Commentary

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings
by Dick Cannings MP on Mar 20 2017 - 4:23pm

Last week I decided to write this column about income tax.  Not only is it tax time for all of us, but the KPMG tax scam story was in the news, and the Liberals had just voted with the NDP on our opposition day motion to rid Canada of tax measures that benefit only the very wealthy.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

To The Editor:

The Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Education
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Minister Fassbender:

As the Board of Education for School District #8 (Kootenay Lake), we are deeply concerned about the ramifications of Bill 11 on the future of public education in the Province of British Columbia and call upon the provincial government for its immediate withdrawal.

Letter: Where does it end?

Letter writer Rocco Mastrobuono of Nelson questions the IHA decision not to purchase a new digital mammography machine for Kootenay Lake Hospital.

To the Editor:

Recently, Thalia Vesterback (Interior Health) rebutted an article in the Nelson Star questioning the IHA’s recent decision not to purchase a new digital mammography machine for KLH and move these services to Trail, which can absorb the additional capacity.

Her response was misleading, neglected some hard truths and has raised more questions than it answered.
 
The lack of transparency in making this decision is alarming.

Who was consulted before this decision was made?

LETTER: Local resident urges opposition to Bill C-51

LETTER: Local resident urges opposition to Bill C-51

Dear Editor,

I would like to urge all citizens of Canada and our local MP Alex Atamanenko,  to speak out against Bill C-51.

Letter: Recent expansion to West Arm Park will not significantly benefit caribou herd

Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

To the Editor:

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) played a leading role in the establishment of Valhalla and Goat Range Provincial Parks, and it goes without saying that VWS welcomes the recent expansion to West Arm Park.

Contrary to government claims, however, the addition will not significantly benefit the endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd.
 
Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

LETTER: Couple who lost house to fire offer thanks

LETTER: Couple who lost house to fire offer thanks

It is with mixed feelings of gratitude and sorrow that we extend a heart-felt thank you to the brave individuals who responded to our house fire in Paterson on the evening of Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank you for saving our outbuildings and the forest surrounding our home.  Our horses are also grateful to you all for saving their feed and keeping them safe. 

LETTER: Fumigation at city hall

LETTER: Fumigation at city hall

It is spring after all, that time of year when winter’s fermenting manure piles start letting off steam. One is forever amazed at the accumulations in the bull pen.

And so, after a winter of ruminations at Grand Forks City Hall, we are finally getting the first wisps of the Chief Administrative Officer Doug Allin emanations (p.11, GF Gazette 25-03-15).

LETTER: Open house ideas

LETTER: Open house ideas

Dear Mayor and Council,

Thank you for this open house, which gives citizens the opportunity to contribute their ideas of a vision for Grand Forks from now until 2018.

My understanding is that only ideas compatible with our city's Sustainable Community Plan can be pursued.

Having lived here many years and having read many city documents, I submit the following ideas to be considered as priorities from now until 2018:

1.  Keep GF affordable for all by:

LETTER: Giving seniors in care information to protect themselves

LETTER: Giving seniors in care information to protect themselves

Dear Editor:

This letter will help seniors and their families demand a better quality of care in residential care facilities. It will empower them with the knowledge to fight against abuse and neglect. The government is not upholding their rights to protection outlined in Bill 17, the "Residents Bill of Rights". The following information will enable seniors to make the government and their local Health Authority accountable for their poor quality of care.

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the South Okanagan Minor Hockey Associations three Rep teams who are playing in the BC Hockey Provincials, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank the communities who have shown overwhelming support and pride in these players who live in Oliver, Osoyoos, OK Falls, Keremeos, Midway, Greenwood, Princeton, and Grand Forks.

Letter: Bill C-51 — more than a chill on back of neck

This young protester was part of the 150-plus people who marched in Nelson Saturday at part of the Canada-wide protest against Bill C-51. — Submitted photo

To the Editor:

Got that chill running down the back of your neck? It could already be Bill C-51.

Bill C-51, the so-called “secret police act” could already be putting a serious chill on public debate and democracy in Canada.

Here in Nelson, BC, I went to a protest of the bill on (Saturday) March 14th with over 150 other people. I had to because C-51 has already affected me, and many others.

People have suggested I am one of the people targeted by the bill because I am an anti-pipeline activist. 

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