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by Letters to the editor on Wednesday Apr 05 2017

Students at Selkirk College have become embroiled in a legal battle for the right to vote about their membership in a national student group, according to Selkirk College Students’ Union Director at-Large Santanna Hernandez.

“Students submitted a valid petition for a referendum on membership in the Canadian Federation of Students, but instead of holding a vote this semester, the...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Apr 05 2017

City council is set to unveil its 2017 draft budget at a public open house on April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Forum. The budget is only ‘proposed’ at this point, thus the purpose of the meeting is to garner public input and feedback before finalizing the document

The budget includes a four-per-cent increase in residential taxes and a one-per-cent hike in commercial taxes, but...

by Shara JJ Cooper on Tuesday Apr 04 2017

School District 51 is getting $648,758 in provincial funding for school upgrade projects, classroom supplies and a new school bus under the new School Enhancement Program.

The district will extend the life of four schools with $510,000 in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade lighting, rooftop air handling units and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at Boundary...

by Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Apr 04 2017

The Boundary-Similkameen riding now has a third candidate for the coming provincial elections, May 9. 

Facing Liberal incumbent MLA Linda Larson and NDP's Colleen Ross -- also a Grand Forks city councillor -- is Vonnie Lavers, a Green Party candidate. 

Lavers, an Oliver resident, is originally from Newfoundland but has is a long-time resident of BC. 

Her experience comes...

by Boundary Sentinel on Monday Apr 03 2017

Grand Forks will receive $165,000 from the B.C. Air Access Program -- a 10-year transportation plan. The money is slated to be used for navigation and auxiliary power systems.

The Grand Forks Airport isn't the only airport getting funds for improvement. Over to the West, the Osoyoos airport will also receive funding to the tune of $60,000 for perimeter fencing and site clean up.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Apr 03 2017

Elections BC is doing its best to reach out to potential voters for the past two months with staff going door-to-door, sending out cars through the mail along with flooding the public with advertising to build up numbers for the upcoming provincial election May 9.

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11, is slowly approaching.

Elections...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Apr 03 2017

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

The RCMP is one of the...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Mar 29 2017

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it’s in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

Technology moves in leaps and bounds. As someone who grew up before home computers, transoceanic phone lines, jet planes, satellites, organ transplants, birth control...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Mar 27 2017

As I discussed in my last column, the federal government had an opportunity in last week’s budget to finally start closing the growing income inequality gap in Canada. But, unfortunately the Liberals chose tax breaks for wealthy Canadians and giveaways to large corporations over helping the unemployed, veterans, and Indigenous children.

The Liberals recently voted in favour of an NDP...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Mar 23 2017

The chair of the local board of education is going to be suggesting, at the SD 20 board’s next meeting, that school-related trips to the US be disallowed due to the trump administration’s travel bans.

Teri Ferworn, chair of the SD 20 board, said such a policy may not even be the purview of individual school districts.

“There may be some kind of word from high about (how we have...

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