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Down the garden path: CCCs benefit developers, punish infillers

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Down the garden path: CCCs benefit developers, punish infillers

Council and the community are being led down the proverbial garden path by CAO Victor Kumar about the Development Cost Charge (DCC) Bylaw.   Information provided to council by Mr. Kumar is misleading, inaccurate, incomplete, and frequently unsubstantiated.  The only realistic data being provided seems to be coming from Ken Holmes.  Thanks Ken!

Jesus clears the temple

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Jesus clears the temple

Here you'll find the image our kids gave me a few years ago. It occupies a central place in my office. The kids do not attend church; describe themselves as generally agnostic; have caused me to wonder about my hypocrisy as only teenagers could; and have generally shown a distrust of the church and its teachings that is typical of our society today.

And yet. And yet. They gave me this image. Jesus clears the temple.

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

It might be useful for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to read a U.S. state department cable from Israel released by Wikileaks. It reveals that talk of Iran's imminent production of nuclear weapons goes back to the early 1990s: "The head of the MFA's [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] strategic affairs division recalled that GOI [Government of Israel] assessments from 1993 predicted that Iran would possess an atomic bomb by 1998 at the latest."

Rossland REAL Food’s Second Annual Seedy Sunday & Movie at the Miners’ Hall on March 11

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Rossland REAL Food’s Second Annual Seedy Sunday & Movie at the Miners’ Hall on March 11

Starting to think about gardening and buying seeds for the fruitful season ahead? Some of the best local seed growers in the West Kootenays will have seeds for sale at Rossland’s annual Seedy Sunday at the Miners' Hall from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 10.

The seed swap will be followed by a scrumptious $5 vegetarian dinner, a cash bar, and a highly acclaimed documentary on bees—Queen of the Sun —at 6:30 p.m., also for $5.

Preventing dry coughs/whooping cough/pertussis

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Preventing dry coughs/whooping cough/pertussis

This is the time of year when I start seeing many folks in, young and old, for those viral upper respiratory infections with resultant irritating dry coughs. I will go through the basic steps I use to eliminate the infection quickly and efficiently.

The first step is, as always, what you are eating preventatively.  It is important to startincluding immune boosting foods in your everyday eating.  These include:

Botched zoning on Black Diamond Drive needs a re-think

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Botched zoning on Black Diamond Drive needs a re-think

Council recently considered rezoning applications that exposed some of the flaws in the zoning bylaw and the process used to consider those applications. 

The DCC Fiasco

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The DCC Fiasco

CAO Victor Kumar wants to scrap the City’s Development Cost Charge (DCC) bylaw because it “. . . has served its purpose and is no longer required based on the availability of other taxation tools . . .” Nonsense!

If council goes along with this cockamamy idea, taxpayers in the future will be stuck with paying for expansion of infrastructure to service new development, primarily at Red Mountain.  Of course, by the time that happens, the CAO and the current council will be long gone from City Hall.

For the wealthy, no apologies are necessary

For the wealthy, no apologies are necessary

You may have heard one of our provincial cabinet ministers commenting on the relatively large income gap between the rich and poor in BC. A bit miffed that our province was drawing fire, he remarked that no apologies were necessary, that folk who had a problem with high earning families should head off to Cuba, where everyone is equal in their poverty.

What to do about...ahem...constipation?

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What to do about...ahem...constipation?

One of the topics that few people talk about is bowel habits; however, it is one of the most important keys to health.  Long ago, I stopped asking how many bowel movements a day and now ask “How many bowel movements?” It no longer surprises me when someone says “Oh, once a week or every 3-4 days!” It is essential that people, including children, have at least 1 bowel movement/day, ideally 2 to 3 per day.

Granstrom should resign

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Granstrom should resign

Mayor Greg Granstrom should resign.  He apologized to council and took full responsibility for not providing information to them about the architectural and engineering studies undertaken for the proposed expansion of the swimming pool into an all-season facility.  However, he did not apologize for the unauthorized expenditure of $25,000 for those studies.

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