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Victoria's pricey secrets

Four million documents linked to the firings have mysteriously materialized.

Just how far is the B.C. government willing to go to guard its secrets? A great distance, if the 2012 health ministry firings are any indication.

Four million documents linked to the firings have mysteriously materialized out of thin air for the latest investigation into the scandal, this one by B.C. ombudsperson Jay Chalke.

There's a history behind some of those documents, where they were, how they were handled and by whom.

Arry Dhillon wins city council by-election by just 10 votes

Arry Dhillon wins city council by-election by just 10 votes

Preliminary election results have Arry Dhillon winning the Castlegar council by-election seat by a margin of just 10 votes.

Preliminary results are: Arry Dhillon, 692, Cherryl MacLeod, 682, Janna Sylvest, 398 and Tyler Maddocks 72, with 1844 voters and 134 new registrations.

“That's just enough that I can feel comfortable – it's unlikely there will be 10 spoiled ballots,” Dhillon said, right after hearing of his win.

Special meeting may see city net grant for airport expansion

Special meeting may see city net grant for airport expansion

At a special meeting Friday at 12 p.m., city council unanimously voted in favour of applying for a grant that would help fund an expansion of the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The reason for the urgency and special meeting, according to city CAO John Malcolm, is that applications for the grant, offered by the BC Rural Dividend Program, are only being accepted between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016.

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Want to influence our federal government? Here's one way to make an attempt.

A fox, watching the hen-house.

The Candian Environmental Protection Act is under review by a committee of the House of Commons.  Citizens are invited to comment -- in the form of written "briefs."  There are guidelines for these briefs, accessible via a link in the material pasted in below. 

Interior Health gets new board chair

Interior Health gets new board chair

Interior Health board member John O’Fee of Kamloops has been appointed incoming chair of the board of directors, to replace current board chair Erwin Malzer when he completes his tenure on Dec. 31, 2016.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- better funding for rural municipal infrastructure?

COLUMN: From the Hill -- better funding for rural municipal infrastructure?

In my last column, I discussed some of the issues we heard about at House Finance Committee hearings.  I’d like to mention a few more of the thought-provoking ideas discussed on the second day of hearings in Edmonton.

Dramatic advanced polling numbers in Castlegar by-election

Dramatic advanced polling numbers in Castlegar by-election

Early response to Castlegar's by-election has been outstanding, with fully 674 people taking advantage of the advanced polling on Oct. 18 and 19, as well as 48 new registrations (Castlegar currently has 5,812 registered voters), according to Chief Electoral Officer Tracey Butler.

“That's very high, for Castlegar,” Butler said.

Community Consultation Via Text Message a First in Western Canada

Community Consultation Via Text Message a First in Western Canada

Trail area residents are breaking new ground using mobile technology in the Trail Area Health and Environment Program’s community consultation. The community is the first in Western Canada to use text messaging to get public feedback from residents.

OP/ED: Bruno, this byelection now hinges on you

OP/ED: Bruno, this byelection now hinges on you

You have so far declined to comment – but the fact remains, if what the candidate you support, Cherryl MacLeod said was true, you have been a complicit participant in violating the Community Charter and the Local Government Act since you were sworn into council on Dec. 1, 2014.

Almost two years.

So either she is corrupt in her attempt at office, or you are corrupt and breaking the law.

There is no mid-ground.

All of the 14 men and women, with hundreds of years of public service behind their belts, yourself included, are lying … or Macleod is.

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