Commentary

COMMENT: As municipal elections approach, what's the cause of voter apathy?
by Dermod Travis on Sep 7 2014 - 6:13am

Taken aback by complete strangers walking up to you this summer to shake hands? Well, that's because they're back. Candidates on the hustings for a city hall near you.

And despite their enthusiasm, it's not a passion shared by most voters if past elections are any indication.

Even though local governments in B.C. oversee more than $7 billion in annual spending, some communities may only see one in five voters go out and cast a ballot this November.

Letters to the Editor

Consulting Foresters of BC encourage the Duhamel Watershed Alliance to continue public review process

Consulting Foresters of BC encourage the Duhamel Watershed Alliance to continue public review process

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I am writing on behalf of the Consulting Foresters of BC, who have members who live and work in the Kootenay Region, to express unease that the Duhamel Watershed Alliance are learning how to take nonviolent
action as a means of halting Kalesnikoff Lumber’s logging plans (Nelson Star - September 5).

Worried for the wrong reasons

Worried for the wrong reasons

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

Last Friday’s Nelson Star carried an article featuring Area F director Ron Mickel expressing his concern regarding the risks to residents (homeowners, businesses, and schools) on the fan of Duhamel Creek associated with logging activities currently underway in the watershed.

Mr. Mickel cites the recent occurrence of damaging floods and landslides in the region this spring as the justification for residents to be worried about the impact of slides in their watershed.

Canada not third world country, but our health care may be

Canada not third world country, but our health care may be

Editor, The Nelson Daily

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.