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  • Castlegar Minor Soccer Association to die?   3 years 40 weeks ago
    To SSanders I'm very pleased to see your letter - as it confirms that you know exactly when the CMSA AGM is, and the fact that you are willing to become part of our executive. We welcome anyone who has a passion for the beautiful game; all ideas are welcomed! That's why I, and several other dedicated parents are there. We love the game. Our kids love the game. Most of us are busy with full time careers, but we do our best to keep soccer alive and well in Castlegar. And please don't take it for granted - just ask people in other communities if they have a functioning executive or not. You are correct in that we seem to have to make a plea for volunteers every year - I don't know why that is. But the simple fact is there are several things that need to get done for an organized league to function, and many hands make for less work. If you've raised your hand in the past, and been overlooked, then I personally apologize. The odd thing is that I and many executive members are at the field all season long, in virtually every age group, and really aren't that hard to find. I believe that in fact, you know me, and I think you know many others on the executive. Did you ever approach any one of us about joining CMSA? Do we want to develop soccer in Castlegar further? Definitely! Do we want to improve the facilities at Twin Rivers/Millennium? Definitely! Will we do it while respecting the people who leave near to the Park and hold it as something they treasure? Definitely! Go to Kamloops, Revelstoke, or any other city during a big tournament weekend, and see what kind of positive energy and revenue it brings to a city! Hotels and restaurants are packed! If the city of Castlegar wishes to support soccer, which has more registered members than any other sport, be it in the way of facilities, field improvement (drainage), a concession stand, or lighting, I would personally extend my hand to them in thanks. Look forward to seeing you (and hopefully many others) at the AGM this October 18, and as you say, game on! Ralph Lunn
  • First radioactive rice found in Japan   3 years 40 weeks ago
    I would be very careful what I eat from this area, especially when they say it has Cesium radiation in it! They are downplaying the safety because they don't want everyone to leave. Be safe and use the same zeolites that the power companies used to clean up the plants after the blast. Use zeolit and keep your body safe from cancer and radiation sickness - be safe and be sure!
  • Castlegar Minor Soccer Association to die?   3 years 40 weeks ago a great alternative to hockey and I'm glad it's really getting off the ground in the Kootenays. ssanders had a good point; in many countries the Beautiful Game flourishes because of the PASSION involved--not by fancy fields, uniforms, rules and regs--and in spite of the infamous ''soccer moms'' (and dads). It starts from the ground up; if someone can ignite these kids' passion for footie, and show them that in Canada it's OK to not want to just grow up to play hockey, then maybe one of these kids may be on a Canadian World Cup team down the road. You just never know.
  • UBC Recognizes Local Educator's Outstanding Contributions to Rural Education   3 years 40 weeks ago
    Michael Balahura is both an intelligent and a modest man and I believe this is the perfect combination for a human being. I've had a teacher just like him, who always gave without expecting something in return. He gave me a lot of help when I couldn't get it done. I'm glad there are still people like them in this world.
  • New pot laws could overwhelm B.C. jails   3 years 40 weeks ago
    for pointing out the obvious, we are going towards the us system and how has that worked out? thought we could be saved by jack in 4 years not anymore. well ppl, get ready for your tax money too goto shit. wasting more money on jails etc. Canada is becoming more and more Americanized, get ready Canada. Shit is going to hit the fan. This is just the start I can agree on most aggravating factors, buts thats where it ends Good bye Canada. Also the bigger the crime, the bigger the price, a bigger deal on the street, more death's hello usa.
  • New pot laws could overwhelm B.C. jails   3 years 40 weeks ago
    Organized Crime in the 1920’s What a time the 1920’s was, with the party atmosphere it was certainly a time of great criminal activity, the prohibition laws in America and the world in an economic depression. The people turned more and more to criminal activity, organized criminals such as the American mobsters and European crime syndicates thrived, most common people looked upon these organizations as heroes. Criminals like Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger were headliners of the era. Jobs were scarce and people needed to provide for their families, gangsterism was dangerous but provided an easy way to make money. When the American government passed the Eighteenth amendments outlawing alcohol, people who enjoyed a drink became criminal for drinking. It was organized crime who supplied the booze. In January of 1920 the American government banned the sale and supply of alcohol, the government thought that this would curb crime and violence, Prohibition did not achieve it’s goals, leading more toward higher crime rates and excessive violence. Alcohol was seen as the devil advocate and banning the substance would help improve the quality of American lives. It caused an explosive growth in crime with more than double the amount of illegal bars and saloons operating than before prohibition, the government set up the Federal Prohibition Bureau to police prohibition, this did not deter people and organized crime became the main supplier of booze. With a large coastline it was almost impossible to police with only five percent of alcohol ever being confiscated. Bribing government officials was common, people were ever increasingly crafty in the way they would hide the alcohol, in hollowed out canes, false books and hip flask. Violence on the streets increased as unemployment rose, the closure of all alcohol related industries was the main reason behind increased unemployment, people who were hard working Americans suddenly were drinking a banned substance. Police resources that were used to fight other crime were diverted to the prevention of alcohol consumption. Criminal gangs supplied the booze and were ruthless with over inflated prices, fighting each other for control of the trade. A whole black market was created around alcohol. The quality of alcohol was poor and many people became sick, deaths from alcohol poisoning rose 400%, people will argue that alcohol was less easily obtainable before prohibition since the bootlegging industry was so immense that you could purchase alcohol on almost any street in America, many home products were of poor quality but people were very inventive about the making of home alcohol. Although a great idea in concept, prohibition was ultimately a failure; the public grew less respectful of the law. Drink driving increased and public drunkenness also increased. After thirteen long years the government finally saw that prohibition was not working it had created more of a problem than it solved, finally they abolished the prohibition laws, crime decreased and the criminal element was taken out of the industry. Organized crime in the 1920's flourished in America because of prohibition, and they did not stop there, after that era they simply went on to other markets with their new found wealth. Had prohibition never happened organized crime syndicates may not have become so wealthy or powerful.
  • Castlegar Minor Soccer Association to die?   3 years 40 weeks ago
    I believe that CMSA would do well putting more effort into coordinating parents and other volunteers and less on ever expanding facilities. We get the "we are going to have to fold" notice around the AGM and prior to spring soccer season annually. And yet, quoting the 2010 news letter: "Our past president…will be spearheading the development of facilities at Twin Rivers park. This is a fantastic setting, which we hope to develop even further into the best soccer facility in the West Kootenays", CMSA is putting far too many resources in fields, club houses and concessions and not enough focus on playing soccer. Hopefully the City of Castlegar will take this in consideration before committing to any costly upgrades for soccer facilities in town, such as the proposed further field expansions and club house/change rooms put forth in the Twin Rivers park planning sessions. With CMSA constantly pleading they are in jeopardy of folding, caution should be taken before spending any more tax payer money on these projects. Every year my wife and I have discussed with other parents the frustration of having once again signed up to volunteer, only to be told forms were lost, computers crashed or whatever. And once again a mad scramble and threat to fold. At some point you just get frustrated raising your hand, being ignored and once again being told there aren't enough volunteers. Soccer is simple; you need some enthusiastic kids, a ball, and something to pass for nets. Third world countries excel at soccer because the kids play soccer. We fail because we are too busy building fields, scheduling games, collecting shirt deposits and not enough time just playing. And, as I did with Jr. indoor soccer a couple years ago, if CMSA fails I am willing to stand out in the middle of the field with a whistle between 2 groups of kids (none wearing uniforms) and play soccer. Game on.
  • Combined air effort by police brings down marijuana grow operation on the ground   3 years 40 weeks ago
    cool story
  • Castlegar Minor Soccer Association to die?   3 years 40 weeks ago
    I am hopeful that parents will take up your challange Ralph. Thank you for your time and I wish your group the best going forward.
  • Sinixt begin appeal process over Perry Ridge ruling   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Not proving legal standing is a basic legal test that Aaron should have easily passed. He ought to be a little embarrassed:/
  • Castlegar to get our own indoor skatepark   3 years 41 weeks ago
    yeah maybe for 10 yr olds, otherwise it is not nearly big enough
  • Life as Betty....   3 years 41 weeks ago

    It's not spam in the sense that some poor fool actually creates accounts, logs in, and posts this nonsense--often taking the time to make it sort of fit the story. As soon as we find one we delete it, but it sometimes takes a couple of hours...

  • Life as Betty....   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Can someone block this psuedo-spam by scottja, including irrelevant links to just to boost the page rank. Also on the Rossland Real Food post.
  • OP/ED: Eating crow in defense of goats and chickens - City OCP falls short   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Very well said, Kyra -- there, eating that crow wasn't so painful after all, was it? Though home-raised chicken would taste better! Food security concerns are well-founded -- it isn't just a fad. Here in Rossland, I have no objections to neighbours raising a few chickens, and I encourage everyone to grow more vegetables instead of lawns. Of course, the chooks would have to be adequately protected from the guys who have been dining on local cats -- the coyotes, owls, and (I heard most recently) a gang of raccoons. Bears have also been blamed for a chicken slaughter that occurred last year ... electric fences, and wire mesh over the top of chicken enclosures and extending into the ground around them, are all recommended. I'd love to have chickens again myself, except that all my space is devoted to raising vegetables ... have to think about that ...
  • Rossland REAL Food: FAQ on Growing Garlic in Rossland   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Two things will help get rid of the garlic smell: thoroughly brushing your teeth, gums, and tongue after eating garlic, and/or chewing on parsley.
  • OP/ED: Eating crow in defense of goats and chickens - City OCP falls short   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Kyra, this revelation is nothing short of astounding! The struggle that several individuals and some groups in Castlegar have experienced over the past couple of years to have a public acknowledgement of sustainability issues has been consuming. It was in May 2008 when we wrote the letter to council asking for them to consider amending the zoning and animal control bylaws. I approached the issues naively believing that others might have an open mind, and, well, pretty much got shot down, as I described in a letter to the (now defunct) Castlegar Current, a copy here. A year later, the City held a public meeting to see what support there was for chickens in the community, and with around 7 people opposed and 50 in favor of allowing chickens in residential areas, you would think that the argument was clear. I wrote about how disappointing that meeting, and the subsequent press coverage was, here. It seemed that Council was blinded by a perception that chickens are from the old days, and have no place in the new Castlegar of the future, despite the fact that cities around Canada and the world have adopted chicken friendly bylaws with way less complaints coming in than those arising from canine concerns. In 2010, we participated in the focus groups for the Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP) Process and OCP and felt that some real progress was being made. Parts of the OCP reflect this effort, but much of it was lost or watered down in the process of parsing all the good ideas from the community to create a town planning document. As you mentioned Kyra, there are lots of books on the various subjects touched on in your OpEd, but I wonder if the book, coincidentally published the month before my first letter to council, would have swayed you to this dark side back in 2008? A lot has changed since then outside of Castlegar, in the big bad world, climate change, recessions, increasing income inequity, food safety concerns with processed foods, and a number of food security concerns making headlines across the globe. Do you think that your perspective on the background stories has changed, to the point where a system built on agribusiness calling the shots on how and what we eat and last minute trucking of everything, while obviously "efficient" for the marketplace, now just seem risky? We've now moved on from the Kootenays, primarily for employment, but I still take an interest in Castlegar as it is a beautiful place and we have many fond memories of places and people from our time there. Kyra, you've thrown down the gauntlet , I hope every member of council has an opportunity to read your article and consider how they can move from "convenient green" to shaping a resilient Castlegar. And don't get me started on the Casino, (but seriously, all you Castlegar folks should read a Rosslander's perspective on the pride of the City)...
  • City spares us stink; offers indoor composters   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Thanks for that Kevin......glad to hear that. Keep up the good work!
  • City spares us stink; offers indoor composters   3 years 42 weeks ago
    Ron both the kitchen composters and the garden composters the City did earlier in the year were sourced thru our local merchants. We have as in our prior events now also partnered with CBT, Fortis and the RDCK to provide this program to the public.
  • Out of space in outer space: Special report on NASA's 'space junk' plans   3 years 42 weeks ago

    If you like science news, you have to love this story and article in the Globe and Mail today--dinosaur feathers preserved in amber!

  • ATAMANENKO: Vote subsidy hypocrisy   3 years 42 weeks ago
    Since 99% of voters do not make political donations this sounds like a good start, next step is to repeal political contributions subsidy, then electoral expense reimbursement. Let those who feel passionately spend their money and do not force the other 99%.
  • City spares us stink; offers indoor composters   3 years 42 weeks ago

    This sounds like a great idea, but--excuse my ignorance--what do you do during the course of a four or five month winter when your under-the-sink composter gets full? Is it acceptable to dump the contents onto one's outdoor pile and wait for spring to keep the ball rolling? I'm just about to build a composter, and, as a resident of Rossland, am eager to know. Rossland council take note: this is a potential avenue for our city as well!

  • UPDATE: Hopley appears in court to stand on charges   3 years 42 weeks ago
    it's fishy to say the least
  • City spares us stink; offers indoor composters   3 years 42 weeks ago

     Hiya, Ron!

    I totally take your point, but consider this: they're only giving away enough for a tiny percentage of the local population, while at the same time raising awareness of the product.

    I wasn't even aware there was such THING as indoor composters.

    Lots of people like me will read the story, or see our friend's new indoor composter, and will run out to a local store and buy one for ourselves (I actually plan to get several this Christmas as gifts for friends whose bottom kitchen cupboard really stinks from the scrap bucket. I admire the intention, but ...Blech!).

    The city's essentially providing free advertising for any local business who carries these nifty, practical little contraptions.

    To do this, they have to focus on two things: 1. making optimum use of taxpayer dollars, thus purchasing the most cost-effective item available, and 2. making the process as simple as possible to get a very busy (and sometimes apathetic) population to participate. I'm thus not sure vouchers would do the trick.

    I still think it's a win for local business, no matter where or from whom the city buys the composters.

    Anyway, that's my perspective.

    Thanks for contributing, and I hope you had a grand summer!


    Kyra Hoggan


  • City spares us stink; offers indoor composters   3 years 42 weeks ago
    Hey, I'm all for composting, in fact we've got a kitchen composter under the sink and it works great.....but, these are available for purchase at most hardware stores. I hope the City is purchasing these locally....if not, should you really be competing with your commercial taxpayers? If you really want to promote these things, perhaps a better idea is to offer a discount coupon or a voucher redeemable at a local business.....just saying!
  • B.C. Teachers issue 72-hour strike notice in effort to speed up bargaining with Liberal government   3 years 43 weeks ago
    Some of those demands seem pretty ridiculous. About the only one that makes sense is the 5 paid days for professional development per year. And from what I hear, that's the one that was pushed to the teachers when the union asked for a strike mandate. I think it's important to note that this is a negotiation. It's in each party' interest to ask for more than they realistically hope to get, so they have room for negotiation. Apart from that, I think a modest increase in wages isn't unreasonable either, at least enough to keep up with inflation. I don't think the Liberal government is in any position to offer less without being highly hypocritical, considering they gave themselves massive increases a while back.