Commentary

West Kootenay elites and the collapse of civilization
by Charles Jeanes on Mar 26 2014 - 6:25am

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Letters to the Editor

OP/ED: Nestle Waters takes issue with Atamanenko's bottled-water stance

OP/ED: Nestle Waters takes issue with Atamanenko's bottled-water stance

I read with interest the article that appeared in the December 9, 2011, edition of The Castlegar Source entitled, “MP wants bottled water banned.”

In the piece, BC South Interior MP Alex Atamanenko based his recent statement about bottled water in the House of Commons on information that has long been confirmed as false — mythology one typically finds on anti-bottled water activists’ websites or in circulars published by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

Letter: Occupy Nelson — stay tuned citizens, this is not over

Letter: Occupy Nelson — stay tuned citizens, this is not over

To the Editor,

What did the Occupiers accomplish, and how has the Occupation changed Nelson and local politics?

The Oct. 15 march was a one-off, a great occasion for our local vocal middle class liberals and progressives to replay their radically-youthful politics from the 1960's and '70's. After that day, the real significance of the Occupy movement would be seen in action, not symbolic protest. Was there a plan or agenda for legislative demands? No. This time it's different. And what happened ---?

Occupy for the 98 per cent of us not camping out

Occupy for the 98 per cent of us not camping out

To the Editor,

A friend commented last week how badly she felt not knowing a way to support this movement.

Encampments do not appear to be a sustainable way to keep the issues in the public eye through the media.

I propose inviting others to write letters to the editor and maintaining some belief that your journalistic integrity will have you selecting the most worthwhile: probing the issues, the means and the solutions from a diversity of voices.

Occupy Nelson delivers accolades for a 'job well done'

Occupy Nelson delivers accolades for a 'job well done'

To the Editor:

We of Occupy Nelson would like to thank the City of Nelson, the Nelson City Police and the helpful folks on City Council for assisting us with dismantling the physical Occupation in front of City Hall.

We would like to thank the incredibly helpful (and ever-thoughtful) City manager for waiting until our most vulnerable members were off site filling their bellies at a soup kitchen before giving the go-ahead for the take-down crew to begin disassembling the Occupation site.

Grieving dead not celebration of victory, nor normalization of war for government purposes

Grieving dead not celebration of victory, nor normalization of war for government purposes

To the Editor:

This letter is addressed first to the two soldiers of Canada who’ve served in Afghanistan and spoke to me at my one-man protest  Remembrance Day.

LETTER: Democracy wins at UBCM with regard to Smart Meters

LETTER: Democracy wins at UBCM with regard to Smart Meters

Dear Editor,

The BC Liberals' attempts to silence the growing Smart Meter controversy have failed at the Union of BC Municipalities convention with delegates voting for a province-wide moratorium. Could the heavy-handed, dictatorial edicts of Rich Coleman and the Liberals have actually prompted this clear vote for democracy, pushing back this denial of democratic process, denial of human rights, and denial of freedoms and liberties enshrined in our Canadian Charter?

LETTER: Atamanenko can't answer for NDP supporters of GM foods

LETTER: Atamanenko can't answer for NDP supporters of GM foods

To the Editor:

New Democratic Party (NDP) MP Alex Atamanenko is concerned about genetically modified (GM) foods. Great… But how does he explain the two NDP premiers who established the GM industry’s permanent presence in Western Canada?

In all the media coverage of Atamanenko’s discussions on genetic modification, not one reporter has ever asked him why the NDP Premier of Saskatchewan, Roy Romanow, and the NDP Premier of Manitoba, Gary Doer, both supported the science of genetic engineering when they held office.

The urban chicken issue will return to Nelson City council this fall

The urban chicken issue will return to Nelson City council this fall

To the Editor:

The domestic dog: a wolf descendant whose bite is responsible for about 1,000 hospitalizations per day (mostly facial injuries of kids), and 34 deaths in 2010 in the USA alone.

Known for producing loud noise at all hours of the day, often roaming freely and leaving unsightly and smelly poop everywhere. Perfectly legal in Nelson. 

Do you have a cancer game plan?

Do you have a cancer game plan?

To the Editor,

During September, the Canadian Cancer Society is highlighting men’s health with a fun and informative campaign – What’s Your Game Plan? – to remind men of the simple steps they can take to reduce their risk of cancer below the waist including prostate, colorectal and testicular cancers. 

Letter: RE: Vote subsidy hypocrisy (September 13, 2011)

Letter: RE: Vote subsidy hypocrisy (September 13, 2011)

To the Editor,

It is our Government’s long-standing position that political parties should rely on their supporters for financing, supporters who choose to fund the activities of political parties.

The “per-vote subsidy” to fund political parties is, in fact, a tax-on-voting. Canadians should have choice over whether or not they want to fund political activities. A vote at the ballot-box shouldn’t mean a donation to a political party.