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  • Another blow to Kootenay Lake Fishing as Province calls for early closure due to low kokanee numbers   8 weeks 4 days ago

    Trricky, your comment is actually misleading as well.

    For clarification, the entire main body of kootenay lake is closed to kokanee harvest (total daily quota is ZERO), and now the upper west arm of Kootenay Lake is also closed to kokanee harvest (total daily quota is ZERO). The lower west arm is still open to kokanee harvest, total daily quota FIVE, but ONLY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. So, in summary, you can harvest kokanee anywhere from 6 mile down to the Corra Linn dam on Saturday and Sunday, but none above 6 mile or in the main lake.

    Of course you are allowed to fish for any other species, and if you catch Kokanee you can always put them back, but harvesting Kokanee is not allowed for most the lake anymore. Tthe stocks of kokanee are suffering huge collapses so people thinking it's a good idea to keep kokanee out of our lake or waters right now are making a huge mistake. All the fishing will suffer if the kokanee collapse.

    NO part of the lake is closed to fishing. There are just closures to kokanee harvest - you have to release any kokanee you catch in most of the lake and west arm.

  • Another blow to Kootenay Lake Fishing as Province calls for early closure due to low kokanee numbers   8 weeks 5 days ago

    I would like to point out, since no one else has, that Kootenay Lake has one heck of a lot more to it that the West Arm. It is not like the entire lake has been closed to fishing! Just one more very small section of it! Go catch some rainbow!


    The news article is a bit misleading I'm afraid!

     

  • RCMP concerned with increase in speed on highways; 13 vehicles seized in past week   9 weeks 6 days ago

    It's worth considering how the risk of severe injury or death increases by a large amount with a small increase in speed.  A study done in the US found that the risk of death to an adult by a vehicle traveling at 23 miles per hour  (that's about 37 kilometers per hour)  was 10%.   But when the vehicle speed increased to a mere 32 miles per hour (about 50 kilomenters per hour) the risk of death increased to 25%.  

    So if a driver hits a pedestrian at 50 kilometers per hour, there's  25% chance that the pedestrian will die -- and  50% chance that she or he will suffer a "severe" injury.

     

  • Don't get scammed again — CRA issues warning   10 weeks 3 days ago

    CRA is run by corporations with their boots on the necks of the people

  • MP Richard Cannings pans federal budget   13 weeks 3 days ago

    Adam Smith long ago remarked that profits often are highest in nations going fastest to ruin. There are many ways to create economic suicide on a national level. The major way through history has been through indebting the economy. Debt always expands to reach a point where it cannot be paid by a large swathe of the economy. This is the point where austerity is imposed and ownership of wealth polarizes between the One Percent and the 99 Percent. This is not the first time this has occurred in history. But it is the first time that running into debt has occurred deliberately. “As if most debtors can get rich by borrowing, not reduced to a condition of debt peonage.” Killing the Host by Michael Hudson

    The fundamentals of a sustainable economy are based upon a consistent supply of food, shelter, good health and social well-being for an indefinite period. Since Reaganomics and sales partner Mulroney reduced corporate taxes, employee wages have flat lined or even been reduced while the costs for goods have been on a steady incline killing the middle class. Employee wages and retail sales must trend inline together to be sustainable. The widening difference between lower employee and increasing cost for goods in the economy is balanced by record levels of private debt. The reduced wages, higher cost of living, compound interest on public debt and low interest rates to create more spending have created a global economic stagnation. Today, the primary spending is corporate mergers and corporate share buy backs. The major shareholders can cash out at an artificially high market rate. The 1% are hoarding all the printed money.

    Meanwhile, our political theatre of government austerity versus government spending continues. Both are based upon maintaining a GDP to debt ratio, the latter is the preferred band aid at this time. Although, once you include the increasing levels of income inequality into the GDP, it becomes clear that while we are growing, we are not making progress. Neither government spending method will create the consistent long term economic growth needed until you repair the root cause. Stop supplying the free lunches for the FIRE Sector (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate). That is, stop payment for goods or services that have no counterpart in actual costs of producing them.

    The economic attempts at recovery since 2008 have been a recovery of the financial markets, not a recovery of jobs and wages of ordinary people. Either there will be a democratically planned write-off or write-down of global debt, or there will be a financial collapse, like the one that began the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Either way, the debt will need to be wiped out in order put together a period of consistent economic growth for ordinary people. The bottom of the Ponzi scheme.

    Some good overviews and an in depth discussions below.

    Short History of Debt- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00iY4cpEQDY#t=41

    Michael Hudson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF17m93Bvfk

    Age of Stagnation and Killing the Host http://www.extraenvironmentalist.com/?powerpress_pinw=4240-podcast

  • Bear-proof garbage containers can mean new life for old garbage cans   14 weeks 5 days ago

    Great ideas!    And now this makes me want those who don't want to be bothered, to just give me their defunct garbage bins.

  • BC RCMP warn of scams that hijack your computer   14 weeks 5 days ago

    And just this morning I received  a telephone call -- a recorded message -- claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency  (CRA).  It said something I didn't quite catch about "fraud" and urged me to call, or to have my lawyer call, a certain number.

    The CRA website warns people against calling numbers left by phone messages purporting to be from the CRA.  So please be warned that this type of phone call is a fraud -- and don't make any calls in response to such a message, unless you look up the CRA number yourself, and call the real CRA number  to report the scam-call.  

  • OPINION: Why We Privileged Women Should Care About International Women's Day.   14 weeks 6 days ago

    Phil, you're SO right, of course -- it is an issue that affects everyone.  Besides, a culture that condones injustice for one group of people is more likely to be unjust to other groups as well.  But, I think that the groups who are directly oppressed are the ones who feel the injustice most acutely and are most likely to press for change. 

  • OPINION: Why We Privileged Women Should Care About International Women's Day.   15 weeks 9 hours ago

    Not sure why you seem to be particularly addressing yourself to women Sara, equality is an issue for everyone to be concerned about.

  • Weather experts say warm, wet winter quite common for an El Niño   15 weeks 16 hours ago

    We are fortunate in the Kootenays to have enjoyed a remarkably good snow season this winter.  But the article above seems to imply that climate change is not REALLY too much to worry about because we've had a good winter in spite of El Niño.  On the other hand, this report in the Guardian tell us that data released by NASA show that global average temperatures for February broke a century's worth of records "by a shocking amount."   

    As for the effect of  El Niño, the report includes this paragraph:  "A major El Niño event, the biggest since 1998, is boosting global temperatures, but scientists are agreed that global warming driven by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions is by far the largest factor in the astonishing run of temperature records."

    Yes, the article above is correct to say that "climate change is a legitimate concern."   We'll see what the next few years bring, in terms of both weather and climate.

  • Op/Ed First Nations have right to wildlife resources   16 weeks 3 days ago

    shame on those who kill without need to eat.

  • Up, up and away on Air Christy   16 weeks 3 days ago

    Premier Clark travels with a videographer  "to inform the public via social media about events like the climate change summit in Paris last fall."

  • Letter: Urgent need to reduce emissions   19 weeks 21 hours ago

    Thanks to Dona for this article. Without the reduced use of fossel fuels by us all there is no way of meeting any kind of targets any level of government sets.

    All levels of government need to litterly take the bull by the horns and make policy changes that are courageous in reducing the use of fossel fuel. Thanks to the Cities that are making pledges to be fossel fuel free in a given period of time. We need to encourage all civic governments to do the same.

    Thanks to Nelson Hydro and the City of Nelson for setting up the solar garden and for providing the opportunity for public partnership. And thanks to the people of Nelson for supporting this innovative green technology.

    We as citizens also need to continue our efforts of reducing our use of fossel fuels as well, particularly in the use of our private vehiclessss. Walk, ride a bike, use public transit, get rid of our private vehicle and join the car sharing program of the Kootenay Carshare Co-op. They guarantee you will never be without a car or truck. Public transit has improved over the past couple of years and if ridership increases it will be even further improved. People who use public transit are people who buy local, Nelson businesses need to show their support for our public transit service. The Chamber of Commerce needs to make suggestions of how their business members could encourage more ridership on the public system so that more people are able to leave their cars at home and only use them when absolutely necessary. It is up to each and everyone of us to make this happen.

    One final suggestion would be for the City of Nelson to create a Green Community Bond where the citizens could invest in projects that the city needs to do in order to become fossel fuel free as fast as possible.

    Barry Nelson

  • OPINION: Paris (should have) changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?   21 weeks 16 hours ago

    Excellent article clearly summarizes what we need to focus on. On the subject of airports I just heard a CBC report on the drastic reduction of use of the new-in-2014 expanded Fort Mac airport ($240 million taxpayer $ if I remember correctly). Exactly what Suzuki is talking about - stop building for a dying industry. Closer to home, last week it was reported that nothing can be done to improve all-weather take off and landing at Castlegar (it would be prohibitivly expensive for the airlines to retrofit equipment to their planes). Good. Let us accept that we live in a beautiful, fairly remote location and can't jump on (or offf) a  plane 365 days/year, guaranteed.  That's a tiny price to pay for living here.

  • Big smiles from West Kootenay Community TEETH after winning $50,000 from Pacific Blue Cross   21 weeks 3 days ago

    Good things happening to good people!

     

  • Corporate tax hikes ultimately reduce the wages of Canadian workers   22 weeks 3 days ago

    The Fraser Institute is so far out to lunch, I wonder why the media still pays it any attention. It conducts its "studies" in Lalaland. I guess that's why conversely when Harper cut corporate taxes (and the previous Libs too), Canadians suddenly saw themselves get a huge wage increase the next year. Oh wait, we didn't.

  • Corporate tax hikes ultimately reduce the wages of Canadian workers   22 weeks 3 days ago

    The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading right-wing think tank, received over $4.3 million in the last decade from eight major American foundations including the most powerful players in oil and pharmaceuticals.

    In May 2012, it was found that the US oil billionaire Koch brothers gave the Fraser Institute half a million dollars since 2007.  But further investigation shows the institute received funding from other major US foundations.       c/o Vancouver Observer, 2012

    These biased think tanks try to shape and sway public opinions to suite the far right wing in exchange for lower taxes, smaller government, weaker trade unions, and an end to environmental regulations that might reduce corporate profits.

    Read Robert Reich’s article on The Three Biggest Lies about Why Corporate Taxes Should Be Lowered

    Then I hear responses, but that only happens in the US. We also have forms of corruption, the US is at least 10 times worse. After reading about the ongoing lies and deception in the US, that doesn't say much for our country. You'll understand if you watch the film Fractured Land.

    Martin Luther King Jr. stated in letter, even back in 1952, that “capitalism has outlived its usefulness”:

    ‘I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems, it falls victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes

    Hard not to be pessimistic about the future. Although, optimistically speaking. The election campaign phrase ‘just not ready’ might mean that Mr. Trudeau hasn’t been entirely ruined by the shadow governments, yet!

  • Province seeks input from British Columbians for next climate plan   23 weeks 9 hours ago

    In case you haven’t noticed, the latest Fossil Fuel bubble has burst. The elite have profited generously from the public’s speculative investments. Others may have been very fortunate to also profit nicely. Unfortunately, the majority of the perceived profits for retirement are not there. These digital profits on paper (pardon the pun), adjusted for inflation, have a reduced buying power.

    The rich global leaders of this great cyclical monetized system have started the next cycle. Building another private profit model based upon the public emotions on reducing the risk and effects of global warming. Another Freudian psychoanalysis strategy used by corporations and governments. The media plays a crucial role in shaping the perceptions and consciousness of the public. Edward Bernays stated: We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.

    This next digital bubble is the carbon credit system. A government first sets a cap, deciding how much pollution in total will be allowed. Even though the unrealistic cap limit won’t even meet the objectives in the Paris agreement, which only encourages voluntary participation. In fact, the system might be counter-productive to the goal of limiting warming to 2 C, never mind the unrealistic 1.5 C ambition in the agreement. Next, companies are issued credits, essentially licenses to pollute, based on how large they are, what industries they work in, and so forth. If a company comes in below its cap, it has extra credits that it may trade with other companies. Sounds perfect for speculation and set up for failure.

    The carbon credit system still requires regulation. Government agencies must monitor emissions from companies to ensure that they are reporting them truthfully. Leads to more complex and corrupt policies. There are far more private solicitors out there than in our government. The bigger the policy the more loopholes are found. Of course, the major loophole used by corporations is treating corporations as ‘people’ so investors aren’t liable for the corporate decisions. That combined with the corporate unaffordability job loss threats and austerity measures by governments not being able to enforce regulations, corporations will self-regulate.  The new carbon credit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino. No difference in the end result, privatize the profits, socialize the losses (debt, health, safety, environment - aka corporate externalities).

    The world’s economy is in serious trouble. Commercial banks can’t print, lend and speculate the way to social prosperity. All we are doing is hollowing out our economy. And sooner or later it’s empty and we have to start over after a great amount of crisis and chaos. On top of that, the mainstream media talks more about corruption in sports than it does in the financial sector. I wonder why?

    People are supposed to learn from their mistakes. Politicians appear exempt from all rules, we’re headed for a repeat borrowed money bank bailout similar the $100 Billion gift payed for by the public. Sure, it’s so much cheaper than liquidating an entire failing bank. Hence the too big to fail scenario. Although, public spending on infrastructure is a much better method of quantitative easing for the people. But we’re still paying interest to borrow the money. Of course, borrowing from the Bank of Canada at NO interest rates would be even more fiscally responsible, and would keep policy decisions out of the hands of foreign lenders.

    Presently, commercial banks are currently the only source of new money into the economy, this puts government into a position of dependency on the banks. Any attempt to impose regulations or reforms to the banking system are met with the threat from the banks. This will limit their ability to provide credit and therefore harm any economy recovery. Canada should take them up on the dare. The solution: just use the Bank of Canada. Greece has no public bank and backed down from the similar economic threats made by the EU banks.  #ThisIsACoup

    The carbon tax is a start for the province. However, if the province wants to show more leadership on the climate, they need to put more pressure on the Minister of Finance.

  • OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Stupid is as stupid does   23 weeks 3 days ago

    Right on, Kyra. 

    Language continually evolves, but I strongly object to enfeebling it by blaming words for human actions or, conversely, trying to replace strong words with other, more euphemistic ones that seem less pejorative.

    Case in point:  a person convicted of a crime and incarcerated in a prison used to be called a "convict."  Then  we decided that sounded too harsh, so we started calling them "inmates."  Now, you may think there's nothing wrong with that, but please bear in mind that the word "inmate" used to be used in the same sense as the word "resident" of any given house.  But  it no longer means "someone who lives in that house we're talking about" -- no, it now means "convict."   And because "inmate" now means what "convict" used to mean, we're starting to think that sounds overly harsh too, and some penal institutions are beginning to call their convicts / inmates ... "residents."

    Now, we've already had the word "inmate" spoiled for common usage to mean anything but "convict";  when the word "resident" is taken over to mean "convict" too, what word can we use to mean "resident"?   Well, I guess there's still "dweller" though it sounds a bit strange rolling off the tongue.  "Liver" sounds like a piece of organ meat.  "Tenant" sounds like a renter ... any other suggestions?  

  • Interest payments exceed $60 billion as Canadian governments continue racking up debt   23 weeks 5 days ago

    It was sarcasm, John.

    Have you read Akerlof & Shiller's "Phising for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation & Deception"?

    If you have, and if you agree with the what these two Nobel economists tell us, then we are on the same page.

    If you have not read it, get it. It is worth the money as well as the effort to read it. And re-read it.

  • Interior Health braces for wave of refugees — no word on numbers coming to West Kootenay region   23 weeks 5 days ago

    Good to see 9 people think this is a good idea, and now I'd be interested to read what it is about this Nurse Practitioner suggestion that the 6 people who thumbed it down, don't agree with.

    Is it that they don't like the concept of Nurse Practitioners?  Or don't know what exactly they do, and think it's inferior to what doctors do for many of our ailments?   Or some other objections?

    I think more Nurse Practitioners would increase Health Care capacity, to benefit the wider community long into the future.    No?

  • Interest payments exceed $60 billion as Canadian governments continue racking up debt   23 weeks 5 days ago

    Comparison to North Korea. Mmmm… Almost sounds like sarcasm or Wall St propaganda.

    The economy I am describing is a large federal department store with lots of privately run commodity shops. A great store like this was created as a result of the great depression. Where the government used the Bank of Canada to help finance WW2, build the Trans-Canada Highway and the St. Lawrence Seaway, and finance social programs like the Canada Pension plan, Medicare – all without undue debt or inflation. There was a very large generation born after the war that shopped there but so many have forgotten. That economy was a win win for democracy and capitalism.

    Make whatever comparisons you want. Although, I heard there was a totalitarian regime with an irrational leader and cult of personality around the WW2 era that was also supported by a private banking system. I even think there is another similar regime in the Persian Gulf with lots of oil that both Canada and the US continue to support today, but our policy makers turn their head away each time they are asked about it.

    No doubt there are lots of families today supplementing incomes with speculation investments. At the same time as our infrastructure, originally financed by the BoC, falls apart in front of us and is lost for future generations.  We are trapped in the vicious circle of short term speculation as the rate of inflation for basic food and shelter will continue to exceed basic household incomes. More people really need to go see the film Big Short which exposes the Wall St fraud system.

  • Interest payments exceed $60 billion as Canadian governments continue racking up debt   23 weeks 5 days ago

    There is an example of an economy that functions as, as you suggest, as "one big department store full of all the goods and services we all produce and offer for sale every year." An economy where "we all get paid enough in wages and profits to buy everything in that store, assuming we would spend all the money we earn and all the profits we make."

    That example is North Korea.

  • Interest payments exceed $60 billion as Canadian governments continue racking up debt   23 weeks 6 days ago

    Governments, using their own sovereign electronic currency, can spend what they want, when they want. The consequences of overspending might be inflation or a falling currency, but never bounced checks. Invest for future generations rather than short term speculation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHQ7wvWzUW0

    The fact is: government deficits can never cause a government to miss any size of payment. There is no solvency issue. There is no such thing as running out of money when spending is just changing numbers upwards in bank accounts at its own Bank of Canada

    Yes, households, businesses, cities and even the provinces need to have dollars in their bank accounts when they write checks, or else those checks will bounce. That’s because the dollars they spend are created by someone else - the federal government – and households, businesses, cities and the states are not the scorekeeper for the dollar.

    Now we’re ready to look at the role of taxes from a different angle, that of today’s economy, using the language of economics. An economist today would say that “taxes function to reduce aggregate demand.” Their term, “aggregate demand,” is just a fancy term for “spending power.” Investing in public infrastructure for future generations based upon taxation alone is very short term thinking.

    The government would tax us and takes away our money for one reason - so we have that much less to spend which makes the currency that much more scarce and valuable. Taking away our money can also be thought of as leaving room for the government to spend without causing inflation. Think of the economy as one big department store full of all the goods and services we all produce and offer for sale every year. We all get paid enough in wages and profits to buy everything in that store, assuming we would spend all the money we earn and all the profits we make. (And if we privately borrow to spend, we can buy even more than there is in that store.) But when some of our money goes to pay taxes, we are left short of the spending power we need to buy all of what’s for sale in the store. This gives government the “room” to buy what it wants so that when it spends what it wants, the combined spending of government and the rest of us isn’t too much for what’s for sale in the store.

    We can easily choose if a sovereign money system occurs immediately or is a longer term transition.

    The increasing popularity of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders in two of the richest countries out there brings hope that democracy just might regain control. Voter turnout just might also increase. Last election we voted someone out of power rather than into power. Although, technically speaking, it was another false majority.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73nicEoqa6g

  • Interest payments exceed $60 billion as Canadian governments continue racking up debt   23 weeks 6 days ago

    We (some of us at any rate) cheered on the federal government when it cut the GST from 7% to 6% in 2006, and we (the same we) cheered even louder when it further reduced the GST to 5% in 2008.

    The loss of revenue estimated at that time resulting from these decisions was $6 billion per year.

    Of course we (who cheered on these decisions) set aside the money we saved as a result of the lower GST, and that is why the nation's rate of savings by citizens is as rich as it is.

    (Sarcasms is purely accidental)

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