Getting big money out of BC politics

We need strict limits on individual donations to political parties so wealthy people do not have an advantage.

While British Columbians were divided over which of the main parties to support in the provincial election, most seem to agree on one thing: the need to get big money out of our politics.

But it’s not enough to stop cash donations by corporations and unions.

Any ban must be comprehensive, meaning no contributions of property and services, prohibiting loans or guaranteeing loans, and banning institutional contributions to party leadership and constituency nomination races.


Grace McCarthy received the Order of Canada in 1992 and the Order of British Columbia in 2004 and holds many honourary degrees.

Former MLA and Social Credit cabinet minister and Deputy Premier Grace McCarthy passed away peacefully at her home in Vancouver last night after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor.  Mrs.  McCarthy, 90, was surrounded by her family.

Funeral details and arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

McCarthy was born in Vancouver, and at the age of 17, she cashed in a $50 war bond and opened her own flower shop, Grayce Florists, which she developed into five retail locations across the city.

Boundary region placed on Flood Watch

RDKB EOC continues to respond to & support communities affected by freshet. — Photo courtesy Twitter

The Grand Forks, Boundary, Christina Lake are has been placed under a flood watch due to the warm temperatures that is causing a quick melt of the snowpack.

The result forced the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) to activate its Emergency Operations Centre in Grand Forks in response to rising river and creek levels in the Boundary.

City narrowly approves parking meter rate increase

Coming soon to Hall Street, a new parking ticket dispenser that will change the street from its current two-hour free parking to paid parking. — The Nelson Daily photo

Although additional parking spaces and revenue could be created in the city in the coming months, city council decided not to wait and approved an increase to parking meter rates in the downtown.

Council narrowly approved the 20 per cent rate rise with a four-to-three vote, effectively bumping the hourly rate from $1 to $1.25, the first meter rate hike since 2011.

Flooding in city causes safety concerns

Flooding in city causes safety concerns

Emergency officials and local government staff have responded to localized flooding on Bloomer Creek, near Meadowlark Lane, in the Oglow subdivision of the City of Castlegar. 

On the evening of May 26, a minor slide upstream on Bloomer Creek caused a temporary blockage on the downstream storm system which required City action to clean the system.

NPD report possible cougar sighting near Lakeside Park

The possible sighting was called in at 10:58 p.m.

Nelson Police is reporting a possible cougar sighting in the area of Lakeside Park late Thursday night.

Nelson Police Dispatch recevied the call at 10:58 p.m.

NPD would like to remind the public coming in contact with a cougar that does not run away, to remain calm, stand your ground and do not back down. 

If possible, retreat slowly when safe to do so. 

Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK OR RUN. 

Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.

Plea for bees in the city hopes to overcome legislation and raise awareness for the plight of bees

A Slocan Valley-based non-profit society is requesting a change to the city's bylaws concerning the keeping of honeybee hives within the city limits. — Screen Shot Photo

The scholastic spelling bee notwithstanding, the keeping of domestic bees in the city has been forbidden for many years.

However, a plea for the keeping of bees is now being made for Nelson schools, launched by a Slocan Valley-based non-profit society that is requesting a change to the city's bylaws concerning the keeping of honeybee hives within the city limits.

UPDATED: RDCK said Kootenay Lake expected to rise between 2-4 feet next week

Kootenay Lake was listed at 1748.7 feet last weekend. Kootenay Lake could possibly rise to 1754 feet by June 10. — The Nelson Daily photo

Temperatures hovering around the 30 C mark has the Regional District of Central Kootenay advising Kootenay Lake residents that lake levels should rise in the next week.

In a media release Friday, RDCK staff said the warmer weather will push snow from mountains quickly in the next week.

"The Regional District of Central Kootenay is informing residents that Kootenay Lake is expected to rapidly rise between two (2) to four (4) feet next week starting Monday May 29th due to warm temperatures and a quickly melting high level snow pack," the release said.

Fire considered 'lucky' given potential damage

Fire considered 'lucky' given potential damage

A structure fire in Rossland yesterday is being hailed as “extremely lucky” despite having caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Glen Gallamore.

The call came in at 4:30 p.m. and crews arrived on scene at 4:35 p.m. at 2049 Happy Valley Road in Rossland. Thirteen Rossland firefighters and five Trail firefighters responded.

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