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by Mona Mattei on Thursday Jun 03 2010

Not many things guarantee re-election problems for local politicians more often than regularly demonstrated inconsistencies in process. In fact, process problems, or lack thereof, contributed heavily to the huge turnover in the faces at city council in Grand Forks during the last election. Although one might agree that the last council’s problems were exacerbated through encouragement of their...

by Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Jun 03 2010

Co-chairs Community and Rural Development Minister Bill Bennett, and Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) president Harry Nyce announced that the final report from the Local Government Elections Task Force has been delivered. The task force, started by Premier Gordon Campbell at the 2009 UBCM meeting, has been hearing input from municipalities, elected officials and citizens for the past few...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday May 27 2010

Some rare applause came out of council chambers gallery Tuesday evening after a victory was scored by a local mom fighting for her daughter. Jaime Santano, the mother of eight year old Sophia Santano, was pushing for Rossland city council to offer an exception to their new bylaw supporting non-profit societies which have been hit hard by the regional recreation breakdown. The policy was...

by Contributor on Sunday May 23 2010

The Province of B.C. has awarded a $250,000 contract to resurface two kilometres of Big White Road north of Highway 33 to provide a smoother ride for tourists and industry.

“Repairing this section of Big White Road will improve the route to ensure safe vehicle operation during the removal of pine beetle affected timber,” says Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater.

The...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday May 20 2010

City taxation rates are shifting, growing and decreasing all at once. At the last meeting of Grand Forks City Council, they passed first, second and third readings of their property taxation bylaw. Two key goals impacted the final rates for all property owners within the city limits: to maintain taxation revenue at the same level as 2009, and to lower the major industrial revenue total by $75,...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday May 20 2010

Ever walked around Rossland and thought, 'wouldn’t it be nice to have a bench here, maybe some flowers over here, a nice sidewalk cafe on this side of the street and maybe rearrange the parking on the other?' Of course you have. Well, it’s not every day that Joe and Jill Canuck get the opportunity have real input on the design of their community's downtown area, but Rosslanders will have just...

by Mona Mattei on Wednesday May 19 2010

Greenwood City Council covered a lot of ground in their last meeting from updates on a potential mini-series to be filmed in the city to health care.

Mini-series

Original Pictures Inc. has been communicating with the City on and off for the past year to explore options to shoot a 13 part reality style mini-series in Greenwood. Producer Megan McElwain now has...

by Contributor on Monday May 17 2010

Dear Editor;

On Wednesday, May 12, I attended the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Planning and Development Committee meeting in Trail. I went to support a resident from Bridesville who is concerned about the Regal Ridge Development east of Osoyoos along Highway #3. New Growth Capital Corporation, owned and operated by the same people as Regal Ridge, had requested the...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday May 13 2010

The Neighborhoods of Learning concept, which has been touted as the best route towards maintaining a sustainable K-12 school system in Rossland, got a big boost this week. Monday evening, council voted unanimously in favour of backing the School Community Connections: Supporting Neighborhood Learning Centres grant. The city pledged to make available the $10,000 nescessary in matching funds...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday May 13 2010

It’s always easy to critique local politicians who make decisions that impact the future of their communities if you’re sitting on the outside. How would you do if you were sitting at that table? Would your region become a “Gem of the Gem” or could you end up in “Poverty with a View?” You might find that the task and the decisions to make are not so easy, as participants at an evening hosted...

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