Politics

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.

Wayne’s World January 2017

Wayne Stetski . . .  Kootenay Columbia MP

Pop-Up Constituency Offices

Editorial: Abortion, Foreign Aid, and Health Care

medical clinic symbol

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally have just taken a severe blow.

RDCK Director Tanya Wall earns Liberal nomination for Nelson-Creston

Tanya Wall . . . wants to be that MLA who will roll up their sleeves for Nelson-Creston. — Submitted photo

And then there were three.

Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B director Tanya Wall is tossing her hat into the ring as the Liberal nomination for Nelson-Creston in the upcoming BC Provincial Election.

Wall made the announcement through a press release sent out to media Tuesday afternoon.

“We need an MLA who will roll up their sleeves, advocate for local issues, and work hard for the communities they represent – and that’s exactly what I want to do,” said Wall, a 35-year resident of the Kootenays.

At least 120 feminists join the Women's March in Grand Forks

Kelly Davison shares what she is marching for.

Organizers of the Women's March in Grand Forks are thrilled at the turnout, which is estimated at around 120 participants. 

"We had no idea what to expect," said Kelly Davison, a co-organizer of the event along with Shara Cooper.

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo and the Slocan Valley came together in Castlegar Saturday morning for the Women’s March on Washington, organized by Cara-Lee Malange, community education coordinator with the Mir Centre for Peace.

 Malange said she was delighted at the turn-out for the event.

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

 The Trail Aquatic and Leisure Center will be expanding its fitness center in 2017 - the final planning stages for a 933-sq.-ft. additional space are under way. Parks and Recreation director Trisha Davison says her vision for the project would be for building to begin by April 1 and wrap up with the annual shutdown in August. No contract has yet been awarded for the project.

COLUMN: A look at New Zealand's electoral system

Richard Cannings . . . talked to a lot of New Zealanders about local politics.

I spent the first weeks of 2017 in New Zealand, celebrating my son’s wedding to a Kiwi girl.  After the wedding, my wife and I drove around some of that beautiful country, enjoying the beaches, birds, wines and green grass of summer.  Fresh apricots in January were a real treat!

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