Op/Ed

KEEPING IT REAL: Dazzled B.C. media missing the real news

KEEPING IT REAL: Dazzled B.C. media missing the real news

 You may not like or agree with the B.C. government, but you have to give them credit for knowing and understanding how to deal with the current state of B.C. media. With the help of VANOC and the 2010 Olympic Games,  Premier Gordon Campbell and his ministers and government officials have had  the B.C. media right where they no doubt want them: mesmerized by Games fever.

Parents break out of apathetic attitudes to challenge educational institutions

Parents break out of apathetic attitudes to challenge educational institutions

Parents across the Boundary region are getting together to become a regular voice that the Board of Trustees of School District 51 will be hearing every month. In light of the actions of school boards across the province, and with the potential school closures on the agenda for next week’s board meeting in the Boundary, this voice is going to be a critical part of the future of the region’s schools.

OP/ED: Leggett pens open letter to premier re: health cuts

OP/ED:  Leggett pens open letter to premier re: health cuts

Shame on you Mr. Gordon Campbell!


Our children and those who are sick are being pushed to the side because you are unable to see anything outside of your Olympic blinders. You have failed the people of the province whom you are supposed to be serving, and for that you should be ashamed.

OP/ED: MLAs Conroy and Mungall question cutbacks for surgeries at regional hospital

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OP/ED: MLAs Conroy and Mungall question cutbacks for surgeries at regional hospital

MLA’s Katrine Conroy and Michelle Mungall have written a letter to the Minister of Health, Kevin Falcon, describing to him the concerns that area surgeons, anesthetists and operating room nurses have with the decision by the Interior Health Authority (IHA) to cut surgeries at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH).


In their letter dated Feb. 15, 2010, Conroy and Mungall described to the Minister that the KBRH serves two large regions and by shutting one of the operating rooms it puts patients at risk in both the East and West Kootenay, and Boundary regions.

Talking to Americans

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Talking to Americans

As I am travelling in the United States (U.S.) this week (thank heaven for internet-based jobs) the debate over health care reform is in full swing. Whenever My husband and I have travelled in the U.S., we have never been lacking questions about our medical system from people we meet. The questions come up everywhere and seem to be one of the first things people want to know from us once they find out we are Canadian.

OP/ED: Solution to world crises dates back to Robin Hood

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Robin Hood tax could help with climate change; Photo, submitted

I had a hard time deciding on a column for this week – do I express the horror of the new McItaly, an Italian MacDonald’s burger that includes artichoke spread and asiago produced under a joint agreement with the Italian government, or cover the idea of solving world poverty? Ambitious as it is, I decided in favour of solving world poverty.

Cannabuzz - the word on the street

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Lionel Goddard, Photo

In lieu of an editorial / column type rant from myself over the show that premiered last week on CBC – Cannabiz – I decided instead to let you talk for yourselves. Here’s what people on the street around town are saying about the show.

EDITORIAL: Time for trustees to stop squabbling and protect our schools

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EDITORIAL: Time for trustees to stop squabbling and protect our schools

 

This week the board of School District 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) voted to develop and submit a deficit budget to the Ministry of Education for the coming fiscal year. As reported in the Williams Lake Tribune, trustee Bruce Mack said, “The board will develop a budget for the coming year that retains quality education for our students. We recognize that with the current funding projections that this may mean a deficit budget.”

Technology - the best or worst of our existence?

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Technology - the best or worst of our existence?

Ever wonder about the whole computer technology world? I don’t mean the technology itself and keeping up to date on the new, improved stuff available – that would be overwhelming. Just this week Apple introduced it’s iPad – a tablet style notebook computer that will likely be all the rage.

No, I’m talking about us poor users who were told, in the early ‘80s – that computers were going to save us time. Well, so far I think it has failed to accomplish that. I don’t know about you, but I find myself spending far too many hours fighting with my computer.

Entertainment not a controversy

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Entertainment not a controversy

It’s amazing that as one looks to entertainment for relaxation and a chance to get away from the stress of society, it seems harder than ever to just be able to enjoy a movie. Yes, sometimes when I watch a movie I just want to be entertained. I don’t want to think, and I certainly don’t want someone preaching about how I should interpret it. Sometimes the experience just isn’t that deep. Take Avatar, for example.

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