Commentary

There's a lot of money floating around now that construction has commenced on the Site C dam in Northern BC.
by Dermod Travis on Aug 24 2016 - 7:50pm

Another megaproject, another chance to dole out direct award contracts.

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of Site C dam construction.

The list provided to the News at the end of July covers the period from Jan. 1 2014 to Feb. 29, 2016 and is as interesting for what's in it, as for what's redacted.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Winlaw School Closure Consultation Process Flawed

Letter: Winlaw School Closure Consultation Process Flawed

To The Editor:

I’m new to the area and was curious why the local school board was planning to close Winlaw elementary school.

From what I had read it was a growing school at near capacity (seemingly opposite to that often cited case for closing a rural school - dwindling enrolment in an aging population).

Neither of the public consultations I attended at WE Graham elementary school in Slocan on May 17th or Winlaw elementary school on June 13th provided any answers - or did they. 


LETTER: Speak up during government review of Canada Post

LETTER: Speak up during government review of Canada Post

Dear Editor:

Canada Post management has given every indication that they will lock out their clerks and letter carriers and rural drivers any time after July 2. Negotiations have been ongoing for six months and in the spring, management applied for conciliation and requested that process be speeded up so they could lock us out faster.

They have communicated with large volume mailers, which is why you may have recently received robo-calls from businesses telling you to make sure you keep paying your bills whether or not you receive any.

Letter: Nelson Shore residents strangely quiet on proposed move of Balfour Ferry Terminal

Letter: Nelson Shore residents strangely quiet on proposed move of Balfour Ferry Terminal

To The Editor:

I find it very disconcerting to notice that the residents of Nelson and particularly the North Shore are being so silent on the proposed ferry landing move to Queens Bay. 

They may only be looking at the study that has been published which shows there to be quite a cost savings if it is moved.  Unfortunately the study is very one sided and has excluded some huge costs that will bring the total cost of the move and the upgrade at Balfour to be very similar. 

Letter: Open letter to Minister of Education Hon. Mike Bernier

Letter: Open letter to Minister of Education Hon. Mike Bernier

To The Editor:

Open letter to Minister of Education Mike Bernier
 
Dear Minister Bernier,
 

We are writing to bring your attention to the financial struggle rural school districts face in this province.  In our constituencies of Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, rural schools are facing closure and districts are charging parents for basic services such as busing.

LETTER: THE TROUBLE WITH BEAR BANGERS

Bears

As a wise and departed friend once said to me, “I feel a letter coming on”.

A Bear Banger is a very loud explosive that is launched from a hand held cylinder. They are meant for use in remote areas to ward off aggressive bears for fear of one’s safety. Hikers, wilderness campers, wildlife photographers and the like often carry them. They are unregulated and more available than firecrackers.

Letter: What happens to your poppy money?

Letter: What happens to your poppy money?

To The Editor:

May I draw the attention of you and your readers to a very disturbing news item in the Wednesday June 9 issue of the Vancouver Sun, in the National Post section, page NP 1.  

It refers to an emerging scandal about the treatment of the voluntary secretary of the Lac du Bonnet MB branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Letter: Thank You to those who signed petition concerning water security in Blewett area

Presenting the petition, from left, Mike Devine, Michelle Mungall, Malcolm Fitz-Earle. — Submitted photo

To The Editor:

The Blewett Conservation Society would like to thank all of those who signed our recent petition concerning water security in the Blewett area regarding  aquifer #511. 

There were 874 signatures on the petition and it is now part of the public record as it was presented to the Legislature by Michelle Mungall, MLA, on May 12, 2016. 

Letter: Time for action is NOW

Letter: Time for action is NOW

To The Editor:

We live in the beautiful and struggling ecosystems of BC.  But like everywhere in the world, it is struggling because we are not outside the reaches of the changing climate.

By the end of August 2015 over 6,000 fires raged throughout BC, costing $380 million. Glaciologists tell us the local glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. 

We can see them disappearing before our eyes.  This year, we’ve had above average snow fall, but within a matter of a few warm months, the snow is almost gone. 

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

The BC government is enabling a dangerous disregard for environmental monitoring, reporting and protection among mining companies by letting them off the hook for the full costs of environmental reclamation – leaving taxpayers liable for more than $1.5 billion, a new report shows.

LETTER: Construction at Millennium Park is overkill

LETTER: Construction at Millennium Park is overkill

For the past several years, Millennium Park has undergone many changes. The path allowed access and allowed the community to stroll through nature. The ongoing additions for the past several years have just taken away from the beauty of the walkway, in my opinion.

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