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Letters to the Editor

by Letters to the editor on 21 January 2018 - 10:52am

To The Editor:

This week marks a historic milestone in BC politics and maybe, just maybe, we're on the cusp of another historic milestone.

January 24th, exactly 100 years ago, Mary Ellen Smith became the first woman elected to the BC legislature. She went on to have a long career in politics, affecting positive change for women and children....

by Letters to the editor on 18 January 2018 - 7:42am

To The Editor:

The Dogwood Initiative, like it’s sister group LeadNow, grew to substantial influence during the Harper and Clark era in large part by consolidating anti-pipeline activism into a political and fundraising force. 
After both the Keystone and Northern Gateway appeared to be down for the count, campaigners on both...
by Letters to the editor on 7 January 2018 - 6:40pm

To The Editor:

City of Nelson management was asked how they get away with raising hydro rates. The reply “because we can”. The BCUC has no jurisdiction, it's up to mayor and council.

In 2010 Nelson hydro customers paid .06c/kWh, basic was $10 . . . it's headed for 10.63c and $15.98.  BC Hydro rate is 8c and $11.


by Letters to the editor on 2 January 2018 - 3:23pm

To The Editor:

Some of my resolution for 2018 involves understanding my behavior. 

I drive a gas powered vehicle and understand that the exhaust emissions are a form of pollution.  I try to limit the use of that vehicle by planning an “errand day”, when there are a lot of stops, or sidewalks have yet to be cleared. Walking is still an option, if I’m not...

by Letters to the editor on 27 December 2017 - 7:14pm

To The Editor:

Nelson should be commended for moving to raise its water rates to cover its infrastructure costs. The increase is consistent with the best practices for municipal water pricing identified by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Water infrastructure is essential: it provides us with reliable, clean water and protects our natural water resources....

by Letters to the editor on 21 December 2017 - 1:43pm

To The Editor:

Dear John Horgan:

Without beating around the bush, this is a “Dear John” letter, both literally and figuratively.  I know that we have only been hanging out for the past months, but my relationship with the NDP goes back quite a ways, long before you came on the scene.  Unfortunately, we have come to a place of...

by Letters to the editor on 20 December 2017 - 6:40pm

To The Editor:

In response to 'From the Leg:' by Linda Larson published on December 11th:

In BC we use an electoral system called 'First Past The Post' (FPTP), a system that most of the developed world has abandoned due to a number of issues — a notable one being 'the spoiler effect' which causes many people to not vote for...

by Letters to the editor on 12 December 2017 - 5:50pm

To The Editor:

Nearly a quarter of a century ago the Harcourt NDP government ignored their own BC Energy Council consultants, when they, Marbek, found that province-wide energy conservation would create 24,050 Full Time Equivalent jobs over ten to twenty years. Fast forward to 2017 and Minister Mungall and Premier Horgan have chosen the needs and wants of an...

by Letters to the editor on 5 December 2017 - 8:15pm

To The Editor:

On Andrew Wilkinson’s advertisement page is a description of three bills to come before the legislature:

  • Rigging the referendum on PR.
  • Changing the election date to give government  six more months in power.
  • Funneling taxpayer money to their political war chest. 
  • ...
by Letters to the editor on 26 November 2017 - 2:39pm

To The Editor:

Recently, with the online release of the Government survey on electoral reform in BC, there seems to be more discussion about Proportional Representation (PR).  Sorting through the available information must be done with caution. 

So far I am given to wonder, if “PR” is so bad, why do almost 90 countries use some form of that system and...