MLA and MP join forces to offer congrats on Communities in Bloom win

Castlegar's ground-breaking Sculpturewalk was one of the many criteria CiB judges used in giving the Sunflower city top honours.

BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy join in congratulating the City of Castlegar on winning the 2014 Communities in Bloom International Challenge.  Castlegar received 5 Blooms and competed against other cities across Canada and in Ireland for the overall win in the small category (less than 10,000 population).

City thriving with year-over-year jump in building permits, business licenses

Crowds flocked to the grand opening of Millennium Ponds, the city's most significant improvement project this year.

City beautification and marketing efforts appear to be bearing fruit, as per business license and building permit reports submitted to city council, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff.

Chernoff said a substantial increase over last year’s numbers in both licenses and permits indicates the city is successfully attracting new businesses while, at the same time, encouraging residents to further invest in their properties and community.

Building tomorrow's female

Building tomorrow's female

West Kootenay women may want to check out an upcoming conference in Grand Forks  (October 3-5) called, “Project Progress: Leadership in Politics By Women For Women."

UPDATED: Petition to save Pass Creek Fall Fair

UPDATED: Petition to save Pass Creek Fall Fair

The link to sign a petition letting the RDCK know you'd support taxpayer investment to save the Fall Fair is here: https://w

Work in the age of anxiety

Work in the age of anxiety

Working Canadians, from blue collar workers to middle class professionals to hamburger flippers are facing the worst economy insecurity, most stressful working conditions, the slowest increases in real income and the most cynical anti-worker governments literally since the 1930s. At the same time the 1% and the powerful corporations which make them rich have not been so privileged in terms of wealth, income and political power since the pre-crash 1920s.

Nation-state independence and the state of happiness

Nation-state independence and the state of happiness

Scotland's Referendum

Readers will be aware of the story last week of Scotland's independence referendum. The “yes” side lost its bid for an independent Scotland, as Quebec’s yes side has lost in two recent referendums, whereas Ireland succeeded -- for 26 of its 32 counties – in seceding from the United Kingdom.

I feel Scotland’s story calls for historical context, with parallels to Ireland and Quebec. How does history shape how we feel about the kind of state we want to live in?

STATEMENT: Canada uses World Conference to continue indefensible attack on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups are outraged that the federal government used a high level United Nations forum on Indigenous rights as an opportunity to continue its unprincipled attack on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Monday, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples -- a high level plenary of the UN General Assembly in New York -- adopted a consensus statement reaffirming support for the UN Declaration.

Canada was the only member state to raise objections.

Residents riled over post-midnight train

City councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Many Castlegar residents got a rude awakening at roughly 12:40 a.m. this morning when CP Rail’s new nighttime train whistled its way through Castlegar.

City councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who lives directly adjacent to a train crossing, said the new schedule is a source of great frustration.

“I’m extremely upset – furious, in fact,” she said. “I’m not only a resident who lives right at one of the crossings, I’m a city councillor, and we weren’t given any kind of notification of this.”

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

Mayors from throughout B.C. discussed the future of rural health care yesterday in discussions with Health Minister Terry Lake and health authority representatives at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler.

"We know there are challenges that need to be addressed in rural communities and part of our current strategic direction makes it very clear that we need a broad strategy for rural care that meets the needs of all British Columbians," said Lake. "By consulting with mayors and health professionals, First Nations and other stakeholders, we will be able to develop a strategy that meets the long-term future needs of those outside of urban centres."

Privacy commissioner says lack of provincial response, 'erodes the public's right to know'

Privacy commissioner says lack of provincial response, 'erodes the public's right to know'

The B.C. government has taken a step backward in providing timely responses to access to information requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, according to a special report issued today by Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

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