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Letters to the Editor

by Barry Brandow on 25 February 2014 - 9:25am

Global News recently showcased a story of a bobcat treed by two coyotes. This certainly is not an unusual event to those who have hunted the bobcat with hounds but the story did capture the awe and respect that this elusive nocturnal predator demands.

The bobcat is a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) animal and although not endangered in BC the listing...

by Contributor on 29 January 2014 - 4:05pm

Dear Editor

Reading 'Logging in Lynch Creek North is underway'  filled me with despair and anger. Dispair because Lynch Creek North is an important corridor for a threatened grizzly bear population and the road density in the area already far exceeds the level ...

by Contributor on 28 January 2014 - 3:15pm

Dear Editor,

We are third year nursing students at UBC-Okanagan and are writing in regard to the growing amount of flavoured tobacco products available today. With National Non-Smoking Week upon us, we feel it is important to address this concern specifically because of the way these products are being marketed towards youth.

When you hear the flavours cherry, pear, apple,...

by Contributor on 17 January 2014 - 5:48pm

To the residents of our area:

As I look outside my window this morning, at the heavy snow weighing down branches and bushes, I can't help but think how the physical trauma of hunger and the psychological burden of not being able to provide for one's family must weigh on the shoulders of Food Bank clients. We live in a land of abundance, yet members of our community don't have the...

by Contributor on 17 December 2013 - 4:26pm

How we come to these moments in local political history…

On the one hand we have a member of our honourable Grand Forks city council declaring in a public forum on the night of Dec. 5th: “If glyphosate shows up in your urine, it is certainly an indication your body is processing it adequately.” Absolutely brilliant on the part of Coun. Gary Smith! Be it said glyphosate is the active...

by Contributor on 25 November 2013 - 1:02pm

Our province has created deep historical, cultural and business ties with countries around the world enabling us to create strong trading partnerships and diversify our markets. Each year B.C. welcomes close to 40,000 new immigrants because we recognize the importance of the wide-range of social and economic benefits associated with multiculturalism.

Today, B.C. is the most ethnically...

by Barry Brandow on 15 November 2013 - 2:20pm

A recent poll in the city of Invermere overwhelmingly supported a deer cull but as expected the much larger question was ignored -- the future of the mule deer.

With the exception of the city of Grand Forks and Vancouver Island the urban deer phenomena is driven by the mule deer which is in serious population decline in our province. The red flag that wildlife managers have refused to...

by Contributor on 14 November 2013 - 12:10pm

Dear Editor,

November 15th is National Philanthropy Day in Canada. While this is a day that is celebrated around the world, Canada is the first to officially recognize it as a national day (this type of thing makes me proud to be Canadian!). This is a time to celebrate and thank those that give beyond themselves. The great thing about philanthropy is that it is giving from our hearts,...

by Barry Brandow on 17 October 2013 - 4:50pm


Last July the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources announced that the province’s wildlife populations are healthy.

The Ministry’s statement is a perfect example of what happens when governments turn their back on transparency and accountability. After all, any attempt at due diligence will quickly reveal that many wildlife...

by Contributor on 7 October 2013 - 12:06pm

Colonial rule raises its ugly head again.

The failure of the US government to continue to operate is yet another example of how screwed up our colonial style governments really are:

While we have democratic elections, we do not have democratic governments.

Our politicians do not want democracy and arrogantly insist on forming one dysfunctional minority...