Commentary

LETTER: Trail pedestrian bridge has million dollar implications for Rossland
by Ken Holmes on Sep 7 2014 - 6:09am

It appears that in the recent referendum about 27% of Trail’s eligible voters voted in favour of a combined pedestrian / pipe-bridge. It also appears that 64% didn’t bother to vote at all, maybe because they had been told by their Council that it would not cost them anything in additional taxes… so why bother.

Letters to the Editor

Labour Day message from B.C. Fed

Labour Day message from B.C. Fed

Editor, The Nelson Daily

The origins of Labour Day in Canada trace back 140 years to 1872 and a parade held in support of a Toronto union's strike for a 58-hour work week.  Back then, union activity was illegal in Canada and 24 workers were jailed for their role in the strike.

An outcry of support and rally on September 3 of 1873 led Prime Minister John A. MacDonald to commit to repealing the law banning union activity, helping to lay the groundwork for real progress for working people.

LETTER: Closure of the Nelson BC DFO Office

LETTER: Closure of the Nelson BC DFO Office

The Hon. Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Place de Ville, Tower C, 29th Floor, 330 Sparks Street

Otatwa, Ontario, K1A 0N5

RE:  Closure of the Nelson BC DFO Office

Dear Minister:

I write to bring to your attention concerns that are being voiced by local residents and elected officials about the closure of the Nelson, BC DFO Office and the re-assignment or loss of staff biologists here. 

Frustrated Uphill residents plead with city to fix three-decade-old electrical problem

Frustrated Uphill residents plead with city to fix three-decade-old electrical problem

Editor, The Nelson Daily:

After the thunderstorm on July 20, we, in the small area of Uphill near Robson and Hall Streets, are wondering, once again, why no one at the City Electrical Department was aware that ourpower didn't come back on when the rest of the City's power was restored. 

We and our neighbours within this very small grid (approximately 10 - 12 homes) were without power for at least 24 hours.

Hazard mapping to prevent landslides sorely need in BC.

Hazard mapping to prevent landslides sorely need in BC.

Editor, The Nelson Daily:

The Perry Ridge Water Users Association extends their sincere condolences to the victims of the Johnsons Landing landslide.

Our Association has tracked landslides in the Kootenays for close to 30 years, using the expertise of Frank Baumann P. Eng,  Dr. June Ryder, P. Geo,the late Dr. Tony Salway, Terrain Specialist, Trevor Jones, Engineer and Allen Isaacson, Hydrologist.

LETTER: Proposed federal riding boundary changes need local discussion

LETTER: Proposed federal riding boundary changes need local discussion

Dear Editor:

I am writing about hearings that are to be held in our area with respect to the way the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission has decided to divide up the province between Members of Parliament.

Hearings in our area are scheduled for Nelson on October 2, 2012 and Castlegar on October 3, 2012. None are scheduled for Trail.

RDCK chair, John Kettle applauds provincial government

RDCK chair, John Kettle applauds provincial government

Editor, The Nelson Daily

A letter to Honourable Christy Clark, MLA, Premier of British Columbia by Regional District of Central Kootenay chairperson, John Kettle.

Dear Premier Clark:

On behalf of the Regional District of Central Kootenay I want to sincerely thank you and your government for the immediate and effective response to our letter requesting help. As you know, we were among many throughout the province looking at potentially disastrous implications from inordinate rains and run off.

LETTER: Area residents need to stop Ottawa/Elections Canada from further diluting our collective voice

LETTER: Area residents need to stop Ottawa/Elections Canada from further diluting our collective voice

Open Letter to West Kootenay Residents:

It seems like the people who make decisions far away in Ottawa don't quite understand BC nor do they understand the importance of physical geography in such a mountainous place.

They look at maps with demographics and populations and what they have is an impression of where we live, but not how we live or what our communities really look like. It's disappointing that Elections Canada would break apart our West Kootenay Community and place the entire area surrounding Nelson into the East Kootenay Region just to shuffle numbers.

Criminology Department Chair at Nanaimo's VIU has a few words of advice for Nelson City Council

Criminology Department Chair at Nanaimo's VIU has a few words of advice for Nelson City Council

Editor, The Nelson Daily

On May 7, a debate in the chambers of Nelson City Council on a motion about legalizing cannabis was profoundly similar to others currently taking place across Canada and the world (Council Debates Legalization of Pot, June 12, 2012).

As an active participant in this debate, I have some suggestions which may help us work toward common ground.

First, let’s recognize that we share a desire to live in healthy communities.

LETTER: Quebec protests about much more than tuition

LETTER: Quebec protests about much more than tuition
Greetings to you, my friends in the Rest of Canada (ROC)
 
I am writing you because i am really concerned that English Canada is not getting good information on what is happening right now in Québec.  Particularly lamentable is the CBC and the Globe and Mail.  And, apparently, Maclean’s.
 
You are being presented with a lot of information about a few demonstrators who have a political agenda and use aggressive tactics to get across their message.

LETTER: Oberfeld way out of line, says local MP

LETTER: Oberfeld way out of line, says local MP

Dear Editor,

In reading the May 23 OPED “Pushing the West OUT of Canada” I was shocked at the hateful level of vitriol and misrepresentation being expressed by the author.  To suggest that NDP leader Tom Mulcair, or any other New Democrat MP would consider “screwing the West” to win seats in Eastern Canada is a slanderous attack based purely on fiction. 

It would appear that the author prefers to rely on simplistic Conservative Party talking points to form his politic opinions rather than take the time to delve into the issues.