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: You do the math

LETTER: You do the math

Pretend you are back at school and your teacher assigns you the following math problem:

School District 20 is facing another huge fiscal crisis due to government down-loading of costs and needs to cut its budget by $1,750,000 and has decided that it wants to close some schools before sharing all of the potential options it may be considering for addressing its budget crisis.

LETTER: An open letter to Rossland city councillors

LETTER: An open letter to Rossland city councillors

Dear Rossland City Councilors,

I am baffled by the Mayor calling a public meeting and then having nothing specific to say.  He acknowledges  that “mistakes were made” but can’t say what they were. He says there have been changes but can’t identify any specifically.

Most outrageously, he continues to say that there is no evidence of illegality, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

LETTER: A modest proposal for the BC Liberals, the Ministry of Education, and SD20

LETTER: A modest proposal for the BC Liberals, the Ministry of Education, and SD20

Dear madames/sirs,

Nobody can deny that our government needs to focus on the citizens that count. We cannot continue to spend money on education, health care and social services while the population using those services are barely  paying into the tax base. Less than 3% of children and teens attending school earn an income, while the injured, sick and elderly lying about in hospitals are certainly not contributing to the workforce.

LETTER: In remembering war let us envision peace

LETTER: In remembering war let us envision peace

To the Editor;

This poem was written by Nicholas Peters just after the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Peters, who lived for some years at Grande Pointe, Manitoba, Canada, had emigrated from Russia in 1925 as a boy of 10 and had seen firsthand the horrors of revolution and war in his native country.

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and trained as a flying officer. He died on the night of March 7 - 8, 1945 after his aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The poem is from a collection of Peters' work entitled Another Morn.

Canada-China Foreign Investment Partnership Agreement must be stopped

Canada-China Foreign Investment Partnership Agreement must be stopped

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I'm writing because the citizens of Canada need to act quickly to prevent PM (Stephen) Harper from pushing an extremely dangerous piece of legislation through parliament without a single debate or vote.

Its called the Canada-China Foreign Investment Partnership Agreement (FIPA) and its purpose is to open the door to massive Chinese companies buying out Canadian natural resource companies.

Marking a period of Remembrance honours the past, present and future

Marking a period of Remembrance honours the past, present and future

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Once again Remembrance Day will soon be upon us.

A time for Canadians of all ages to remember the more than one hundred thousand fellow citizens who fought, bled and died protecting our freedoms along with the countless others who have served our country.

LETTER: Fortis replies to gas marketer letter

LETTER: Fortis replies to gas marketer letter

Dear Editor,

This is a response to one of your readers expressing concerns regarding the Customer Choice program and the role of gas marketers.

LETTER: Fortis came in like a Lamb but turning out to be a Lion

LETTER: Fortis came in like a Lamb but turning out to be a Lion

Dear editor,

The nice friendly community power company that bought-out West Kootenay Power is showing us a different side. They are walking out on the City of Trail without even saying good bye. The city of Penticton is looking for alternate power sources as Fortis is too expensive.

LETTER: Don't be taken in - gas marketers in town

LETTER: Don't be taken in - gas marketers in town

To the Editor:

A colorfully dressed man named Raad and his associate were making calls on people’s homes in the 7000 block of 18th Street in Grand Forks last week. When he called on my uncle he said that he was “with the Access people and was there to protect buyers from rising gas prices.”

He said he could give him a guaranteed rated for the next five years. My uncle was skeptical but found the man to be assertive that he knew what he was doing and was very positive about his “good company.”

Reader concerned about nature and extent of mental illness and addictions in BC

Reader concerned about nature and extent of mental illness and addictions in BC

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I am deeply concerned and distressed over the state of affairs in our Province in regard to the care and treatment that those with mental disorders, including addictions, receive --- or, more often, fail to receive.