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Welcome to the Sentinel!
by Mona Mattei on Nov 5 2009 - 4:26pm

Many of you readers will recognize me from the last two years as one of the reporters for the Grand Forks Gazette, and others will be new to my work. I’m glad you chose to take the time to check us out!

I have been exploring the opportunities to write on the net for a few months now. Options are wide open – literally – and I’ve considered everything from managing web site content for a web magazine in Las Vegas to writing for the International, a United Nations based magazine. Then I was introduced to the Castlegar Source, edited by Kyra Hoggan whom some of you know from her days in Grand Forks journalism as well, and I was hooked. A local source of online news. Perfect.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students replies to Selkirk students

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students replies to Selkirk students


Selkirk Students Deserve Fair, Transparent and Democratic Referendum

(On April 5) the Castlegar Source published a letter to the editor containing  misinformation about Selkirk College students' membership in the Canadian  Federation of Students. The letter leaves out some critical information that Selkirk students need to hear. (To read the letter, click here).

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students sues Selkirk College students

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students sues Selkirk College students

Students at Selkirk College have become embroiled in a legal battle for the right to vote about their membership in a national student group, according to Selkirk College Students’ Union Director at-Large Santanna Hernandez.

“Students submitted a valid petition for a referendum on membership in the Canadian Federation of Students, but instead of holding a vote this semester, the Federation sued us to stop the process,” she said.

Letter: More funding not always the answer

Letter: More funding not always the answer

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.

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

Letter: FortisBC works with customers experiencing high winter bills

Letter: FortisBC works with customers experiencing high winter bills

To The Editor:

As our customers know, the winter season brings higher electricity bills given the home heating energy requirements compared to the rest of the year.

During the mid-December to mid-February billing period, many parts of our electricity service territory experienced much colder than usual winter temperatures. With colder than usual weather, energy use has been higher than typical, which is now being reflected on customer bills.

Letter: About Access Gas

Letter:  About Access Gas

To the Editor:

I was recently visited by a representative of Access Gas offering me participation in the Customer Choice Program which guarantees you stable pricing for the gas you receive via Fortis for the next five years.  The program is well presented and documented and is perfectly legitimate.

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

Dear Editor,

Since 2001, tuition has increased annually for Selkirk College students.. Last year alone, the cost of attending Selkirk College from the year previous to the current academic year jumped 6.6 per cent. Last year, tuition fees were introduced for adult basic education, which are high school courses taken at the College.

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.

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