April 2014

Why have nation-states?

Why have nation-states?

Colonies and Nations

Two things happening in Canada now must move one to ask why Canada is. Immigration of alien cultures here is one, and Quebec sovereignty is the other, reason to ask: Why is there a jurisdiction, this political entity, called “Canada”? The historical answer comes most readily to me, with my background as an historian.

LETTER: Scrap ALR proposal and save small farmers--A Rossland perspective

LETTER: Scrap ALR proposal and save small farmers--A Rossland perspective

To the leaders of my province,

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge

The Harper government seems intent on proving to its detractors that things can always get worse. They’ve one-upped themselves with the farce called the Fair Elections Act.

It has been described as a direct threat to the right to vote and an assault on democracy by the very people our democracy assigns to examine these things. But as is the pattern with this government, it seems likely it will ram it through no matter what critics say.

SECOND UPDATE: Coroner releases name of victim in fatal accident in Trail

SECOND UPDATE: Coroner releases name of victim in fatal accident in Trail

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a youth who died after a motor vehicle incident in Trail on April 7.

He was Nolan Handley, aged 17, of Trail. Nolan was a passenger in a car which left the roadway and rolled in the 8900-block of Highway 22A in Trail shortly after 9:30 p.m. on April 7.

Nolan was taken to hospital in Trail and then transferred to Kelowna General Hospital for more intensive care. However, he succumbed to his injuries on April 9.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.

Trail RCMP escort dangerous fugitive back to Toronto to face warrants

Trail RCMP escort dangerous fugitive back to Toronto to face warrants

Trail RCMP have arrested a fugitive facing charges of violent crime in Toronto, according to RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson, who says two recent arrests bring the tally to 64 peoplep sent from BC on outstanding warrants since September 2011.

COMMENT: MP says safer rail means safer communities

Alex Atamanenko . . . luck no one was injured in Plaster Rock

One of the most defining issues of the Conservative’s time in government is their constant march toward self-regulation for industry. In the past, Canada relied on strong public regulation and oversight to ensure risks are managed to protect the public. The move away from the time-tested method has been incremental and deliberate. We have seen it with food inspection, environment monitoring and safeguards, and have been reminded again about how our railways operate.

Selkirk College GIS student lands dream internship with World Food Programme in Rome

Alexandra Winter leaves for Rome next week to begin a four-month GIS internship with the World Food Programme.

 When Alexandra Winter began researching internships as part of her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Advanced Diploma, she dared to dream. Next week, Winter travels to Rome to begin a four-month stint with the exact organization she coveted.

It started earlier this year when Winter was sitting in the Selkirk College Co-op Education and Employment Services (CEES) office on the Castlegar Campus discussing her options with CEES Manager Brenda Smith.

Horgan the lone remaining name in BC NDP leadership race

John Horgan . . . expected to be acclaimed new leader of the NDP.

UPDATED POLICE ALERT: No foul play suspected in disappearance of Nelson woman

Missing woman Jade Giesen of Nelson. — Photo courtesy Nelson Police Department

Nelson Police Department do not suspect foul play in the case of Jade Giesen, missing since 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Sergeant Janet Scott-Pryke of the Nelson Police Department said in a press release "Nelson Police does not suspect foul play as a factor in Ms. Giesen’s disappearance, but has concern for her welfare."

Sergeant Scott-Pryke said Giesen was last seen walking on the Burlington Northern rail bed, toward Troup Beach north of Nelson on south side of Kootenay Lake. 

The Castlegar Enquirer - is it what you want?

The Castlegar Enquirer - is it what you want?

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