Commentary

Five of nine key players named in Chalke's report were in government in 2001, three more by 2005 and one by 2007.
by Dermod Travis on Apr 16 2017 - 8:11pm

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 healthy ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government.

Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's report – Misfire: the 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations – pointed to a pattern of falsehood piled upon falsehood.

The term used in text messages to describe the government's approach throughout the debacle would be CYA.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Questioning the reasoning of the BC Premier

Letter: Questioning the reasoning of the BC Premier

To The Editor:

This week Premier Clark blamed climate change for wildfire increase in BC. 

She wants to impose “stiffer penalties” for those who cause them.

Will this apply to her government, whose support of LNG projects will lead to increased fossil fuel extraction?

The scientific journal Nature said that fossil fuel extraction must “fall to negligible levels by 2020, to avoid an increase beyond the 2 C that allows a livable planet”. 

LETTER: Flick your butt out the window, lose your car?

LETTER: Flick your butt out the window, lose your car?

This wildfire season has been one of the most challenging in recent memory.

As of July 14, fire crews have responded to 1,083 fires throughout the province - compared to 523 at the same time a year ago. Of those fires, we know over one-third are human caused. That's 375 fires, leading to an estimated 43,718 hectares going up in flames.

Family of assault victim appreciates support during trying period

Family of assault victim appreciates support during trying period

To The Editor:

On behalf of my wife and children, we would like to express our heartfelt and sincere appreciation to all those who helped my wife in the aftermath of the assault on her life on 8 July, 2015 at approximately 2 p.m.

LETTER: Thanks owed and lessons learned

LETTER: Thanks owed and lessons learned

Ed. Note: for the context of this letter, see full coverage by following this link.

I just want to give a huge thanks to all those who played a part in allowing me and my family to keep Chumlee and Rosie. 

I first must thank my wonderful neighbours who signed my original petition that I submitted to city council and the creation of an online petition that was signed by almost 600 people within 24 hours.  The support you showed us was amazing. 

I would like to thank the various media and social network outlets that told our story which led to the overwhelming support of this wonderful community we call home. 

Five Major Questions For The Province

Five Major Questions For The Province

To The Editor:

June 18 was a momentous date for the people of the Kootenay and British Columbia – cancellation of the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for Jumbo Glacier Resort must now mark the end of a decades-long struggle for the protection of one of this region’s most beloved wild places, the Jumbo Valley.
 

Letter writer questions Nelson Solar Garden project

Letter writer questions Nelson Solar Garden project

To The Editor:

Let me shed the light of reality: the report on the Nelson Solar Garden presented to Nelson Council does not paint a true picture of the idea.

Ten Reasons for a Moratorium on Oil Sands Development

 Ten Reasons for a Moratorium on Oil Sands Development

To The Editor

The June 8th addition of The Guardian tells us encouraging news “G7 leaders agree to phase our fossil fuel use by end of century”.  The European Climate Foundation described the announcement as “historic, signaling the end of the fossil fuel age”.

Release: IHA announces president/CAO's resignation

Release: IHA announces president/CAO's resignation

Interior Health’s board chair Erwin Malzer today announced that president and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny has informed the board of directors of his decision to resign in the fall of 2015 in order to pursue other opportunities.

LETTER: 'Helping' dogs may actually be a hindrance

LETTER: 'Helping' dogs may actually be a hindrance

Dear Editor,

I've been seeing a large number of "kind people" picking up "lost pets" and posting on social media. It's a bit disturbing to me and others that people are so quick to grab the animal and take it home to keep safe until owners are located. 

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

To The Editor:

The Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Education
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Minister Fassbender:

As the Board of Education for School District #8 (Kootenay Lake), we are deeply concerned about the ramifications of Bill 11 on the future of public education in the Province of British Columbia and call upon the provincial government for its immediate withdrawal.

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