Commentary

The Castlegar Enquirer - is it what you want?
by Kyra Hoggan on Apr 9 2014 - 11:18am

I'm not in the habit of discussing my professional decisions on this site, not because I don't welcome input, but rather because I think our role should be to report the news, not become the news.

Letters to the Editor

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. 

LETTER: UBC students support ban on candy-flavoured cigarettes

LETTER: UBC students support ban on candy-flavoured cigarettes

Dear Editor,

We are third year nursing students at UBC-Okanagan and are writing in regard to the growing amount of flavoured tobacco products available today. With National Non-Smoking Week upon us, we feel it is important to address this concern specifically because of the way these products are being marketed towards youth.

LETTER: A reminder from the food bank to keep donating

LETTER: A reminder from the food bank to keep donating

To the residents of our area:

As I look outside my window this morning, at the heavy snow weighing down branches and bushes, I can't help but think how the physical trauma of hunger and the psychological burden of not being able to provide for one's family must weigh on the shoulders of Food Bank clients. We live in a land of abundance, yet members of our community don't have the resources to feed themselves adequately nor to provide warmth and shelter for themselves and their families. You can help!

LETTER: Atamanenko protests Canada Post cuts

LETTER: Atamanenko protests Canada Post cuts

Dear Minister,

Like many Canadians, I was shocked to hear Canada Post’s announcement that it was planning to eliminate home delivery services, pursue the privatization of postal outlets, increase postal rates and lay off between 6,000 and 8,000 postal workers. The Canada Post Act doesn’t call upon Canada Post to make a profit at any cost. The three major mandates are service to all Canadians, reasonable costs and good labour relations. The changes to service proposed by Canada Post will in reality undermine all of these.

Recovering Grizzly Populations are not a Threat to Humans

Recovering Grizzly Populations are not a Threat to Humans

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Wildsight has been engaged with grizzly bear population surveys as well as efforts to assure healthy grizzly bear populations in the region for several decades.