Commentary

Letter: More funding not always the answer
by Letters to the ... on Mar 23 2017 - 8:01pm

To The Editor:

More funding might help our seniors if they are in a publicly owned facility. A few more staff and maybe an extra therapist. But history shows that more funding has not improved the quality of care in "for profit" or even "non-profit" facilities.

The taxpayers shelled out more money in 2010 when the client rate was increased which according to the Health Minister, was to be used to increase staff levels.

Did that happen? No.

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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

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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.

Letter: Most important political decision of our time

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To The Editor:

The Canadian public is faced with the most important political decision of our time. The Federal Government is know deciding on whether our not to change our voting system and is inviting public input on this decision.

Letter: Where did the elk go?

Letter: Where did the elk go?

To The Editor:

Larry Hall, president of the East Kootenay Hunters Association, states that the East Kootenay now has 7,500-8,000 elk, down from 30,000.  MLA Bill Bennett agrees with Hall and then adds the diversion of wolves and bears as well as urban voters who don’t hunt.

Historically, at least half of the Rocky Mountain elk in BC have resided in the Kootenays, which would put the province’s total number of elk currently between 15,000 to 16,000 animals. 

Letter: How do privately owned prisons compare with privately owned senior facilities?

Letter: How do privately owned prisons compare with privately owned senior facilities?

To The Editor:

I have been trying to increase public awareness of the poor quality of care that our seniors receive in facilities with the hope that more people will raise their voices against this outrage, to our provincial government.

The Senior Advocates reports verify that the quality of care is declining due in part to insufficient training, staff levels, and therapy. And everyone seems to think that this is due to a lack of funding.

LETTER: Local postal workers union frustrated over flawed negotiations

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Dear Editor

On behalf of the women and men who process and deliver your mail and serve you at the Castlegar Post Office, I want to thank the public for your participation in the postal review and especially for your ongoing support during our difficult negotiations with Canada Post.

'Tragically Hip' Screening - to Fund Brain Cancer Research

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Dear Editor,

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