Politics

Green Party candidate to run in the Boundary-Similkameen

Green Party candidate to run in the Boundary-Similkameen

The Boundary-Similkameen riding now has a third candidate for the coming provincial elections, May 9. 

Facing Liberal incumbent MLA Linda Larson and NDP's Colleen Ross -- also a Grand Forks city councillor -- is Vonnie Lavers, a Green Party candidate. 

Lavers, an Oliver resident, is originally from Newfoundland but has is a long-time resident of BC. 

SD51 to get a new bus and upgrade funding

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School District 51 is getting $648,758 in provincial funding for school upgrade projects, classroom supplies and a new school bus under the new School Enhancement Program.

The district will extend the life of four schools with $510,000 in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade lighting, rooftop air handling units and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at Boundary Central Secondary, Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary, Grand Forks Senior Secondary and Christina Lake Elementary schools. 

Money slated for the Grand Forks Airport

Money slated for the Grand Forks Airport

Grand Forks will receive $165,000 from the B.C. Air Access Program -- a 10-year transportation plan. The money is slated to be used for navigation and auxiliary power systems.

The Grand Forks Airport isn't the only airport getting funds for improvement. Over to the West, the Osoyoos airport will also receive funding to the tune of $60,000 for perimeter fencing and site clean up.

Deadline approaches for voters to register for BC Election

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11.

Elections BC is doing its best to reach out to potential voters for the past two months with staff going door-to-door, sending out cars through the mail along with flooding the public with advertising to build up numbers for the upcoming provincial election May 9.

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11, is slowly approaching.

Elections BC said the most of the people who still need to register are those who have turned 18 between the last provincial election and now.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

Western Union transfers happily accepted by B.C.'s political parties

And the list goes on.

B.C. politics already has its dark money – donations that are difficult to trace back to an actual donor – but the free for all when it comes to political fundraising in the province has given rise to a murky practice: raising campaign cash from some dark corners of the world.

Its name seems innocuous enough, G&E Studio.

It's just one of the companies identified among the 76,887 donations that the B.C. Liberal party received between 2005 and 2015.

COLUMN: Amazing Advances in Technology

One smartphone has more computing power than NASA used to put men on the moon in 1969.

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it’s in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- 2017 Budget Comments

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

As I discussed in my last column, the federal government had an opportunity in last week’s budget to finally start closing the growing income inequality gap in Canada. But, unfortunately the Liberals chose tax breaks for wealthy Canadians and giveaways to large corporations over helping the unemployed, veterans, and Indigenous children.

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

The chair of the local board of education is going to be suggesting, at the SD 20 board’s next meeting, that school-related trips to the US be disallowed due to the trump administration’s travel bans.

Teri Ferworn, chair of the SD 20 board, said such a policy may not even be the purview of individual school districts.

“There may be some kind of word from high about (how we have to handle this),” she said, adding that, until or unless that happens, she thinks there should be a moratorium on trips to the States.

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

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