Politics

Deliberations begin on +$10-mill budget

Deliberations begin on +$10-mill budget

City council and senior staff have begun deliberations on the city’s more-than $10-million budget, with two all-day meetings Sunday and Monday.

“(Discussions) were absolutely positive and productive, moving us forward as a team and helping us set the city’s direction,” said Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff said talks are only preliminary at this point, clarifying the overview as opposed to specific dollar amounts, and identifying priorities such as infrastructure and economic development.

MP: Importance of testing for and reducing radon levels in homes and workplaces

MP: Importance of testing for and reducing radon levels in homes and workplaces

As many may already be aware, the Kootenays have a combination of geology and gas permeable soils that make homes and workplaces susceptible to high concentrations of radioactive radon.  It surprised me to learn that the radiation from radioactive radon gas found in homes and workplaces is estimated to cause 16 percent of the lung cancer cases across Canada resulting in more than 300 deaths per year in BC alone. In fact Castlegar has one of the highest household radon levels in British Columbia!

Another letter on Bill C-51

Another letter on Bill C-51

You know it's bad when even Rex Murphy is against it… I'm speaking of course of Bill C-51… which, if passed, will mean the end of civil liberties in Canada. i.e. A true totalitarian state where the expression of dissent or protest is criminalized and where the principle of due process of law for those accused no longer exists. What's next? Policing the Orwellian concept of "thought crimes," i.e. expressing opinions contrary to the state, that can be reprimanded or punished? 

Eco Society set to lock horns in court with the province next week over Jumbo Resort Municipality

The picturesque scenery in and around Jumbo is set to be the number one topic in a BC Supreme Court beginning Monday in Vancouver.

The West Kootenay Eco Society (WKES) is heading to court early next week to challenge the provincial government’s 2012 decision to establish the Jumbo Glacier Resort (JGR) Municipality.

On Feb. 23, the WKES will be in Vancouver at BC Supreme Court to ask a judge for a judicial review of a decision by the Minister of Tourism, Sport and Community to recommend the auditor general approve the JGR Municipality, and also the auditor general’s decision to approve the municipality.

Comment: B.C. budget pushes dream of white picket fence further out of reach

Finance minister Mike de Jong once again used his black dress shoes to bring down the latest BC Budget.

Government policies are normally designed to help citizens as they try to move up the economic ladder, not penalize them for trying. And on that one count alone, this week's budget from Finance minister Mike de Jong is an abject failure.

In its budget highlights, the B.C. government presented four scenarios to bolster its case that “British Columbians continue to have one of the lowest overall tax burdens in Canada.”

Tax Time, Budget Time

money money money

TAX TIME:   Time to Think About  What Our Governments are Doing With Our Dollars.

In Rossland:

COLUMN: Larson update; Greenwood library gets gaming grants; awards given for chamber week

COLUMN: Larson update; Greenwood library gets gaming grants; awards given for chamber week

In recognition of the valuable work the B.C. Chamber of Commerce does supporting its business members, the week of Feb. 16 to 20 is Chamber of Commerce Week.

At the recent awards ceremony for the South Okanagan Chamber, the following businesses were recognized. Nunes/Pottinger, Vintage Hospitality Management, Greg Wheeler of Remedy RX and the Osoyoos Credit Union. The B.C. Chamber represents more than 36,000 businesses of every size in every sector. Thanks goes to all who support local business and their local Chambers.

Not everyone jumping on the BC balanced budget bandwagon

Not everyone jumping on the BC balanced budget bandwagon

BC Finance Minister Michael de Jong delivered the government’s third consecutive balanced budget saying the document builds toward a stronger and more diversified economy and delivers additional support to British Columbians who are most in need.

However, not everyone is lining up to jump on the bandwagon of the Liberal Finance Minister.

Here are some of the reactions to the 2015 BC Budget:

The BC School Trustees Association

BC Finance Minister brings in balanced budget

Minister of Finance Michael de Jong

The B.C. government’s third consecutive balanced budget builds toward a stronger and more diversified economy and delivers additional support to British Columbians who are most in need, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

“The discipline we showed through the recession to bring the budget into balance has given us the flexibility to make modest, strategic investments that maintain public services like health care and education, as well as strengthen and encourage growth in key economic sectors," said Minister of Finance Michael de Jong.

Crowds Show Their Support For Missing & Murdered Women Memorial March

 A large crowd of supporters paraded through Nelson Saturday as part of the memorial march to bring awareness to the 1,200 aboriginal women nationwide who have been murdered or are missing. — Eva Brownstein photos

by Eva Brownstein, The Nelson Daily

A large crowd gathered Saturday outside the Nelson City Hall to honor and bring awareness to the 1,200 aboriginal women nationwide who have been murdered or are missing.

Waving banners reading, "No More Stolen Sisters" the crowd marched Baker Street holding a knotted rope, which organizer Leah Lychowyd said represented "that every life is sacred and that we need to hold each other up".

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