Commentary

COMMENT: Do our political values match our personal ones?
by Adrian Barnes on Mar 27 2014 - 12:00pm

I was talking with a student at the college earlier this week. She’s writing a paper about the turmoil in School District 20 that led to the loss of K-12 in Rossland last year (it’s history already!). Ironically, it was recently revealed that this ‘hard-headed’, ‘fiscally prudent’ ‘cost saving’ measure has ended up costing the district money (in the form of a projected $729 000 deficit for the upcoming year) thanks largely to the loss of students to the Seven Summits Centre and, presumably, homeschooling.

Letters to the Editor

A letter to SD No. 8 parents from Superintendent Jeff Jones

A letter to SD No. 8 parents from Superintendent Jeff Jones

The Nelson Daily has obtained a copy of the letter Kootenay Lake Superintendent of Schools/CEO Jeff Jones is sending home to parents in School District No. 8.

Dear Parents:

I am pleased that teachers and students were back in classes today, learning in safe and effective environments throughout our District.

At this time I am uncertain as to what will happen next in this challenging and very complex dispute.

Over the Spring Break I encourage you to watch our website, and pay attention to media reports.

LETTER: First Nations Summit withdrawal from Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

LETTER: First Nations Summit withdrawal from Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

Your Commission appointed Robyn Gervais as Independent Legal Counsel for Aboriginal interests. We had no role or any say in this matter. She has now withdrawn as Independent Legal Counsel. We find it extremely disturbing that she has had to take this drastic step.

The First Nations Summit applied for standing and was granted Limited Participant status. Despite the fact the government failed completely to provide any financial resources to our and all other First Nations/Aboriginal organizations, we did what we could to participate.

B.C. Nurses Union concerned about Castlegar Emergency services

B.C. Nurses Union concerned about Castlegar Emergency services

Editor, The Nelson Daily

BC Nurses’ Union members continue to be concerned about the closure of the Castlegar Emergency services on February 4.

B.C. Pharmacists respond to Health Employers Association wage rollback

B.C. Pharmacists respond to Health Employers Association wage rollback

Editor, The Nelson Daily

On January 6, 2012, the Health Employers Association of BC suddenly announced a unilateral 9%-14% wage rollback for B.C.’s hospital pharmacists.

The wage rollback is certain to aggravate an ongoing staffing shortage in
BC’s hospital pharmacies, putting all British Columbians at risk.

MP from B.C. Southern Interior scribes letter to Minister Finley

MP from B.C. Southern Interior scribes letter to Minister Finley

February 13, 2012

Ottawa, ON

The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Room 707 Confederation Building

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Finley,

Enclosed please find two letters from constituents which represent the feedback my office has been receiving since the Prime Minister made the announcement to increase the Old Age Security (OAS) age to 67.

Kootenay Lake Superintendent Jeff Jones sends out letter to parents regarding six-month teacher dispute

Kootenay Lake Superintendent Jeff Jones sends out letter to parents regarding six-month teacher dispute

Dear Parents:

It is February, and the strike action taken by members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) throughout the Province of British Columbia is still continuing.

This is the sixth month of their action, and this marks a year of collective bargaining.

At this point, teachers are still in Phase One of their action. This phase of the teachers’ job action focusses on the withdrawal of many services normally provided by teachers.

Our Prime Minister’s 'new Canadian patriotism'

Our Prime Minister’s 'new Canadian patriotism'

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Do we accept Stephen Harper’s “new Canadian patriotism”?

We in the Kootenays, with pacificist traditions from Quakers, Doukhobors, and Viet Nam war resisters, surely must be alerted by a Prime Minister with a vision of Canada standing tall with military muscle beside imperial nations like America and Britain.

Pothole gobbles up Castlegar residents car

The best way to explain my issue would be in chronological order but would require a longer article to accomplish.

Open letter regarding hearings into proposed Endbridge pipeline

Open letter regarding hearings into proposed Endbridge pipeline

Dear Prime Minister:

 

We are deeply concerned that your government has already determined the outcome of the controversial Enbridge pipelines proposal even before the panel responsible for assessing its impacts has commenced its hearings. This, in our opinion, has the real potential to completely undermine the independence and impartiality of the Panel, its report and recommendations.

Occupiers . . . another movement toward necessary change

Occupiers . . . another movement toward necessary change

To the Editor, The Nelson Daily

I write this from a big city, Victoria, during the holiday.

The new year has begun today, and I am moved to reflect on what Nelson might expect from the downstream effects of the Occupation events in 2011. From an urban landscape, which is the habitat of most planetary residents, I can see more clearly.
 
Does Nelson have any persons who are in the so-called “rich 1%” ?