Politics

COMMENT: Where are all the grown-ups overseeing our health care?

COMMENT: Where are all the grown-ups overseeing our health care?

I'd like to paint a picture for you, explaining why, in my opinion, this region enjoys sub-par health services:

Imagine, if you would, that you're the BC Minister of Health. You oversee five health authorities, with 16 health services delivery areas under them, all of them clamouring for a finite pool of funding and resources.

Trail says 'no' to Castlegar-funded examination of acute health care priorities in the region

Marguerite Rotvold, chair of the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District Board, said the consultation has value even if not all partners participate.

Trail has chosen to opt out of a process initiated by the City of Castlegar to create a region-wide strategic plan for health care in the region.

Castlegar contracted, at the cost of about $20,000, the services of consultant Jim Gustafson (formerly the CAO of the RDCK and, before that, Castlegar) to gather information from the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District regarding each of 30 jurisdiction's priorities for future acute health care.

Local MLAs to host BC finance critic in tri-city visit

Local MLAs to host BC finance critic in tri-city visit

In preparation for the upcoming provincial budget, opposition Finance Critic Mike Farnworth will be visiting the Kootenays, meeting with local governments, industry leaders and small business owners on Feb. 6 and 7.

Farnworth, the MLA for Port Coquitlam, has held the post of Finance critic since 2011, and will be responsible for responding in the Legislature to the BC Liberal government budget which will be presented on Feb. 18.

While in the area, Farnworth will be attending events in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail, hosted by MLAs Katrine Conroy and Michelle Mungall.

Ootischenia meeting clarifies Castlegar boundary extension issues

RDCK Area J director Gordon Zaitsoff addresses assembled crowd at Ootischenia Hall Monday night.

Around 90 people showed up to a meeting at the Ootischenia Hall last night to discuss concerns about a proposed boundary expansion by the City of Castlegar.

As explained by meeting chair and RDCK Area J director Gordon Zaitsoff, there were two separate issues causing Ootischenia residents concern, the first being the city's stated intent of applying to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to extend its boundaries to include a 25-hectare parcel of land owned by the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and known as the gravel pit lands.

GF hosts open house to answer water metre questions

GF hosts open house to answer water metre questions

More than 100 residents came to the City of Grand Fork's informational open house, thirsty to learn more about the upcoming expansion of water metre to all residential homes in city limits. 

Judge Chides Harper Government's 'paternalistic, self serving, arbitrary and disrespectful' approach to First Nations

Judge Chides Harper Government's 'paternalistic, self serving, arbitrary and disrespectful' approach to First Nations

On January 17, 2014, Justice Patrick Smith of the Specific Claims Tribunal issued his decision in Aundeck Omni Kaning v. Canada, finding that Canada's unilateral, take-it-or-Ieave-it approach to the resolution of specific claims represents a blatant refusal to negotiate and undermines the Honour of the Crown in its dealings with First Nations. 

Stephen Harper’s Disservice to Israel

Stephen Harper’s Disservice to Israel

The dictionary definition of perverse says (of a person or their actions) “...showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.” Well, that just about sums up Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s disturbing trip to Israel.

Implications of City of Castlegar wrong-doing refuted

Implications of City of Castlegar wrong-doing refuted

Implications that the City of Castlegar failed to exercise due diligence in its bid to expand its boundaries have proven to be unfounded.

The contention first arose when the city announced its intent to expand its boundaries to include Ootischenia gravel pit lands, which are currently owned by the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and fall within the jurisdiction of Area J of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK). The public notice also indicated that MoT had given the City of Castlegar first right of refusal on purchase of the property in question, if and when said property were to become available (it has not yet been determined if the property even can be sold, as environmental assessments are still pending).

COMMENT: Government subterfuge on local campaign spending limits

COMMENT: Government subterfuge on local campaign spending limits

When you compare prices at the supermarket you usually look at comparable products, for instance you don't compare the price of a head of lettuce with a can of baked beans.

It should be the same way with government consultations. Case in point: when you're trying to figure out how many people live in an electoral district for an analysis of campaign spending you might want to consider registered voters or eligible voters. Maybe – if you're at a complete loss – total residents.

Is Canada a nation adrift?

Is Canada a nation adrift?

My reading consists primarily of books on history and political philosophy, and does not include memoirs of has-been politicians. I would not have read Joe Clark’s How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change had it not been a Christmas gift from my daughter. Had I relied on my prejudices, I would have deprived myself of an outstanding read.From the perspective of today’s viciously divided politics, Mr. Clark’s portrayal of the country’s history is balanced and laudable. His assessment of the state of Canadian politics is a sobering wake-up call.

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