Politics

Special meeting may see city net grant for airport expansion

Special meeting may see city net grant for airport expansion

At a special meeting Friday at 12 p.m., city council unanimously voted in favour of applying for a grant that would help fund an expansion of the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The reason for the urgency and special meeting, according to city CAO John Malcolm, is that applications for the grant, offered by the BC Rural Dividend Program, are only being accepted between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016.

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Want to influence our federal government? Here's one way to make an attempt.

A fox, watching the hen-house.

The Candian Environmental Protection Act is under review by a committee of the House of Commons.  Citizens are invited to comment -- in the form of written "briefs."  There are guidelines for these briefs, accessible via a link in the material pasted in below. 

Manufacturers seek end to ban on seasonal homes

 Gord Rattray from the manufactured home association addresses the RDCK board during Thursday's meeting. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily.

When Ross Bonner decided the old trailer on his recreational lot in Balfour was getting too small for his needs last year, he upgraded to a modern manufactured home to replace it.

A few months later, he got notice that his home was illegal in the Kootenays.

“I’m upset, I didn’t know if I was grandfathered, there’s still no explanation on how it’s going to affect anyone who already owns a place,” he says.

Interior Health gets new board chair

Interior Health gets new board chair

Interior Health board member John O’Fee of Kamloops has been appointed incoming chair of the board of directors, to replace current board chair Erwin Malzer when he completes his tenure on Dec. 31, 2016.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- better funding for rural municipal infrastructure?

COLUMN: From the Hill -- better funding for rural municipal infrastructure?

In my last column, I discussed some of the issues we heard about at House Finance Committee hearings.  I’d like to mention a few more of the thought-provoking ideas discussed on the second day of hearings in Edmonton.

Dramatic advanced polling numbers in Castlegar by-election

Dramatic advanced polling numbers in Castlegar by-election

Early response to Castlegar's by-election has been outstanding, with fully 674 people taking advantage of the advanced polling on Oct. 18 and 19, as well as 48 new registrations (Castlegar currently has 5,812 registered voters), according to Chief Electoral Officer Tracey Butler.

“That's very high, for Castlegar,” Butler said.

Community Consultation Via Text Message a First in Western Canada

Community Consultation Via Text Message a First in Western Canada

Trail area residents are breaking new ground using mobile technology in the Trail Area Health and Environment Program’s community consultation. The community is the first in Western Canada to use text messaging to get public feedback from residents.

OP/ED: Bruno, this byelection now hinges on you

OP/ED: Bruno, this byelection now hinges on you

You have so far declined to comment – but the fact remains, if what the candidate you support, Cherryl MacLeod said was true, you have been a complicit participant in violating the Community Charter and the Local Government Act since you were sworn into council on Dec. 1, 2014.

Almost two years.

So either she is corrupt in her attempt at office, or you are corrupt and breaking the law.

There is no mid-ground.

All of the 14 men and women, with hundreds of years of public service behind their belts, yourself included, are lying … or Macleod is.

Food security = important for humans and other animals too

Fresh vegetables are too costly for many in Canada

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.

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