Politics

Crowd Gathers to Protest Federal Cuts to Healthcare and Save Kootenay Jobs

 The regional VP of the Hospital Employees Union joined local healthcare workers at a rally Tuesday in front of the Nelson Courthouse. — Eva Brownstein photo

A small crowd of Healthcare supporters gathered Tuesday outside the Nelson Courthouse to protest the one-year anniversary of federal Conservative cuts to healthcare.

On March 31st, 2014, the federal Conservatives announced a $36 Billion cut to healthcare over the next ten years.

The decision means $5 Billion in cuts to British Columbia's health services. To put the number in perspective, $5 Billion in cuts over ten years is like losing 2,000 full time family doctors per year, or 1,223 hospital beds annually.

Strong words from MP Atamanenko after Conservatives push through motion to extend mission to Middle East

NDP MP for BC Southern Interior, Alex Atamanenko, feels sick following Monday's vote in the House of Commons to extend the mission in the Middle East for another year.

Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior is angry that the bombing mission in the Middle East will be expanded from Iraq into Syria.

The mission was extended for another year following the motion passed Monday by a Conservative majority in the House of Commons.

The Conservative dominated House passed the motion by a 142-129 margin to extend the mission for up to a full year and authorize bombing runs in Syria against targets belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

NDP MLA proposes new bill to help protect animals in distress

NDP MLA Selina Robinson poses for a picture with advocates from the BC SPCA outside the  legislature on Thursday. — Submitted photo

NDP MLA Selina Robinson introduced a bill in the legislature on Thursday that would help prevent animals from suffering or dying in vehicles without adequate ventilation.

The Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA proposed the Distressed Animals Act after the tragic 2014 case of the six dogs who died after being left in the back of pickup truck covered by a canopy for 40 minutes.

Nine jobs leaving region as Castlegar Finning closes shop

Nine jobs leaving region as Castlegar Finning closes shop

Some bad news for Castlegar on the job front – despite gaining five salaried jobs/employees from Nakusp Interfor (announced in March), the city is now losing nine positions as Caterpillar distributor Finning Canada’s Castlegar branch closes its doors and the parent company attempts to relocate its Castlegar employees to other positions within the company.

Babita Khunkhun, corporate communications manager with Finning International, said they have no intention of abandoning their customers or their employees.

Downtown business owners band together to shape future of city core

The Millennium Ponds have been identified as a significant attraction and commercial driver for Castlegar's downtown.

There’s fresh excitement brewing and a movement afoot in our city’s downtown core, as businesses and non-profits alike connect with the city in the hope of furthering their growth and sustainability goals. This, after a small steering committee met with city council’s Cultural and Civic Pride Committee on March 11 to gauge city interest in such a partnership.

LETTER: Giving seniors in care information to protect themselves

LETTER: Giving seniors in care information to protect themselves

Dear Editor:

This letter will help seniors and their families demand a better quality of care in residential care facilities. It will empower them with the knowledge to fight against abuse and neglect. The government is not upholding their rights to protection outlined in Bill 17, the "Residents Bill of Rights". The following information will enable seniors to make the government and their local Health Authority accountable for their poor quality of care.

Government fires AGLG after failed review process

Government fires AGLG after failed review process

The province has fired AGLG (auditor general for local governements) Basia Ruta, the first person to have held this position in the newly-created office, after she completed only two local government audits during the three years of her tenure. A press release issued this morning also cites problems with an attempted review process of Ruta's leadership as part of the motivation for the dismissal.

A SLAPP-happy new (draft) BC Societies Act

image from "Board Voice"

So, you think the federal Bill C-51 is bad?    It is.  And here comes the DRAFT new BC Societies Act, provincial legislation with provisions that will make life even worse for any society that speaks up about anything.  If this draft Act is made law, Sections 98 and 99  will enable any person  to bring legal action against a society on the basis that it is acting against an undefined “public interest," or an act or "threatened&quo

LETTERS in support of MAPP

LETTERS in support of MAPP

 

Editor's note: The Boundary Sentinel has been sent multiple Letters in support of the MAPP project. They've been compiled here, so reader's can see them all at once. Any new letters supporting this project will be added to the top of this page in the order they are submitted. 

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Re: Letter of Support for MAAP

Dear Mayor Konrad & Members of City Council,

COMMENT: Linda Larson talks road construction, tourism, budget and sports

COMMENT: Linda Larson talks road construction, tourism, budget and sports

With spring comes road construction and I’m pleased to see the walkway on Lakehill Road in Kaleden underway.

While many great people in the community have supported the project, I want to personally thank volunteer Kim Dennis for all her help and collaboration in getting this project to the top of the list for the Ministry of Transportation, and thanks also to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and rural director Tom Siddon.

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