Politics

Byelection dates and nomination deadlines announced

Byelection dates and nomination deadlines announced

Public Notice is given to the electors of the City of Castlegar that nominations for the offices of: Councillor – 1 position, for a two-year term (November 2016 to October 2018), will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:

Trail to get new private practice/ER doc

Trail to get new private practice/ER doc

More than a year after its inception, the province’s Practice Ready Assessment BC (PRA-BC) program continues to benefit residents in Interior Health (IH) by linking rural and remote communities in need with family physicians.  Interior Health is pleased to welcome five new family physicians in August and September, one in each of the following communities: Enderby, Keremeos, Logan Lake, Nakusp, and Trail.

MP to host Town Hall on electoral reform in Castlegar

MP to host Town Hall on electoral reform in Castlegar

Richard Cannings, MP (South Okanagan – West Kootenay) is hosting two town hall discussions in September, seeking views and ideas from area residents on electoral reform as part of the government’s consultations on that issue.

City Abandons Boundary Extension Initiative

City Abandons Boundary Extension Initiative

Following several years of discussions and negotiations, Trail City Council is abandoning the boundary extension initiative that would have seen the City of Trail’s southern boundary extended into Electoral Area ‘A’, including land from the city’s existing southern boundary through to the Columbia Gardens Industrial Park and south to the U.S. border.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Site C and Treaty 8

COLUMN:  From the Hill -- Site C and Treaty 8

On February 18th of this year a group of First Nations activists came to Ottawa to speak to the government about the Site C dam project on the Peace River.  They met with myself and other MPs in the BC NDP caucus to discuss their attempts to delay construction of the dam until the concerns of their people were heard in federal court this fall.  The Liberal government refused to meet with them. 

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

A reader recently commented privately about the recent "Rape and Consequences" article, and expressed dismay that Canada's "rape shield" legislation is not  more effective at curbing  defence attorneys' strategy of "whacking the victim" in court.  Her comment made me think:  our society's acceptance of "rape culture" is evidence of an ingrained sexism, but its origins go far beyond  sexism.

LETTER: Local postal workers union frustrated over flawed negotiations

LETTER: Local postal workers union frustrated over flawed negotiations

Dear Editor

On behalf of the women and men who process and deliver your mail and serve you at the Castlegar Post Office, I want to thank the public for your participation in the postal review and especially for your ongoing support during our difficult negotiations with Canada Post.

Attorney General’s statement on national inquiry

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton congratulates the Honourable Judge Marion Buller-Bennett of Port Coquitlam.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton has issued the following statement regarding Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

“Today, the Government of Canada honoured a commitment it made during the federal election to launch a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

B.C. Human Rights Code to include explicit protection for gender identity, expression

Hon. Suzanne Anton, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton introduced legislation Monday to make B.C.'s Human Rights Code more explicit in the protections it affords transgender persons in British Columbia.

Bill 27, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016, was passed to include "gender identity or expression" among the protected grounds covered by the code. Prior to the change, transgender individuals were protected under the code's protected grounds of "sex", as interpreted by B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal and the courts.

Joint task force mobilized to scale up overdose response

Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake explained the importance of the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response. — Submitted photo

British Columbia is experiencing an unprecedented rise in overdoses.

In response to this, Premier Christy Clark announced a newly formed Joint Task Force on Overdose Response headed by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and Clayton Pecknold, director of police services.

Other members are still being determined but will include representatives from BC Centre of Disease Control and the ministries of Health and Public Safety.

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