Commentary

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley
by Dermod Travis on Aug 22 2014 - 9:21am

B.C.'s economy – already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims – can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley Mine disaster.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School District No. 20 (Kootenay‐Columbia) does not sanction the proposed walkout. As a result, parents should be aware that:

LETTER: Teachers using kids to mask greed

LETTER: Teachers using kids to mask greed

Becoming a Teacher is a many things, but I would hazard to say more a “Lifestyle choice” where you work desirable hours with weekends, long weekends, summers, and holidays all off. Any teacher knows what also comes with their chosen occupation, which is some work done at home, and also putting in time with the kids after school. Life is about supply and demand, as was demonstrated by the shortage of nurses at one point, and the need to pay the going rate to keep our nurses from moving to another area.

LETTER: SD 20 says no school May 27 due to rotating job action

LETTER: SD 20 says no school May 27 due to rotating job action

Dear Parents and guardians:

I regret to inform you that the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), the union representing teachers, has informed the school district that they will be engaged in rotating strikes and will be withdrawing teaching services in all SD20 sites on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. As of this time, this is the only day they have informed us that they will be withdrawing teaching services. On all other days, with teachers still not providing supervision for students outside of class time, the shortened day schedule will continue with all schools ending their day 15 minutes earlier than normal.

LETTER: New Denver mayor speaks to tragedy, offers donation option

LETTER: New Denver mayor speaks to tragedy, offers donation option

(Ed. Note: This letter is in reference to a situation outlined in coverage you can read by clicking here. )

This has been a difficult 10 days for our community. 

Many people and agencies have come forward to help us.  We would like to thank:

COMMENT: Kris Stanbra – A truly courageous woman

COMMENT: Kris Stanbra – A truly courageous woman

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time with Kris Stanbra.  She had just been awarded the prestigious Courage to Come Back Award.  I was truly impressed by her story and thought I would share it with my constituents in the B.C. Southern Interior

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

The Kootenay region has endured a disproportionate amount of ecological damage due to numerous upper Columbia Basin hydro developments that have generated considerable economic benefits to the province, but also caused significant social and environmental damage to the region. The most recent dam at Revelstoke caused huge disruption and losses to fish and wildlife populations that were identified at public hearings in Revelstoke in 1978.

LETTER: Paranoia or due process

LETTER: Paranoia or due process

Talk about putting the cart before the horse. Fall 2013 the RDKB (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary) launches the Kettle Blah-Blah Plan. A few months later Grand Forks city council slams through a unanimous motion to install residential smart water metres. The citizenry clamours, an open-house is held and already by April 2014 a request for proposal to install the metres is put out to tender.

LETTER: Community Foundation ready to take applications

LETTER: Community Foundation ready to take applications

Dear Editor:

Re: Community Foundation Grant Applications

The Community Foundation of Castlegar and District recently hosted its official Community Launch. It was well-attended, and I believe news stories about it have helped to alert the community to the existence and plans of the Foundation.

For those who may have missed an important point: the Foundation is now prepared to receive grant applications from community organizations that qualify.

LETTER: Kootenay teachers want a deal, not a fight

LETTER: Kootenay teachers want a deal, not a fight

Teachers have been forced into job action by this government for the reasons delineated in our, “Why Teachers  May Be Forced Into Job Action”,  Letter to the Editor that was published in the Rossland Telegraph, Castlegar News and Trail Times and circulated to all media outlets, DPAC, our School Board and CUPE:

An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

Nelson, Earth Day, April 24, 2014

Dear Premier Clark:

The proposed changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in Bill 24, don't take into account that the ALR is just one leg of what should have been a two prong approach to agriculture from the start. While the ALR mostly succeeded in protecting our farm land, it did nothing for BC farmers, who for decades have faced unfair competition from heavily subsidized imports, while both federal and provincial governments have looked the other way.