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  • Nelson Commons commitment to hiring local includes women   6 days 8 hours ago

    "working on such a tight timeline sometimes necessitates bringing in skilled workers from other parts of BC" continued Precious. ..How come a billlion dollar job like the Waneta power house project can be completed ahead of time and on budget with almost 100% local skilled workers, but a small project like this causes issues?  Completed columns are leaning badly, and there are many huge voids in the concrete. Some of the worst work I have seen in 20 years in the industry. If I was an investor in this project I would be very worried

  • Lyme Disease and Tick Season   1 week 5 hours ago

    http://www.bccdc.ca/dis-cond/a-z/_l/LymeDisease/overview/Lyme+Disease.htm

    Sounds like an extremely low risk to me.  Check yourself, but don't get too worried.  For even more interesting science on ticks in BC, check out this...a bit dated but interesting.

    http://www.bcmj.org/articles/lyme-disease-british-columbia-are-we-really-missing-epidemic

     

  • RANT: On nipples, nudity and nonsense. The naked truth   1 week 6 days ago

    "These men are not afraid of naked women. These men are afraid of emancipated women. Period."

    Brilliant... we are not worthy! Sadly, I think it is society as a whole, including women, that is afraid of a truly emancipated female gender.

  • RANT: On nipples, nudity and nonsense. The naked truth   1 week 6 days ago
    Best politically incorrect article ever! So concise. No room to wonder what her opinion is! You rock Kyra. Hope we'll heart from you again.
  • RANT: On nipples, nudity and nonsense. The naked truth   2 weeks 9 hours ago

    To the best of my knowledge, it is NOT illegal for women in BC to go topless, so I doubt you'd be imprisoned for a topless picture.  However, it's possible that some ill-informed person might accuse you of "indecency" or some such nonsense. 

    Meanwhile, what about "Garden Naked Day"?  It happened recently, but (a) it was too cold out there for this old lady, and  (b) I wouldn't be all that keen on displaying my crepey sagginess anyway.  Unless it was REALLY hot out.

  • Should someone get fired for harassing people outside the workplace?   2 weeks 1 day ago

    A Hyrdo One employee has been fired for shouting the unfortunate, offensive and unpublishable "fhitp" phrase at a reporter. Is that the appropriate action? 

  • Could water storage become the Ace in B.C.’s negotiating game?   2 weeks 1 day ago

    It would be amazing for us to really get the real, fair, honest value of our rivers lakes and dams instead of cheated as we have been in the past. We pay dearly for that california produce, lets have them return the flavour.

  • LETTER: Advertiser gone wild   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Thanks for the comment RDKB.

    I live in the city so I receive a bill every two months that includes a fee for garbage / recycling. And that cost must be calculated somehow - likely linked to volumes is my best guess although I will admit to not having called City Hall.

    Nice that the RDKB is not charging anything (hmmm, really?) to their residents for the curbside service. So you are saying no cost is allocated to taxation for this service? Nice... as I said I live in the city and I seem to have a bi-monthly charge.

    Yes, I agree, most of our recycling comes in the mail. That's why I stopped receiving junk mail years ago - I don't like doing commercial recycling.

    My key point here is that the paper landing on my doorstep has not been requested, and until I wrote this letter, it could not be refused. Not surprising the delivery has finally stopped....

     

  • OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trudeau throws election; NDP wins even in loss   2 weeks 6 days ago

    I am the typo queen!  And I so seldom spot all my own typos.  Other people's -- no problem!   :-)  But thanks for pointing it out so I could fix it!

     

  • OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trudeau throws election; NDP wins even in loss   3 weeks 8 hours ago

    That's a poorly spelled word you've got there. Accurate, but poorly spelled. LOL. The Liberals just lost my vote.

  • OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trudeau throws election; NDP wins even in loss   3 weeks 8 hours ago

    The word that comes to  mind when I consider Trudeau's support of Bill C-51 is UNPRINCIPLED.  There are evidently far too few MPs in Ottawa  willing to act in a principled way on crucial issues -- such as Bill C-51 and climate change.   There is no way  Trudeau or his party would have had my vote after declaring themselves in favour of C-51 AND supporting the fossil fuel industry by building more pipelines.   And I'm not  even wasting a Christmas card on him, either.

  • LETTER: Advertiser gone wild   3 weeks 3 days ago

    WTG Mona: 

    I know most of the paper that comes into my house squeezes though my post box. But fortunately (or not?), paper makes up an ever diminishing portion of our waste/recycling stream. 

    What else has changed is that 'taxpayers' are getting out of the recycling industry. Since May 2014 Multi-Materials BC (MMBC) is footing the bill for the administration, collection, promotion, processing and marketing of Printed Paper and Packaging materials. The RDKB is playing an ever diminishing role in the consumer/retailer transaction.

    This means that, whenever you recycle a flyer in your curbside blue bag, the cost of this is paid for by the manufacturing industry (I would say, newspaper industry, but the last I heard, this sector is still not part of this stewardship program). 

    The RDKB still maintains some taxpayer supported recycling bins in downtown Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway, but these bins duplicate MMBC's service so this service likely won't last much longer. 

    The RDKB is in the midst of rewriting our Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). This strategic document describes our role and our procedures for handling waste over the next 5-10 years. If anyone would like to make comment on the Plan, please visit the RDKB website look for links to the SWMP, or ‘like’ us at ‘Know Waste – RDKB’. 

  • City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Such a nice and an informative article you have shared here. Thanks for this article. Animal laws need to be well organized and up to the mark always for the safety of animals as well as human being. Pet animals and other animals should allowed to the places where there is no danger to them. If any place is under the control of anyone even other than the owner, Pets are allowed if they are not harmful. Dogs and other animals in their mass mustn't allowed that freely to the public place where there is large crowed and this is for the safety of the pet animals as well as the people. We must avoid some common pet care mistakes to keep the pet animals healthy and secure.

  • Bentley, MacLeod fall short at 2015 Allan Cup Tournament   5 weeks 29 min ago

    The goalie Steve Christie was outstanding during the game.


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  • New Compassion Club gets the Heave Ho — Again   5 weeks 3 days ago

    For those of you negative critics that claim Mariuana does no good. This is coming from one that has severe back pains and has a doctors approval to use this to ease pain. No after effects such as using pain killer pills that cause problems with constipation, addiction, and numerous other problems. Should not form negative opinions and prevent this use that bothers no one and helps to have a pain free life.

     

  • New Compassion Club gets the Heave Ho — Again   5 weeks 3 days ago
    Why is it the Marijuana Crowd continues to "promote" the benifits of this Drug? There is no Proof that smoking this Drug does any good!
  • Fortis to say 'Good-bye' to Meter Readers   6 weeks 1 day ago

    i thought that Slocan was covered by Fortis, not BC Hydro? i used to live about three miles south of the village, and we were covered by Fortis....

    definitely they are charging this fee to convince people to abandon their positions on the radio meters....they are trying to save money by killing all the meter reader jobs, and these holdouts are preventing that....so they must pay....it's basically a big rip off.....

    a few days later: interesting to note that 16 people disapproved of my comments enough to thumb me down.....what did they disagree with? who knows? they didn't bother to voice their ideas....

  • Nelsonites gather to discuss potential for community solar garden   7 weeks 1 day ago

    I don't want to pay for something that is unaffordable.   Why aren't we pursuing microhydro, it works all the time,  solar here in nelson maybe 10%, we are not a solar climate,  you will be building a very expensive monument to the misguided and misinformed greenwashers.  I am not anti renewable but I want a business case for public money.

  • Nelsonites gather to discuss potential for community solar garden   7 weeks 1 day ago

    Nice to see solar PV starting to be talked about more in the Kootenays. Although I'm glad to see this happening (in principle), the article seems to make it sound like it isn't profitable for individual homeowners and business owners to construct projects of their own, especially when they aren't a customer of a community-run electricity provider.  That isn't the case.  FortisBC has well documented net-metering program in place.  Of course, it would be even better if they could improve upon it, or if an organization like CBT would offer a % rebate to those individuals who have constructed and connected a system to the grid.  On the 'bright' side (pardon the pun), many properties in the Rossland area have superior solar potential compared to those in Nelson (more annual sunshine hours), due to our primarily southern exposure and elevation.   

  • Bill C-51: Canada's Orwellian State Arrives   8 weeks 2 days ago

    Hey Genera, notice that you can repeatedly vote thumbs- ups and thumbs-downs for comments/ posts here, day after day, so they're not an accurate reflection of how many readers agree or disagree with these articles and posts.

    So, after all, it's likely that there aren't actually that many Pied Harper followers heading off the cliff.

  • Bill C-51: Canada's Orwellian State Arrives   8 weeks 3 days ago

    It seems that there are an equal number of people that are following the Pied Piper Harper off the cliff!!!! but this time it's sheep going to slaughter. 

  • Frustration grows over loss of Mammo Unit at KLH   9 weeks 1 day ago

    Please remember that the IHA is totally controlled by the BC Liberal government. The IHA is run by people masquarading as real CEOs, CFOs, etc but these people are really only high paid freinds of the BC LIberals, not real business people that could get a job in private industry. They are not running a successful company but a branch of government like other government supervisors and not answerable to the public, their shareholders or anyone else, only the BC LIberal government. They are so innefficient and inept that it is obvious to anyone who cares to look closely, that the IHA would be a horrible failure in the private realm.

    The BC Liberals strongly favor their friends at Teck Cominco in Trail, who are the largest contributors to the BC Liberals in all of BC. Until the BC Liberals are gone, Nelsonites can expect to travel further for their health care and expect the vast majority of the funds spent in the Kootenays to go to Trail.

    What you should NOT expect is the IHA to follow through with any promises they made to the people of the Kootenays. One of the major promises they made a dozen years ago was that Trail was only a temporary regional hospital and they were going to start planning the new centrally located hospital within 5 years. What we got instead was a few renovations in Nelson, while tons of money has been spent elsewhere. The actual patient rooms in Nelson are as they were 25 years ago, only there are far fewer of them. The IHA has done NOTHING positive for Neslon. NOTHING. ZERO. And they haven't managed to save the taxpayer a cent. It's stuff like this that keeps Canada, dead last in health care when compared to other countries with public health care systems in the G-12. And yet we spend way more.

    Thanks for ruining our local hospital services and lying all the way, IHA top brass and BC LIberals (as if there is a difference).

  • Frustration grows over loss of Mammo Unit at KLH   9 weeks 1 day ago

    The main reason people aren't up in arms about this is that we've all just become numb to the dismantling of our hospital. It's like we've been bludgeoned over the head so much that we're unconscious, and yet they keep beating us. Unfortunately we've just resigned to the idea that this is how things are and will be, and speaking up has never got us anywhere, so just grin and bear it. 

    Just shut up and take your beating, no one is listening anyways. 

    They're probably laughing at us in the back rooms of the administrative buildings, whining about our drive to Trail, while the administrators plan their next public flogging of the Nelson hospital.

     

  • Canada’s forest products industry: an environmental leader   9 weeks 3 days ago

    Perhaps David Lindsay could enlighten us with the statistics of how many cubic meters of raw logs were shipped out of BC in 2014 vs 2001 and how many saw mills have closed down since 2001. I think these statistics will show that we are not really world class, we have just shipped the problem overseas along with the jobs and benefits that should be for Canadians.

    Failed BC Liberal policy again!

  • Letter: Bill C-51 — more than a chill on back of neck   9 weeks 4 days ago

    About Mr LaFond's "I hear a lot of rhetoric and quotes from this person and that, but nobody is quoting the bill itself" :

    I find this disengenuous.  Asking one's neighbours to dissect this complex bill that makes havoc of the existing Criminal Code that already deals just fine with foiling terrorism plots, pointing to all the pertinent clauses, seems like either an attempt at an energy suck, or an admission of not being able to comprehend the submissions that have been made by experts who have had to spend weeks to dissect Bill C-51 and connect the dots.

    At the end of this is a concise reading list, of detailed legal opinions, including references to specific clauses. 

    But here, for starters for Mr LaFond, are some specifics, starting with the tiny part of the Bill that he quoted above, and which can not be judged in isolation from the rest of the 61-page Omnibus Bill that also changes the Criminal Code:

    Re: Section 2 :

    Many qualified lawyers agree that the following is not terrorism:

    (a)  interference with the capability of the Government of Canada in relation to .... diplomatic or consular relations,the economic or financial stability of Canada;

    Also, such things as legal, democratic strikes fall into the Economic and Financial category and there is nothing in the bill to prevent CSIS from majorly  "disrupting" individuals who are involved,

    (b)  is open to abuse, since “unlawful” (as opposed to the current Criminal Code’s stipulation that it be “illegal”) can easily be interpreted as doing so without a permit, e.g. non-violent rallies commenting on government actions or lobbying for changes, and also for non-violent wildcat strikes etc.   “changing or unduly influencing a government in Canada by .... unlawful means”

    (f)  can easily be interpreted to include non-violent civil disobedience, e.g. blockades .  “interference with critical infrastructure”

    The sentence “For greater certainty, it does not include lawful advocacy, protest, dissent and artistic expression.” is no comfort at all, considering that the rest of the bill is full of clauses that contradict it and there is no thorough Oversight to prevent CSIS from overstepping the bounds.

    Here are a couple more references to specific clauses, since Mr LaFond seems to have been incapable of researching them for himself.  The full texts are in the references I've listed at the end of all this:

    BCCLA’s legal counsel refer to Sections 5 & 6 re: information sharing to 17 institutions listed in Section 3.  And the sharing goes WAY beyond those institutions.

    Clayton Ruby:
    s. 12.1(1) of the proposed act states:

    If there are reasonable grounds to believe that a particular activity constitutes a threat to the security of Canada, the Service may take measures, within or outside Canada, to reduce the threat.

    The power under s. 12.1 is broadly defined, giving CSIS virtually unfettered authority to conduct any operation it thinks is in the interest of Canadian security. The definitions are so broad that they could apply to almost anything, including measures to disrupt or interfere with non-violent civil disobedience.

    and

    Changes to section 83.2 of the Criminal Code.

     “The proposed amendments in Bill C-51 will further lower the threshold for preventive arrest and detention, increasing the risk that entirely innocent people will be swept up on mere suspicion.

    Under the current s. 83.3(2) of the Criminal Code, a peace officer is empowered to lay an information and bring an individual before a provincial court judge if the officer:

    (a) believes on reasonable grounds that a terrorist activity WILL be carried out; and
    (b) suspects on reasonable grounds that the imposition of a recognizance with conditions on a person, or the arrest of a person, is necessary to prevent the carrying out of the terrorist activity.

    Where exigent circumstances exist, or where laying the information would be impractical, the individual may be arrested without a warrant.  (my comment:  note that already, under the current Code, individuals may be arrested without a warrant, I guess if it's urgent)

    "The new measures would allow law enforcement agencies to arrest somebody if they suspect that a terrorist act "MAY be carried out," instead of the current standard of "will be carried out."

    and

    Bill C-51 also substitutes "likely" for "necessary" such that s. 83.3(2) would now enable a peace officer to lay an information or effect a warrantless arrest if the officer:

    ......
    (b) suspects on reasonable grounds that the imposition of a recognizance with conditions on a person, or the arrest of a person, is necessaryLIKELY to prevent the carrying out of the terrorist activity.

    “Both changes result in a significant lowering of the standard for arrest and detention.”

    **************************************************************

    LEGAL ANALYSES, that refer to specific clauses where possible

    Human Rights lawyer Clayton Ruby’s detailed legal opinion: http://www.sott.net/article/293322-Canadas-State-Policemans-Bill-C-51-legal-opinion


    Lawyers at the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) have gone over the bill paragraph by paragraph, and they’ve outlined the parts of this massive document that concern them most. 

    (BCCLA)  legal counsel 8-point summary:
    https://bccla.org/2015/03/8-things-you-need-to-know-about-bill-c-51/

    BCCLA 's  Full submission to the Parliamentary Committee:  https://bccla.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BCCLA-Submissions-on-C-51-For-website.pdf

    Full analysis by professors Kent Roach and Craig Forcese.   (Forcese is a law professor teaching national security law at the University of Ottawa and a participant in the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.)
    https://cdnantiterrorismlawaudit.wordpress.com

    The following is an open letter addressed to all members of Parliament and signed by more than 100 Canadian professors of law and related disciplines.

    The scope and implications of Bill C-51 are so extensive that it cannot be, and is not, the purpose of this letter to itemize every problem with the bill. Rather, the discussion below is an effort to reflect a basic consensus over some (and only some) of the leading concerns, ....”

    https://peterguenther01.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/open-letter-to-parliament-amend-c-51-or-kill-it/