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by Letters to the editor on Sunday Nov 04 2018

So far, most of the discussion about Proportional Representation (PR) has focused on fairness. Without a proportional voting system, there’s no way to make every vote count equally. But there are other reasons to adopt it, arguably as valid: it would bring social and financial stability and cut waste.

In elections using first-past-the-post relatively small changes in the vote can give a...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Oct 31 2018

Japanese Knotweed is among the most feared invasive weeds, because of its effects on real estate values, taxes and infrastructure; it is unfortunately able to damage all three – it damages property values merely by being there, raises taxes by increasing municipal costs, and damages infrastructure by invading foundations, pavements and pipes and then expanding its operations.

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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 24 2018

The U.S. president may think global warming is a hoax perpetrated by China, but his administration has concluded Earth’s average temperature will rise 4 C over pre-industrial levels by 2100 if we fail to address the causes. Overwhelming scientific evidence concludes that such a rise would be catastrophic for humanity and many other animals and plants on this small blue planet.

The 500-...

by Letters to the editor on Wednesday Oct 24 2018
A key ingredient in any democracy is that people choose their leaders based on their values.  In our current voting system we are often forced to choose between a person or a party or to vote “strategically”. The make-up of the government often doesn’t reflect the popular vote so a party may only get 10% of the seats even if 30 % or 40% of the people voted for them. Even worse, one party...
by Contributor on Wednesday Oct 24 2018

By Cathy Holtslander
 
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), proposed to replace NAFTA, covers grain in just four paragraphs of the Agriculture Chapter, but the section has serious implications for Canadian farmers. It would give US-grown wheat a free ride on Canada’s international reputation and ultimately threaten the quality control...

by Contributor on Sunday Oct 21 2018

By Chrystia Freeland

The United States Mexico Canada Agreement is an updated, modernized North American trade agreement that is good for Canada and good for Canadians.

It is the result of Canada being tough at the negotiation table, united at home, and getting the job done.

Canada negotiated hard. We stayed strong, even when some were urging capitulation. We held out for a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Oct 18 2018

When the dust settles following Saturday’s municipal election politicians from both City of Nelson and Regional District will need to deal with the loss of more jobs in the regional following the recent announcement of layoffs at Pacific Insight west of Nelson.

The layoffs are expected to happen by October 31st and will leave approximately 100 workers employed at the Nelson...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 17 2018

When our children and grandchildren and those of us still here in 20 years look back to this time, will we say it was when the world finally got serious about the climate crisis? Or will we mark a tragic time when political and business leaders prioritized short-term economic gain over the future of humanity?

Listening to Canada’s minister of environment and climate...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Oct 16 2018

We tend to think of the post office as a place just to get and send our snail-mail, especially parcels.  We may have to change that thought: Canada’s postal workers are in negotiations for a new contract, and they are proposing some interesting things. They’re also authorized to go on strike. But that’s the stick:  they’re holding out a carrot too -- a bunch of carrots.

 They claim the...

by The Fraser Institute on Tuesday Oct 16 2018

Despite widespread misperceptions, every province already provides prescription drug coverage to help Canadians—particularly seniors and lower-income Canadians—pay for pharmaceuticals, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Much of the discussion about a possible national pharmacare plan seemingly...

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