Politics

RDCK directors make Castlegar mayor’s day

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff admitted to be a bit overwhelmed following the support received from fellow directors at Thursday's RDCK board meeting. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

The mayor of Castlegar got a big boost Thursday from directors of the Regional District of the Central Kootenay during the monthly board meeting, when he came looking for support for improvements to his West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The directors pledged $32,500 to help pay for the cost of the study into the reliability of the airport, and how new technology might expand its landing and take-off limits.

RDCK January Board Meeting Highlights

Stephanie Whitney of Winlaw Volunteer Fire Department is the first female chief in the RDCK.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay held its first director's meeting of 2017 at board room on Lakeside Drive in Nelson.

Here are a few of the highlights of the Thursday meeting:

First Female Fire Chief

The RDCK has appointed its first female fire chief. Stephanie Whitney will assume leadership at the Winlaw Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Whitney has been with the department for nearly a decade. Chief Whitney replaces Jon Wollenberg.
 
Watershed Woes

Business group lobbies for $40,000 feasibility study for bridge from college to downtown area

Conceptual rendering of proposed bridge across Columbia River.

A coalition of downtown business owners wants a $40,000 feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the Columbia River between Selkirk College and Zuckerberg Island.

At its regular meeting Monday night, city council was asked to contribute $10,000 to the initiative. Presenter Jackie Letkeman told council that CBT has offered a verbal commitment to fund half the study, while Selkirk College would add a “modest  contribution”.

Also presenting on behalf of the group was Dr. Sandy Battista, owner of Head to Toe Holistic Health Clinic.

Meet the new boss, evaluate the old boss: Obama's political balance sheet

Meet the new boss, evaluate the old boss:  Obama's political balance sheet

The Art of the Possible

Politics has been called an art, at universities it’s called science, but whatever we call it, its fascination is perennial. Aristotle simply summed up we humans as “political animals” and that seems appropriate.

Gitxsan chiefs add fourth lawsuit opposing Pacific Northwest LNG

Juvenile salmon at Flora Bank, by Lelu Island.  Photo by Tavish Campbell.

Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver.  They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus house group, and Yvonne Lattie with the Gwininitxw house group —filed the judicial review on Tuesday morning. 

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community
   

As has been pointed out by too many people, 2016 was a devastating year for progressives (a homely term for all those who are want equality, democracy and ecological sanity). There is no need to repeat the list of atrocities, failures and disappointments, as we all have them indelibly marked on our psyches.

A bit of unfinished business

There a few things the government needs to clear up before the election May 9.

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There's a bit of unfinished business, the B.C. government could attend to in the meantime, though.

Just as there are debt clocks to track the growth in public debt, perhaps there should be a “not forthcoming clock” to track the amount of time it takes for the government to come clean on the 2012 health ministry firings.

Editorial: Ignorance as a Survival Tactic

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There, a nice picture of a cat. Now for some of the stuff we'd rather ignore, even if that's not a very smart move.

Column: Unfinished Business

Christy Clark

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There are bits of unfinished business the B.C. government could attend to in the meantime, though.

Just as there are debt clocks to track the growth in public debt, perhaps there should be a “not forthcoming clock” to track the amount of time it takes for the government to come clean on the 2012 health ministry firings.

COLUMN: What Scientists Said 25 Years Ago

One tiny sample of trash pollution: just one symptom.

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

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