solar PV power systems that have a potential payback.  Use the money wisely where there is a payback, energy conservation, better insulation all things that payback and continue to save, solar is a money waste with present technologies!

  • 58-year-old Castlegar man arrested with 45 pounds of pot   24 weeks 3 days ago
    I will dispose of the evidence. That means a whole year of not having to obtain anything.
  • COMMENT: How smart are smart meters? The mysterious realm of information and its sources   24 weeks 4 days ago

    Money talks, nothing else.  We are greedy and spoiled by electricity, we can turn anything on at anytime and because of this peak demand occurrs daily for a few hours or less and we build power systems to accommodate this.

    How many more nuclear/coal/gas/hydro plants will we continue to build.

    Smart meters will be used to hit us in the pocket book, we will pay more for power during peak demand times, this will spread out power use, we will use our high energy dryers/stoves and anything else we can move to off peak times to pay less. If we were to spread out our power consumption through the day, we have enough power for decades without building more power plants, flooding more valleys, burning more coal, only smart meters can do this for us, nothing else works.


    The emf  scare it will fry our brains is nonsense, we are surrounded by far

    more emf from many other sources than smart meters can provide they are a drop in the emf bucket we deal with everyday.

  • RDCK rounds up more than 25,000 litres of hazardous liquids   24 weeks 5 days ago

    While glad that this waste has been collected, I certainly hope that Provincial environmental assessment fees cover the cost of this. Much more toxic and electronic waste would be collected if all transfer stations were equipted to accept it. I suspect that much of this waste does end up in landfills because people hide it in their regular garbage because of the distances to the occaisional collection site. The nearest transfer station to me is Slocan yet I am asked to drive to Nakusp or Nelson to drop off toxic and electronic waste. 

  • COMMENT: How smart are smart meters? The mysterious realm of information and its sources   24 weeks 5 days ago

    I have to agree with Aaron here. Just because there is no such thing as perfect knowledge or absolute information doesn't mean that there's no such thing as useful information--and useless information.

    A lot of the glory of the human endeavor lies in our efforts to sift through the wheat and the chaff and to try to remove ourselves and our beliefs from the process as much as possible. Even if there's no such thing AS objective knowledge, to aspire in that direction is a noble endeavor. In fact, that's pretty much what the field of journalism is about!

    At the end of the day we still have to decide whether to wear our Speedo or our ski gear to a -10 day at Red. And it's an important decision regardless of how perfect the knowledge that informs it is or isn't...! On the other hand, I think Arlen makes a useful point about the humility with which we should approach all these processes. Humility leads to open-mindedness and better decision making.

  • COMMENT: How smart are smart meters? The mysterious realm of information and its sources   24 weeks 5 days ago

    That's all true, but it's not good enough to leave it at that. 

    All I really know is that I personally exist.  I think, therefore I am.  But as interesting as that is from a philisophical standpoint, it is not all that useful in helping me do the right thing. Or in guiding governments to do the right thing.

    I work on climate change.  There's a lot of uncertainty.  But I'd be irresponsible if I just said: "It's hard to know what information to trust, so I'm going to do nothing."

    Ultimately you have to work hard to try to figure out what's right, be open-minded about your limitations, and then do the best you can with what you've got.  Even if what you've got is not written on stone tablets straight from God. 

  • COMMENT: How smart are smart meters? The mysterious realm of information and its sources   25 weeks 14 hours ago

    That's not the issue.  If Fortis told you you had to change the way you paid your bill, or something innocuous like that, they would be making that decision for you and you would not have a choice.  But it would not be an issue.

    It boils down to whether smart meters are harmful.  If they are, then making you use them is bad.  If they aren't, then making you use them is no big deal.

  • COMMENT: How smart are smart meters? The mysterious realm of information and its sources   25 weeks 1 day ago

    Elegant application of Quantum Metaphysics on Conspiracy political debate. Quantum Consciousness has arrived at Lone Sheep, congratulations and welcome, Arlen! What else is possible?  Check out Access Consciousness.

  • COMMENT: How smart are smart meters? The mysterious realm of information and its sources   25 weeks 1 day ago
    The point is - I do not have the right to decide for myself. Big corporations are deciding for me. Next will be smart meters for water and gas, then smart appliances. I will not have a choice - decisions will be made for me against my will. This is what our society has come to. Stand up and fight!
  • Kootenay Co-op Members Loans program tops $1 Million mark   25 weeks 1 day ago

    c lao s you could have done better?? I think this is a great way to show community support of the Kootenay Coop! I am PROUD member of the Coop & glad to see this article appear on line. 

    There are a lot of  awesome people making the Coop's move into a bigger brighter store a reality! I am glad I can read the good news about this. 

    By the sounds of your comment you are against this in everyway. You show no support for a wonderful idea.

  • RDCK contemplates new digs — but is Nelson City Hall a good fit?   25 weeks 1 day ago

    Anyone who has been in the RDCK Offices on Lakeside Drive can see the amount of staff that place has. Staff are almost tripping over themselves, there are so many & while you do business @ City Hall with either the Provinincial/Municipal Gov't there is hardly anyone around. What gives?

    Here is a viable filing data on hard drives! That takes no physical space in the RDCK offices! Creates more space.

    It's time the RDCK needs to fiscally restrained & held accountable for the lavish ways they spend my tax money.

  • RDCK contemplates new digs — but is Nelson City Hall a good fit?   25 weeks 2 days ago

    I am concerned that the RDCK workforce continues to expand. It is time that the elected members consider fiscal restraint. The population of the RDCK was aproximately 60,896 in 2012 an increase of 0.3% from the previous year. The population in 2006 was 55, 883, down 2% from 2001. My taxes have increased at a rather alarming rate. Why does the RDCK need more office space? Missmanagement. “The furniture in here dates back to the late 80s and 90s,” said Carruthers. “We’ve got filing cabinets filled with paper.“We’re looking for  innovative filing options.”  What? You have to move to from a building renovated to suit the needs of the RDCK only 15 years ago because you can't figure out what to do with files of paper? Is the office furniture dangerous? There has to be a study done for this?