Op/Ed

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

Is silence golden with respect to Columbia River Treaty?

The best public discussion yet on the treaty, it took place a handful of miles from the Peace Arch border crossing where, in 1964, B.C., the U.S. and Canada signed the final protocols.

In 2014-15, the Columbia River Treaty was on the brink of being the next big news story.  The first possible date for either country to give notice of termination (September 2014) passed. 

Gradually, things went quiet. 

The Treaty didn’t seem like news any more.

Conversations about the Treaty have not stopped, however. They are still happening in academic, tribal and government circles, and they are broadening.  

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

Dear Editor,

Since 2001, tuition has increased annually for Selkirk College students.. Last year alone, the cost of attending Selkirk College from the year previous to the current academic year jumped 6.6 per cent. Last year, tuition fees were introduced for adult basic education, which are high school courses taken at the College.

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

GenSqueeeze responds to BC's Budget announcement

Finance  Minister de Jong

By Paul Kershaw

For younger British Columbians, BC's budget is built on fantasy.

Secure a great job. Own a home. Keep more of our hard-earned money. That’s the promise of BC according to the Premier and Finance Minister. Problem is, that promise is becoming a fairy tale, since B.C. is now the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations.

'I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year' budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong was throwing a bit of money at anything political Tuesday in his recent budget.

If last year's provincial budget could be described as petty, after Finance minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities, only to claw must of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program, this year's budget could best be described as petulant.

This is de Jong's “I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year” budget.

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

To The Editor:

The issue of problems with the quality of care in senior facilities has been widely reported in the last year which has been confirmed by the Senior Advocates Reports.

As a result of these reports, the citizens of BC have been expecting some news of improvements concerning staffing levels, enforcement procedures and enhanced training.

Column: The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Column:  The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees in mind-bogglingly dense clusters, surprisingly well-camouflaged for such colourful critters. She then wrote a heartfelt article calling on people in Canada to act before monarchs go the way of passenger pigeons and buffalo.

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

As the future of Israeli Jews and Palestinians spirals down into an inevitable and inexorable apartheid struggle, Canadians are being denied their fundamental right in a democracy. That is the right to an honest and frank debate about one of the most important issues faced by the international community -- the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutal suppression of Palestinian human rights.

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

In a previous editorial, I wrote about how we survive the sense of futility and powerlessness that comes of watching our governments, and, often, our mainstream press, ignore crucial information and fail to act to prevent disaster.  This one suggests how we could exert our power, if enough of us are onboard.

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