Commentary

Letter: Questioning the reasoning of the BC Premier
by Letters to the ... on Jul 26 2015 - 7:13pm

To The Editor:

This week Premier Clark blamed climate change for wildfire increase in BC. 

She wants to impose “stiffer penalties” for those who cause them.

Will this apply to her government, whose support of LNG projects will lead to increased fossil fuel extraction?

The scientific journal Nature said that fossil fuel extraction must “fall to negligible levels by 2020, to avoid an increase beyond the 2 C that allows a livable planet”. 

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Where does it end?

Letter writer Rocco Mastrobuono of Nelson questions the IHA decision not to purchase a new digital mammography machine for Kootenay Lake Hospital.

To the Editor:

Recently, Thalia Vesterback (Interior Health) rebutted an article in the Nelson Star questioning the IHA’s recent decision not to purchase a new digital mammography machine for KLH and move these services to Trail, which can absorb the additional capacity.

Her response was misleading, neglected some hard truths and has raised more questions than it answered.
 
The lack of transparency in making this decision is alarming.

Who was consulted before this decision was made?

LETTER: Local resident urges opposition to Bill C-51

LETTER: Local resident urges opposition to Bill C-51

Dear Editor,

I would like to urge all citizens of Canada and our local MP Alex Atamanenko,  to speak out against Bill C-51.

Letter: Recent expansion to West Arm Park will not significantly benefit caribou herd

Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

To the Editor:

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) played a leading role in the establishment of Valhalla and Goat Range Provincial Parks, and it goes without saying that VWS welcomes the recent expansion to West Arm Park.

Contrary to government claims, however, the addition will not significantly benefit the endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd.
 
Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

LETTER: Couple who lost house to fire offer thanks

LETTER: Couple who lost house to fire offer thanks

It is with mixed feelings of gratitude and sorrow that we extend a heart-felt thank you to the brave individuals who responded to our house fire in Paterson on the evening of Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank you for saving our outbuildings and the forest surrounding our home.  Our horses are also grateful to you all for saving their feed and keeping them safe. 

Letter: Please don’t get grossed out

Letter: Please don’t get grossed out

The Editor:

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used a long time as a measure of economic growth and assumed to describe the overall economic health of a nation. 

The calculation of GDP, however, does not factor in the real costs of doing business.  Issues such as social and environmental impacts are not considered. 

Resource depletion and pollution remediation are not factored in.
When these other factors are considered, we have something called the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). 

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).