Commentary

Some Interesting Corporate Political Donations to BC Parties in 2014
by Dermod Travis on Apr 13 2015 - 11:19am

Children sing that “when you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are.” By adulthood, most of us have given up on that idea and a few – just to hedge their bets – donate to political parties rather than testing their luck on a star. And that's what makes the annual financial reports from B.C.'s political parties so fascinating.

Letters to the Editor

Sometimes new isn't always better — as in the case of the new Forestry fire danger warning sign

Sometimes new isn't always better — as in the case of the new Forestry fire danger warning sign

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Has the Forest Ministry fallen to the current bureaucratic craze? 

I point to the one evident in the City of Nelson and the Regional District which  to use consultants when the solution to a simple problem should be within the grasp of  any manager worth his salt - witness the recent kafuffel over space in the RDCK and the question of Christmas lighting in the City?

Of course, none of these efforts are at a cost to the bureaucrats but to the taxpayer. 

LETTER: 'Are teachers obviously wrong?'

LETTER: 'Are teachers obviously wrong?'

To The Editor:

Here are some "Top Ten" facts (in no particular order of priority) that have been communicated to us by parents, grand-parents, teachers and other concerned citizens about Premier Clark and her government's stand against teachers and public education in this province:

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly? From my experience citizens are tired of public office holders and those aspiring to be public office holders engaging in negative personal attacks and public spats. Such actions are indicative of old school partisan politics of the worst kind and it saddens me to respond to them.

Why respond at all? Unfortunately many of the claims stated by Connie Denesiuk are false and patently untrue and as such, are deserving of response.

LETTER: Reader learns of tragic loss on Facebook

LETTER: Reader learns of tragic loss on Facebook

Dear Editor: THIS IS A PUBLIC NOTICE.

Don't eat yellow snow, don't text and drive, and use your head before you post on Facebook.

Picture this; it’s a breezy summer morning, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and you're sitting at the table enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. 

You still have 10 minutes before having to leave for work and decide to take a quick scroll through Facebook. The page loads and the first status catches your eye; a friend is asking if anyone has heard about the "incident" that happened in town.

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

In a Saturday morning interview on CBC Radio’s The House, Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for South Okanagan-Similkameen continued his government’s attacks on the Canadian judiciary. I feel his remarks betray a scary lack of understanding of the role of the courts in our country.

LETTER: Water meter fines too high; more respect for residents needed

LETTER: Water meter fines too high; more respect for residents needed

Dear Mr. Allin and members of the Grand Forks city council,

Concerning the new water metering bylaws now under consideration for first, second and third readings at this evening's meeting (July 21), and for probable adoption on August 18, I understood that these draft bylaws were only available within the Information Package that was prepared for the COTW (Committee of the Whole) meeting held on June 23rd; draft bylaws are not posted on the city's website because they are not yet in force.

LETTER: Plea for help at local rescue society

LETTER: Plea for help at local rescue society

To the editor:

I arrived home from work this evening to find a tiny sparrow sitting in my driveway...he fell out of his nest (which we couldn't find).

We quickly picked him up and called "BEAKS" (Carol Pettigrew) in Blueberry, who agreed to care for the tiny bird. When we arrived at Carol's, we were shocked to see how many birds she was caring for. Just today, she was given four birds to nurse back to health and she had many others, including a baby osprey and a baby hummingbird.

SD20 boss issues letter regarding year-end report cards

SD20 boss issues letter regarding year-end report cards

Dear parents and guardians:

Unfortunately we have reached the end of the 2013/2014 school year and the full scale withdrawal of teaching services by members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) continues.  I am writing you to give you an update regarding year-end report cards. 

For K-7 students (K-9 at Rossland Summit School)

Kootenay Lake School Board addresses labour dispute

Kootenay Lake School Board addresses labour dispute

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Dear Minister Fassbender and Government Bargaining Team:

RE: CURRENT STRIKE/LOCKOUT

We would like to express our extreme disappointment in the current strike/lockout situation in our school district. We believe this is an unacceptable position for our students and our employees and it needs to end immediately. To facilitate this, we request that a mutually agreed upon mediator be appointed as soon as possible.

MP Atamanenko responds to Osoyoos Times letter writer

MP Atamanenko responds to Osoyoos Times letter writer

Editor, The Nelson Daily
 
I would be remiss if I did not respond to Mr. Tony Brummet’s letter which appeared in (the media).