Op/Ed

'I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year' budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong was throwing a bit of money at anything political Tuesday in his recent budget.

If last year's provincial budget could be described as petty, after Finance minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities, only to claw must of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program, this year's budget could best be described as petulant.

This is de Jong's “I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year” budget.

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

To The Editor:

The issue of problems with the quality of care in senior facilities has been widely reported in the last year which has been confirmed by the Senior Advocates Reports.

As a result of these reports, the citizens of BC have been expecting some news of improvements concerning staffing levels, enforcement procedures and enhanced training.

Column: The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Column:  The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees in mind-bogglingly dense clusters, surprisingly well-camouflaged for such colourful critters. She then wrote a heartfelt article calling on people in Canada to act before monarchs go the way of passenger pigeons and buffalo.

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

As the future of Israeli Jews and Palestinians spirals down into an inevitable and inexorable apartheid struggle, Canadians are being denied their fundamental right in a democracy. That is the right to an honest and frank debate about one of the most important issues faced by the international community -- the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutal suppression of Palestinian human rights.

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

In a previous editorial, I wrote about how we survive the sense of futility and powerlessness that comes of watching our governments, and, often, our mainstream press, ignore crucial information and fail to act to prevent disaster.  This one suggests how we could exert our power, if enough of us are onboard.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Editor, The Rossland Telegraph:

I have disliked the politics of liberals all my active political life as a socialist, yet as people they are most often my friends and the next-best-thing to socialists. Liberals work harmoniously within capitalism but I am far from accepting that attitude.

Liberals have had a dominant position in public discourse for a long time, and in media, liberal perspectives are taken as a norm, a mainstream, rather than as ideological viewpoints. Liberalism has been winning its political and cultural battles in the West for a few centuries.

Letter: No problem for $10 daycare

Letter: No problem for $10 daycare

To The Editor:

I have gone through the Day Care scenario with my children as a single parent and then again as a Granny with my G'Children and NOW as a Great Granny, we're in the same position:

Be employed to pay for Day Care and believe me, Day Care workers deserve every $$ they get or, stay home and hope to find a home-based business to help you survive.

I would have no problem having the Government set up a Provincial CRA deduction to contribute to $10 day care.

Letter: Pushing, singing, writing Trudeau to keep his promise

Letter: Pushing, singing, writing Trudeau to keep his promise

To The Editor:

Demos, the people, Kratos, to rule, put them together and you get democracy, the people rule. Not political parties, not political leaders, but you and I, the people rule.

Letter: Don't break my heart Justin

Letter: Don't break my heart Justin

An open Valentine to Justin Trudeau:

Dear Justin:

Please don't break my heart. You promised to reform Canada's voting system so that our votes would be fairly represented. A promise is a promise and there is nothing dearer to my heart that democracy. 

If you break this promise you will break my heart and I promise you that my broken heart will remain open to every possible way to ensure your party is defeated next election.

With Love (for fair Democratic representation),

Column: Our Member of Parliament introduces a Motion

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

Today NDP Natural Resources Critic Richard Cannings, MP (South Okanagan – West Kootenay) announced the tabling of motion M-119, calling on the Liberal government to re-introduce the EcoENERGY Home Retrofit program.

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