Letters

LETTER: Flick your butt out the window, lose your car?

LETTER: Flick your butt out the window, lose your car?

This wildfire season has been one of the most challenging in recent memory.

As of July 14, fire crews have responded to 1,083 fires throughout the province - compared to 523 at the same time a year ago. Of those fires, we know over one-third are human caused. That's 375 fires, leading to an estimated 43,718 hectares going up in flames.

LETTER: Thanks owed and lessons learned

LETTER: Thanks owed and lessons learned

Ed. Note: for the context of this letter, see full coverage by following this link.

I just want to give a huge thanks to all those who played a part in allowing me and my family to keep Chumlee and Rosie. 

I first must thank my wonderful neighbours who signed my original petition that I submitted to city council and the creation of an online petition that was signed by almost 600 people within 24 hours.  The support you showed us was amazing. 

I would like to thank the various media and social network outlets that told our story which led to the overwhelming support of this wonderful community we call home. 

Five Major Questions For The Province

Five Major Questions For The Province

To The Editor:

June 18 was a momentous date for the people of the Kootenay and British Columbia – cancellation of the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for Jumbo Glacier Resort must now mark the end of a decades-long struggle for the protection of one of this region’s most beloved wild places, the Jumbo Valley.
 

LETTER: Disappointed that Fortis is installing EMF readers

LETTER: Disappointed that Fortis is installing EMF readers

Dear Editor

It seems like only yesterday (40-50 years ago) parents were warned that sitting too close to a television set was harmful for children; and only yesterday (60 years ago) US forces, when testing atom bombs in the Bikini Atoll, told locals it was for the betterment of humanity (see the film Atomic Café). In US tests, troops were told to run towards the explosion for radiation was the least of their concerns. Meanwhile North Americans were advised to ‘duck and cover’.

Release: IHA announces president/CAO's resignation

Release: IHA announces president/CAO's resignation

Interior Health’s board chair Erwin Malzer today announced that president and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny has informed the board of directors of his decision to resign in the fall of 2015 in order to pursue other opportunities.

LETTER: 'Helping' dogs may actually be a hindrance

LETTER: 'Helping' dogs may actually be a hindrance

Dear Editor,

I've been seeing a large number of "kind people" picking up "lost pets" and posting on social media. It's a bit disturbing to me and others that people are so quick to grab the animal and take it home to keep safe until owners are located. 

LETTER: Councillors play with smoke and mirrors

LETTER: Councillors play with smoke and mirrors

Dear Editor,

As the one who a month ago launched the torpedo to sink the Habitat for Humanity project in Grand Forks, Coun. Chris Hammet now finds herself standing ankle deep in the old-Taylor-council doo-doo.

As per council tapes of the April 20th meeting, Hammet, under unannounced authority, is releasing “in-camera” data of the Allin/Taylor-council dealings of November 2014. Is she in “contempt of council” under Chapter 90? Why not lay it all out?

LETTER: Solution for Grand Forks water system: District Metering

LETTER: Solution for Grand Forks water system: District Metering

Dear Mayor and Council,

I understood from the local radio news that you were looking for solutions to the water system issues in Grand Forks. Here is an extremely inexpensive and effective solution: District Metering.

Veritec engineering did a study for the City of Revelstoke on their water system, dated Oct 10, 2013,  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181864262/Veritec-water-metering-report-pdf#fullscreen. “Water Metering Feasibility and Water Loss Management Study”

LETTER: Councillor investigates personal conflict of interest

LETTER: Councillor investigates personal conflict of interest

Over the past few months, Grand Forks City Council has received a few complaints directed towards myself and the Mayor, suggesting us to be in a conflict of interest with regards to the water meter program and water rates committee.   As we both had a strong objection to the program during the campaign period, it isn’t surprising that proponents of the commodification of water should object to our involvement.  In January our acting CAO, at an open public meeting accused the Mayor of being in a conflict of interest with regards to any discussions around water meters.&nb

LETTER: Funding for invasive species program not all good news

LETTER: Funding for invasive species program not all good news

The recent article in local media celebrating the public funding of the invasive weed program is one of many examples of pathetic behavior by our politicians that showcase why it is virtually impossible to have an honest intelligent discussion of the management of our province’s natural resources.

Cows traversing moderate steep grassland slopes create a major erosion problem which facilitates the spread of invasive weeds and yet this obvious problem is never brought forward in the never ending request for public money to address the problem.

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