Commentary

Bill 11 attacks BC Education
by Michelle Mungall on May 10 2015 - 11:48am

We all know how important education is to any person’s success in life. It’s equally imperative to the wellbeing of our communities and entire society.

In Canada, we are fortunate to have developed a robust public education system available to every child and rooted in democratic governance.

Letters to the Editor

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.

Letter: Missing Canada

Letter: Missing Canada

The Editor:

Do you remember when people from many countries put Canadian flags on their backpacks when traveling? Everyone wanted to be seen as Canadian because being Canadian allowed safe travel all over the world.

Things have changed. Now not even Canadians are necessarily willing to plaster their luggage with the flag like we once did. Canada’s reputation on the world stage has changed significantly and we have Stephen Harper and the Conservative government to thank for that.

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this because I am just livid.
My neighbour is 70 years old. She has suffered a stroke, has had two heart attacks, and multiple surgeries on her pancreas. She is not in good health, to say the least. Doesn't stop her though, she was out shoveling snow yesterday!

Letter: MP Atamanenko complains of 'heavy-handed' Service Canada

Letter: MP Atamanenko complains of 'heavy-handed' Service Canada

Editor, The Nelson Daily
 
My constituency office in Castlegar has recently heard from many concerned seniors who did not receive their pension cheques as usual in October and November.

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF CASTLEGAR, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

This is a call for calm. And a call for respect.  Your city workers are on a legal strike – for the first time in 60 years. That’s a long relationship and one that needs to be protected and respected.

Much has been said during this dispute and while most of the exchanges and discussion has been respectful and reasonable, some of it has not been appropriate or constructive.