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  • UPDATED: Missing person found   1 day 17 hours ago

    Thanks for your comment. The missing person has been found.

  • UPDATED: Missing person found   1 day 23 hours ago

    If she was apparently last located at her North Shore home and the public is being asked for help, it would be helpful to know about where she was. The north shore is a large area. Even something like the X-mile area may prompt people in that area to look around a bit more closely.

  • Residents save "bagged" deer   2 days 11 hours ago

    Thanks for the thorough coverage of the 'good-news' story in our very own city! Thanks also to all the clear-thinking, cool-headed concerned citizens involved in this humane endeavour.

  • Another letter on Bill C-51   3 days 17 hours ago

    Much has been published about Bill C-51 lately.  I thought I should go to the actual bill itself to see what's up ... so I read it.  Aside from getting sore eyeballs, I learned several things that made me very uneasy about the bill. 

    Apart from being able to arrest anyone without a warrant and detain them until a judge has heard the case, the police can present as "evidence anything that, in the judge’s opinion, is reliable and appropriate, even if it is inadmissible in a court of law," and the judge may base a decision on that evidence.  "Inadmisssible in a court of law?"  -- that means things like hearsay evidence, and evidence that was obtained in ways that would, without Bill C-51, be illegal.

    Now consider the recent case of a woman in West Vancouver who was (falsely) accused by an employee.   As a result of those accusations, she nearly lost her home, she had to pay a lot of money to defend herself from criminal charges,  her daughter lost her job, and she went through a lengthy time of enormous stress, before being found Not Guilty of all charges.  Now she is suing the provincial and federal governments.  

    If this injustice has happened as a result of false allegations made under Bill C-51, the victim of the injustice would have NO recourse.  She would  not be able to sue anyone to get any compensation for her losses.   Section 8 states, "No civil proceedings lie against any person for their disclosure in good faith of information under this Act."  Have you ever tried to prove bad faith, especially if you don't know who accused you?

    Another worrisome section -- Section 6 -- states that, once an official receives "information"  (whether it is accurate or not, true or not) nothing in the Act prevents that official from "using that information or  further disclosing it to any person, for any purpose."  It's the "any person for any purpose" part that really  boggles my mind.  Shouldn't the purpose at least be directly aimed at preventing terrorism from running amok?

    Let's not go into detail about the "no-fly" list that C-51 authorizes.  And the steps a person has to take if they have been wrongly included on that list.  Remember, as far as I can tell, you have no way of seeking compensation for the missed flight(s) and loss of income or any other losses.

    Another major thing about C-51 that bothers me is the lack of strong, well-funded, independent oversight of the police forces and intelligence agencies such as CSIS who would be responsible for the activities that C-51 authorizes.   A C-51 auditor.  But we don't have that, and government  watchdog bodies have had their funding slashed recently.

    When we lose our freedom and civil rights a little bit at a time ...  do we notice, until  there's none left?       

     

  • Rosslanders will Host Story-telling on February 27th   1 week 1 day ago

    When this press release landed in my mailbox, I thought -- "Story-telling!  What a wonderful thing to do instead of staring at a smart-phone screen, iPad, or laptop!   Imagine -- face-to-face interaction, honing speech skills,  learning how to engage people's interest."   I immediately tried very hard to think of events from my past that would make good stories -- good enough to keep people from yawning, interrupting, turning away to their smart-phones, and otherwise demonstrating boredom.  But then, many other poeple have had more interesting, action-packed lives ... If I go to this workshop, I could hear their stories ...

  • Interior Health proceeds with next stage of privatizing laundry services   1 week 1 day ago

    the top heavy administration costs, you mention is a very real problem for the IHA....or if not for them, it most certainly is, for US, the people they are supposed to serve...

    i concur with your suggestion that the Clarkista government should have to eat hospital food for a week just to see what it's like....not that they 'll care, since they likely get "private" health care....away from the madding crowds...

    the Clarkistas love to give billions to the capitalists, who own private companies, who then just get a lot richer, at the expense of their non unionised work forces, and the quality of the services they provide in lieu of the former services provided by the Unionised, in house staff...

    and YET these fraudsters and thieves get re-elected, over and over, and each time, i am struck DUMB with outrage, and disbelief....

  • Interior Health proceeds with next stage of privatizing laundry services   1 week 1 day ago

    i call bullshyte on the excuses given by Interior Health for shutting down their internal laundry services....it's nothing but more cost cutting on the backs of the dedicated unionised laundry workers in our local institutions.

    this is a typical move by the privatisation crazy Clarkista Harpocrite-style government....it's all about ideology....and union bashing....

    they may be able to save a few bucks, but just as in their outsourcing of the meals to a central kitchen, in Kelowna, i believe it was....which resulted in crappy food being served in our hospitals, and in our Meals on Wheels deliveries to elders and people with disabilities. 

    i was a Meals on Wheels volunteer back in the late 1990's and earlier 2000s, until i went on medical leave in 2009, working with a client of mine, who was a person with disabilities himself...before the government made the change to regionalised meal preparation, they used to make the meals at the Gordon Rd. facility, "Broader Horizons", and they employed several people in the kitchens...the meals were excellent. they smelled and looked good, and our clients who received them were very happy with the quality of the food....

    then the B.C. Liberal government changed all that, centralising meal prep in Kelowna....delivering frozen meals to our local communities...the clients that we served immediately noticed a difference in the quality and quantity of foods being delivered, and i heard, personally, MANY complaints about the food, such that some people, at least withdrew from the program....

    when it comes to laundry, how do we know that privatising that  will not compromise the cleanliness, and pathogen free requirements of hospitals??

    just as centralising the meal preparations for our hospitals was a terrible idea, so is this one of centralisng laundry services with some private concern....where is the quality oversight?

  • Interior Health proceeds with next stage of privatizing laundry services   2 weeks 1 day ago

    The fat cats running the IHA were appointed behind closed doors by their BC Liberal friends. They couldn't care less about these or any other of their employees. 

    The IHA and the army of administrators that came with it are THE reason why we have fewer beds than we did even 40 years ago and yet they have  still managed to cost taxpayers more each and every year. 

    BC should follow Alberta's lead and get rid of the bloated, top-heavy, wasteful health authorities that have so badly damaged health care in BC.

     

  • Interior Health proceeds with next stage of privatizing laundry services   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Job creation Christy? Unite and say no to the IHA. To date none of the IHA's privitization projects has been successful. Private companies profit to the loss of tax payers/patients. Had hospital food lately? I would suggest the Health Minister, head of IHA and Christy  Clark be made to eat for a week the fare fed to patients, what's really fed to patients not photo op food. Eccessively paid administrators and too many of them is the biggest problem with our health system and the rest of government.

  • RADON: A Cancer Hazard. Do Our Homes Have High Levels?   4 weeks 3 days ago

    Suddenly I want to get a radon testintg kit ... and use it.

  • FEATURE: Marijuana dispensary closes storefront; still working behind scene   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Jim Leslie contacted me today to express his appreciation for the article and also to correct some information regarding the community member that spoke out against the dipensary in a letter to the Gazette and when she had the floor at the mayoral candidates meeting. Leslie stated in his message, "I need to clear up that I did not for certain meet with her. I had a woman unhappy with our presence come in and we had a good discussion. When I described her to other people they thought it was [the same lady] but I still have no confirmation of that and since I have never met her in the past I don't know who it was."

     

  • A Bitter Election Coming?   7 weeks 5 days ago

    Historically, youth voter turnout has never been particularly high anywhere in the world, but over the past few decades things have got worse. A lot of people wish they had a crystal ball that tells them why there is a decline in voters. I don’t think it is caused by one specific reason. However, it appears that the common denominator is money.

    One explanation may be that young people today do not feel they have much of a stake in society. Having children and owning property gives you a direct interest in how schools and hospitals are run, and whether parks and libraries are maintained. People who have not settled down are not much affected by political decisions, and their transient lifestyles can also make it difficult to vote. I think over-borrowing or over-lending is a major cause for this general perspective of society. Student loans, high cost of owning a home, personal loans, finding and keeping a good paying job are very common characteristics for many demographic groups these days .

    I read that perhaps the most depressing explanation is simply that in many places, young people do not feel that there is anyone worth voting for. When charismatic politicians do appear, they can win over the young: Barack Obama would not have been elected had it not been for remarkably high youth turnout in his favour. Obama won on Social Media. But for the most part, such politicians are few and far between. That might be because in most elections, a simpler strategy is to win over older people, who will vote however bad the candidates are. Young people tend to be switched off by the negativity and cynicism of election campaigns targeting the unhappy old. Sadly, cynicism then breeds cynicism.

    Young people need candidates to answer their questions. They need to see platforms that promise action on issues that matter to them. Obama’s election promise was ‘We Can Change. He couldn’t keep that promise primarily because the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave to the lender. That’s not a very optimistic movement to attract new voters who are very likely already in debt.

    The increasing personal and federal debts aren’t likely going to slow down either, especially when including interest payments with our fiat money system. And it’s not just happening in North America.

  • A Bitter Election Coming?   7 weeks 6 days ago

    That is how Keynes described the Gold Standard. When we refer to the Gold Standard, which one we mean? The relatively brief 25-year period from 1946 to 1971, or an earlier longer lasting one from 1816 to 1914?

    The problem with the gold standard, as Thomas Piketty argues in "Capital", is the influence discovery and mining of the metal have on currencies. The value of gold is not "solid as gold", as with all commodities, it fluctuates with supply and demand. (Should we explore the feasibility of an Oil Standard)?

    Perhaps our economic problems are linked to political problems resolved by using inflation rather than raising taxes to pay down debt.

    Not spending beyond what we are willing (or able) to pay, setting priorities, investing for future benefit rather than instant gratification at the cost of future debt, ideas of this kind call for extensive political debate in which citizens are engaged to reach a consensus. That is the democratic idea; an idea quite distinct from political marketing.

  • A Bitter Election Coming?   7 weeks 6 days ago

    I wonder if the decreasing voter turnout over recent decades is related our endless increasing debt based economies. The perception of democratic governments working for the general public might have finally reached a tipping point. Some might think ‘why vote when the noteworthy election promises cannot be achieved within our present monetary system’. There are no promises attached to the attack adds.

    The fact that our democracy did not vote to change the law when the gold-standard was abandoned created a problem for which there is no reasonable solution. This idea is referenced many times in a very informative trio of documentaries to watch: Money as Debt

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqvKjsIxT_8&list=PLB1DC0C5091973459&index=1

     

  • A Change at the Rossland Telegraph   8 weeks 17 hours ago

    Thanks Adrian, I have greatly appreciated your dedication to local issues and your efforts to hold local government accountable. It surely could not have been an easy job but you did it well. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and may your New Year be filled with health and happiness. I know you will face all of life's challenges and opportunities with your usual clear eyed point of view and courage.

    Sara- Welcome to your new role. I am happy that you have stepped up to keep the Telegraph's wires humming. I think it is so important to have a local media outlet like the Telegraph because it makes it so easy for people to engage, comment, and generally have thier say about what goes on in town. I appreciate all that you do, and all that you will accomplish in this role.

    I just ask that you be straightforward and communicate what you see. Despite all of our good intentions, I am sure our new council will make mistakes and probably some boneheaded decisions; we are after all, only human. I expect you, and the residents of Rossland, to not only hold us accountable but also provide us input so we can improve our governnance. 

    I am really excited about the possibilities in the years ahead and I am very glad the Telegraph will be there to help keep the community informed.

    Thanks very much to you both.

  • A Change at the Rossland Telegraph   8 weeks 1 day ago

    Adrian,

    You have worked tirelessly in this. You have been relentless and passionate. We have butted heads many times, as is wont to happen given our personalities, but it has been an honour and a privilege to work with you (and it will continue to be). I have found you to be brilliant, compassionate, kind, difficult, funny, engaging, enfuriating and never, ever boring!

    I believe you broke the most important story in Rossland's recent history, and I was, am and will be proud to call you a journalistic partner.

    All the best, and wishing a healthy and happy 2015.

    Regards,

    Kyra Hoggan

    Editor

    The Castlegar Source and The Trail Champion

  • A Change at the Rossland Telegraph   8 weeks 1 day ago

    Hello Adrian,

    We will miss your insights, humour, biting wit, and stinging criticisms. You have been a bold and willing voice, generating regular, thought provoking debate, shouting what others would only whisper surreptitiously in coffee shops and bars (well maybe not so quietly in the Steamshovel) fearing suspicious, sneaky servers might hear. 

    I am looking foward to continuing read your passionate and informed views in letters to the new Telegraph editor, in Foment and elsewhere

    All the best for your journey in 2015.

    Kel

     

     

  • How to stop making your English "ugly and inaccurate"--in case you were wondering!   8 weeks 5 days ago

    All good advice, Andre, which even those who put hand to keyboard less frequently than you would do well to follow.  To your suggestions, I will add one of my own as a means of contributing to accuracy:

    Avoid the words "never" and "always." Whatever the context, they are rarely correct, and are likely to raise red flags in the mind of discerning readers.

  • A Change at the Rossland Telegraph   8 weeks 5 days ago

    As appreciated as Sara's reports have been, I must emphasize, Adrian, how very much we will miss your  consistently intelligent and insightful work. Wherever you go from here, please let it be in the direction of more writing in one form or another.

  • A Change at the Rossland Telegraph   9 weeks 1 day ago

    Welcome, Sara. Changing from a goverance position in a co-op to writing for a living may well produce new challenges but I'm sure you will overcome them.

     

  • Provincial Court Judge agrees charges can proceed in Lemon Creek fuel spill case   9 weeks 2 days ago

    It is unfortunate that our government is so blind to the health and wellness of this wonderful province.  We have a government that says oil tanker spills along the BC coast can be contained and cleaned up with world class response (when was an ocean oil spill clean up attempt not a disaster) yet they showed woefully inadequate response at Lemon Creek. It is interesting that there are so many thumbs down on Han's letter, one has to wonder who these people are? Please consider what you would feel if this incident had happened next to your home, as it did mine.  

  • A Change at the Rossland Telegraph   9 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks, Sara! I was glad to spend two terms learning about local governance and community and am equally glad to move onto something new today. David Livingstone and I will continue to support on the Lone Sheep end and believe as deeply as ever in the essentiality of independent media in small communities. We're proud that we've created an enduring local business over the last six years.

    Local businesses--remember that every dollar you spend advertising here will get you both superioor exposure AND your dollars will support another local business AND stay in the community AND hold our local government accountable. In other words, your money won't waft off to evil corporate pockets in Victoria. Is there really a choice? I think not.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Provincial Court Judge agrees charges can proceed in Lemon Creek fuel spill case   9 weeks 3 days ago

    i think this is a good development, although i don't necessarily trust the justice system to provide actual justice, when a private citizen takes the provincial government to court.....

    the B.C. Liberals are SO corporate friendly that there was never any chance of charges being laid on any corporations, working for them....they simply don't care about the people who live in the Slocan Valley below that jet fuel spill...nor about the fish and animals who live there either....all they care about is their corporate agenda.

  • Castlegar gets in the Christmas spirit   11 weeks 1 day ago

    It's awesome to see the Christmas spirit around town, an extra kudos to whoever decorated the fencing surrounding the old gas station site on Columbia - it looks awesome and is very festive!

  • MP says local seniors going with out due to government error on pension cheques   11 weeks 6 days ago

    this is disgusting treatment by Service Canada of today's Seniors....especially as their excuse does not cover many of the people affected by their parsimony....

    the Harpocrites don't mind wasting BILLIONS of dollars on their favourite projects, but seniors, people with disabilities, children, and women, don't appear to deserve any help whatever from them....

    HEAVE STEVE in 2015!!