Politics

OP/ED: Favours owed, favours due

The winner of the IHA laundry contract is a donator to the BC Liberal Party.

News this month that the Interior Health Authority had reached a 20-year agreement to outsource laundry services to Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service is the latest in a long string of odd coincidences involving companies that donate to the B.C. Liberal party and companies that do well by the B.C. government.

Ecotex has donated more than $125,000 to the B.C. Liberals, since 2005.
Its billings to the Fraser Health Authority – where it has a similar contract – have risen from $5.44 million in 2007 to $7.7 million in 2015, an increase of 41.6 per cent.

Op/Ed: ARE WE CONDONING CORRUPTION?

Op/Ed: ARE WE CONDONING CORRUPTION?

Editorial Note:   In the column below,  Dermod Travis points out many instances of close correlation between large donations  by corporations to the Liberal Party of  BC and lucrative contracts awarded to  those corporations.  Now, as any scientist will tell us, correlation is not proof of causation -- but it's a good reason to investigate further.

Council divided on ride-sharing programs like Uber

Council divided on ride-sharing programs like Uber

A motion put forward by councillor Florio Vassilakakis to support ride-sharing programs was tabled at council's regular meeting Monday night. Vassilakakis wanted the city to send a letter to the province indicating Castlegar's support for secondary transportation options such as Uber and Lyft.

Contentious competition continues between airports in Trail and Castlegar

Contentious competition continues between airports in Trail and Castlegar

The duelling airport issue between Castlegar and Trail continues, as each community jockeys to position its own airport as the legitimate regional amenity.

The continued contention was once again brought to the public eye by a press release issued by the City of Trail yesterday, claiming the landing rates at the Trail Regional Airport are significantly better than those of the West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar.

Government reviewing fines for drivers passing stopped school buses

Government reviewing fines for drivers passing stopped school buses

Children's safety is of the utmost importance to all of us, which is why drivers are required to stop when school bus lights are flashing.

Despite the efforts to raise awareness, some drivers still fail to stop when children are getting on and off the bus.

"Failing to stop puts children at risk, and this is a concern to all British Columbians," said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The positive side of politics: Castlegar creates Goood Samaritan Award

City councillor Deb McIntosh

Some people may be understandingly frustrated by negativity in politics, especially lately with the American election cycle dominating the airways and social media.

But politics can offer us feel-good stories, too – like Castlegar's newly-implemented Good Samaritan Award.

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute research shows dramatic disparity between male and female earnings in the region

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute research shows dramatic disparity between male and female earnings in the region

In honour of International Women's Day, we are taking a look at gender-based differences in Columbia Basin-Boundary incomes.  Pre-tax income distribution is an indicator of the earning opportunities and potential within our society.  Examining the differences in the distribution of income between males and females sheds light on earning potential related to gender.

LETTER: Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation needs you, and serves you

LETTER: Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation needs you, and serves you

Your Donation Boomerangs Back To You” – what does that mean? We don’t have a hospital anymore! We did before! This was overheard being said in frustration by a person as they passed the elevator in the Castlegar & District Community Health Centre.

OPINION: Why We Privileged Women Should Care About International Women's Day.

Murdered in 2011.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016:  Today, at Selkirk College in Castlegar, local women are being celebrated for their achievements under our relatively enlightened  culture.    Yesterday, a BC man was sentenced to 21 years in prison without any chance of parole for murdering his ex-girlfriend because he saw her studying at a university campus in the company of another man.  In some other parts of the world, women are routinely killed by the males in their families, for having  different opinions from those men, for objecting to being married off at the age of 14 (or

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Parliament Inches Forward on Death with Dignity Legislation

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Parliament Inches Forward on Death with Dignity Legislation

In Parliament we take up and debate issues from across the spectrum, from the relatively simple to the most serious of topics. Recently one of the most serious issues in a long time came before us: Physician-Assisted Dying.

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