Issues

COMMENT: An effective trade policy

COMMENT: An effective trade policy

It is interesting that any time trade is debated in the House of Commons New Democrats are always accused by the Conservatives of being “anti-trade”.  However, as our Trade critic, Don Davies stated in the Jan. 29th debate on the proposed Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement, we believe thatCanadians recognize the importance of trade to our economy and want an effective, strategic trade policy that expands trade opportunities and supports Canadian exporters.

GF mom speaks at international global summit

GF mom speaks at international global summit

In Grand Forks, Laranna Androsoff is known as the Aboriginal Family Support Worker at Boundary Family and Individual Services Society (BFISS) and as Trinity’s mom. But earlier this month she got wider recognition for the latter.

Androsoff was invited to speak at the 2014 Global Summit on Childhood in Vancouver. There she sat on a panel of professionals from around the world including professors, philanthropists and researchers from as far away as Romania and Kenya.

“They were looking for a parent representative in Canada,” said Androsoff.

LETTER: Gilpin grasslands need protection not for quad use

LETTER: Gilpin grasslands need protection not for quad use

It was upsetting to read the current description of the Gilpin Grasslands as a recreation area by the Grand Forks Quad Bike Club.

Gilpin is an extremely important wildlife ecosystem, a point validated by three provincial governments and two land conservancies, all who have left an important footprint on Gilpin.

The grassland ecosystem in our province is advertised as the most threatened and less than one per cent of our land base and home to most of our threatened and endangered species.

LETTER: Why Teachers May Be Forced Into Job Action

LETTER: Why Teachers May Be Forced Into Job Action

Like all of you, teachers only want the best for their students.

Despite bargaining for more than a year with the government there has been little progress made at the negotiating table.

We have been waiting, very patiently, for the government to provide the necessary funding required for us to move forward in achieving a negotiated collective agreement.

CAMRA calls for better beer legislation

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Despite the growing popularity of craft beer in British Columbia, many consumers are still being left in the dark when it comes to knowing exactly what’s in their glass and a local consumer advocacy group is asking them to make a fuss about it. 

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

"If you don't let me put a water meter in your home, then I'm going to put one outside your home - and I'm going to charge you for it."

Does a city have the authority to add additional water infrastructure like this and then charge individual residents for it?

On Monday, April 8th, Grand Forks, BC residents learned a few things...

Q & A — The Grand Forks Water Meter Plan

Water meter -- a Wiki Commons image

Water meters have been the center of debate in Grand Forks in recent months, raising many questions from residents—during council meetings, public events and coffee shop discussions— about the City’s pending plan. Here is a look at some of the key questions and answers, as provided by Chief Administrative Officer Doug Allin and municipal documents.

Who will be doing the installations?

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

This open letter to Mayor Brian Taylor was submitted by Grand Forks resident Julia Butler. 

Dear Mayor Taylor

At the council meeting on March 10, I presented council with a letter from Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development stating, “I assure you that the Province of British Columbia does not require local governments to build new assets before applying for funding. You commented on the installation of water meters,...”  

Jewel Creek farm creates Kickstarter project to fund DVDs

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“You don’t have to smell like patchouli and have dreadlocks to be interested in this,” said Glaser laughing, as he explains his Kickstarter project and also the stigma that goes with natural living.

Coun. Wirischagin asks for voluntary water metres this year

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The topic of water metres came before council again at their regular meeting Monday night. Coun. Michael Wirischagin brought up his concerns during his councillors report early in the meeting.

He started by telling council he was part of a group that is dedicated to improving communities in BC. When he met with this group, they discussed water metres, which flagged some concerns for him.

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