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Op/Ed: Need "Good" reason to run for council

Op/Ed: Need "Good" reason to run for council

This Op/Ed was originally shared on a Boundary Facebook group and then sent to us for publication. 

Ever wonder what motivates a person to run for municipal council? While some run with the best of intentions, some folks have really bad, or at least really misguided, motives.

 Here are my top five bad reasons to run:

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.

LETTER: Water Meters – What The City Is Not Telling You

LETTER: Water Meters – What The City Is Not Telling You

Dear Editor,

Why is information on water meter installations so hard to get? We contacted Doug Allin at City Hall to get more info on one of the available options - the manually-read, human-friendly, non-RF, non-radiating meter (the “ProRead”), and we were just pointed in various directions and given no hard data. There seems to be nobody available with definitive answers to this question. If you are a homeowner and concerned about RF radiation, are you even aware this is an option?

Why isn’t the city being open about this point?

Letter from former Robson Community School Coordinator

Letter from former Robson Community School Coordinator

For the past 18 years, I have had the pleasure of being the coordinator at Robson Community School. Twenty years ago, the school principal at Robson applied for Community School Status and as a result, $75,000 was brought into this district to set up a community school. A year or two later, Blueberry Creek also received these funds to offer programs for families and the community.

GF man dies in crash near Kelowna

GF man dies in crash near Kelowna

A Grand Forks man, Jeffrey James McNeil (46), has been identified as the victim of a motorcycle accident near Kelowna, (Friday) September 12. 

McNeil, was riding southbound on Highway 33 near Kelowna when he lost control of his motorcycle. 

According to the BC Coroner's Service, emergency personnel responded and he was taken to Kelowna General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

LETTER: MLA should remember she represents constituency not Liberal party in Victoria

LETTER: MLA should remember she represents constituency not Liberal party in Victoria

An open letter to Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larsen

Ms. Larson,

I am disappointed that I have not received any reply from you to the email I sent last week regarding the dispute between the BC Government and the BCTF. While it is true that I expressed a viewpoint which conflicts with that of the BC Liberal Party, I had assumed that as one of your constituents I would have expected at least some acknowledgement of my concerns.

Remember kindness?

Remember kindness?

I confess. I have been binge-watching TV series. Lately I have narrowed my watching mostly to The West Wing an old favourite about a Democratic president, Jed Bartlet, portraying the manic, day-to-day crisis management of the White House. But in my defence I am doing so in part as an antidote to another series which I quit watching because the values it displayed and promoted were so execrable. House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless congressman seeking revenge (and higher office) for being betrayed by “his” president.

LETTER: Break the Silence

LETTER: Break the Silence

If someone is being bullied, the last thing you want to do is walk away from them. They need support, and lots of it. I do not know of anyone that would walk away, or stop being friends with someone who is being bullied. That would be shameful.

We need to start treating mental illness and depression as we do with bullying. Do not walk away from those who need your help.

How can we support people successfully in a society that has mental illness and depression as taboo subjects? We need to break the silence.

LETTER: In aftermath of Mount Polley, people need to take control, bring govt back in line

LETTER: In aftermath of Mount Polley, people need to take control, bring govt back in line
Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article  Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Nelson Daily on August 6, 2014. 

Smoky sky advisory issued for region as fires blaze on

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Forest fire smoke in the area has caused the Ministry of Environment to issue a smoky skies advisory for Thompson, Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, Boundary and Fraser Canyon regions.

According to the Ministry, smoke concentrations can vary depending on the winds, fire behaviour and temperature fluctuations.

They recommend avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and that vulnerable people like infants, the elderly and those with medical conditions stay inside.

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