Commentary

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge
by Murray Dobbin on Apr 8 2014 - 8:42am

The Harper government seems intent on proving to its detractors that things can always get worse. They’ve one-upped themselves with the farce called the Fair Elections Act.

It has been described as a direct threat to the right to vote and an assault on democracy by the very people our democracy assigns to examine these things. But as is the pattern with this government, it seems likely it will ram it through no matter what critics say.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: A nursing student's plea to allow people to die with dignity

LETTER: A nursing student's plea to allow people to die with dignity

Dear Editor,

It was a cool February day when I was forced to play the role of God and make one of the toughest decisions of my life: to end my cat’s pain and suffering through euthanasia. Having had a very special bond with animals all my life, this was not a decision I took lightly.

Participating in research studies can have long lasting benefits

Participating in research studies can have long lasting benefits

Editor, The Nelson Daily:

Have you participated in a research project or know of anyone who has?

Many of us are suspicious of research: we feel like we are being asked to be guinea pigs or to reveal private information.

We may imagine electrodes to our heads or other gruesome images, so it is no wonder that finding people willing to participate in research is difficult. I would like to see this change.

LETTER: Apology for fire chief; dressing down for editor

LETTER: Apology for fire chief; dressing down for editor

I write in response to letters penned by Mr. Malcolm, CEO City of Castlegar and Councillors McIntosh and Heaton-Sherstobitoff in regard to written comments made by me in response to what I felt was an over-reactive rebuttal penned by Kyra Hoggan to the letter from Paul Thederen published in the October 3, 2013 edition of the Castlegar News.

LETTER: Deer populations suffer despite what Ministry says

LETTER: Deer populations suffer despite what Ministry says

Updated

Last July the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources announced that the province’s wildlife populations are healthy.

The Ministry’s statement is a perfect example of what happens when governments turn their back on transparency and accountability. After all, any attempt at due diligence will quickly reveal that many wildlife populations in the province are in steep decline.

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Dear Kyra:

Thank you for writing a rebuttal with regard to the hiring of a second deputy fire chief and the Fire Chief as the airport manager. It certainly has ignited a lot of dialogue in our community – which is great. Almost a year ago, council debated the merits of hiring a second deputy fire chief during our budget meetings. There were two main reasons why we decided to add the position:

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Dear Kyra:

Thank you for writing a rebuttal with regard to the hiring of a second deputy fire chief and the Fire Chief as the airport manager. It certainly has ignited a lot of dialogue in our community – which is great. Almost a year ago, council debated the merits of hiring a second deputy fire chief during our budget meetings. There were two main reasons why we decided to add the position:

LETTER: Thankful for an idea for which the time has come

LETTER: Thankful for an idea for which the time has come

To the City of Castlegar,

Thanks goes out to Deb McIntosh for bringing forward the idea of rainbow crosswalks downtown! Cheers to her and to the City Council for making the effort to make a symbolic gesture of tolerance and respect for diversity. Not only is it coming from a genuine place of good will, it's coming from the heart, and that makes it worth so much more than just a few words. Castlegar is a community that encourages respect and diversity. That's a statement of positive strength and community.

LETTER: New Electoral Boundaries Unfair to Nelson

LETTER: New Electoral Boundaries Unfair to Nelson

Dear editor,

I am appalled by the decision of the Federal Election Boundaries Commission to separate Nelson from Trail and Castlegar with whom we have community, geographical and economic links.

LETTER: US shutdown should push Canada toward proportional representation

LETTER: US shutdown should push Canada toward proportional representation

Dear Editor.

Colonial rule raises its ugly head again.

The failure of the US government to continue to operate is yet another example of how screwed up our colonial style governments really are:

While we have democratic elections, we do not have democratic governments.

Our politicians do not want democracy and arrogantly insist on forming one dysfunctional minority government after another.