Commentary

Why have nation-states?
by Charles Jeanes on Apr 8 2014 - 8:23am

Colonies and Nations

Two things happening in Canada now must move one to ask why Canada is. Immigration of alien cultures here is one, and Quebec sovereignty is the other, reason to ask: Why is there a jurisdiction, this political entity, called “Canada”? The historical answer comes most readily to me, with my background as an historian.

Letters to the Editor

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%” ?

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.