Commentary

Palliative Care
by Alex Atamanenko MP on Jul 6 2014 - 9:23pm

Canada has an aging population and, as a result, will face many challenges. While we have been engaged with some of the items affected at the federal level, there is a vacuum for government initiatives related to end of life care, which is known as palliative care.

To be clear, a person doesn’t have to be elderly to benefit from palliative care since many terminal illnesses are not limited to any one age group, however, palliative care is predominantly aimed at older populations.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Trail city councillor speaks to lack of Gay Pride events in city

LETTER: Trail city councillor speaks to lack of Gay Pride events in city

Letter to the Editor:

This week is Gay Pride Week in the Kootenays. This is a celebration of love and understanding to millions of people worldwide and, in many cases, the acknowledgment of equal rights for LGBT couples. I am afraid to say that I
have been remiss in my duties as a councillor as I did not bring up the topic
at the last City Council meeting. As such the city of Trail has no proclamation going into this week recognizing this event, an issue I hope to correct in our first meeting in September, even if it is retroactive.

LETTER: Casual Facebook joke not so funny after all

LETTER: Casual Facebook joke not so funny after all

This is for everyone who feels a need to share this photo (the one attached to this story). As someone on assistance, this is very hurtful.

LETTER: Winlaw fire chief speaks to disciplinary action; mass resignation

LETTER: Winlaw fire chief speaks to disciplinary action; mass resignation

To Whom it may concern.

The Winlaw Fire Department is a volunteer group that has come together to help their community in the event of an emergency. We were recently asked by the Regional Fire Chief to provide traffic control for a nonemergency community event, I refused. Disciplinary action has now being taken against me for failing to take a command from a superior officer. I do not believe this is warranted given the lack of an emergency, I believe that demanding a volunteer fire department respond to a nonemergency goes against the principals of what this group has volunteered to accomplish. I recognize that due to the seriousness and risk of what a fire department encounters it is critical that we have a chain of command and any objections to an operation be voiced in an incident debriefing and not at the scene of an incident. However if no emergency exist I do not believe the Regional Fire Chief should demand actions from volunteer firefighters.

The members of the Winlaw Fire Department support this opinion and believe I have done nothing wrong in refusing to respond to a nonemergency event. The members have agreed that any disciplinary action taken against me will be served by the entire department resulting in the Winlaw Fire Department being out of service.

Jon Wollenberg

Winlaw Fire Chief

Pat, Maia and family overwhelmed by community support

Pat, Maia and family overwhelmed by community support

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Dear Friends and Family.

How can our family possibly express our appreciation for the generosity, love and support we have received over the past nine weeks from the community of Nelson. 

After receiving the video link to Raising the Curtain, Maia and I were overwhelmed with the amount of energy, work and talent that went into that event on our behalf. 

We would like to thank the performers, donors, volunteers and organizers. 

We only wish we could have been there.

OPEN LETTER TO THE PM: Leave our British past...in the past

OPEN LETTER TO THE PM: Leave our British past...in the past

Mr. Harper:

I write about your directing our military to revert to the use of British military rank insignias and designations after 45 years of a home-grown Canadian system. I also note that you previously had directed our services to revert to 'Royal' services in name, indicating service under the Queen of England.

My wife and I spent 16 years out of country and were delighted when we came back to find how Canadian identity and pride had grown noticeably. To us, this was a very good thing.

LETTER: Support for new K-12 school in Rossland

LETTER: Support for new K-12 school in Rossland

Dear Editor,

It is my pleasure to write a letter supporting the Red Mountain Academy.  I feel confident that an academic partnership between the Academy and Self Design High (SDH) will provide a favorable outcome for all involved; students, athletes and parents.  It will be a “win win” situation for all.

An open letter to Premier Christy Clark

An open letter to Premier Christy Clark

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Open letter to Premier Christy Clark:
 
Dear Premier Christy Clark.

Your ambition to pay off BC’s debt, and not burden the next generation with it, is praiseworthy.

But, have you really thought about the big picture?

Money and debt is a man-made creation and is not real. Natural gas and oil, however, is the real thing and a finite resource.

LETTER: Is Rossland a 'fat' energy town? And does the Energy Diet help the poor?

LETTER: Is Rossland a 'fat' energy town? And does the Energy Diet help the poor?

Dear editor,

It has recently been stated in a local news publication that “Rossland held the notorious tag as the fattest energy town in BC last year”. This deserves comment and correction.

LETTER: 'Whipped' doc shows BC democracy as farce

See video
Dear editor,
 
Regardless of any particular election result, federal, provincial or municipal, certain truths remain self-evident. In the case of our two senior levels of government, excessive party discipline is slowly killing our democracy. In the May 14th BC provincial election barely 52 per cent of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot, down three per cent from 2009.