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COMMENT: The Department of Peace, part 2

COMMENT: The Department of Peace, part 2

In this column I will continue the discussion on the creation of a Department of Peace by highlighting some of the initiatives undertaken in other countries.

Over 30 countries have campaigns to create a Department of Peace.  In three countries – Nepal, the Solomon Islands and Costa Rica this is a reality.

On September 14, 2009 the Costa Rican Legislature passed a law changing the name of the country’s justice ministry to the Ministry of Justice and Peace – a first for Latin America. 

Knife fight outside 7-11 sees two people arrested

Knife fight outside 7-11 sees two people arrested

According to RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton, a fist fight escalated to weapon threats outside 7-11 Monday afternoon, leading to the arrest of two area men.

"On Jan. 14 at approximately 4 p.m., police were called to a fight outside of the 7-11 Store in Trail," he said. "Two males, one in his late teens and the other in his late 20’s, got into a scuffle and then the first one allegedly pulled a knife. The other male then went to his vehicle to get a “bigger” knife."

OP/ED: Oh, for the love of dog!

OP/ED: Oh, for the love of dog!

For as long as I can remember, I have been an animal lover. Not just a lover, more like a die-hard animal groupie, or stalker, even. I was that kid who cried tears of joy whenever she saw horses, or was forever trying to nurse injured squirrels and frogs back to health. And I also may have been the kid (25-year-old) who spent hours trying to catch a stray cat (okay fine, it wasn’t a stray, it had a collar … I just really wanted to pet it).

James Loney: Peace Activist and Former Iraqi Hostage Speaks at Shambhala Music & Performance Hall

James Loney:  Peace Activist and Former Iraqi Hostage Speaks at Shambhala Music & Performance Hall

The Mir Lecture Series presents James Loney at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson on Friday, February 8th. In November 2005, Loney and three other men were captured by armed gunmen and held hostage in Iraq. 

Local band needs your help to win BC's Best Teen Band contest!

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Local band Roy Has Fire needs your help!  A couple of months ago the Castlegar-based band entered the BC's Best Teen Band Contest and after deliberations a panel of industry professionals has picked them to be in the Top 10 stage of the contest.  For the next month online voting by fans will determine which bands make it to the Top 3.
 
That's where you come in!

Judge throws out Bear Dude's pot charges

Allen Piche and one of his bear friends, Fierceheart; Photo, Mona Mattei

A court ruling released last week dropped drug charges against Christina Lake resident, Allen Piche because of inconsistencies in RCMP testimony and evidence.

Piche, also known as the ‘Bear Dude’ fined in May 2012 for two counts of feeding up to 24 bears on his property, was waiting for a decision for charges of production of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking since 2010.

Columbia Power's future beyond the Waneta Expansion Project--your input wanted!

Columbia Power's future beyond the Waneta Expansion Project--your input wanted!

Columbia Power wants to hear from you. We have embarked on a consultation project to gather feedback and insight from the public to help in the process of determining what’s next for the corporation.

The consultation is intended to tell the Columbia Power story, seek feedback on our proposed strategy, and gather information on how we can communicate most effectively with the community going forward.

COMMENT: The Department of Peace, part 1

COMMENT: The Department of Peace, part 1

In this column I would like to share part of the speech I gave to those attending the “Open Forum” on a culture of peace and Department of Peace in Canada which took place in Ottawa early in November of 2012.

Arms trade is big business – in 2010 total military spending in the world was around $1.6 Trillion.  According to the World Bank, 1.5 Billion people live in areas affected by fragility, conflict or large-scale organized criminal violence.  No low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet achieved a single UN Millennium Development goal.

New snow needs to settle before extreme sports

New snow needs to settle before extreme sports

After nearly a week of snow storms avalanche potential is considerable in the back country so winter sports enthusiasts need to exercise caution over the coming weekend.

“The mountains have hit the reset button and we need to do the same with our expectations of what is safe to ride,” commented Matt Peter, forecaster with the Canadian Avalanche Centre. “There have been avalanches reported both within the storm layers as well as at the initial storm interface, the Jan. 4 layer.”

Police issue warning re: 'Pop-up' scam

Police issue warning re: 'Pop-up' scam

Castlegar RCMP have received several calls from concerned citizens due to another computer scam that is occurring. While on their computer, they have received a pop-up message complete with a siren wailing, warning them that their computer has been associated with child pornography and that in order to "unlock" their computer they need to pay $100. The pop up advised them that the RCMP or CSIS has discovered illegal activity and a file has been started.