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Letters to the Editor

by Contributor on 19 September 2014 - 4:01pm

For the past 18 years, I have had the pleasure of being the coordinator at Robson Community School. Twenty years ago, the school principal at Robson applied for Community School Status and as a result, $75,000 was brought into this district to set up a community school. A year or two later, Blueberry Creek also received these funds to offer programs for families and the community. As...

by Katrine Conroy on 19 September 2014 - 12:02pm

Dear Constituents,

This fall the citizens of Kootenay West have the ability to participate in a number of public consultations and services. I wanted to make sure that all of these opportunities were highlighted to have as much participation as possible from our region.

Each fall, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds province-wide public...

by Letters to the editor on 19 September 2014 - 10:22am

A letter from Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Jeff Jones on the return to school guidelines after the BC Teachers Federation and BC Public School Employers’ Association finalized a new contract earlier this week.

September 19, 2014...

by Jason Harshenin on 8 September 2014 - 2:34pm

Letter to the Editor:

The continuing battle between the BCTF and the Provincial Ministry of Education should be of grave concern to families across B.C., and should be incredibly frightening to parents and caregivers in the Boundary and West Kootenay Region.

Most conversations are about laying blame: “It’s the teacher’s fault”; or, “The government is wrong”. But let’s move beyond...

by Dan Albas on 23 July 2014 - 1:00pm

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly?...

by Danica Philipzyk on 23 July 2014 - 12:06pm


Don't eat yellow snow, don't text and drive, and use your head before you post on Facebook.

Picture this; it’s a breezy summer morning, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and you're sitting at the table enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. 

You still have 10 minutes before having to leave for work and decide to take a quick scroll...

by Contributor on 4 July 2014 - 1:29pm

To the editor:

I arrived home from work this evening to find a tiny sparrow sitting in my driveway...he fell out of his nest (which we couldn't find).

We quickly picked him up and called "BEAKS" (Carol Pettigrew) in Blueberry, who agreed to care for the tiny bird. When we arrived at Carol's, we were shocked to see how many birds she was caring for. Just today, she was given four...

by Contributor on 2 July 2014 - 1:44pm

Dear parents and guardians:

Unfortunately we have reached the end of the 2013/2014 school year and the full scale withdrawal of teaching services by members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) continues.  I am writing you to give you an update regarding year-end report cards. 

For K-7 students (K-9 at Rossland Summit School)

Due to...

by Cord LaFond on 14 June 2014 - 3:19pm

Open message to our LGBT community - I feel compelled to speak on behalf of what I believe is a substantial segment of our community. We just don't know what to say so mostly we stay silent; so shame on us. We are 'straight' (whatever that means) and we just don't get it. We are biased by negative experience with LGBTs who have represented you poorly and we are ashamed of those who have...

by Contributor on 3 June 2014 - 4:37pm

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School...