Commentary

COMMENT: As municipal elections approach, what's the cause of voter apathy?
by Dermod Travis on Sep 7 2014 - 6:13am

Taken aback by complete strangers walking up to you this summer to shake hands? Well, that's because they're back. Candidates on the hustings for a city hall near you.

And despite their enthusiasm, it's not a passion shared by most voters if past elections are any indication.

Even though local governments in B.C. oversee more than $7 billion in annual spending, some communities may only see one in five voters go out and cast a ballot this November.

Letters to the Editor

Balance between industry and environment must be reestablished — Wildsight

Balance between industry and environment must be reestablished — Wildsight

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Neither Teck nor the BC government has denied the well documented facts reiterated by the recent selenium study quoted in Wildsight and its partners’ media release on the poisoning of the Elk River. 

B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake reacted by the afternoon of our release stating that there would be no new coalmines approved in the Elk Valley until a valley-wide plan to manage the cumulative effects of selenium concentrations in the Elk River is developed.

Operator of five coalmines in the Elk Valley committed to health of Elk River

Operator of five coalmines in the Elk Valley committed to health of Elk River

Editor, The Nelson Daily

A recent study out of the U.S. has generated much discussion about the health of the Elk River. 

As the operator of five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley, which employ over 4,000 people who live in the region, we take environmental issues very seriously.

LETTER: Help save Kootenay Lake Camp Koolaree

LETTER: Help save Kootenay Lake Camp Koolaree

Dear editor,

When Laurel and moved our family to this part of the world, we were were blessed with the option of sending our children to Camp Koolaree. On the shores of Kootenay Lake, just a bit north of Nelson, it's a rustic wilderness camp owned by the United Church that’s accessible by boat or a hike on the railway only. Home to 140 kids who canoe, swim, hike, play, sing, and run every July and August, it has existed since 1932 as a place of formation and transformation for thousands of children.

LETTER: IntegrityBC recommends platform commitments for all parties before election

LETTER: IntegrityBC recommends platform commitments for all parties before election

IntegrityBC has released a letter that it has sent all 24 registered political parties in the province detailing a series of recommendations on electoral reform and government accountability for each party to consider putting forward in their respective platforms for the May 14th general election. The letter has also been sent to each BC Liberal and NDP MLA. IntegrityBC invites independent candidates to propose similar reforms.

Greenwashers continue to waste taxpayers dollars

Greenwashers continue to waste taxpayers dollars

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

Did you know Nelson now has $50,000 dollars of grant money in solar power panels? 

This is grid tie PV solar, or in other words, it is hooked to the power grid and if there is excess power the meter spins backwards making money. 

The data for the first system on a public building has been in place for two years now shows it has made $300. 

If it were real money and not grant money, a 25 year loan would have cost  $3167 by now or $2800 more than if nothing were done. 

LETTER: You do the math

LETTER: You do the math

Pretend you are back at school and your teacher assigns you the following math problem:

School District 20 is facing another huge fiscal crisis due to government down-loading of costs and needs to cut its budget by $1,750,000 and has decided that it wants to close some schools before sharing all of the potential options it may be considering for addressing its budget crisis.

LETTER: An open letter to Rossland city councillors

LETTER: An open letter to Rossland city councillors

Dear Rossland City Councilors,

I am baffled by the Mayor calling a public meeting and then having nothing specific to say.  He acknowledges  that “mistakes were made” but can’t say what they were. He says there have been changes but can’t identify any specifically.

Most outrageously, he continues to say that there is no evidence of illegality, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

LETTER: A modest proposal for the BC Liberals, the Ministry of Education, and SD20

LETTER: A modest proposal for the BC Liberals, the Ministry of Education, and SD20

Dear madames/sirs,

Nobody can deny that our government needs to focus on the citizens that count. We cannot continue to spend money on education, health care and social services while the population using those services are barely  paying into the tax base. Less than 3% of children and teens attending school earn an income, while the injured, sick and elderly lying about in hospitals are certainly not contributing to the workforce.

LETTER: In remembering war let us envision peace

LETTER: In remembering war let us envision peace

To the Editor;

This poem was written by Nicholas Peters just after the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Peters, who lived for some years at Grande Pointe, Manitoba, Canada, had emigrated from Russia in 1925 as a boy of 10 and had seen firsthand the horrors of revolution and war in his native country.

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and trained as a flying officer. He died on the night of March 7 - 8, 1945 after his aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The poem is from a collection of Peters' work entitled Another Morn.

Canada-China Foreign Investment Partnership Agreement must be stopped

Canada-China Foreign Investment Partnership Agreement must be stopped

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I'm writing because the citizens of Canada need to act quickly to prevent PM (Stephen) Harper from pushing an extremely dangerous piece of legislation through parliament without a single debate or vote.

Its called the Canada-China Foreign Investment Partnership Agreement (FIPA) and its purpose is to open the door to massive Chinese companies buying out Canadian natural resource companies.