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Op/Ed: B.C. bargaining away public access to backcountry

Secret negotiations curtail outdoor recreation Province ignores its own wildlife data Government ignored 98.9 per cent opposition Hunters are being used as bargaining chips Public consultation and management reviews were promised, but never came Every new iteration of the Hunting and Trapping Regulations erodes public access to outdoor recreation, while the government hides its true […]

Column: The many uses and advantages of hemp

Overall, whether it’s used for fabrics, bioplastics, fuels, paper products or building materials, hemp has many advantages and few disadvantages. Hemp has been promoted as a solution to a wide range of environmental issues — as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics, resource-depleting cotton, polluting fossil fuels, energy-intensive building materials, forest-destroying paper products and more. It’s […]

COLUMN: Human nature and the soul

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  Genesis, II, v. 7 [King James Bible, 1611] This quotation has been translated into English from ancient Hebrew with notable variations for the last word: soul; being; creature; […]

Op/Ed: B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Responds to Provincial Announcement on Decriminalization

In British Columbia, we know all too well the severity of the toxic drug crisis. On April 14, 2016, it was deemed a public health emergency in British Columbia. Since this time, tragically, more than 14,000 British Columbians have died from accidental overdose: 7 people a day. In recognition of the magnitude of this crisis, […]

COLUMN: Water much less plentiful as drought continues

The dry facts about increasing water scarcity People can only survive a few days without water. After all, we’re mostly water — basically just liquid blobs with enough organic thickener to keep us from dribbling away. We’re part of nature’s hydrologic cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation that cartwheels water around the planet. Given water’s […]

COLUMN: Talking about the generations

Arc of the Cognizant CLXXXIII “Why don’t you all just f-f-fade away? And don’t try and dig what we all say … The things they do look awful cold. I hope I die before I get old.”  — The Who, My Generation “Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is […]

Letter: Law applies to all citizens of Nelson

To The Editor: Dear Mayor Morrison: The situation with drugs and homelessness in our street seems out of hand. As the temperature is getting warmer, we are seeing more and more drugs addicts and homeless people moving to Nelson. During my regular day in Nelson I am in contact with individuals committing crimes in our […]

Carbon Pricing 101: How it Works

Carbon pricing can be confusing. Simply put, it’s designed to increase costs of burning polluting fossil fuels and encourage cleaner alternatives. It creates a financial incentive for people and businesses to pollute less. Rebates help keep household costs down. As of 2023, 73 global carbon-pricing instruments were in operation worldwide, covering around 23 per cent […]

Letter: Health Minister Dix not listening to residents need for dialysis unit at KLH

To The Editor: I am one of nine renal patients in the Nelson-Creston who must travel to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) because hemodialysis is not available at the Kootenay Lake Hospital (KLH). When I began dialysis in 2019, I was advised by the social worker at the KBRH Kidney Care Clinic to move […]

Letter: Canadian Cancer Society urgently seeking volunteer drivers to help cancer patients in Nelson

To The Editor: The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is calling on residents of Nelson, BC to help community members facing a cancer diagnosis by becoming a volunteer driver with our Wheels of Hope transportation program. Volunteer drivers not only provide a means for clients to get to and from cancer-related appointments, they also offer a […]

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