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by Contributor on 11 June 2014 - 8:13am

Dear editor,

A record high, 33,387 BC teachers exercised their democratic franchise and voted 86% in favour of escalating our job action up to and including full withdrawal of services, if needed.

I want to express my deepest gratitude and respect for the resounding support  and solidarity shown by Kootenay Columbia teachers by their vote in our local.


by James Klemmensen on 10 June 2014 - 8:52am

Dear editor,

Recently, I have felt compelled to write about the state of high school education in Rossland.  It’s a topic we’ve all heard at least a thing or two about, but if I could bend your ear for just a minute, there’s a chance I might be able to bring forth a unique perspective.

Last year, I was a grade 10 student at RSS.  The closure of Grades 10 - 12 left me with two...

by Contributor on 4 June 2014 - 12:22pm

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

Based on the evidence presented below, we, the undersigned scholars, have concluded that the Joint  Review Panel’s (JRP) assessment of the Northern Gateway Project (the Project) represents a flawed  analysis of the risks and benefits to British Columbia’s environment and society. Consequently, the JRP  report should not serve as the basis for...

by Contributor on 20 May 2014 - 12:39pm

BC Teachers are taking a stand for public education! What’s going to happen?

It’s not something we do lightly but, after 16 months at the bargaining table and still a long way off from a fair deal, teachers across BC will begin rotating strikes on Monday, May 26 to May 29, 2014.

Teachers in our school district will be on the picket lines on...

by Aaron Cosbey on 15 May 2014 - 12:55pm

Deaer editor,

Most of us know the terrible situation SD20 finds itself in, needing to cut $730,000 from next year’s budget, when District finances have already been cut to the bone over the years. I’ve heard it argued that Rossland’s independent Seven Summits Centre for Learning is partly responsible for the problem, having taken students from SD20, and thereby lowered transfers from...

by Contributor on 24 April 2014 - 12:34pm

Dear Editor:

My husband and I are visiting Castlegar for the Easter weekend.

We went for a 2-km walk up West Broadwater Road. This is a picture of the garbage we picked up along side of the road in that short distance!


by Contributor on 8 April 2014 - 8:03am

Like all of you, teachers only want the best for their students.

Despite bargaining for more than a year with the government there has been little progress made at the negotiating table.

We have been waiting, very patiently, for the government to provide the necessary funding required for us to move forward in achieving a negotiated collective agreement.  Instead, they have...

by Alex Atamanenko on 28 March 2014 - 11:24am

Dear Minister,

My constituents are very concerned about the future of health care in our country.  They are asking the federal government to commit to a renewed Health Accord in 2014 and to work with the provinces and territories on health care innovation so Canadians can continue to receive the care they need.

Health care is a priority for Canadians. It is simply not acceptable...

by Contributor on 4 March 2014 - 12:35am

Dear editor,

Skiing is a wonderful sport. It involves many people sliding in different directions on a slippery surface. There are some universally recognized rules to maximize the enjoyment and minimize the risks of injuries through the interaction of all those skiers. These basics rules are often printed on lift tickets. Part of the education of skiers involves understanding those...

by Contributor on 5 February 2014 - 8:05am

Dear editor,

I am appalled by the jailing and the subsequent death in custody of CBSA in Vancouver, of Lucia Vega Jimenez - a 42 year old Mexican woman working to save money to care for her ailing mother.

Days before Christmas, she was jailed for not having bus-fare and not having immigration papers!!  While alone in CBSA cells, awaiting deportation, she tried to hang herself and...