Commentary

COLUMN:  Catastrophe Punctuates the Human Story
by Charles Jeanes on May 18 2016 - 2:01pm

Disaster in “Canada’s most divisive city”

When I label Fort McMurray our ‘most divisive city’ I am stealing the phrase of a Globe and Mail journalist. It is an apt label. Fort Mac and what it symbolizes – the fossil-fuel industry and resource capitalism – does indeed divide us into camps according to our political response to climate change.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Do the Math

Letter: Do the Math

To the Editor:

Dear Ms Stead:

The Globe and Mail has just written off the Green Party of Canada as irrelevant as a result of the election numbers they have found. I suggest they do their sums again.

In the three provinces where the Green Party have an elected MP and/or an elected MLA the results were as follows:

Letter: Harper risks ruining the tourism industry in the Kootenays

Letter: Harper risks ruining the tourism industry in the Kootenays

To the Editor:

There is another important reason to vote out Harper that I have yet to see in print, so I bring it to voters’ attention now. Simply put, 4 more years of Harper risks ruining the tourism industry in the Kootenays.

Let me explain. Thanksgiving weekend my girlfriend and I made the long drive from Vancouver to the Kootenays to reconnect with friends in Nelson and to enjoy the wilds. We camped Sunday night by the shores of Slocan Lake. With utter quiet, we quickly fell to sleep.

Letter: Fear Mongering?

Letter: Fear Mongering?

To the Editor:

Kootenay Columbia voters should be worried there are candidates running for office who don’t understand the giant benefit of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Letter: Vote strategically, this time

Letter: Vote strategically, this time

To the Editor:

I moved to Nelson two years ago from Cranbrook. I’ve known Wayne Stetski and his family for the last twenty years. We worked closely together with Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook in 2009 to reverse the City Council’s plan to incorporate a huge land parcel extending Cranbrook’s boundary significantly. 

Letter: Green Party candidate raises concern over TPP

Kootenay-Columbia Green Party Candidate, Bill Green

To the Editor:

I am deeply concerned about the misinformation being spread in our riding about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Former Conservative MP Jim Abbott, now senior advisor to the David Wilks election campaign, trumpets the new trade agreement as “a gigantic achievement” and suggests the Elk Valley’s coal industry is at stake if Canada’s Parliament does not ratify it.

Letter: Government should not push through TPP trade agreement during campaign

Letter: Government should not push through TPP trade agreement during campaign

To The Editor:

The recently negotiated (Trans-Pacific Partnership) TPP trade agreement is another example of the Harper Conservatives trying to throw the Election in their favour.

Again Harper has shown his disdain for democracy by ignoring the Canadian Constitution.

According to our Constitution, when Harper dissolved Parliament early, as he did, that placed his Government under rules of the “caretaker convention”.

Letter: To vote strategically or to not vote strategically

Letter: To vote strategically or to not vote strategically

To The Editor:

In 2011, Stephen Harper convinced Canadians to give him a majority, and look how that turned out.  Harper used - some might say abused - this majority to bring in a vast amount of poorly conceived, highly partisan legislation - including all the omnibus budgets - badly done but rushed through Parliament with severely limited debate and rubber stamped by the Harper Senate. 

Take time to consider the options when you vote

Take time to consider the options when you vote

To The Editor:

With the two front runner candidates, (Wayne) Stetski (of the NDP) and (David) Wilks (of the Conservatives), currently locked at 37 percent in the local polls, those voters planning to vote either Green or Liberal need to know that their votes will only serve to help Wilks get re-elected.

Only if those of us who want the Harper Conservatives gone, vote together, will we have a chance to rid ourselves of the most undemocratic regime in Canada’s history.

Clean Energy Future Leaving Canada Behind

Clean Energy Future Leaving Canada Behind

To The Editor:

According to an article in Forbes magazine, Japan’s lost nuclear output since Fukushima has been half displaced by efficiency, frugality, and renewables. Renewables provide 13% of America’s energy, 33% of Italy’s, 46% of Spain’s, 50% of Scotland’s, over 50% of Denmark’s, and 64% of Portugal’s. Germany’s fossil-fueled generation hit a 35-year low; renewables were its biggest power source.

And what is Canada doing?

Letter to The Editor: Too Little, Too Late

Letter to The Editor: Too Little, Too Late

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to David Wilks.

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