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

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

  • FEATURE: Marijuana dispensary closes storefront; still working behind scene   1 week 3 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?   3 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?   3 weeks 5 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?   3 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   4 weeks 2 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   4 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   4 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!   4 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   4 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   5 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   5 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   5 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   5 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   7 weeks 23 hours 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   7 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!!

  • No 'pot queen' here says Nelson's new mayor Deb Kozak   8 weeks 6 days ago

    in the least.

  • No 'pot queen' here says Nelson's new mayor Deb Kozak   8 weeks 6 days ago

    i actually don't care if any one cares....especially not Leperman...

    but thanks for not caring.

  • COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute   8 weeks 6 days ago

     "CUPE local union leadership has directed their members to ..."

    "I and Council have directed management ..."

    Is there anybody left in our society to think independently, you know, the kind of stuff freedom is said to be all about?

  • COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute   8 weeks 6 days ago

    are you laughing at the union? This seems to be a simple problem so get to solving it.

  • No 'pot queen' here says Nelson's new mayor Deb Kozak   9 weeks 1 day ago

    Finally we know what Hans thinks.

    Wonder what makes him think anyone cares?

  • OUT OF LEFT FIELD: The column no one wants to read   9 weeks 1 day ago

    it was a great album....

    not so good when manifested as you portray it, however....

    i loved your column...very well put....

    as i suggested above, the only "Blind Faith" i support is that old album from the 70's....from that band by the same name whose members were Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech... 

  • No 'pot queen' here says Nelson's new mayor Deb Kozak   9 weeks 1 day ago

    in my view, the Sensible B.C. people are protesting far too much that they were responsible for Ms Kozak's win in the recent election....i beg to suggest that enough people were tired of Mayor Dooley's attitude that as the election was his to lose, so he lost it....and i further beg to suggest that pot had nothing to do with it.

    when Sensible B.C. called me, i refused the call...i'm not interested in being lobbied by them or any other organisation...i make up my own mind, and do not appreciate robo calls at supper time...earlier i had been asked to be a part of the Nelson campaign, because i once commented on their legalisation campaign, but again, i am not interested in such campaigns, nor in getting involved in such campaigns....in fact i felt like i was being stalked by Sensible B.C., in their attempts to get people to help them in their activities...and i REALLY do not appreciate that kind of behaviour...

    i believe that Sensible B.C. actors have only blackened their own names with this kind of campaign...and the bragging associated with it.

    despite  Sensible B.C.'s lobbying efforts, i voted for Deb because i knew her previously, from when she worked at Nelson CARES, and i respected her then, and later, as a city councillor, whereas i've never liked Mayor Dooley's approach....i voted for an alternative last time too...

    that being said, i want to congratulate Deb Kozak, on becoming our new Mayor...and the first woman to be Mayor of Nelson, ever!! Congratulations, Deb!!! Looking forward to your tenure as Mayor~!

     

  • Nelson gets a new mayor as Deb Kozak unseats John Dooley   9 weeks 1 day ago

    Whether a leader is male or female has no significance.  What matters is whether or not they are qualified for the position and are able to do the job well.

  • COMMENT: CUPE looks for alternate venue for Winterfest   9 weeks 4 days ago
    when I began reading this story I was very confused. I thought it was about Rekindle in Rossland (being in the Rossland Paper). Tough spot to be in. We (Rossland) should invite Castelgar to join us for Relindle if their celebration is unable to Proceed.