Commentary

MP: Local politicians pan CP Rail's response to nighttime train upset
by Alex Atamanenko MP on Dec 3 2014 - 1:53pm

Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior, and Linda Worley, RDKB Area B Director, witnessed firsthand area residents’ dissatisfaction with CP’s response to their ongoing concerns with the recent addition of night trains on the local Castlegar to Trail run. In September, CP Rail implemented the decision to redeploy locomotives late at night for reasons of “increased efficiency”.

Letters to the Editor

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

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

The Kootenay region has endured a disproportionate amount of ecological damage due to numerous upper Columbia Basin hydro developments that have generated considerable economic benefits to the province, but also caused significant social and environmental damage to the region. The most recent dam at Revelstoke caused huge disruption and losses to fish and wildlife populations that were identified at public hearings in Revelstoke in 1978.

LETTER: Paranoia or due process

LETTER: Paranoia or due process

Talk about putting the cart before the horse. Fall 2013 the RDKB (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary) launches the Kettle Blah-Blah Plan. A few months later Grand Forks city council slams through a unanimous motion to install residential smart water metres. The citizenry clamours, an open-house is held and already by April 2014 a request for proposal to install the metres is put out to tender.

LETTER: Community Foundation ready to take applications

LETTER: Community Foundation ready to take applications

Dear Editor:

Re: Community Foundation Grant Applications

The Community Foundation of Castlegar and District recently hosted its official Community Launch. It was well-attended, and I believe news stories about it have helped to alert the community to the existence and plans of the Foundation.

For those who may have missed an important point: the Foundation is now prepared to receive grant applications from community organizations that qualify.

LETTER: Kootenay teachers want a deal, not a fight

LETTER: Kootenay teachers want a deal, not a fight

Teachers have been forced into job action by this government for the reasons delineated in our, “Why Teachers  May Be Forced Into Job Action”,  Letter to the Editor that was published in the Rossland Telegraph, Castlegar News and Trail Times and circulated to all media outlets, DPAC, our School Board and CUPE:

An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

Nelson, Earth Day, April 24, 2014

Dear Premier Clark:

The proposed changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in Bill 24, don't take into account that the ALR is just one leg of what should have been a two prong approach to agriculture from the start. While the ALR mostly succeeded in protecting our farm land, it did nothing for BC farmers, who for decades have faced unfair competition from heavily subsidized imports, while both federal and provincial governments have looked the other way.

Kootenay Lake Superintendent Jeff Jones responds to BCTF Phase 1 of strike action

Kootenay Lake Superintendent Jeff Jones responds to BCTF Phase 1 of strike action

Editor, The Nelson Daily

To: The SD8 (Kootenay Lake) Community
RE: Strike Action

As you are aware, negotiations between the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are ongoing. From March 4 – 6, 2014, teachers across the Province held a strike vote.

LETTER: Gilpin grasslands need protection not for quad use

LETTER: Gilpin grasslands need protection not for quad use

It was upsetting to read the current description of the Gilpin Grasslands as a recreation area by the Grand Forks Quad Bike Club.

Gilpin is an extremely important wildlife ecosystem, a point validated by three provincial governments and two land conservancies, all who have left an important footprint on Gilpin.

The grassland ecosystem in our province is advertised as the most threatened and less than one per cent of our land base and home to most of our threatened and endangered species.