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Letters to the Editor

by Letters to the editor on 11 June 2018 - 1:43pm

Canadian democracy is not a matter of fairness. Since European invasion, Canada has had 200 years of colonial autocracy, then 50 years of elections without votes for women, and an additional 50 years without votes for Indigenous people. In every form democracy has taken since Confederation, it has been used to defend the interests of capital – the ultra-rich – over that of Indigenous people...

by Letters to the editor on 11 June 2018 - 8:12am

To the Editor:

The reaction from electoral reform opponents to last week's report by Attorney General David Eby was as swift as predictable: “The deck is stacked!” and “it's too complicated!” But is that really true? We find it normal that governments make many important decisions without holding a referendum, but now that we, the voters get to make the...

by Letters to the editor on 29 May 2018 - 9:22pm

To The Editor:

We are in opposition to N.W. Mtn. Experience - File# 4405891 and Retallack - File# 4405893 proposed for the St. Mary Valley. Applications such as these are rushed through the system, with no careful consideration of the short or long term implications.

Both proposals fall into the no aerial traffic/ limited development zone defined...

by Letters to the editor on 26 May 2018 - 11:24am

To the Editor:

We face an important decision on the June 23 referendum to approve two bylaws (2597 and 2598) that would raise the cap on RDCK recreation-related taxes to finance $22 million of a proposed $32.3 million enhancement of the rec centre and aquatic centre. This is an enormous 25-year tax burden for a relatively small tax base to take on for a non-essential service.  It...

by Letters to the editor on 24 May 2018 - 1:26pm

To The Editor:

FortisBC has been a part of the coordinated emergency response to flooding throughout the province and is working proactively to minimize customer and environmental impact, mitigate damage to our systems in the communities where we operate, and ensure the safety of residents and FortisBC employees.  This year’s snowpack, which was over 150 per...

by Letters to the editor on 23 May 2018 - 11:44am

Do we invest in an upgraded Regional Community Complex?  Be clear,  I am not writing this to tell people how to vote – I am asking them to be informed voters.

My initial reaction to upgrading  - “No”!  Higher taxes?  Not for me!!”  I felt I had not used the facility much over the years –why should I pay for it then?  Looking back, I really had made more use of the facility than...

by Contributor on 22 May 2018 - 9:32am
Dear Editor
When driving into Trail from Columbia Gardens/Waneta I am always awed at the beautiful Rossland Range. Normally, I don’t think much beyond the view, except to note the increasing white patches (clear cuts) on the landscape.
Recently, I learned that Red Mountain Resorts was approved by Rossland City Council, to build 10 cabins near Paradise Lodge on...
by Letters to the editor on 12 May 2018 - 11:08am

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to express my concerns with the city of Castlegar and RDCK recreation commission’s plan to eliminate the ball field at the Castlegar complex as part of the upcoming complex revamp with no plan to replace it.

The city already took two ballfields out at Millennium with promises to replace them that still have not come about. The loss of the...

by Letters to the editor on 7 May 2018 - 5:24pm

To The Editor:

I would like to respond to this proposal for recreational use of a large area of wilderness, south of the Purcell Wilderness Area. 

The impacts of this proposal need to be carefully considered.  Our Crown land is a Public Trust that requires care and respect for all living things and future generations as well. This proposal would see...

by Florio Vassilakakis on 1 May 2018 - 10:09am

In a letter to the editor in the April 19 edition of the Castlegar News, Councillor Bruno Tassone explains his reasoning for voting against a council motion to support the upcoming Regional District Recreation Complex referendum. While I respect his right to support or oppose any motion, I do not accept his asserted reasoning. As elected officials we have a responsibility to...

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