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by Harvey Oberfeld on Sunday Nov 14 2010

Now that I’m back from some well-enjoyed fun in the sun, I am amazed at the number of people who have suggested the biggest story that happened in BC in the past few weeks was the decision by Premier Gordon Campbell to step down.  They are wrong.


As repeatedly explained on this blog long ago, especially after the HST debacle,  Campbell would be going  before the next election: it...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 10 2010

Organizers are strongly encouraging Castlegar residents to show up for a second rally aimed at persuading Interior Health to leave the Castlegar Health Centre's only ultrasound machine in Castlegar, instead of moving it to Trail.

The original plan was to move the machine to Trail to complement the existing two machines at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, but that plan crumpled under...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 10 2010

For those considering issue triage — picking five or six issues to focus on — in the fight to rid the country of the current government, one area that is critical to the outcome is exposing the Harper government’s construction of the national security state.


I am referring here to the commitment of the Harper government to implementing policies that increase the importance of a...

by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Nov 10 2010

 Dear Minister Toews (Minister of Public Safety),

I have just received a disturbing account by a young woman from my riding regarding her experience at the G20 Summit in Toronto.

Enclosed please find her detailed explanation of her arrest.

It is important to state that I am not writing to discuss the Summit itself, but rather feel it is...
by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Nov 09 2010

The pretty village of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake has a population of less than 2,000 and one licensed daycare, the Periwinkle Children’s Centre. The centre has a long history in the community and also a long history of the same problems repeating themselves.  Sarah Lawless, chair of the board of directors for the non-profit centre, calls this situation “the Periwinkle Curse.”

“Because of our...

by Kyra Hoggan on Saturday Nov 06 2010

 The official results are not yet in, but the preliminary ballots show such a resounding “no” vote that no other finale is a possibility in today's $25-million recreation referendum in Castlegar.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay posted the unoffical results on the district website Saturday night.
With just under 40-per-cent voter turn-out, the...
by Contributor on Thursday Nov 04 2010

 Ed Broadbent, one of Canada’s most respected progressive sages, sat down with the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy to talk about the Canada he grew up in and how it’s changed over his lifetime. During this candid conversation -- in Mr. Broadbent’s own Ottawa backyard -- he reflects on the profound shift away from equality.

When he was growing up, he says, “the name of the game was to have more and...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

 It's official – Castlegar is Bloomin' beautiful, baby!

Castlegar was, for the first time in its history, designated a 'Five-Bloom' community by Communities in Bloom (CiB), the highest such designation a community can achieve within the international competition.
The announcement was made at an Academy-Awards-style gala event held in Halifax last weekend, and...
by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

 Two Castlegar rotary clubs are determined to take away residents' lingering excuses for not exercising by promoting a project that would see outdoor exercise equipment installed at Twin Rivers Park.

“It'd be available 24/7, so people couldn't say their schedule prevents them,” said Fred Hughes, offering a tongue-in-cheek rationale for the project to city council at its regular...
by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

 I think most of us can safely bet the farm on which news story will be dominating B.C. media in the coming weeks – but I hope it doesn't distract Castlegar from the huge looming issues our community will face over the same timeframe, regardless who holds power in Victoria.

Truth be told, with the Liberal government in power for another two years yet, I'm not sure Campbell's...


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