Politics

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

I would like to preface this by saying I have long been a vehement – almost rabid – supporter of the Blueberry Creek Community School Hub (BCCS). I lobbied hard, both personally and professionally, for SD 20 to sell the BCCS property to its non-profit society to keep the school in operation.

Blueberry school hosts unprecedented controversy

Parents of students attending BCCS were not only prevented from attending the AGM, but ejected from the property altogether.

Long-brewing contention at Blueberry Creek Community School Hub reached a boiling point Wednesday night, when a large group of parents were denied membership in the non-profit society and, thus, access to its annual general meeting (which has, in the past, been open to the public).

Policy to change around city grants-in-aid

Policy to change around city grants-in-aid

Change is in the air for Castlegar’s grant-in-aid policy after city council’s regular meeting Monday night.

Finance chair and councillor Dan Rye brought forward a report suggesting that grants no longer be provided to people/groups/organizations travelling outside of the city for events such as sporting tournaments.

City's trash talk paying off for tax payers

City's trash talk paying off for tax payers

The City of Castlegar's newly-implemented garbage/recycling management program has been anything but wasteful, according to data recently released by contractor Waste Management.

City director of Transportation and Civic Works, Chris Barlow, said that Waste Management tracks how much waste it collects and to which facility said waste is diverted.

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

B.C. paramedics and dispatchers will be getting much-needed support from the provincial government in the face of the province's opioid overdose crisis, with a $5-million injection of funding for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.

LETTER: From Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau

LETTER: From Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau

TO PRIME MINISTER THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JUSTIN TRUDEAU

Mr. Prime Minister, as you contemplate approving pipelines in our province, I respectfully suggest you ask yourself a couple of questions.

How come Donald Trump, a Republican, could say the most outrageous things about Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, supported by a very popular presidential couple, yet  voters elect him anyway? The polls had Clinton from wire to wire - yet she lost.

OPINION: The Trouble With CETA and Faith-based 'Reality'

OPINION: The Trouble With CETA and Faith-based 'Reality'

"Sweep away the community of honest brokers in America [and] we'll be left with a culture and public dialogue based on assertion rather than authenticity, on claim rather than fact."

-- U.S. journalist Ron Suskind, 2004

COLUMN: On the Quality of Public Discourse, and the Difference Between Debate and Dialogue

A portion of the cover of James Hoggan's book, "I'm Right and You're an Idiot -- the toxic state of public discourse, and how to clean it up."

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn’t bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.

Castlegar/Trail dueling-airport rivalry takes wing

Castlegar/Trail dueling-airport rivalry takes wing

Cross-community competition continues, as Castlegar offers back-handed congratulations to neighbouring Trail's competing airport.

A press release issued by the City of Castlegar was the latest salvo in a long-standing rivalry between the two cities, centering primarily around major infrastructure such as the airports and potential hospital facilities.

In the release, issued Friday, Castlegar reiterated its stance that the West Kootenay Regional Airport is, in fact, the hub of airline traffic for the region.

Perhaps it's time for an outside legal opinion on the inside legal opinion

Not everyone knows what to do with good legal advice.

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants.

Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?

News last week that the government had lost its decade-long-plus fight with the B.C. Teacher's Federation is just the latest in a list of constitutional blowouts before Canada's highest court.

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