Castlegar councillors don't concur on controversial provincial budget

Castlegar councillors don't concur on controversial provincial budget

Local leaders are divided in their reaction to the Provincial Liberals' 2016 budget.

City councillor Deb McIntosh pulled no punches in a critique she posted on Facebook.

“Balanced budgets are fantastic, but not when we allow a high level of child poverty and no changes to income assistance rates,” McIntosh wrote. “Fantastic news, I'm sure low-income people are feeling valued. Let's not forget, Families First ... oh, sorry, they didn't mean yours.”

MLA Conroy pans 2016 budget

MLA Conroy pans 2016 budget

In a budget that rewards the wealthiest British Columbians at the expense of all other citizens, Christy Clark maintained a billion-dollar tax cut for millionaires and created a slush fund with unfair MSP tax hikes.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Ghomeshi is the least of our problems

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Ghomeshi is the least of our problems

The word “traumatized”is a fascinating and viciously misused word.

You had a brutal experience? You saw something no one else should ever see?

If you responded to it like a normal person, then you're not 'traumatized', and we don't need new words to describe it. You had the mother of all bad days, and that sucks, to be sure. You're sad, depressed, confused? Sure. But we don't need a new word for that, I already gave you lots of words, just now.

The word 'traumatized' came about because of people who DON'T react normally, whose actions are counter-intuitive, who defy the norm, who respond in ways that just don't make sense to anyone, likely even themselves. If you understood how they react, we wouldn't need the word 'traumatized' at all … it'd just be someone having the mother of all bad days.



What "Asset Management" means, and why we should care

Rossland Council and senior staff started early with a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  This session was a workshop on "Asset Management" presented by Grand Forks Chief Administrative Officer  Doug Allin.   Allin donated his time for the workshop, and Mayor Kathy Moore thanked him for that demonstration of community collaboration.



Rossland City  Council heard a presentation on Tuesday evening by well-spoken youth from the "Creating a Supportive Rossland" group,  seeking to have the City fly the rainbow flag in recognition of Gay Pride Week this September, and to approve a rainbow crosswalk near Rossland Summit School.  Their worthy aim is to provide a more openly welcoming community for "LGBTQ+" people -- gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people,  those who question their own gender identity, and any others with what might be called non-standard sexuality.  Council

OPINION: TPP -- Forfeiting Our Health and Sovereignty?

OPINION: TPP -- Forfeiting Our Health and Sovereignty?

Are Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's officials misleading her about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Freeland signed the agreement Thursday in New Zealand, but repeated her assurances that critics shouldn't worry -- the government hasn't committed to ratifying it and consultations and a full debate will precede a vote in Parliament. That could be up to two years away.

Yet so far the consultation process has not penetrated the ideological bubble created by trade department officials.

Council turns green as it considers business bylaw changes to deal with medical marijuana dispensaries

The Kootenay Compassion Collective on Front Street is one of a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries now open in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

The growing proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Nelson not only prompted city council to roll up a change to its business licence bylaw, but it piped up two resolutions directed at upper levels of government to help deal with it.

Over the past year, several storefronts — at least five — selling medical marijuana have opened in Nelson, a city staff report to city council on Monday night read.

Is BC starting to become overrun by lobbyists?

Dermod Travis said last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

Last month, lobbyists gathered in Vancouver for The Future of Lobbying, a one -day conference put on by B.C.'s Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists, Simon Fraser Institute's Governance Studies and Public Affairs Association of Canada (B.C. Chapter).

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists.
Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

COLUMN: From the Hill; Pipelines are a Hot Topic. An analysis.

MP Richard Cannings

Pipelines are a hot topic in Ottawa and across the country these days.  Last Wednesday the Liberals outlined their plans for a revised environmental assessment process for pipelines, and on Thursday the Conservatives put forward a motion asking the House to support the Energy East pipeline.

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