Politics

MLA breaks down MSP increases and assistance programs

MLA breaks down MSP increases and assistance programs

January is a long month for many of us. The lack of sun and lots of snow and ice seem to make everything more difficult. But before we know, spring will be on its way.

Council meeting at high school gets mixed results

Council meeting at high school gets mixed results

A city council meeting held at Stanley Humphries Secondary School Monday afternoon had both good points and bad, according to city councillor Florio Vassilakakis.

The meeting started at 12:30 p.m. (students were allowed to miss some class time to attend), and saw about 65 people in attendance (not counting media, mayor and council, or city staff).

From Parliament Hill: Electoral Reform

From Parliament Hill:   Electoral Reform

Voters made clear choices for change in the federal election, and one of those choices was for electoral reform.  The Liberals, NDP and Green parties all loudly pledged that the 2015 election would be the last held in Canada under the first-past-the-post voting system, and those parties collectively received nearly two-thirds of the popular vote in the election. 

Trail mayor says 2015 set foundation for exciting developments this year

Trail mayor says 2015 set foundation for exciting developments this year

Last year proved to be an active one for the mayor and city council. Trail Mayor Mike Martin completed his first year as a first term mayor and says he came into the role with clear plans after a strategic planning session with councilors.

“It was an exciting year and we accomplished much of what we set out to do,” said Martin.

Learn to navigate your city on-line

Learn to navigate your city on-line

The City of Trail is pleased to announce it has entered into a partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL), the region’s not-for-profit literacy organization, to provide free how-to classes for the City’s online payment system for utility bill payments, property taxes, Home Owners Grant claims and online (electronic) bill notifications.  The free classes, to be held in January and February at Selkirk College and City Hall, will be based on

BC ski hills (including Red) offering half-off for Family Day

BC ski hills (including Red) offering half-off for Family Day

On Feb. 8, BC residents can ski and ride for half price at participating ski areas in celebration of BC Family Day. This offer is a partnership between 30 BC ski areas, Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) and Destination BC, to make family snow sports more accessible to all British Columbians.

IIO Chief Civilian Director to Retire at End of Term

IIO Chief Civilian Director to Retire at End of Term

Following a 30-year career as a civilian oversight practitioner, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO will be retiring at the end of his term in January 2017.

Richard Rosenthal has notified the Attorney General of B.C. that he will not be seeking a re-appointment when his current term expires.

Rosenthal will shift his focus to academic pursuits, also in the field of civilian oversight. The notice is intended to provide the Ministry of Justice sufficient time to start the recruitment for the position and to ensure a seamless transition to the next CCD.

Significant spike in CBT community grant money

Significant spike in CBT community grant money

Community projects will be getting access to more funds this spring through Columbia Basin Trust’s popular Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs. The Trust announced a 15-per-cent increase from $3.6 million per year throughout the Basin, to over $4.2 million per year for each of the next five years.

RANT: Are investigative delays a form of torture against cops, loved ones, and the public at large?

RANT: Are investigative delays a form of torture against cops, loved ones, and the public at large?

I’ve wracked my brain on this issue, but I can’t see any other way to get the government’s attention on this issue, the issue being what I perceive to be outrageous delays in IIO investigations of officer-involved fatal shootings in our area (for the background story, click here): I think the RCMP members in question should form an unlikely alliance with the loved ones of the deceased and ferociously sue the IIO, the Ministry of Justice, and the Province of B.C. for cruel and inhumane treatment. And I think every B.C. resident should be furious about the current state of affairs and thus support the lawsuit. I think if something as important as the actual lives of residents isn’t enough force them to timely action, and in my opinion, their action has been a long shot less-than-timely, then I can’t think of anything that will, short of an ugly judgement that costs them big parts of their budgets.

I would argue there is rarely, if ever, a more important time for accurate, thorough and SWIFT justice than when policing our police, for these reasons:

Investigations into local officer-involved fatal shootings still incomplete

Investigations into local officer-involved fatal shootings still incomplete

The Independent Investigations Office is responsible for investigating two officer-involved fatal shootings in the region in the past two years. In a second interview, conducted this week (the first was in March of 2015, to read that story, click here ) the Source again asked why the investigations were taking so long (to put that in context, IIO took over the DeGroot investigation on Oct. 13, 2014 and the Edey investigation on Jan.

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