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Failed referendum sparks new approach; your input required

Failed referendum sparks new approach; your input required

Castlegar and area residents are going to get another hands-on opportunity to help shape the future of the Complex, and of local recreation in general, at a public open house slated for next week.

This, after a $25-million recreation referendum in November 2010 was overwhelmingly defeated (roughly 40 per cent of registered voters weighed in, with 20.94 per cent voting in favour and 79.06 per cent voting against).

Poll indicates children's health may become platform issue in provincial election

Poll indicates children's health may become platform issue in provincial election

Today, BC Healthy Living Alliance is releasing results from their Health Priorities Survey which shows that 80% of residents in the Interior are very concerned about the impact of physical activity on children’s health – followed by nutrition (64%) and poverty (60%).

Rossland's Taxes Not High Enough?

Rossland's Taxes Not High Enough?

Dear fellow Rosslanders,

            You may or may not be aware, but it is municipal budget and tax rate setting time again.  There is no really exciting way to start this conversation, but it might be one that you would benefit from taking a moment to look at.

Fracking and all of us: recent news

gas flare

To further our understanding of what's accelerating climate change, here's a brand-new report from the David Suzuki Foundation about leaking of methane from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction being much greater than reported by industry and government, and how it has been measured, and why it's scary:

Methane emissions much higher than reported, threaten climate and GHG reduction targets

Compare the candidates and their parties: Part II

Green Party Candidate Samantha Troy

The Rossland Telegraph asked two sets of questions of the local candidates in this provincial election.  Answers to the first four questions (Part I) appeared last week. Candidates' answers appear in the order in which they were received, and their pictures do too -- last week, we illustrated Part I with Katrine Conroy's picture; this week, we show Samantha Troy's picture; and next week readers will see a picture of Jim Postnikoff.

LETTER: 'My Green vote: weary, hopeful, and defiant'

LettersEd

To The Editor:

It happens every election.  The NDP line up and lecture other lefties on how they mustn’t split the vote and open an avenue for the current government to retain power.

It’s always the same.  Defeating the political right is of paramount importance, they sternly warn, and a vote for the Greens is a vote for the right.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

Where to Vote Cards are in the mail

Where to Vote Cards are in the mail

Where to Vote cards are being delivered across British Columbia starting today, and Elections BC is reminding voters to bring their card with them when they vote.

“Bringing your Where to Vote card with you will make the voting process faster and easier,” says Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer.

Registered voters will receive a card that includes the dates, times and locations for advance voting in their district. Each voter’s card also shows their assigned voting place for General Voting Day, May 9.

Candidates Answer Four Questions (or not): Part I

NDP Candidate Katrine Conroy. Other candidates' pictures will appear in the next two parts.

Last week, I posted an editorial criticizing negative campaigning, and posed questions for our local candidates to answer -- without mentioning other candidates or other parties. Here are two of our local candidates' answers to the first set of four questions; the third candidate, Liberal Jim Postnikoff, was unfortunately unable to respond in time. Where possible, I have looked through the Liberal platform and attempted to find the Liberal approach on the topics of the questions, and inserted what I could find.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: HAIL TO THE CHIEF

The Chief in one of his many, many roles (in this case, cadet commander, he's second from the right). He's also served as Aboriginal Elder, Saint John Ambulance Brigade Superintentendent, Rotary member ... the list goes on.

A good reporter doesn't become emotionally involved in a story – but this one hurts my heart. How to say good-bye to my favourite colleague ever?!?!

It took me six months living and reporting in Castlegar to say, definitively, that there were two people in this community whom you couldn't attack without me responding as if you'd attacked me personally: Kevin Chernoff and Gerry Rempel.

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