Commentary

Church and Court Condemn CO2
by Michael Jessen on Jun 24 2015 - 8:34pm

A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25 percent within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world.

The Nelson Daily Green Up Columnist Michael Jessen has his take on the ruling by three judges that said the Dutch government plans to cut emissions by just 14-17% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change.

What a bad week for greenhouse gas emissions.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the South Okanagan Minor Hockey Associations three Rep teams who are playing in the BC Hockey Provincials, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank the communities who have shown overwhelming support and pride in these players who live in Oliver, Osoyoos, OK Falls, Keremeos, Midway, Greenwood, Princeton, and Grand Forks.

Letter: Bill C-51 — more than a chill on back of neck

This young protester was part of the 150-plus people who marched in Nelson Saturday at part of the Canada-wide protest against Bill C-51. — Submitted photo

To the Editor:

Got that chill running down the back of your neck? It could already be Bill C-51.

Bill C-51, the so-called “secret police act” could already be putting a serious chill on public debate and democracy in Canada.

Here in Nelson, BC, I went to a protest of the bill on (Saturday) March 14th with over 150 other people. I had to because C-51 has already affected me, and many others.

People have suggested I am one of the people targeted by the bill because I am an anti-pipeline activist. 

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

To the Editor:

As an ex-South African who was affected by and had friends scarred and killed by “The Terrorism Act” and its spy network during the anti-Apartheid days, I’m so alarmed by the doors of abuse opened by Prime Minister Harper’s Bill C-51 that I’ve committed to co-organizing – with local childcare worker Michelle Davis -- Castlegar’s part in the nation-wide “Defend Our Freedom” rally this Saturday , March 14, at 1 pm in Spirit Square, 460 Columbia Avenue.

LETTER: Family of man killed in officer-involved shooting speaks out

LETTER:  Family of man killed in officer-involved shooting speaks out

This letter is in response to Jean H. Broeckx letter: What is the Delay in Investigation of Officer-Involved Shooting of Waylon Edey.

Let me first say that your letter was well written and I am by no means refuting any of your thoughts or questions. However, I am going to explain to you and all the readers why you haven’t heard from us, his family.

Letter: Seniors rights being neglected by care facilities

Letter: Seniors rights being neglected by care facilities

To the Editor:

The purpose of this letter is to empower seniors and their families with knowledge that is crucial to have when standing up for their right to be protected from abuse or neglect in a senior care facility.

It will enable them to demand a better quality of care afforded them by Bill 17, the "Residents Bill of Rights".

Residential Care Facilities are governed under two different Licensing Acts. The "Hospital Act" and the "Community Care and Assisted Living Act" (CCALA).

LETTER: What is the delay in investigation of officer-involved shooting of Waylon Edey

LETTER: What is the delay in investigation of officer-involved shooting of Waylon Edey

Ed. Note: To read the answers offered by the Independent Investigations Office regarding many of the questions posed below, click here).

On the evening of Jan. 30, 2015, Waylon Jesse Edey, of Yahk, B.C. was shot dead by an RCMP Officer, during an “attempted traffic stop”, which took place on the Kinnaird Bridge, near Castlegar, B.C. From what I have heard, there were witnesses to the event. But the only official information relating to the shooting of Mr. Edey, some 33 days ago, is contained in the above introductory sentence. What is the delay all about?

Letter: Paying It Forward For The Environment

Letter: Paying It Forward For The Environment

Editor:

Canada – a powerful word that until recently brought with it images of world-class wilderness, functioning ecosystems, serious concern for climate change and a belief in a healthy economy AND a healthy environment. Where are we today?

Letter to Minister Thompson

Letter to Minister Thompson

(Hon. Steve Thompson) 

Once again Minister Thomson I urge you to review an extremely weak argument that has resulted in the Gilpin Grasslands becoming an important motorized vehicle recreation area.

Thank-you Statement from Cpl. Michaud’s Family

Thank-you Statement from Cpl. Michaud’s Family

The Editor:

Every law enforcement spouse fears that one day, they will get “the knock” at the door to tell us our loved one has been hurt, but most of us think “it will not happen to me”.

On December 3rd 2014, I received that knock in the middle of the night, and my world was shattered. My husband, Jean-Rene Michaud, was shot multiple times and critically wounded in a senseless and unforgivable act of violence.

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

To Mayor and Council of the City of Grand Forks,

I write you today as a concerned citizen of this amazing City. I am compelled to write to you about some concerns I and many other citizens have arising from the Regular City Council meeting this past Monday January 12th, 2015.  I was unable to attend the meeting in person but was able to watch the live video feed of the meeting on GFTV.COM. Please allow me to explain my concern.