Commentary

A $243,000 bill courtesy of Canada’s governments
by Contributor on Apr 2 2014 - 4:22pm

By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre, and Milagros Palacios

The Fraser Institute

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Area road maintenance on a slippery slope?

LETTER: Area road maintenance on a slippery slope?

Dear editor,

Road maintenance in our area has deteriorated drastically over the last few years.

Letter writer surprised at City plans to dump Civic Movie Theatre

Letter writer surprised at City plans to dump Civic Movie Theatre

Editor, The Nelson Daily

On April 5, 2011 (yes, almost one entire year ago), I wrote Councillor Deb Kozak about the City's plans for the vacant Nelson Movie Theatre — which at that point had been unoccupied for several months. 

I had left manyunanswered voice mail messages for the City Manager — with no response whatsoever.  And to her credit, Ms. Kozak responded the very next day. 

As a result of her explanations and other sources of information, I learned that:

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 She has now withdrawn as Independent Legal Counsel.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.