Commentary

Work in the age of anxiety
by Murray Dobbin on Sep 24 2014 - 2:40pm

Working Canadians, from blue collar workers to middle class professionals to hamburger flippers are facing the worst economy insecurity, most stressful working conditions, the slowest increases in real income and the most cynical anti-worker governments literally since the 1930s. At the same time the 1% and the powerful corporations which make them rich have not been so privileged in terms of wealth, income and political power since the pre-crash 1920s.

Letters to the Editor

The problem is not just homelessness

The problem is not just homelessness

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Every week we see a news item about the homeless — here in our own town, in Vancouver and, well, just about everywhere.

A couple of weeks ago the Vancouver Sun ran a letter to their editors from a distinguished doctor, researcher and former cabinet minister, Dr. Pat McGeer and his wife. 

LETTER: Break the Silence

LETTER: Break the Silence

If someone is being bullied, the last thing you want to do is walk away from them. They need support, and lots of it. I do not know of anyone that would walk away, or stop being friends with someone who is being bullied. That would be shameful.

We need to start treating mental illness and depression as we do with bullying. Do not walk away from those who need your help.

How can we support people successfully in a society that has mental illness and depression as taboo subjects? We need to break the silence.

New Fire Rating Sign still doesn't do its job says letter writer

New Fire Rating Sign still doesn't do its job says letter writer

Editor, The Nelson Daily

On July 31, The Nelson Daily published a letter from Maurice A. Rhodes who raised concerns about a new fire rating sign at the Kootenay Lake Zone office north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Kootenay Lake Zone office responds to letter writer regarding new fire rating sign

The new fire rating sign at the Kootenay Lake office was built at little cost to taxpayers. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Lake Zone office

Editor, The Nelson Daily

We're writing to set the record straight in response to concerns raised by Maurice A. Rhodes in his July 31st letter published in The Nelson Daily about the new sign at our Kootenay Lake Zone office.

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Sometimes new isn't always better — as in the case of the new Forestry fire danger warning sign

Sometimes new isn't always better — as in the case of the new Forestry fire danger warning sign

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Has the Forest Ministry fallen to the current bureaucratic craze? 

I point to the one evident in the City of Nelson and the Regional District which  to use consultants when the solution to a simple problem should be within the grasp of  any manager worth his salt - witness the recent kafuffel over space in the RDCK and the question of Christmas lighting in the City?

Of course, none of these efforts are at a cost to the bureaucrats but to the taxpayer. 

LETTER: 'Are teachers obviously wrong?'

LETTER: 'Are teachers obviously wrong?'

To The Editor:

Here are some "Top Ten" facts (in no particular order of priority) that have been communicated to us by parents, grand-parents, teachers and other concerned citizens about Premier Clark and her government's stand against teachers and public education in this province:

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly? From my experience citizens are tired of public office holders and those aspiring to be public office holders engaging in negative personal attacks and public spats. Such actions are indicative of old school partisan politics of the worst kind and it saddens me to respond to them.

Why respond at all? Unfortunately many of the claims stated by Connie Denesiuk are false and patently untrue and as such, are deserving of response.

LETTER: Reader learns of tragic loss on Facebook

LETTER: Reader learns of tragic loss on Facebook

Dear Editor: THIS IS A PUBLIC NOTICE.

Don't eat yellow snow, don't text and drive, and use your head before you post on Facebook.

Picture this; it’s a breezy summer morning, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and you're sitting at the table enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. 

You still have 10 minutes before having to leave for work and decide to take a quick scroll through Facebook. The page loads and the first status catches your eye; a friend is asking if anyone has heard about the "incident" that happened in town.

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

In a Saturday morning interview on CBC Radio’s The House, Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for South Okanagan-Similkameen continued his government’s attacks on the Canadian judiciary. I feel his remarks betray a scary lack of understanding of the role of the courts in our country.