Commentary

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours
by David Suzuki on May 9 2017 - 4:26pm

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

Letters to the Editor

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.

LETTER: Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation needs you, and serves you

LETTER: Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation needs you, and serves you

Your Donation Boomerangs Back To You” – what does that mean? We don’t have a hospital anymore! We did before! This was overheard being said in frustration by a person as they passed the elevator in the Castlegar & District Community Health Centre.

LETTER: Community Pride

LETTER:  Community Pride

What a great town we live in -  thanks especially to some of our young people who seem to be taking on the world – acting locally AND globally!  Over the past few days I’ve heard about so many impressive initiatives taking place, that I thought I’d write to acknowledge just a few of the recent achievements of Rossland’s youth.

OP/ED: West Kootenay Labour Council calls for action on missing/murdered Aboriginal women

OP/ED: West Kootenay Labour Council calls for action on missing/murdered Aboriginal women

“March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD) and this year we are hopeful that justice for Indigenous Women will move forward with the government’s announcement of the long awaited inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women,” said Debbie Bird, President of the West Kootenay Labour Council.

LETTER: Staff increases and personality evaluations urgently needed in senior facilities

LETTER: Staff increases and personality evaluations urgently needed in senior facilities

To the Editor:

I have been keeping track of the Senior Advocates reports which are an excellent example of extensive research that outlines all aspects of the care that our seniors are receiving in this province.

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