Politics

Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?

Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.

Benito Mussolini

With the announcement by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) of formal complaints against the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for illegally spying on environmental groups opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, should we ask the question: are we there yet?

Well, no.

COMMENT: FATCA

Alex Atamanenko . . .all Canadian citizens should be entitled to constitutional rights to privacy and fair taxation

On Feb. 5th the Canadian government signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the United States to govern The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). 

FATCA is an American tax law requiring all Canadian financial institutions to provide the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with account information on customers who are deemed to be “U.S. Persons.”  

Sinixt Nation provides update on Mount Sentinel blockade

Sinixt Nation provides update on Mount Sentinel blockade

Open letter from Sinixt Nation re: Mt. Sentinel Update:

Lim Limt to all the supporters and allies that came and visited us at Mt. Sentinel. Lim Limt again for the donations of food, coffee, firewood and money. And above all, Lim Limt to all the stories and laughs shared around the fire.

Councillor responds to editorial criticism re: acute health care

Councillor responds to editorial criticism re: acute health care

Dear editor:

In regard to your latest rant : Where are all the grownups looking after our health care?

I believe the City if Castlegar did the right thing. We entered into this regional information gathering because someone had to get the ball rolling.

Atamanenko takes horse slaughter issue to House of Commons

Atamanenko takes horse slaughter issue to House of Commons

BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko will soon have his turn to debate one of his private members bill in the House of Commons.  

“I have just notified the House of Commons that I will be moving forward with my newly introduced Bill C-571 which will impose certain limits on the horse slaughter industry,” said Atamanenko.

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. 

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