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LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

To Mayor and Council of the City of Grand Forks,

I write you today as a concerned citizen of this amazing City. I am compelled to write to you about some concerns I and many other citizens have arising from the Regular City Council meeting this past Monday January 12th, 2015.  I was unable to attend the meeting in person but was able to watch the live video feed of the meeting on GFTV.COM. Please allow me to explain my concern.

LETTER: Apparently some councilors didn’t get the memo

LETTER: Apparently some councilors didn’t get the memo

Dear Editor,

The recent election has shown, emphatically, how local residents felt about how the city was run by the previous mayor and council. It was clear that the voters wanted change; a change from government that didn’t listen. They wanted a voice in how the city is run.

One Heroic Rosslander; Logging at Redstone? -- and a Fat Bike Race!

One Heroic Rosslander; Logging at Redstone? -- and a Fat Bike Race!

As time eats into the New Year, our new Council chews on some tough issues.

Rossland City Council Regular Meeting

January 12, 2015

Present:   Mayor Kathy Moore,   Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker,  Marten Kruysse, Andy Morel,  Aaron Cosbey.

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki

Photo: David Suzuki Foundation

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 2
13 Jan 2015

 

Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

By David Suzuki

 

It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries — along with their government promoters — don’t believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract and use up the Earth’s resources as quickly and wastefully as possible?

Time to clip some wings and trim some salaries at B.C. legislature

Three highest paid staff in the BC  legislature  earn more than their counterparts in Ottawa.

With travel costs doubling and salary expenses up by more than 15 per cent since 2009-10, it's time to rein-in some of the free-spending ways of some staff at the B.C. legislature, according to IntegrityBC.

In 2013-14, the clerk of the B.C. legislature, Craig James, saw his salary increase by more than $30,000.

James now earns $289,984 or at least $61,184 more than the clerk of the House of Commons, Audrey O'Brien and $70,587 more than the clerk of the Ontario legislature, Deborah Deller.

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this because I am just livid.
My neighbour is 70 years old. She has suffered a stroke, has had two heart attacks, and multiple surgeries on her pancreas. She is not in good health, to say the least. Doesn't stop her though, she was out shoveling snow yesterday!

Hijacking at Castlegar's West Kootenay Regional Airport?

Frank Shlakoff plays hostage-taker/hijacker in emergency exercise at airport Dec. 31.

Anyone seeing the plethora of emergency vehicles out in front of the West Kootenay Regional Airport New Year’s Eve might have been concerned, as every agency from RCMP to fire to BC Ambulance, to emergency social services, as well as commissionaires, CATSA and preboard security were on hand to manage a so-called “hijacking attempt”.

Gerry Rempel, who serves as both Fire Chief and airport manager, said it was all part of a surprise emergency training exercise – everyone knew it was coming, but not when.

A More Collaborative RDKB Board?

A More Collaborative RDKB Board?

The Scoop on the RDBK:  First Instalment

We property owners all pay money to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB).  If you check your property tax bill, you'll see an amount for a "Regional District Levy".  Mine is only $353, because I live in a tiny house.  Yours is probably more.   Where does it go?  I decided to begin attending RDBK meetings to find out -- and share with anyone who cares enough to wade through my reports.

Strike officially over - council unanimously ratifies new deal

Strike officially over - council unanimously ratifies new deal

The city worker strike is now officially over, with council voting unanimously to ratify the new collective agreement this morning. This agreement was presented to CUPE Local 2262 on Dec. 22 and the union said its membership “overwhelmingly” voted in favour of it on Dec. 23.

The union announced the results of the vote on Dec. 24, but city council was unable to ratify, as four of its members were out of town and only one councillor is allowed, legally, to vote via telephone or digitally, leaving them without a quorum.

City Hall doors to open Monday

-- file photo
City council and services are moving back into City Hall, Jan. 5, 2015. The building was damaged during a fire last year, when an arsonist broke into the hall in the early hours of Sept. 19, 2013. 
 
The repairs and construction took around 15 months, but staff and council are ready to move back into the 4th Street location. 
 
As of Jan.
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