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by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Apr 05 2017

City council is set to unveil its 2017 draft budget at a public open house on April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Forum. The budget is only ‘proposed’ at this point, thus the purpose of the meeting is to garner public input and feedback before finalizing the document

The budget includes a four-per-cent increase in residential taxes and a one-per-cent hike in commercial taxes, but...

by City of Trail on Monday Apr 03 2017

The City of Trail is pleased to announce that Chris McIsaac, the City’s Utilities Superintendent, has been appointed the new Director of Public Works.  Chris will assume his role new immediately and will work directly with the current Manager of Public Works, Larry Abenante, until Larry retires in May after 21 years of service with the City.

The City conducted a very thorough hiring...

by Katrine Conroy on Monday Apr 03 2017

While it still may not look very much like it in some corners, winter is releasing its grip on the West Kootenay. Snowfalls turning to rain showers, songbirds returning to the trees, and creeks swollen with runoff signal the return of spring to the region. And, along with the seasonal turns, every four years also brings with it spring provincial elections. In the provincial riding of Kootenay...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Apr 03 2017

Elections BC is doing its best to reach out to potential voters for the past two months with staff going door-to-door, sending out cars through the mail along with flooding the public with advertising to build up numbers for the upcoming provincial election May 9.

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11, is slowly approaching.

Elections...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Apr 03 2017

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

The RCMP is one of the...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Mar 29 2017

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it’s in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

Technology moves in leaps and bounds. As someone who grew up before home computers, transoceanic phone lines, jet planes, satellites, organ transplants, birth control...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Mar 27 2017

As I discussed in my last column, the federal government had an opportunity in last week’s budget to finally start closing the growing income inequality gap in Canada. But, unfortunately the Liberals chose tax breaks for wealthy Canadians and giveaways to large corporations over helping the unemployed, veterans, and Indigenous children.

The Liberals recently voted in favour of an NDP...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Mar 23 2017

The chair of the local board of education is going to be suggesting, at the SD 20 board’s next meeting, that school-related trips to the US be disallowed due to the trump administration’s travel bans.

Teri Ferworn, chair of the SD 20 board, said such a policy may not even be the purview of individual school districts.

“There may be some kind of word from high about (how we have...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Mar 22 2017

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

For any who have not yet read the letter of response to her comments from the Anglican Church of Canada,...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Mar 16 2017

Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when it's hitting close to home: RCMP.

Only five days after announcing its investigation into the Globe and Mail's report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the B.C. Liberal party and NDP reimbursed by unknown third-parties, Elections B.C. called on the RCMP to...

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