ATAMANENKO: The “Periwinkle Curse”: How the Lack of a National Childcare Policy Is Failing Our Children

ATAMANENKO: The “Periwinkle Curse”: How the Lack of a National Childcare Policy Is Failing Our Children

The pretty village of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake has a population of less than 2,000 and one licensed daycare, the Periwinkle Children’s Centre. The centre has a long history in the community and also a long history of the same problems repeating themselves.  Sarah Lawless, chair of the board of directors for the non-profit centre, calls this situation “the Periwinkle Curse.”

Ed Broadbent’s Canada: More equal, more optimistic

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 Ed Broadbent, one of Canada’s most respected progressive sages, sat down with the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy to talk about the Canada he grew up in and how it’s changed over his lifetime. During this candid conversation -- in Mr. Broadbent’s own Ottawa backyard -- he reflects on the profound shift away from equality.

Feds take tax off poppies

Photo courtesy Alex Atamanenko's website

The federal government will remove the sales tax from the purchase of poppies and wreaths for the Legion’s annual poppy campaign.

When the Harmonized Sales Tax was implemented in Ontario and B.C. this summer, the production of poppies fell under the new tax system since a private firm in Toronto makes the poppies.

This means they would have been subjected to a 13 per cent tax. The new decision will save Legions across the country around $780,000 a year.

QUNFUZ: Things that happened while I was there

QUNFUZ: Things that happened while I was there

Editor's note: the following is a list of things that took place during the author's trip to Palestine a couple of weeks ago.

A large demonstration was held in central Nablus calling for the release of the thousands of prisoners held in the Israeli gulag.

Israeli forces shelled Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority arrested 53 men in overnight raids.

RDCK calls for return of long form census

Nelson RDCK director John Dooley — Timothy Schafer photo.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The long arm of the regional district board has given its support to the return of the long form of Census Canada, over two months after the federal government moved to replace it with a voluntary survey next year.

Nelson director on the Regional District of Central Kootenay board, John Dooley, had urged the board to ratify the position the City of Cranbrook had taken in support of keeping the long form, and to petition the federal government to reinstate it.

Carole James mishandles MLA Simpson’s simple comments

Carole James mishandles MLA Simpson’s simple comments

Well, so much for the “Democratic” in the New Democratic Party!  Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson was politically hauled in, drawn and quartered , his remains expelled in the middle of the night from the NDP caucus, for daring to criticise the content--or lack of content--in a SPEECH by party leader Carole James.


DOBBIN: Canadian politics needs a game-changer

 As we head into a new political season it looks depressingly like the old: a stand-off between the malignant minority government of Stephen Harper and the seriously diminished Liberal Party and its hapless leader Michael Ignatieff. Both these parties and their leaders are so off the mark in terms of what Canadians want and need that they can't even break through the 30 per cent support mark. Harper seems to have written off Quebec -- a typically petulant response to that province's stubborn attraction to social democracy.

Alex Neve to speak in West Kootenay: A call for renewal of Canada's fading human rights leadership

Alex Neve to speak in West Kootenay: A call for renewal of Canada's fading human rights leadership

Selkirk College and Amnesty International will be launching the fall Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series with a passionate and important talk by Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada.

His lecture, Protecting Human Rights: What’s Happening to Canada’s Voice, will focus on the concerns surrounding Canada’s fading human rights leadership and will put a powerful call out for renewal and revitalization to Canada’s policies and reputation as a human rights leader.

Electoral Officer’s Ruling MUST Be Challenged

Electoral Officer’s Ruling MUST Be Challenged

The decision by B.C.’s “Acting” Chief Electoral Officer Craig James to stall the anti-HST petition until court cases are dealt with MUST be challenged in court. I believe he’s wrong; he made a mistake; he went far beyond his proper role in validating a petition.

Railway debate was intense at public meeting

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Grand Forks city council got an earful from the public at a meeting about the options to save the international railway running to Kettle Falls, WA.
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