Commentary

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.
by Kyra Hoggan on Nov 20 2014 - 9:47pm

Ed. Note: This is a press release issued by CUPE via Marketwire:

With the ongoing labour dispute and the City's refusal to bargain, CUPE city workers will be maintaining picket lines during Winterfest, including the planned tree lighting on December 5.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that members regret that they find themselves in a situation where they are unable to support an event that they and their families enjoy every year.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: In response to rainbow crosswalk controversy

LETTER: In response to rainbow crosswalk controversy

Open message to our LGBT community - I feel compelled to speak on behalf of what I believe is a substantial segment of our community. We just don't know what to say so mostly we stay silent; so shame on us. We are 'straight' (whatever that means) and we just don't get it. We are biased by negative experience with LGBTs who have represented you poorly and we are ashamed of those who have represented us poorly. We cannot imagine being attracted to someone of the same gender as I am sure that you don't really understand all of our position either.

Kootenay Lake Superintendent briefs students/parents on BCTF walkout

Kootenay Lake Superintendent briefs students/parents on BCTF walkout

Editor, The Nelson Daily

To Our SD8 (Kootenay Lake) Community

BCTF Strike Action

Further to the letter I sent you yesterday, I regret to inform you that the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has served notice of their intent to move to a full strike and withdrawal of services.

LETTER: Teachers 'show resolution', set to strike Monday!

LETTER: Teachers 'show resolution', set to strike Monday!

Dear editor,

Letter: Baby Stella and family thankful for dedication of local healthcare professionals

Letter: Baby Stella and family thankful for dedication of local healthcare professionals

Editor, The Nelson Daily

LETTER: 300 scholars to Harper: Enbridge recommendation based on junk science

LETTER: 300 scholars to Harper: Enbridge recommendation based on junk science

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

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