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Ktunaxa Nation upset with Okanagan challenge of Incremental Treaty Agreement

Ktunaxa Nation upset with Okanagan challenge of Incremental Treaty Agreement

In media release, the Ktunaxa Nation said it is disappointed with the recent filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the Okanagan Nation Alliance challenging an Incremental Treaty Agreement reached between the Ktunaxa Nation and the Province of British Columbia in March 2013.
 
Under the Incremental Treaty Agreement, approximately 242 hectares of land near Nakusp in the Arrow Lakes region will be transferred from the Province to the Ktunaxa Nation in advance of a final Treaty.
 

City responds to CUPE's 72-hours strike notice

City responds to CUPE's 72-hours strike notice

In the same week that Local 2262 requested the City to return to the bargaining table, Union Employees have issued 72 hour strike notice.

“The city is concerned that the Union continues to represent that it is the city that needs to come back the bargaining table when it was the union that booked out the mediator, will not vote on the final offer or provide a counter offer,” said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) John Malcolm. “Then the Union serves strike notice while there are back-and-forth talks currently happening with City and Union negotiators.”

City CUPE workers serve 72-hour strike notice

City CUPE workers serve 72-hour strike notice

The following is a press release issued by CUPE Local 2262:

CUPE Local 2262 city workers have filed 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Board. The 34 workers have been without a contract since February 2013. This marks the first time in 60 years that the union has been forced to a strike in its contract negotiations with the City of Castlegar.

Wearing my historian’s hat

Wearing my historian’s hat

“I am under no obligation to be the person I was five minutes ago.”--- Facebook poster ( no author )


Pessimism, the incidence of violence, and progress

Is there evidence that humanity is on a historical course toward a progressive, better future?

COMMENT: Crony capitalism alive and well at Mount Polley

COMMENT: Crony capitalism alive and well at Mount Polley

This weekend, the Vancouver Sun reported that Alberta billionaire Murray Edwards helped organize a $1 million fundraiser for the B.C. Liberal party at the Calgary Petroleum Club last year. Rapidly becoming a household name in B.C., Edwards of course is the controlling shareholder of Imperial Metals, which operates the Mount Polley Mine.

Putting aside that the cash was raised in another province and likely from folk who can't vote in B.C., Edwards' political generosity didn't stop at selecting canapes for his oil and gas pals.

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Staff shortage means truncated hours for Castlegar health centre lab

Staff shortage means truncated hours for Castlegar health centre lab

The following is a press release issued by Interior Health:

Due to temporary limited staffing availability, the Castlegar and District Health Centre lab will close an hour early next week.

Out-patient (drop-in) lab services will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Aug. 11 to 14.

Alternate out-patient laboratory services are available in Nelson and Trail at the following locations:

Are you a racist? A simple test you can do at home. Part 1/2

Are you a racist? A simple test you can do at home. Part 1/2

I’ve been following the ongoing occupation of Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver with some interest. For those who don’t know, indigenous activists have taken over part of that park and evicted Canadian authorities, arguing that, as per the recent Supreme Court decision, that land is unceded and needed to house the homeless, who suffer under the economic system of ‘Canada’ and the legacy of invasion and colonization.

City and union no closer to contract today

City and union no closer to contract today

Despite both parties’ expressed desire to reach an agreement and contract, CUPE Local 2622 and the City of Castlegar’s dueling press releases yesterday seem to indicate an ongoing lack of consensus.

(To read the City’s press release, click here, and to read the union’s, scroll to the bottom of this page).

City issues release re: possible pending strike

City issues release re: possible pending strike

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the City of Castlegar:

After over a year of contract negotiations with its unionized CUPE 2262 employees, including two days of Labour Relations Board mediated talks, CUPE booked out the mediator and refused to take the City of Castlegar’s final offer to a vote of the membership. CUPE is in a legal position to strike after serving 72-hours strike notice. The collective agreement expired in February 2013.

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