Commentary

Some schools with relatively high numbers of ESL and special needs students have improved their ratings. — Submitted photo
by The Fraser Institute on May 15 2017 - 7:33am

A greater number of secondary schools in British Columbia have experienced declines in performance than have improved over the past four years, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual B.C. secondary schools rankings released today.

“Our annual report card reveals how schools perform year over year, so parents can quickly see if there are problems that must be corrected,” said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Does the Health Ministry acknowledge the reports that we are paying for?

Letter: Does the Health Ministry acknowledge the reports that we are paying for?

To the Editor:

Will the Health Ministry implement any of the recommendations made by the Senior Advocate in regard to resident on resident aggression in senior facilities?

Let's take a look at the Ministries past record of acknowledging the problems within the Senior Health Care System.

Back in 2012 the tax payers paid for an investigation by the Ombudsman to determine what needed to be changed to improve the quality of care for our seniors in facilities.

Letter: Failing grade for SNC-Lavelin study

Letter: Failing grade for SNC-Lavelin study

To the Editor:

A superficial perusal of SNC Lavelin’s Balfour Ferry study would indicate that shortening the time to cross Kootenay Lake from 50 to 30 minutes and increasing the capacity of the MV Osprey by 36% in summer and 60% for the rest of the year is good value for taxpayers’ money.

Letter: Winlaw School Closure Consultation Process Flawed

Letter: Winlaw School Closure Consultation Process Flawed

To The Editor:

I’m new to the area and was curious why the local school board was planning to close Winlaw elementary school.

From what I had read it was a growing school at near capacity (seemingly opposite to that often cited case for closing a rural school - dwindling enrolment in an aging population).

Neither of the public consultations I attended at WE Graham elementary school in Slocan on May 17th or Winlaw elementary school on June 13th provided any answers - or did they. 


LETTER: Speak up during government review of Canada Post

LETTER: Speak up during government review of Canada Post

Dear Editor:

Canada Post management has given every indication that they will lock out their clerks and letter carriers and rural drivers any time after July 2. Negotiations have been ongoing for six months and in the spring, management applied for conciliation and requested that process be speeded up so they could lock us out faster.

They have communicated with large volume mailers, which is why you may have recently received robo-calls from businesses telling you to make sure you keep paying your bills whether or not you receive any.

Letter: Open letter to Minister of Education Hon. Mike Bernier

Letter: Open letter to Minister of Education Hon. Mike Bernier

To The Editor:

Open letter to Minister of Education Mike Bernier
 
Dear Minister Bernier,
 

We are writing to bring your attention to the financial struggle rural school districts face in this province.  In our constituencies of Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, rural schools are facing closure and districts are charging parents for basic services such as busing.

LETTER: THE TROUBLE WITH BEAR BANGERS

Bears

As a wise and departed friend once said to me, “I feel a letter coming on”.

A Bear Banger is a very loud explosive that is launched from a hand held cylinder. They are meant for use in remote areas to ward off aggressive bears for fear of one’s safety. Hikers, wilderness campers, wildlife photographers and the like often carry them. They are unregulated and more available than firecrackers.

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.

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