Commentary

Missed opportunity says Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
by Canadian Centre... on Mar 22 2017 - 8:32pm

The federal government missed a key opportunity to walk the walk and tackle income inequality in today’s federal budget, says Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Senior Economist David Macdonald.

“While there are some positive aspects to Budget 2017,” Macdonald says, “let’s not mistake this for the bold, visionary inequality reduction budget that Canadians were promised by this government.”

Letters to the Editor

Letter: What happens to your poppy money?

Letter: What happens to your poppy money?

To The Editor:

May I draw the attention of you and your readers to a very disturbing news item in the Wednesday June 9 issue of the Vancouver Sun, in the National Post section, page NP 1.  

It refers to an emerging scandal about the treatment of the voluntary secretary of the Lac du Bonnet MB branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

OPINION: BC encouraging environmentally risky mining and creating massive taxpayer liability

The BC government is enabling a dangerous disregard for environmental monitoring, reporting and protection among mining companies by letting them off the hook for the full costs of environmental reclamation – leaving taxpayers liable for more than $1.5 billion, a new report shows.

LETTER: Construction at Millennium Park is overkill

LETTER: Construction at Millennium Park is overkill

For the past several years, Millennium Park has undergone many changes. The path allowed access and allowed the community to stroll through nature. The ongoing additions for the past several years have just taken away from the beauty of the walkway, in my opinion.

LETTER: Former councillor pans parcel tax

LETTER: Former councillor pans parcel tax

As most of us know the City budget is very complex and takes considerable time to put together. Weighing out what to fund and what not to fund or somewhere in between can be very stressful for those directly involved.

LETTER: 'For profit' senior facilities not the right answer

LETTER: 'For profit' senior facilities not the right answer

To The Editor:

Studies show that on average, "for profit" senior facilities in comparison to "non-profit" and publicly owned, provide the worst quality of care.

Why?

The answer is contained within a report published by the journal PLOS Medicine, due to concern over combining the care of seniors with profit.

For profit facilities direct their excess revenue to the owners and stockholders, whereas non-profit and publicly owned net income is used to benefit their clients.

LETTER: Glowing commendation for Safeway managers

LETTER: Glowing commendation for Safeway managers

I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Erica (Gregory), the pharmacy manager and Brian (Bogle), the store manager, of our local Safeway in Castlegar for going above and beyond expectations.

Due to human error, a component of my medication, which is vital to my well being and life, was not delivered to the store. Upon hearing of this, Erica began calling the local pharmacies and hospitals to inquire if the drug was in stock, to no avail.

LETTER: Resident less-than-pleased with city's new garbage collection

LETTER: Resident less-than-pleased with city's new garbage collection

So, what is everyone's honest opinion of Castlegar's new garbage bins and method of collection?

I rent, so I don't even have my bin as of yet and garbage collection is this coming Wednesday. My landlords have requested one.

Op-Ed: Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Op-Ed:  Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni.
 

Letter: Refugees

Letter: Refugees

Honourable Minister McCallum,

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees agreed to sponsor a Syrian family of four, through the BVOR program, on Jan.6/16.  As you are probably well aware, this is an exciting commitment for dozens of people in any sponsoring community.  We have spent countless hours fundraising and preparing the community of Rossland BC to welcome this family.

Sadly, they have not arrived.  More to the point, we have no idea why not, when they may arrive, or what the issues facing them now may be.  

LETTER: School Buses and Jobs

LETTER: School Buses and Jobs

Dear Editor,

This week, all School District #20 employees received an email from our superintendent delineating another example of our government manipulating funding formulas to extract every possible penny from Boards of Education.

Our School District's 2016/2017 projected budget deficit increased from $650,000 to $950,000 with the stroke of a pen and now we are being requested to complete a survey to potentially eliminate, or severely reduce, busing our children to save our jobs.

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