Commentary

COMMENT: Odd, outlandish and over the top donations to B.C. political parties
by Dermod Travis on Apr 23 2014 - 9:12am

So what does a Conservative party senator from Ontario, the Toronto Blue Jays, an Ontario public sector union and a part-owner of the Calgary Flames all have in common? If their chequebook is any indication, they have a keen interest in B.C. politics.

Ontario Senator Nancy Ruth donated $5,000 to the B.C. Green party in 2013, the Blue Jays passed the mitt round the dugout to scrape up $300 for the B.C. Liberal party, CUPE Ontario gave $500 to the B.C. NDP and Allan Markin, part-owner of the Calgary Flames, gave $100,000 to the B.C. Liberals.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Reconsider leasing land agreements

Credit: Nature's Trust of BC

Recently three prominent conservation organizations: Ducks Unlimited, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Nature Trust of B.C. were highly critical of the B.C. Liberal Government’s agenda of increasing grazing leases from 10 years to 20-25 years.

'We can't eat oil'

'We can't eat oil'

Editor, The Nelson Daily

ALR- Agricultural Land Reserve.

I had never given much thought to the ALR. Honestly, I took it for granted because it's just common sense to protect the farmland which feeds us, period.

The ALR town hall meeting in Nelson saw a room packed with people who care about food.

Why?

LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?

LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?

For years many people have wondered about the effects of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) on human health. More recently, these concerns have extended to radiofrequency (RF) exposure from wireless technologies like cordless phones, cell phones, cell phone towers, GPS devices, “smart” meters, and WiFi.  In 2011, the WHO (World Health Organization) entered RF radiation to the list of “possible carcinogenic in humans.”

Chris Hedges delivers Friday at MIR Peace Center

Chris Hedges delivers Friday at MIR Peace Center

Editor, The Nelson Daily:

Congratulations to the MIR Peace Lecture series for bringing in Chris Hedges for his extraordinary talk last Friday, February 28th.

Hedges covered a huge landscape of the world today in a little over an hour. He centered much of his message around the imagery of the novel Moby Dick. The author, Herman Melville, was a prophet of our present times he said.

LETTER: Rethink water meters

LETTER: Rethink water meters

Dear Editor,

Water is of utmost significance to all of us.  We are vulnerable if we don't have access to clean affordable water.  So, water is worth thinking and talking about.  Following are some points I wish to share for consideration:

Control the water, and you control the people.  Water is needed for survival.  And, water is needed for crop irrigation and food security.

COMMENT: Income splitting

COMMENT: Income splitting

During the last federal election, Stephen Harper promised that the government would introduce an income-splitting proposal, after balancing the federal budget.

Income splitting has the worthy objective of making it easier for two-parent families to choose to have one parent work, or work part time, in order to spend time caring for children. Realistically, this option is not available to most of today’s families, who need two full-time incomes in order to meet their basic living costs, including the costs of looking after children.

LETTER: Bobcats still need protection

Bobcat. -- A Wiki Commons image.

Global News recently showcased a story of a bobcat treed by two coyotes. This certainly is not an unusual event to those who have hunted the bobcat with hounds but the story did capture the awe and respect that this elusive nocturnal predator demands.

The bobcat is a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) animal and although not endangered in BC the listing demands thoughtful, prudent management. As a result of CITES, all bobcat kills must be reported.

LETTER: Jimenez death in CBSA Vancouver - Oh Canada - a land of Prisons and pipelines

LETTER: Jimenez death in CBSA Vancouver - Oh Canada - a land of Prisons and pipelines

Dear editor,

I am appalled by the jailing and the subsequent death in custody of CBSA in Vancouver, of Lucia Vega Jimenez - a 42 year old Mexican woman working to save money to care for her ailing mother.

A generation of BC children lose out

BCTF President Jim Iker . . . Premier Clark has a choice

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

This week the BC Supreme Court ruled, for the second time, that the BC government broke the Constitution, twice when it stripped teachers of our working conditions.

Those working conditions kept class sizes small, ensured students had access to specialist teachers, and provided extra help to students with special needs. This week’s ruling was a victory for teachers and students, but also for working people across BC and Canada.

LETTER: Reader feels despair over logging in Lynch Creek

LETTER: Reader feels despair over logging in Lynch Creek

Dear Editor

Reading 'Logging in Lynch Creek North is underway'  filled me with despair and anger. Dispair because Lynch Creek North is an important corridor for a threatened grizzly bear population and the road density in the area already far exceeds the level recommended by grizzly bear biologists.