Commentary

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley
by Dermod Travis on Aug 22 2014 - 9:21am

B.C.'s economy – already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims – can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley Mine disaster.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: UBC students support ban on candy-flavoured cigarettes

LETTER: UBC students support ban on candy-flavoured cigarettes

Dear Editor,

We are third year nursing students at UBC-Okanagan and are writing in regard to the growing amount of flavoured tobacco products available today. With National Non-Smoking Week upon us, we feel it is important to address this concern specifically because of the way these products are being marketed towards youth.

LETTER: A reminder from the food bank to keep donating

LETTER: A reminder from the food bank to keep donating

To the residents of our area:

As I look outside my window this morning, at the heavy snow weighing down branches and bushes, I can't help but think how the physical trauma of hunger and the psychological burden of not being able to provide for one's family must weigh on the shoulders of Food Bank clients. We live in a land of abundance, yet members of our community don't have the resources to feed themselves adequately nor to provide warmth and shelter for themselves and their families. You can help!

LETTER: Atamanenko protests Canada Post cuts

LETTER: Atamanenko protests Canada Post cuts

Dear Minister,

Like many Canadians, I was shocked to hear Canada Post’s announcement that it was planning to eliminate home delivery services, pursue the privatization of postal outlets, increase postal rates and lay off between 6,000 and 8,000 postal workers. The Canada Post Act doesn’t call upon Canada Post to make a profit at any cost. The three major mandates are service to all Canadians, reasonable costs and good labour relations. The changes to service proposed by Canada Post will in reality undermine all of these.

Recovering Grizzly Populations are not a Threat to Humans

Recovering Grizzly Populations are not a Threat to Humans

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Wildsight has been engaged with grizzly bear population surveys as well as efforts to assure healthy grizzly bear populations in the region for several decades.

Teck Trail GM speaks to health concerns in Trail and Northport

Teck Trail GM speaks to health concerns in Trail and Northport

Dear Editor,

For over 100 years Trail Operations has operated as a world class refinery and smelter in the West Kootenays of British Columbia. Our facility refines and recycles everything from metal concentrates to used batteries into metals and fertilizers that we all rely on. Over our 100-year history we have grown in lockstep with the city of Trail and surrounding communities. Our people live, work and raise their families in this community. I can say with certainty that no one cares more about the health and safety of people in this region than those of us who live here.

LETTER: Pass Creek Winter Celebration a hit

Among the dignitaries at the event was Santa Claus, who said he plans to be back for next year's event.

Hello Pass Creek Residents and community supporters;
What an amazing Winter Celebration for the Pass Creek Community.
• More than 120 people attended the event, with more than 40 families and 46 kids visiting Santa;
• 96 wooden ornaments were decorated to take home;
• 147 food items collected for Christmas hampers (est. $300 value);
• Over 40 new and used children’s books were collected for local Christmas food hampers;

LETTER: Politicians need to shape up when it comes to cattle industry, GMOs

LETTER: Politicians need to shape up when it comes to cattle industry, GMOs

How we come to these moments in local political history…

On the one hand we have a member of our honourable Grand Forks city council declaring in a public forum on the night of Dec. 5th: “If glyphosate shows up in your urine, it is certainly an indication your body is processing it adequately.” Absolutely brilliant on the part of Coun. Gary Smith! Be it said glyphosate is the active ingredient in the Monsanto antibiotic Round-Up.

'Kevin Pearce is a remarkable young man'

'Kevin Pearce is a remarkable young man'

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Kevin Pearce is a remarkable young man.

A horrible crash at the height of his amazing snowboarding carreer has left him brain injured yet thoughtful, honest and more realistic than most of us who have never faced such highs and lows.

Last (Thursday) night at the Civic Theatre screening of The Crash Reel, he spoke with dignity and respect about his family, his competitors, his sponsors and the world of extreme sport.

Kootenay Lake Superintendent of Schools pens letter to parents

Kootenay Lake Superintendent of Schools pens letter to parents

November 29, 2013

To Our SD8 (Kootenay Lake) Community

This letter is to follow up from the one I sent to you dated August 29, 2013. I have no doubt that you have been hearing in the media about the current state of our District’s negotiations relative to the CUPE collective agreement. The purpose of this message is to advise you that recently CUPE Local 748 has reaffirmed their strike mandate.

COMMENT: B.C.’s multicultural society is a crucial tie to international trade

Hon. Teresa Watt

Our province has created deep historical, cultural and business ties with countries around the world enabling us to create strong trading partnerships and diversify our markets. Each year B.C. welcomes close to 40,000 new immigrants because we recognize the importance of the wide-range of social and economic benefits associated with multiculturalism.