Politics

Party hack screams hacked

The accusations this past week must definitely mean the British Columbia's 41st general election is well underway.

Splat. It would seem British Columbia's 41st general election is well underway.

The uproar this week over news that someone may have hacked the B.C. Liberal party's website is a harbinger of things to come, so fasten your seat belts.

Lost in the charges and counter-charges over the alleged hack is a characteristic most hackers share.

Any hacker worth their salt doesn't want “the hackee” to know they've been hacked.

It's a risk losing your hacking-license offense.

NDP candidate blames Boundary-Similkameen MLA of 'Wild West' fundraising

NDP Candidate Colleen Ross says Liberal MLA Linda Larson should disclose any of that money came from residents of Boundary-Similkameen.

Christy Clark blames the NDP for hacking their party website.

NDP John Horgan fires back, threatens to sue Liberals over allegations by Premier.

Locally, Boundary-Similkameen NDP Candidate Colleen Ross says Liberal MLA Linda Larson bringing “Wild West” political cash scheme to riding.

It sure appears a provincial election is on the horizon.

Ross raised the issue over Liberal fundraising after Larson held and an exclusive $2,500 a plate fundraiser recently in Kelowna.

Representative for Children and Youth: Alex's Story Prompts Acting Rep to Recommend Key Changes

Bernard Richard, BC's Acting Representative for Children and Youth

Lacking any permanent connection to his family and culture and without the mental health supports that might have made a difference, an 18-year-old Métis youth in care took his own life in an act of desperation, says an investigative report issued today by British Columbia’s Acting Representative for Children and Youth.

Environmental projects get $1.07 million from CBT

Grizzly bears are but one of many species which will benefit from CBT's Environment Grants Program.

Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program. The projects address one or more of the program’s four goals: Ecosystems, Climate, Water and Environmental Education.

“We know residents value a healthy environment,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Water and Environment. "We are pleased to support so many worthwhile projects that will contribute to environmental well-being.”

Projects in the Castlegar region are:

Paramedics: an essential service, or just healthcare workers?

A heart attack victim receiving expert care

There you are, flat on the floor with crushing chest pain.  "Heart attack!" you think, while the world goes a bit grey and fuzzy.  But you're able to reach your phone and dial 911.  Is this an emergency?  Are the paramedics who come to tend  you essential, or just nice to have, like a clean floor to lie on while you wait for help to arrive?

A Vigil in Rossland

Some of the crowd in Harry LeFevre Square on Tuesday evening, standing up for a peaceful and understanding culture.  Photo by Dave Cornelius.

On Tuesday evening, Rossland’s Harry LeFevre Square was filled with light from the many candles held in mittened hands by Rosslanders who turned out in the cold to show solidarity with Muslims everywhere and all others fleeing persecution, throughout the world.

Outdoor vigil slated for Wednesday at City Hall

Castlegar City Hall downtown will be the venue for a healing vigil tomorrow

A combination of recent events, global politics, and tragedies has inspired a local spiritual director to organize an outdoor vigil at Castlegar City Hall on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Joan Alexander described the intent on the Facebook event page (link at bottom of article).

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

In partnership with Selkirk College, the Skills Centre is releasing research to support the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Lower Columbia Region.

The Surviving, Not Thriving report covers several topics from income and employment, to food security, housing, early childhood vulnerability, transportation, and recreation.

“The indicators in this report provide insight into poverty in our region,” said Jan Morton, executive director of the Skills Centre.

Journalist and Author Amy Goodman Coming to Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman will be speaking at the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series on April 8 at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar. Tickets go on sale February 1.

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series welcomes award winning alternative investigative journalist Amy Goodman to Castlegar this spring.

Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program. She’s authored six books and won numerous awards for her work including the Gandhi Peace Award for her contribution to the promotion of international peace.

“Media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth,” Goodman has said.

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