Commentary

Civic Elections Hazardous to Municipal CAOs
by Dermod Travis on Apr 21 2015 - 12:36pm

Local elections across B.C. were supposed to be buried and done with last November, but some of the fallout from a few races is still coming home to roost and there are a few lessons to learn from it.

The top ones? Local elections are a perilous time to be a chief administrative officer (CAO), the passing the buck saga continues unabated and whoever knew that basic math could be so difficult.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

"If you don't let me put a water meter in your home, then I'm going to put one outside your home - and I'm going to charge you for it."

Does a city have the authority to add additional water infrastructure like this and then charge individual residents for it?

On Monday, April 8th, Grand Forks, BC residents learned a few things...

Area taxpayer takes offence to RDCK accounting practices

Area taxpayer takes offence to RDCK accounting practices

Editor, The Nelson Daily

The headline in a March 23, 2014 article appearing in The Nelson Daily is misleading (at best) and there is some seriously self-serving spin in the content and quotes attributed to Mr. (John) Kettle, Chair of the directors of the RDCK.

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

This open letter to Mayor Brian Taylor was submitted by Grand Forks resident Julia Butler. 

Dear Mayor Taylor

At the council meeting on March 10, I presented council with a letter from Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development stating, “I assure you that the Province of British Columbia does not require local governments to build new assets before applying for funding. You commented on the installation of water meters,...”  

LETTER: Local MP decries expiration of Canada Health Accord

LETTER: Local MP decries expiration of Canada Health Accord

Dear Minister,

My constituents are very concerned about the future of health care in our country.  They are asking the federal government to commit to a renewed Health Accord in 2014 and to work with the provinces and territories on health care innovation so Canadians can continue to receive the care they need.

LETTER: Our Canada Post matters to everyone!

LETTER: Our Canada Post matters to everyone!

Dear Editor:

LETTER: Reconsider leasing land agreements

Credit: Nature's Trust of BC

Recently three prominent conservation organizations: Ducks Unlimited, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Nature Trust of B.C. were highly critical of the B.C. Liberal Government’s agenda of increasing grazing leases from 10 years to 20-25 years.

'We can't eat oil'

'We can't eat oil'

Editor, The Nelson Daily

ALR- Agricultural Land Reserve.

I had never given much thought to the ALR. Honestly, I took it for granted because it's just common sense to protect the farmland which feeds us, period.

The ALR town hall meeting in Nelson saw a room packed with people who care about food.

Why?

LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?

LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?

For years many people have wondered about the effects of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) on human health. More recently, these concerns have extended to radiofrequency (RF) exposure from wireless technologies like cordless phones, cell phones, cell phone towers, GPS devices, “smart” meters, and WiFi.  In 2011, the WHO (World Health Organization) entered RF radiation to the list of “possible carcinogenic in humans.”

Chris Hedges delivers Friday at MIR Peace Center

Chris Hedges delivers Friday at MIR Peace Center

Editor, The Nelson Daily:

Congratulations to the MIR Peace Lecture series for bringing in Chris Hedges for his extraordinary talk last Friday, February 28th.

Hedges covered a huge landscape of the world today in a little over an hour. He centered much of his message around the imagery of the novel Moby Dick. The author, Herman Melville, was a prophet of our present times he said.

LETTER: Rethink water meters

LETTER: Rethink water meters

Dear Editor,

Water is of utmost significance to all of us.  We are vulnerable if we don't have access to clean affordable water.  So, water is worth thinking and talking about.  Following are some points I wish to share for consideration:

Control the water, and you control the people.  Water is needed for survival.  And, water is needed for crop irrigation and food security.