Cattle vs. conservationists: the battle for the Gilpin

Gilpin Grasslands; Photo, Ministry of Environment
In a conflict that dates back to the 1970’s, the battle over the Gilpin Grasslands near Grand Forks between cattlemen and conservationists is still unresolved. Grand Forks City Council has found themselves the go to point for both sides of the controversy to try and garner government support for their cause.

DOBBIN: Let the (coalition) games begin!

DOBBIN: Let the (coalition) games begin!

After falling in the polls for weeks out  the leader of the Liberal Party seems finally to have received a reality check about his and his party’s future. He is actually talking about the possibility of a coalition. Mind you, it took a rumour of a merger of the parties to get things really there.started. Wendy Mesley – who announced with dead certainty that serious negotiations were underway - will now have a legacy of putting forward the most absurd political story ever featured on CBC National news.

Obama to ask for special BP claims fund over oil spill

Obama to ask for special BP claims fund over oil spill

US president Barack Obama, in response to criticism over his handling of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has asked the oil company BP to create a special fund with "substantial" amounts of money to pay claimants over the disaster.

Obama is to make his fourth visit to the Gulf Coast tomorrow, and on Tuesday is scheduled to make a speech about efforts to address the spill.

DOBBIN: A response to the banker's association

DOBBIN: A response to the banker's association

 When is a bank bail-out not a bailout? When the Canadian bankers’ Association President, Nancy Hughes Anthony says so. In her letter to the Vancouver Sun (which published my blog on the issue)  Hughes Anthony points out that not a single bank went bankrupt and therefore did not require a bail out.

Bellingham, WA first municipality to shun tar sands oil

Bellingham, WA first municipality to shun tar sands oil

The city of Bellingham, Washington has resolved to avoid fuel from refineries connected to the tar sands, becoming the first city in North America to take action against the controversial fossil fuel.

Grand Forks council creating bow hunting bylaw

Bow hunter; Photo, 4csgameranch

Grand Forks City Council is considering a bylaw that would ban the use of bow and arrows within city limits as a result of complaints received recently from community members. Currently, it is legal to bow hunt within the city limits. Bow hunting has mostly been used as a way to control the deer population and the nuisance they have become.

End of an arena? - Council says no to a $400k grant to repair roof

Rossland Arena - Andrew Zwicker photo

The Rossland arena has long been a Rossland institution. Constructed between 1953 and 1957 as a wholly volunteer effort, the building has been deteriorating for the past decade, during which time little to no funds have been put into the building by the city. The last city impovements to the arena came ten years ago when the change rooms were renovated. The structure’s roof has been leaking for the past decade, often necessitating a brigade of buckets to be brought out on rainy or heavy melt days to catch the drips and keep them from affecting the curling rink's ice .

UBCM recognizes Carbon Neutral Kootenays project

UBCM recognizes Carbon Neutral Kootenays project

 The Regional Districts of Central Kootenay, East Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary, received a Union of British Columbia Municipalities UBCM) Community Excellence Award for the Carbon Neutral Kootenays Project. This project, delivered in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), is helping regional districts and local governments reduce their corporate emissions and become carbon neutral by 2012. 

Interior Health Authority Cutting Medically Necessary Joint and Knee Replacements

Interior Health Authority Cutting Medically Necessary Joint and Knee Replacements
After promising during the election to protect health care services, the B.C. Liberals and the Interior Health Authority are cutting 14 per cent of medically-necessary hip and knee replacements. Adrian Dix, NDP Health Critic said, ”During a board meeting yesterday, IHA CEO Murray Ramsden reported that the number of hip and knee replacements would be 328 less than the number of procedures performed last year, amounting to a 14 per cent reduction. As a consequence patients will suffer in pain longer, and increasingly turn to strained emergency rooms for help.”

Conroy Wins, STV Loses in BC Election

Katrine Conroy

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy won a resounding victory yesterday, garnering a whopping 67% of the vote in the BC Provincial Election. Controy's percentage was the fourth highest in the province. At the same time, the referendum on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) went down to defeat, winning only 39% of the vote; the measure needed 60% in order to pass.

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