Politics

Journalist and Author Amy Goodman Coming to Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman will be speaking at the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series on April 8 at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar. Tickets go on sale February 1.

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series welcomes award winning alternative investigative journalist Amy Goodman to Castlegar this spring.

Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program. She’s authored six books and won numerous awards for her work including the Gandhi Peace Award for her contribution to the promotion of international peace.

“Media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth,” Goodman has said.

That TRP subsidy; Multi-year funding for community groups discussed; Washington Street Project final costs; and more

That TRP subsidy; Multi-year funding for community groups discussed; Washington Street Project final costs; and  more

Regular Meeting of Rossland City Council, January 23, 2017

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors John Greene, Marten Kruysse, Andrew Zwicker, Andy Morel, and Lloyd McLellan.  Absent:  Aaron Cosbey

Public Input was invited, as usual, but no one offered any comments.

Editorial: Abortion, Foreign Aid, and Health Care

medical clinic symbol

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally have just taken a severe blow.

At least 120 feminists join the Women's March in Grand Forks

Kelly Davison shares what she is marching for.

Organizers of the Women's March in Grand Forks are thrilled at the turnout, which is estimated at around 120 participants. 

"We had no idea what to expect," said Kelly Davison, a co-organizer of the event along with Shara Cooper.

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo and the Slocan Valley came together in Castlegar Saturday morning for the Women’s March on Washington, organized by Cara-Lee Malange, community education coordinator with the Mir Centre for Peace.

 Malange said she was delighted at the turn-out for the event.

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

 The Trail Aquatic and Leisure Center will be expanding its fitness center in 2017 - the final planning stages for a 933-sq.-ft. additional space are under way. Parks and Recreation director Trisha Davison says her vision for the project would be for building to begin by April 1 and wrap up with the annual shutdown in August. No contract has yet been awarded for the project.

COLUMN: A look at New Zealand's electoral system

Richard Cannings . . . talked to a lot of New Zealanders about local politics.

I spent the first weeks of 2017 in New Zealand, celebrating my son’s wedding to a Kiwi girl.  After the wedding, my wife and I drove around some of that beautiful country, enjoying the beaches, birds, wines and green grass of summer.  Fresh apricots in January were a real treat!

Business group lobbies for $40,000 feasibility study for bridge from college to downtown area

Conceptual rendering of proposed bridge across Columbia River.

A coalition of downtown business owners wants a $40,000 feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the Columbia River between Selkirk College and Zuckerberg Island.

At its regular meeting Monday night, city council was asked to contribute $10,000 to the initiative. Presenter Jackie Letkeman told council that CBT has offered a verbal commitment to fund half the study, while Selkirk College would add a “modest  contribution”.

Also presenting on behalf of the group was Dr. Sandy Battista, owner of Head to Toe Holistic Health Clinic.

Meet the new boss, evaluate the old boss: Obama's political balance sheet

Meet the new boss, evaluate the old boss:  Obama's political balance sheet

The Art of the Possible

Politics has been called an art, at universities it’s called science, but whatever we call it, its fascination is perennial. Aristotle simply summed up we humans as “political animals” and that seems appropriate.

COUNCIL MATTERS: Dogs, Celebrating Volunteers, Museums, Seniors' Needs

City Hall

(Editor's Note:  Your usual reporter was unable to attend this Council Meeting, but Carol Cooper generously agreed to fill in.  Here is her report; thank you, Carol!)

Rossland City Council, January 9, 2017:  Regular Council Meeting. 

Present: Mayor Kathy Moore and councilors Andrew Zwicker, Marten Kruysse, Aaron Cosbey, Andy Morel and John Greene. Absent: Lloyd McLellan

Public Input: A quiet night in this regard, with no speakers

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