Commentary

When it Comes to Political Ideas, How Big is ‘Big’?
by Murray Dobbin on Mar 25 2014 - 1:44pm

The notion of ‘big ideas’ periodically raises its head in Canadian politics and I recently criticized the NDP for taking a good idea – a national day of action – and wasting it in on, well, small ideas. Specifically I suggested that the party’s focus on excessive interest rates and other charges effectively redefined citizens as consumers, something that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been doing for eight years

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: What has forced teachers to take job action?

LETTER: What has forced teachers to take job action?

Dear editor,

After 30 bargaining sessions at the provincial table we have had no offers of pay increases, benefit improvements or the return of the class size and composition language that the BC Supreme Court recently ruled was illegally stripped from our contracts.

Letter: We should see less weather extremes, not more

Re: Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of climate change

Letter: In praise of Nelson as host for Senior Games

Letter: In praise of Nelson as host for Senior Games

To the Editor:

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Seniors Games for the first time. 

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed it and how fantastic the townspeople and the volunteers were. 

From losing keys (and finding them) and eating fabulous meals at Nelson`s restaurants to riding on the Electric Tram I had a wonderful time.

Everyone was warm, friendly and helpful from the Security folk watching the Dragon boats to the courtesy car drivers to the Tram engineer and conductor noone could have been more helpful. 

MP Atamanenko writes letter to premier in support of Oliver slide victims

MP Atamanenko writes letter to premier in support of Oliver slide victims

Below is the text of a letter from BC Southern Interior Alex Atamanenko to BC Premier Christy Clark regarding victims of the 2010 Oliver slide who have yet to be compensated for their losses. Also, please find attached to this article a pdf containing related and supporting documents about the issue.

Dear Premier,

Letter to the Editor — Mungall pays tribute to great NDP leader

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall with federal NDP leader, Jack Layton. — submitted photo

Hearing that NDP leader Jack Layton passed away (Monday) morning has struck me with a level of unexplainable sadness.

I first met Jack when he stepped forward to run for leader of the national New Democratic Party.

I was 23-years-old, and inspired by his energy, positive message, his creative thinking and get-to-it attitude. Jack didn't see obstacles, only opportunities. Needless to say, I jumped on his campaign for Leader.

LETTER: Dirt bikes on mountain trails--what you need to know

LETTER: Dirt bikes on mountain trails--what you need to know

Dear editor,

Given the comments [posted to this paper] I felt it was worth providing some additional insight from the perspective of the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS).

School District #8 has been on a destructive path: Trafalgar PAC

School District #8 has been on a destructive path: Trafalgar PAC

To the Editor:

Over the past five months the Executive of the Trafalgar Middle School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) felt that School District #8 has been on a destructive path, both in terms of how it was working with parents and its use of flawed criteria for selecting which students would be denied an educational opportunity offered through a public education system. 

LETTER: Utility smart meters may be a health hazard

LETTER: Utility smart meters may be a health hazard

Dear Editor;

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report in the past few weeks that states that people should exercise caution using cell phones and similar wireless device. I have recently learned that Fortis wants to remove our safe power meters and replace them with newer wireless meters that will transmit radiation waves throughout our homes every three minutes day and night.

These impulses will record all your power use as it happens. They will know when you use your appliances and all other power outlets.

No 'right' option in the HST referendum, but 'Yes' seems better than a return to PST and GST

No 'right' option in the HST referendum, but 'Yes' seems better than a return to PST and GST

To the editor:

The Liberals have made the HST an interesting topic of study for political scientists around the world; not in a positive way mind you, but as a fine example of how NOT to implement a tax shift.

What started as a lie in an election has now evolved into Christy Clark's attempt to buy your vote by reducing the HST rate by two per cent and haphazardly tossing in one time payments, much of it to recipients who don't need it.

LETTER: Province's approach to HST question still one of deceit

LETTER: Province's approach to HST question still one of deceit

Dear Editor;

I am so happy at the way the government is handling the harmonized sales tax (HST) question. It has assured me that although the head of the snake has been cut off, the rest of the snake continues to wiggle in deceit.