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COMMENT: The Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Part 1

COMMENT: The Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Part 1

I had the opportunity in January to represent our country at the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in Vladivostok, Russia.  This was the 21st annual Forum which hosted over three hundred parliamentarians from 23 APPF member states as well as representatives from other countries, the UN and other world organizations.

Living faithfully?

Living faithfully?

What does living faithfully mean? In my context, it means living faithfully to my understanding of God's call in the world. 'Call' being a pull into realizing there is much more than 'me' involved in the warp and woof of the universe. There are connections in many realms.

Connections to the Divine Light pervading all Creation. Connections in time, space and human relationship. Connections I often only dimly sense, but am deeply woven into, none-the-less. Living faithfully might be living with an awareness of the connections.

Selkirk College introduces new five year strategic plan

Selkirk College students, left to right, Jesse Gouin, James Frost, and James Hammerton, with Selkirk instructor at 2012 Graduati

As part of the launch of their new website, Selkirk College has released their new five year strategic plan that outlines Selkirk’s aspirations for development and renewal in a rapidly changing and complex post secondary sector in BC and across the world. The plan describes a renewed mission and vision for the institution and includes five “Pillars of Success” and five Strategic Directions that will guide Selkirk College into 2018.

City of Rossland asks BC Auditor General for Local Government to investigate governance issues in the arena scandal

Basia Ruta, BC's first Auditor General for Local Government

The crowd spilled into City Hall’s hallways as 11 Rossland residents addressed council's public input period on Monday to support Coun. Kathy Moore's motion to request that BC's new Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) investigate the big picture of policy, procedure, and governance in Rossland that may have contributed to the Jason Ward arena scandal.

BC residents get say in selecting provinces top athlete

BC residents get say in selecting provinces top athlete

The BC Sport Sector is encouraging all British Columbians to have their say in who should be named BC’s top athlete in 2012 by casting an online vote at SportBC.com.

Of six exceptional finalists, the athlete who receives the highest number of votes will be honoured with the “Best of BC” award for his or her achievements at the 47th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards.

Salmo bust nets 85 plants and 26 pounds of pot

Salmo bust nets 85 plants and 26 pounds of pot

Tuesday saw police seize 26 pounds of marijuana and 85 pot plants with an estimated street value between $50,000 and $150,000 during a drug raid in Salmo, according to RCMP Darryl Orr.

Orr said the search, conducted by the Trail Crime Reduction Unit with assistance from the Trail and Salmo RCMP detachments, saw one male arrested and charged with production, possession and trafficking of a controlled substance.

Presentation by retired military officer on the hazards of smart meters should not be missed

Presentation by retired military officer on the hazards of smart meters should not be missed

New Democrat MP, Alex Atamanenko, says that upcoming February forums being hosted by the West Kootenay Concerned Citizens group will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear what retired military officer, Jerry Flynn, has to say about the hazards of electromagnetic radiation emissions from wireless smart meters.  With 22 years experience in Canada's and NATO's army electronic warfare units, Flynn will present evidence which supports his belief that government and industry plans to install wireless smart meters in every home is negligent and highly dangerous, especially to our

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).