Commentary

Today, spending is just 18.4 per cent of BC’s total economic pie (GDP) on government programs and services compared to 21.1 per cent in 2000.
by Canadian Centre... on Apr 26 2017 - 7:35pm

During an election, pundits and political parties tend to focus on spending promises. But the attention on spending makes it easy to forget that we’ve actually witnessed an incredible shrinking of government’s role in BC over the past 15 years.

Unlike the strange mist that shrinks Scott Carey in the 1957 sci-fi classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man, the cause of BC’s shrinking public sector is not so mysterious.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thumbs down on City of Nelson new garbage plan

Letter: Thumbs down on City of Nelson new garbage plan

To The Editor:

I cannot believe the new system that City Hall has instituted now with garbage pick up.

First garbage was included with my taxes and then the city decides to charge as they think that the service is not paying for itself. No proof was ever given of such a monetary loss. Now the new mode is to leave your garbage in a bag by the curb or lane way. Butt do not put it in a can!!!!! 

Letter: Come on in – the water is fine

Letter: Come on in – the water is fine

To The Editor:

Where is BC’s leadership on climate change? Moving first can be risky. Doubt says leaping into the clean energy economy is like coming to the edge of a mountain pool and you cry “Lets jump in!” everybody responds “Great idea!”, so you bound into the air and just before landing in the water you turn and see that nobody has followed. 

Letter: Take Off Blinders Because Wolf Is At The Door

Letter: Take Off Blinders Because Wolf Is At The Door

To The Editor:

Climate science makes rapid advancements while many national policies move backwards. Tragically, we have already entered the rapidly increasing phase of climate change, in which impacts increase nonlinearly. Until recently, we have been protected by the inherent strength of the environment: it can withstand a lot of punishment before it begins to degrade. Now, impacts are happening faster than projected. A clear indication of this underestimation is that Antarctica has begun to lose ice a hundred years ahead of schedule.

Letter: New Year, same fight against climate change

Letter: New Year, same fight against climate change

To The Editor:

The year 2016 looks to go down as the warmest year on record. However the New Year brings reasons for optimism.

A new public opinion research survey of Canadians conducted by Abacus Data, shows 70% support a transition from fossil fuel reliance as quickly as possible, including half in Alberta, to cleaner, lower-carbon sources of energy.

Letter: Is Nelson Hydro a Stealth Tax?

Letter: Is Nelson Hydro a Stealth Tax?

To The Editor:

Letter: All I want for Christmas is Proportional Representation

What's your special present under your Christmas Tree?

To The Editor:

A Christmas poem to all the Liberal MPs in Canada.

Letter: All I want for Christmas is fair voting system for Canada

Letter: All I want for Christmas is fair voting system for Canada

To The Editor:

The mydemocracy.ca survey that the government has invited all households to take part in, has been designed to confuse and ultimately dodge the vital issue of fair voting (proportional representation) in Canada.

The postcard invites Canadians to take part in the national "conversation" on electoral reform however the survey is the furthest thing from a conversation.

Letter: Former Librarian offers solution to NUC library collection conundrum

Letter: Former Librarian offers solution to NUC library collection conundrum

To The Editor:

Re: “Overdue at the Library(Nelson Daily, 29 November 2016) — following, “Lakeside Place gets provincial funding nod from BC Housing”)

LETTER: Senior services sorely lacking

LETTER: Senior services sorely lacking

Dear Editor,

On behalf of a large concerned group of students and local community members, it has come to our attention that there is a lack of senior support financially in the Kootenays, let alone across the province.

The local Senior outreach and support program (SOS) under the Castlegar district community services that has made an incredible difference in our local community, and their funding have been cut as of April 2017.

Letter: Squashed like a bug

Letter: Squashed like a bug

To The Editor:                          

Regarding the mayors recent article putting Nelson in the top 10 of North American cities moving into the high speed digital internet world. 

Anyone in the technical field knew the city couldn't play in the sandbox with Telus or Shaw.  When I first heard of this I said when the big boys come to town they will be squashed like a bug. They have just been squashed.

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