Commentary

Canada doesn’t work the way ivory tower economists envision, and instead has become just another tax.
by The Fraser Institute on May 4 2017 - 6:58am

Governments across Canada fail to properly implement carbon-pricing schemes, which could, in theory, both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the economy, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Councillors play with smoke and mirrors

LETTER: Councillors play with smoke and mirrors

Dear Editor,

As the one who a month ago launched the torpedo to sink the Habitat for Humanity project in Grand Forks, Coun. Chris Hammet now finds herself standing ankle deep in the old-Taylor-council doo-doo.

As per council tapes of the April 20th meeting, Hammet, under unannounced authority, is releasing “in-camera” data of the Allin/Taylor-council dealings of November 2014. Is she in “contempt of council” under Chapter 90? Why not lay it all out?

LETTER: Solution for Grand Forks water system: District Metering

LETTER: Solution for Grand Forks water system: District Metering

Dear Mayor and Council,

I understood from the local radio news that you were looking for solutions to the water system issues in Grand Forks. Here is an extremely inexpensive and effective solution: District Metering.

Veritec engineering did a study for the City of Revelstoke on their water system, dated Oct 10, 2013,  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181864262/Veritec-water-metering-report-pdf#fullscreen. “Water Metering Feasibility and Water Loss Management Study”

LETTER: Councillor investigates personal conflict of interest

LETTER: Councillor investigates personal conflict of interest

Over the past few months, Grand Forks City Council has received a few complaints directed towards myself and the Mayor, suggesting us to be in a conflict of interest with regards to the water meter program and water rates committee.   As we both had a strong objection to the program during the campaign period, it isn’t surprising that proponents of the commodification of water should object to our involvement.  In January our acting CAO, at an open public meeting accused the Mayor of being in a conflict of interest with regards to any discussions around water meters.&nb

LETTER: Funding for invasive species program not all good news

LETTER: Funding for invasive species program not all good news

The recent article in local media celebrating the public funding of the invasive weed program is one of many examples of pathetic behavior by our politicians that showcase why it is virtually impossible to have an honest intelligent discussion of the management of our province’s natural resources.

Cows traversing moderate steep grassland slopes create a major erosion problem which facilitates the spread of invasive weeds and yet this obvious problem is never brought forward in the never ending request for public money to address the problem.

LETTER: Advertiser gone wild

LETTER: Advertiser gone wild

To the Editor:

Recycling is a way of life in this day and age, and I’m pleased to say that I make every effort to support the movement. For example, take the paper and flyers that is delivered to my door every week. I faithfully pick it up and walk it over to my recycling bin. Clean, and ecologically appropriate. Yes folks, that’s all I do with the weekly delivery from a local company – recycle. Well, not always, sometimes I burn it as fire starter in the winter.

LETTER: How to Move on?

LETTER: How to Move on?

Dear Editor,

There seems to be a desperation in the minds of a few to “move on” with the water meter program, shake hands, smile, and carry on like nothing happened. Well, something did happen, and it has fractured this community.

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.

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