Politics

OPINION: Empires and Their Problems; Will We Ever Learn?

OPINION: Empires and Their Problems; Will  We Ever Learn?

Not Learning from Empires: saying Yes to imperial temptation

“Take up the White Man’s Burden…”                -- Rudyard Kipling

“[G]overning India is the fulfillment of a mandate from God… the miracle of the world.”

 – Lord Curzon, British Viceroy in India

“Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.”    -- Percy B. Shelley, Ozymandias

COLUMN: My Job as Your MLA

Katrine Conroy

While travelling around my constituency of Kootenay West and the province I am often asked “what does a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) do?” I decided to share with constituents what my job has entailed since February and the start of the winter Legislative session. The days are long, sometimes difficult but it is also incredibly fulfilling and I am privileged to have this job. 

Parents create petition after SD 20 proposes $200/yr fee for school bussing

Parents create petition after SD 20 proposes $200/yr fee for school bussing

Parents of students in School District 20 (SD20) have reached such a level of frustration with ongoing and relentless cuts to education funding in the area that they've started a petition, according to Rebecca McDonnell, president of the District Parent Advisory Council.

“This our sixth year of deficits approaching $1 million, and some of them have been in excess of $1 million,” she said, adding the SD20's proposed budget, unveiled last night, was a last straw for many. The budget, if passed, will see parents charged $200 for their kids to be bussed to school. “There is some anger and resentment among parents that this is further downloading costs on to parents, on top of the ongoing cuts to programs and services in schools. $200 per child is quite a significant expense for some families, and my fear is that it won't stop here.

Scholar to Discuss Violence and Islam at Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series Event

Dr. Amir Hussain will speak at a Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series event on May 4 in Nelson. The religious scholar says it’s important to keep Islam-inspired terror attacks in perspective because it’s only a tiny fraction of the violence that occurs in North America daily.

Beheadings, suicide bombings and civil war. Horrific attacks in Brussels and San Bernardino.

There is no shortage of examples of the violence that rocks the Islamic world. Shocking pictures and gruesome acts done in the name of religion seem to appear daily on our news feeds. The media hammers the point home—that Muslim extremists are threatening Western interests, Western values, and even people in their homes. It’s a message that politicians in North America have seized on to gather power and popularity.

Money laundering, illegal gaming the focus of new joint policing unit

 From left, Finance Minister Michael de Jong, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Kevin Hackett, chief operating officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) were at a news conference Monday explaining ways officials plan to crack down on illegal gaming and money-laundering in B.C.’s gaming facilities. — Submitted

The Government of British Columbia and the Province’s anti-gang agency are joining forces to form a co-ordinated investigation unit designed to crack down on illegal gaming and money-laundering in B.C.’s gaming facilities.

The formation of the new Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team was announced by B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong, Solicitor-General Mike Morris and Kevin Hackett, chief operating officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC).

LETTER: Resident less-than-pleased with city's new garbage collection

LETTER: Resident less-than-pleased with city's new garbage collection

So, what is everyone's honest opinion of Castlegar's new garbage bins and method of collection?

I rent, so I don't even have my bin as of yet and garbage collection is this coming Wednesday. My landlords have requested one.

Local voter turn out bests provincial and national averages in 2015 federal election

Local voter turn out bests provincial and national averages in 2015 federal election

A Community Voters Challenge, created to increase voter turn out in the area during last year's October federal election has given local communities something to crow about, with local turn outs eclipsing both provincial and federal averages.

“Two of our communities had a voter turnout of over 80 per cent. Given that the national level was 68 per cent --itself a marked increase from 2011 – this is extremely impressive,”said Mike Chapman, one of the event organizers.

City takes action to address unsightly nuisance property on main drag

Photo of kitchen at 1067 Columbia Avenue taken during March 1 inspection.

The City of Castlegar is taking steps to address an unsightly and potentially dangerous property on Columbia Avenue, after a report offered at council's regular meeting Monday night by Director of Planning and Development Phil Markiin.

“The 1067 Columbia Avenue property consists as one business constructed in 1950 and formerly used as a four-plex,” Markin said. “It is now vacant and has been vacant since 2013.

City budget presentation offers highlights of 2016 budget and five-year financial plan

City budget presentation offers highlights of 2016 budget and five-year financial plan

In a public open house Tuesday night at the Community Forum, the city unveiled its 2016 budget and five-year financial plan.

City Director of Finance Andre Buss offered a presentation describing the city's three strategic priorities: Infrastructure Management and the maintenance of municipal infrastructure; the development of a vibrant and sustainable economy, and; developing and maintaining a high quality of life.

OPINION: More Comments on the Federal Budget

MP Richard Cannings

By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan -- West Kootenay

Last week we saw the Liberal government bring forward their first budget, a document that was expected to deliver on the many promises they made just six short months ago during the campaign. Instead of fully delivering on those campaign commitments, they delivered a budget of missed opportunities for our region.

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