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by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

The power goes out on a regular basis in the West Kootenay during the winter.

In light of the fact today is the first official day of winter, BC Hydro has introduced a new mobile-friendly version of www.bchydro.com that makes it easier for customers to access information on their smart phones during power outages.

The mobile site will work...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Dec 20 2010

Two studies conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) point to wide-ranging economic and social benefits from hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The reports, which cover the period of 2003-2009 and the first three months of 2010, show some positive impacts for both B.C. and Canada in the areas studied.

The...

by Jane Sterk on Friday Dec 17 2010

Christy Clark’s suggestion that the next BC Liberal leader will need to get a “mandate” from BC voters through an early election shows she doesn’t understand our parliamentary system. And former attorney general and author of the fixed election date legislation Geoff Plant’s statement that the legislation did not anticipate the current situation is absurd.

Under the Westminster...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Dec 17 2010

What a year it has been in B.C.--but that’s nothing, compared to the year that lies ahead! We’ve watched a Premier win a third consecutive election and then lose it all and announce, following months of public rejection and derision, that he will step down;  we’ve seen the Official Opposition, with its best opportunity in a decade to achieve victory, turn on itself and slice and dice its own...

by Rafe Mair on Wednesday Dec 15 2010

I’m trying to figure out if I was surprised to hear of Carole James resignation or not. Certainly I was sorry for Carole whom I believe is a fine person who probably, as I said long ago, is not of the right temperament for politics, BC style. She’s a conciliator, not a fighter--but ironically because she couldn’t conciliate her own party she had to leave. But, she couldn’t conciliate her own...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Dec 13 2010

It seems like such a simple right: I’m sitting here writing my blog, or you’re sitting there reading it …neither of us fearing that the state Police will break down our doors, throw handcuffs on us, scare the hell out of our families, seize our computers and cart us away to be imprisoned … maybe even beaten.

 

But that is reality in China.

That great country, rising economic...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 11 2010

Legislation requiring B.C.’s health-care facilities to report gunshot and stab wounds to police comes into effect Feb. 1, 2011.

“Often in cases of gunshots and stab wounds, a timely reaction by police is critical to preventing further violence, injury or death,” said Solicitor General Rich Coleman. “Setting out the rules for reporting these incidents means that police...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 11 2010

B.C.’s economy is expected grow moderately over the next year according to B.C.’s independent Economic Forecast Council.

“B.C.’s economy has performed better than expected this year,” said Finance Minister Colin Hansen. “Given ongoing instability in U.S. and European markets, the council agrees it is essential B.C. continue to exercise prudence as we move forward in...

by Rafe Mair on Wednesday Dec 08 2010

It must be a good line because this is the third time in a week I've used H.L. Mencken's great line “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." After reading the news item that BC Hydro is asking to raise its rates by 27% for upgrading their facilities, then reading the next day it was 55% for “badly needed projects” I...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Dec 08 2010

Last May, the OECD put out figures comparing infant mortality rates in countries around the world. Perhaps the biggest story of all the figures were those attributed to Canada. This country has always boasted of its social stats — life expectancy, infant...

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