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By Mona Mattei on Thursday Dec 10 2009

With a near full gallery at the meeting of Grand Forks city council, people gathered to bring forward different concerns. One of the most pressing topics of the week was medical marijuana. Two motions by Councillor Gene Robert at the Dec.7 meeting forced council to a vote on the issue when it was introduced by an item of correspondence.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 09 2009

A request, by the City of Castlegar, for the B.C. Supreme Court to expedite the case filed against the city by Celgar for “unreasonable” tax rates has been refused.


Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said he found out in a meeting Monday that Celgar said “no” to a January court date and, since Celgar's approval was required, city hopes for a January court appearance have been dashed.

By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 09 2009

The Green Party of Canada congratulates the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP for straight talk in Tuesday's report on the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport.

Commission Chair Paul Kennedy wrote plainly and strongly in the report, expressing criticisms regarding the way the Taser was used on Dziekanski and suggesting that the RCMP needs to return to a way of dealing with situations by using the least amount of force possible.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Dec 03 2009

Politics has always made for strange bedfellows they say, but the way that the government decisions can shift in short periods of time truly does wreck havoc on citizens and businesses alike. We'd all like to have influence on decisions made at the higher levels and many advocates for different causes invest a great deal of time and money into impacting those decisions, but at what point does it cause more harm than good to reverse a decision?

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

Long time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert and his partner Tani Schwartz are reaching out for help. Help to save Tani’s daughter Rose in her continuing struggle with a little known condition called gastroparesis.

By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

The fourth of a series of peaceful sit-ins targeting elected officials, tar sands financiers, and the coal and tar sands industries began at Canadian Minister for Sport Gary Lunn’s Sidney constituency office (9843 Second Street) today. 10 people entered the office just after 10:00 AM this morning. They are calling for the Harper government and all parties to immediately commit to world-leading cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.

By Kyra Hoggan on Sunday Nov 29 2009

The following is a press release issued by NDP MLA Katrine Conroy:

Over a thousand signatures from people in the West Kootenays opposing the B.C. Liberals’ HST were introduced in the legislature by Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.

“The people of the Kootenays were lied to by the B.C. Liberals about the HST, and if it is brought in they will have to pay more for everything in their day to day life. The HST is a $1.9 billion tax shift on to consumers,” said Conroy who submitted the petitions last week.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Nov 26 2009

OmniTrax sent a glimmer of hope to stakeholders in the Boundary region this week when they announced that they will work with the different parties to try to keep the railway from Grand Forks to Kettle Falls, WA  running. A meeting last week between the businesses reliant on the railway and the owner of the line, OmniTrax, in Colville, WA was successful in an agreement to explore the continued operation of the line. 

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

Two very interesting conversations happened at the Grand Forks city council meeting on Monday on air quality issues that have grave impact on our community.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Nov 12 2009

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” Who doesn’t remember this song from your childhood, at least those of us who grew up with television? Our parents surely will since they listened to hours of the program while we were glued to the TV.
Sesame Street is celebrating their 40th anniversary this month having aired over 4,200 episodes since 1969. In honour of three generations of children’s programming, a street in New York was temporarily named for the show this month.

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