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Letters to the Editor

by Jason Harshenin on 8 September 2014 - 2:34pm

Letter to the Editor:

The continuing battle between the BCTF and the Provincial Ministry of Education should be of grave concern to families across B.C., and should be incredibly frightening to parents and caregivers in the Boundary and West Kootenay Region.

Most conversations are about laying blame: “It’s the teacher’s fault”; or, “The government is wrong”. But let’s move beyond...

by Dan Albas on 23 July 2014 - 1:00pm

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly?...

by Danica Philipzyk on 23 July 2014 - 12:06pm


Don't eat yellow snow, don't text and drive, and use your head before you post on Facebook.

Picture this; it’s a breezy summer morning, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and you're sitting at the table enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. 

You still have 10 minutes before having to leave for work and decide to take a quick scroll...

by Contributor on 4 July 2014 - 1:29pm

To the editor:

I arrived home from work this evening to find a tiny sparrow sitting in my driveway...he fell out of his nest (which we couldn't find).

We quickly picked him up and called "BEAKS" (Carol Pettigrew) in Blueberry, who agreed to care for the tiny bird. When we arrived at Carol's, we were shocked to see how many birds she was caring for. Just today, she was given four...

by Contributor on 2 July 2014 - 1:44pm

Dear parents and guardians:

Unfortunately we have reached the end of the 2013/2014 school year and the full scale withdrawal of teaching services by members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) continues.  I am writing you to give you an update regarding year-end report cards. 

For K-7 students (K-9 at Rossland Summit School)

Due to...

by Cord LaFond on 14 June 2014 - 3:19pm

Open message to our LGBT community - I feel compelled to speak on behalf of what I believe is a substantial segment of our community. We just don't know what to say so mostly we stay silent; so shame on us. We are 'straight' (whatever that means) and we just don't get it. We are biased by negative experience with LGBTs who have represented you poorly and we are ashamed of those who have...

by Contributor on 3 June 2014 - 4:37pm

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School...

by Contributor on 21 May 2014 - 2:56pm

Becoming a Teacher is a many things, but I would hazard to say more a “Lifestyle choice” where you work desirable hours with weekends, long weekends, summers, and holidays all off. Any teacher knows what also comes with their chosen occupation, which is some work done at home, and also putting in time with the kids after school. Life is about supply and demand, as was...

by Contributor on 21 May 2014 - 1:39pm

Dear Parents and guardians:

I regret to inform you that the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), the union representing teachers, has informed the school district that they will be engaged in rotating strikes and will be withdrawing teaching services in all SD20 sites on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. As of this time, this is the only day they have informed us that they will be...

by Contributor on 21 May 2014 - 10:12am

(Ed. Note: This letter is in reference to a situation outlined in coverage you can read by clicking here. )

This has been a difficult 10 days for our community. 

Many people and agencies have come forward to help us.  We would like to thank: