Commentary

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong was throwing a bit of money at anything political Tuesday in his recent budget.
by Dermod Travis on Feb 23 2017 - 5:43pm

If last year's provincial budget could be described as petty, after Finance minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities, only to claw must of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program, this year's budget could best be described as petulant.

This is de Jong's “I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year” budget.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

To The Editor:

The issue of problems with the quality of care in senior facilities has been widely reported in the last year which has been confirmed by the Senior Advocates Reports.

As a result of these reports, the citizens of BC have been expecting some news of improvements concerning staffing levels, enforcement procedures and enhanced training.

Letter: All I want for Christmas is Proportional Representation

What's your special present under your Christmas Tree?

To The Editor:

A Christmas poem to all the Liberal MPs in Canada.

Letter: All I want for Christmas is fair voting system for Canada

Letter: All I want for Christmas is fair voting system for Canada

To The Editor:

The mydemocracy.ca survey that the government has invited all households to take part in, has been designed to confuse and ultimately dodge the vital issue of fair voting (proportional representation) in Canada.

The postcard invites Canadians to take part in the national "conversation" on electoral reform however the survey is the furthest thing from a conversation.

LETTER: Senior services sorely lacking

LETTER: Senior services sorely lacking

Dear Editor,

On behalf of a large concerned group of students and local community members, it has come to our attention that there is a lack of senior support financially in the Kootenays, let alone across the province.

The local Senior outreach and support program (SOS) under the Castlegar district community services that has made an incredible difference in our local community, and their funding have been cut as of April 2017.

LETTERS: Rebels executive needs more accountability

LETTERS: Rebels executive needs more accountability

Dear Editor/Public:

During the last year I have been asking questions of the Castlegar Hockey Society's executive (Rebel executive). I attended the AGM, became a Member in Good Standing and have continued to ask questions, which is my right and my obligation, to make sure this executive is acting in a responsible manner.

I have asked for clarification on items, I have asked that they keep a complete and accurate recording of all meetings and I have asked for documents pertaining to contracts signed on behalf of the membership.

Letter: Keep your Smoke Alarm Firing on all Cylinders

Safety advocates have often thought that changing clock for Daylight Savings is an easy way to remember that batteries in smoke alarms must be replaced twice a year.

To The Editor:

Letter: The Good News of Climate Action Economics

Letter: The Good News of Climate Action Economics

To The Editor:

The Paris Agreement on climate change garnered enough signatories, and went into force Friday.  Economists see it as a framework for cooperation among countries, those not pulling their weight may suffer penalties such as trade sanctions. Meanwhile, some astute multinational corporations are already seeing the positive economic benefits of climate action.

Letter: This is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters

Letter: This is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters

To The Editor:

The Vancouver Sun article: “Scarce Moose” is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters, outfitters and concerned citizens who are fully aware of the sorry state of wildlife management in BC.

Weak wildlife management started to go downhill in 1996 when Premier Glen Clark facing a sea of red ink demanded more money from all of our natural resources. Punch in Jim Walker, Director of Wildlife on your electronic device and you will find a letter written by the director that makes that point.

Letter: This is the time

Letter: This is the time

To The Editor:

The deadline to give your public input on our new voting system is October 7th. If you have not yet had your say, this is the time

Why is it important?

You  may feel that electoral reform is about as interesting as watching paint dry and completely irrelevant to your life. But in fact, a little proportionality goes a long way.

Letter: When it comes to seniors, think again

Letter: When it comes to seniors, think again

To The Editor:

October 1st is the United Nations-declared “International Day of the Older Person.”

The theme this year is ageism, a prejudice that the UN describes as the most socially-normalized form of discrimination worldwide.

The term was coined in 1969 to describe a form of discrimination based on age.

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