Commentary

Four Prime Questions about Harper’s Response to Ottawa Shooting
by Murray Dobbin on Nov 4 2014 - 6:50am

Two weeks after the senseless murder of a soldier on Parliament Hill (and another earlier in Montreal) there are several things we know and many we don’t. Obvious questions have been asked and inconvenient ones have been left aside.

We know — and indeed could predict one second after the shooting — that Stephen Harper would use it as an excuse to expand the security and surveillance state he has been constructing.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Don't be taken in - gas marketers in town

LETTER: Don't be taken in - gas marketers in town

To the Editor:

A colorfully dressed man named Raad and his associate were making calls on people’s homes in the 7000 block of 18th Street in Grand Forks last week. When he called on my uncle he said that he was “with the Access people and was there to protect buyers from rising gas prices.”

He said he could give him a guaranteed rated for the next five years. My uncle was skeptical but found the man to be assertive that he knew what he was doing and was very positive about his “good company.”

Reader concerned about nature and extent of mental illness and addictions in BC

Reader concerned about nature and extent of mental illness and addictions in BC

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I am deeply concerned and distressed over the state of affairs in our Province in regard to the care and treatment that those with mental disorders, including addictions, receive --- or, more often, fail to receive.

Nelson Area Society for Health chairperson urges public to get involved

Nelson Area Society for Health chairperson urges public to get involved

Editor, The Nelson Daily:
 
This is an open letter to asking the BC Minister of Health to implement all 176 recommendations in the Ombudsperson's February 2012 Report "The Best of Care, Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2)". 

After hearing Ombudsperson, Kim Carter, speak on September 12th, we are most impressed with the scope and thoroughness of this investigation. 

LETTER: As winter approaches, are our highways safe enough?

LETTER: As winter approaches, are our highways safe enough?

Dear editor,

I have previously written about the state of our roads and highways, especially after my family was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in January last year.  Luckily, they walked away with minor injuries but the effects psychologically have lasted much longer.

CUPE 2262 members in Nelson still without a contract

CUPE 2262 members in Nelson still without a contract

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Workers at the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) continue to seek a fair and reasonable collective agreement as rotating strike action continues this week in Nelson.

The goal of the job action, says CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette, is to put pressure on the Regional District while causing as little disruption as possible to Nelson residents and NDCC users.

Research work being conducted on the Kokanee Shoal Spawners

Research work being conducted on the Kokanee Shoal Spawners

Editor, The Nelson Daily

You are likely familiar with the brilliant red color that the kokanee salmon turn in the fall when they are spawning in creeks and rivers in the area. Did you know that kokanee can also be found spawning on the beaches of some of our lakes?

These are kokanee that are called “shoal spawners”, and are found scattered throughout the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

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.