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COMMENT: Local infrastructure projects run amok (with a nod to the Mountain Kingdom))

COMMENT:  Local infrastructure projects run amok (with a nod to the Mountain Kingdom))

In 2012, local governments across B.C. spent more than $8 billion and it's a pretty safe bet that a good chunk of it was spent on infrastructure projects.

Most of the projects flew under the provincial radar. Out of sight, out of mind. Cost overruns rarely made a media ripple outside of the affected community.

Yet, through various cost sharing formulas, we're all on the hook for them, whether it's the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion or new roads in Campbell River.

OP/ED: In defense of our teachers

OP/ED: In defense of our teachers

I originally started to write this as a straight news story, then realized my personal opinions on the matter are too strong to allow me to be certain of balanced reporting, so instead I'm going for an opinion/editorial piece.

The issue at hand is current BCTF job action, and the way teachers are getting blamed for greed and selfishness and using kids as bargaining chips.

LETTER: Teachers using kids to mask greed

LETTER: Teachers using kids to mask greed

Becoming a Teacher is a many things, but I would hazard to say more a “Lifestyle choice” where you work desirable hours with weekends, long weekends, summers, and holidays all off. Any teacher knows what also comes with their chosen occupation, which is some work done at home, and also putting in time with the kids after school. Life is about supply and demand, as was demonstrated by the shortage of nurses at one point, and the need to pay the going rate to keep our nurses from moving to another area.

LETTER: SD 20 says no school May 27 due to rotating job action

LETTER: SD 20 says no school May 27 due to rotating job action

Dear Parents and guardians:

I regret to inform you that the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), the union representing teachers, has informed the school district that they will be engaged in rotating strikes and will be withdrawing teaching services in all SD20 sites on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. As of this time, this is the only day they have informed us that they will be withdrawing teaching services. On all other days, with teachers still not providing supervision for students outside of class time, the shortened day schedule will continue with all schools ending their day 15 minutes earlier than normal.

Stephen Harper’s ‘Strategic’ Path to Ruin

Stephen Harper’s ‘Strategic’ Path to Ruin

The federal government--that is, Stephen Harper--is expected to announce its long anticipated decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline sometime in June. The decision could well determine whether or not the Conservatives can win the 2015 election.

COMMENT: Greetings from new nominee for NDP candidate

COMMENT: Greetings from new nominee for NDP candidate

Dear fellow New Democrat,

I am pleased to announce my official status as a nominee in the bid to become your New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in the next federal election. I am very excited about this opportunity and I thank the NDP and the riding association for the prospect to seek the nomination to represent the new federal riding, South Okanagan West Kootenay.

COMMENT: Kris Stanbra – A truly courageous woman

COMMENT: Kris Stanbra – A truly courageous woman

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time with Kris Stanbra.  She had just been awarded the prestigious Courage to Come Back Award.  I was truly impressed by her story and thought I would share it with my constituents in the B.C. Southern Interior

Raising a Little Hell and Raising a Lot of Cash – Community Venture Capital is Something to Sing About

Raising a Little Hell and Raising a Lot of Cash – Community Venture Capital is Something to Sing About

How do residents revive a declining rural town into a thriving, economically sustainable community that is invested in its future? Christina Lake may have found the solution and wants to get everyone on board with the vision.

Christina Gateway Community Development Association coordinator Sandy Mark believes Christina Lake needs to apply the lessons being learned across Canada by other rural communities. “Very poor, small communities have raised millions of dollars...so we figure we should be able to." 

Successful petition may prevent bridge project from moving forward

Successful petition may prevent bridge project from moving forward

The City of Trail will have a new sewer pipeline crossing the Columbia River, but it will be up to the citizens of Trail whether or not there will be a pedestrian/bicycle bridge as well.

Councillor Robert Cacchioni is chair of the Sewerage Committee and represents Trail on the board of the Regional District.

LETTERS: GF Resident presents water metre concerns to mayor

LETTERS: GF Resident presents water metre concerns to mayor

Dear Mayor and Council,

Instead of telling you at Monday's Council meeting, you asked me to write you a letter, so here it is:

There are five things I wish to bring to your attention:

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