OP/ED: Feminism: we've come a long way ... but we're not even close to there yet

OP/ED: Feminism: we've come a long way ... but we're not even close to there yet

It's International Women's Day – a day I usually use to applaud the progress and accomplishments of my gender.

How cool that few would dare, any longer, refer to us as the “weaker sex” (at least not in our hearing), and that no one bats an eye when a woman's title is Dr. rather than Mrs. How wonderful to see women in Parliament and the Legislature (although look at the ratios – we're not there yet, ladies).

Board delays decision on school closures until budget received

Parents from Beaverdell came out in force to the School District 51 meeting Tuesday, Mar. 2; Photo, Mona Mattei

People from all across the Boundary region are telling the School District 51 that it is not acceptable to close the elementary school in Beaverdell. Over 50 people jammed into the board room for the School District 51 meeting last Tuesday, Mar. 2 to let the trustees know that the value of their elementary school, that hosts children in kindergarten through grade 4, is well beyond just education.

Petition pressures province to address Kettle River watershed

Kettle River; Photo, christinalakevacation.com

When the Kettle River was declared a heritage river by the provincial government in the 1990’s in recognition of its outstanding natural cultural and recreational values, it came with the promise and expectation that the Kettle would see an extra level of protection of those values. Today, the river regularly faces drought conditions, the potential extinction of rare fish species, encroachment from corporate power projects, and increased demands on water use. The Boundary Environmental Alliance (BEA) is determined to see that the looming crisis on this river is addressed.

Sports field, AKBLG motions and Cannabiz feedback occupy Grand Forks city council

Grand Forks city council at one of their meetings; Photo, Mona Mattei

There was lively discussion on a wide variety of issues at the Grand Forks City Council meeting on Feb. 8. Development of a sports field in City Park, motions to go forward to higher levels of government for consideration, and community members’ comments were all a part of the session.

Sports Field in City Park:

Councillor Michael Wirischagin opened the meeting after a presentation from the community gardens group with a motion to fund a sports field in City Park from prior year’s surplus in 2010.

Aquilini, fire trucks and cemeteries the hot topics for RDKB meeting

Area C director Grace McGregor talks with constituents at the RDKB meeting in Christina Lake; Photo, Mona Matti

John MacLean, chief administrative officer for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), made it clear from the word go that the meeting in Christina Lake last Monday, Feb. 8 was not about the Aquilini proposal for a waste-to-energy plant. What it was about included the five-year financial plan for the area, and discussions about current and future services provided by the RDKB for the entire region, and Christina Lake in particular.

Grand Forks council hones in on financial plan

Councillor Chris Moslin talks with Leonard Kunka (l) and Joe Mottishaw (centre) after the meeting; Photo, Mona Mattei

A small gallery of residents was witness to the second public meeting in the Grand Forks City Council’s budget process on Feb. 1. After a presentation by Councillor Christine Thompson and Mayor Brian Taylor in council chambers, the gallery took time to ask questions and give the council some insight from the taxpayers’ perspective.

Going to the O Zone

Gordon Halloran, the B.C. artist who invented the new art form of paintings made in ice, Paintings Below Zero, is at the O Zone

With close to 350,000 tourists expected to descend upon Vancouver, Whistler and Richmond for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) joined forces with the rest of the Kootenays to proudly display local attractions at the O Zone.

Trails project a go despite defeat of AAP

Councillor Chris Moslin addresses the council at a meeting in Grand Forks; Photo, Mona Mattei

It’s official. The financing proposal for the continued construction of paths around the city of Grand Forks, B.C. has been defeated by the local residents. But at their last meeting, city council approved an alternate plan to be able to match the funding from the federal government in order to proceed with the project as planned. With a near full gallery on hand, council had to consider options to proceed with the project in advance of the closing of the alternate approval process (AAP).

Baldy bus run still a no go

Sharen Gibbs speaks to the Board of Education for School District 51; Photo, Mona Mattei

Parents’ pleas for the reinstitution of their children’s bus run were not enough for the trustees of School District 51 to rescind their decision to cancel the Mt. Baldy / Alden Road section of the West Boundary route. Over 25 Mt. Baldy residents came out to the monthly meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Midway to try and influence the decision, but the board remained firm.

2009 a year of introspection

Rotary club fireworks on Halloween; Photo, Mona Mattei

2009 has been a year of change across the Boundary region. For myself, although I left the Grand Forks Gazette with a heavy heart, my new venture into the Boundary Sentinel has been a huge learning experience and a fun adventure. While the site has not been active for long, as a journalist I have been writing through the year and have seen our communities’ own changes. With the downturn in the economy, many people have spent time this year looking internally to decide what their next step in life will be. Our communities have done the same.

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