Op/Ed

Perhaps it's time for an outside legal opinion on the inside legal opinion

Not everyone knows what to do with good legal advice.

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants.

Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?

News last week that the government had lost its decade-long-plus fight with the B.C. Teacher's Federation is just the latest in a list of constitutional blowouts before Canada's highest court.

Letter: Keep your Smoke Alarm Firing on all Cylinders

Safety advocates have often thought that changing clock for Daylight Savings is an easy way to remember that batteries in smoke alarms must be replaced twice a year.

To The Editor:

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Remembrance Day and Our Veterans

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Remembrance Day and Our Veterans

Last week I had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of Canada in remembrance of our veterans at the cenotaph in Castlegar.  My childhood memories of these outdoor events are coloured by bone-chilling winds and early snowfalls, but last Friday a truly warm sun peeked out of the clouds. A large eagle flew overhead as the choir sang, adding to the atmosphere of an already moving ceremony. 

Op/Ed: The US Election: of Hate, Grief and a New Story

Charles Eisenstein, Author and Speaker

By Charles Eisenstein

Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative of progress.

Deconstructing the US Election

Deconstructing the US Election

A quick glance over current headlines: madness and dread

“You spread your paranoia, all over this land –

Creating situations you don’t understand…

You’ve got to stop flashing pictures of the People.

Stop! Flashing pictures of the Power!”

-- Tom Fogarty, Goodbye Media Man [1968]

In times of apparent madness, the insane person adapts to reality more effectively than the rational one.”

COLUMN: A Blow to Regional Collaboration

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore

Over the last couple of years many elected officials in our region have been trying hard to improve collaboration and cooperation between our various local governments. Unfortunately, the region has just experienced a major setback.

EDITORIAL: HOSPITAL FOOD IN OUR REGION

KBRH Food Services Supervisor Nicole Marbach checks food temperature

A recent scathing opinion piece by Murray Dobbin outlined the shortcomings of food in some health care facilities administered by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA).

Letter: The Good News of Climate Action Economics

Letter: The Good News of Climate Action Economics

To The Editor:

The Paris Agreement on climate change garnered enough signatories, and went into force Friday.  Economists see it as a framework for cooperation among countries, those not pulling their weight may suffer penalties such as trade sanctions. Meanwhile, some astute multinational corporations are already seeing the positive economic benefits of climate action.

LETTER: AIR POLLUTION FROM WOOD-STOVES

LETTER:  AIR POLLUTION FROM WOOD-STOVES

It has long been well known that fine particulates and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) containing carcinogens, including benzene and other toxic chemicals, are released from wood burning stoves and that these are a proven serious health hazard. 

However, what is not widely known is the scale or magnitude of the impact of wood burning stoves on particulate levels in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas.

Op/Ed: Why your stuff turns to junk so fast (and cooks the planet)

Someone once wanted every bit of this junk.

Note:  This article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

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