Commentary

Wearing my historian’s hat
by Charles Jeanes on Aug 11 2014 - 5:49pm

“I am under no obligation to be the person I was five minutes ago.”--- Facebook poster ( no author )


Pessimism, the incidence of violence, and progress

Is there evidence that humanity is on a historical course toward a progressive, better future?

Letters to the Editor

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. 

LETTER: Got a fix that this province really needs? Try BC Ideas...

LETTER: Got a fix that this province really needs? Try BC Ideas...

Do you have an idea or program that addresses the health, social or environmental challenges facing BC communities? Do you know someone who does?

Nelson-Creston Greens join mayors in effort to halt meaningless war

Nelson-Creston Greens join mayors in effort to halt meaningless war

The Editor, The Nelson Daily:

Calls to end the infamous 'War on Drugs' don't just come from the funny dressed hairy crowd anymore.

Over the decades a number of Canadian senate committees have called for an end to it and the conservative Fraser Institute has condemned it since 2001.

Last June the United Nations Global Commission on Drugs Policy put it this way: “the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do no harm to others should be ended”.

A few reasons on why Nelson needs to keep the Civic Theatre

A few reasons on why Nelson needs to keep the Civic Theatre

Editor,  The Nelson Daily

(Mikaiya Austin of Nelson decided to pen her thoughts on why the Heritage City needs a local theatre to watch movies.)

How many people, no matter their age, could honestly say that they hate the movies? I am willing to bet very few.

A night out to the theatre can be magical, romantic, adventurous, emotional, and exciting. Visions of lives that are not familiar to us can be  lived by everyone for an evening. An evening where one story is told yet hundreds of emotions are felt.

You need more than 47 grand to get into one percent club

You need more than 47 grand to get into one percent club

Editor, The Nelson Daily
 
Who is the one per cent against whom Occupy wants us to mobilize? A website called Global Rich will tell you.

Unfortunately it uses simple math to calculate who is "rich" and come up with a figure around $47,500 Cdn. as being in the top 1 per cent annual wage earners.

Arithmetically, you are in the 1 %. But politically, socially, economically, you are an object -— not a self-ruling citizen.

LETTER: Not everyone thrilled about Rick Hansen's visit

LETTER: Not everyone thrilled about Rick Hansen's visit

Dear Rick Hansen:

I hope that during your next 25 years of raising money for spinal cord research (SCR) we will see the end of inhumane, scientifically fallacious spinal cord experiments on animals. It was 25 years ago when Lifeforce, a Vancouver based ecology and animal rights organization, gave you extensive data about the failure of “animal models” but you went on to fund animal experiments. Your Boards have had many vivisectors directing your funding priorities. You raised $20 million for SCR as the “Man in Motion”. Your “dream” for a cure is a nightmare for animals.

LETTER: Wood fires--wholesome or hypocritical?

LETTER: Wood fires--wholesome or hypocritical?

Dear Editor,

I’ve just been reading your story “Only YOU can prevent cancer now” and can support wholeheartedly the mission of the PCN (Prevent Cancer Now) campaigners.

Pacific Coast Airlines VP attempts to clear up media reports

Pacific Coast Airlines VP attempts to clear up media reports

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Below is our response to recent media stories speaking to the safety and reliability of services to Trail versus Castlegar airports.

The primary focus of the stories was on recently released data showing the Trail service being more reliable than the service in Castlegar.

The higher reliability of the Trail service is due to two factors:

Operations
• The flexibility of our operation allows us to delay/hold flight departures for improving weather conditions.

The window is shrinking

The window is shrinking

Editor, the Nelson Daily:
 
I appreciated the recent editorial cartoon of Harper and his welcome mat to China in your recent edition.

Just after I saw that, I read that the Wildrose Party of Alberta had proposed a pipeline policy for Canada that seems -- dare I say this about a right-wing party? -- "progressive." An all-Canadian pipeline to Atlantic Canada, not meant to sell oil to China or the USA, but to share our nation's resource with all provinces -- this is the Wildrose Party's idea.