Commentary

Auditor general for local government, designed to fail or left to implode?
by Dermod Travis on Aug 18 2015 - 1:37pm

Last week the Union of B.C. Municipalities released its report on the operations of B.C.'s Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG).

It paints a less than flattering picture of the office. No big surprise given that the UBCM was hardly a fan of the auditor general concept in the first place.

The report's findings are based on a survey of 17 communities that had audit contact with the AGLG.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this because I am just livid.
My neighbour is 70 years old. She has suffered a stroke, has had two heart attacks, and multiple surgeries on her pancreas. She is not in good health, to say the least. Doesn't stop her though, she was out shoveling snow yesterday!

Letter: MP Atamanenko complains of 'heavy-handed' Service Canada

Letter: MP Atamanenko complains of 'heavy-handed' Service Canada

Editor, The Nelson Daily
 
My constituency office in Castlegar has recently heard from many concerned seniors who did not receive their pension cheques as usual in October and November.

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF CASTLEGAR, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

This is a call for calm. And a call for respect.  Your city workers are on a legal strike – for the first time in 60 years. That’s a long relationship and one that needs to be protected and respected.

Much has been said during this dispute and while most of the exchanges and discussion has been respectful and reasonable, some of it has not been appropriate or constructive.    

COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute

COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute

I’d like to thank the residents of Castlegar for your patience and understanding during the labour strike by our unionized CUPE city employees.

We are now in snow season and our management staff are working around the clock to keep the roads clear and safe. We appreciate that residents and businesses are helping to keep adjacent sidewalks clear for public safety.

All City facilities remain open as we endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Letters: RADON — Nursing Students' Perspective

UBCO Third Year Nursing Students Courtney Pankow and Jackie Girard.

Editor, The Nelson Daily

LETTER: New NDP MP Candidate introduces himself

LETTER: New NDP MP Candidate introduces himself

I was recently honoured to be chosen as the NDP candidate in the new federal riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  I thank all who took part in the nomination election process.  I especially thank and congratulate my fellow candidate, Margaret Maximenko, and her team, for a tremendous campaign—a campaign that added hundreds of people to an already healthy riding membership.  I also thank the many people who worked hard on my nomination campaign—your help is truly appreciated.  I appreciate the guidance of Alex Atamanenko, who has ably served much of this r

LETTER: Trustee comments on Blueberry Creek School meeting

LETTER: Trustee comments on Blueberry Creek School meeting

To the Editor,

I am writing this comment /response to the October 23 article “Meeting on Fate of Blueberry Creek School Draws Hundreds” written by Kyra Hoggan.

An open letter from BCSTA President Teresa Rezansoff

An open letter from BCSTA President Teresa Rezansoff

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

We are currently facing two pivotal moments in public education in British Columbia.

Firstly, we have just ended a lengthy strike that will bring five years of labour stability and an opportunity to rebuild relationships and strengthen our education system.

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

Dear Editor,

It turns out that the man being hunted in Slocan is a person whom I know. He is actually a very good friend of (my partner’s). I have heard some ludicrous statements regarding this "psychopath" and the events over the past twenty-four hours, in fact I was one of the people spreading the rumours. I may not have made a huge deal out of it like I have read in some places, but I still posted that people should be aware that there had been "a shooting" based off of something I read in a thread that was local to the scene. Then today I heard that this "mentally unstable person was former special ops"... this coming from a neighbour of his. This is how things go bad REALLY quickly.

Removing barriers helps build inclusive communities

Don McRae . . . people living with disabilities take note

By Don McRae
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation

The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.