Politics

Conservative MP tables Heritage-friendly private bill

Peter van Loan, Conservative Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe in Ontario.  Picture by photographer Nikos Papathanasiou

On December 6, Peter van Loan, Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites, introduced a Private Member’s Bill for the rehabilitation of historic buildings in Canada. Designed to support those who invest in our cultural heritage, this Bill will have the potential to encourage rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

This time, Local Governments talk to Feds on future of Columbia River Treaty

This time, Local Governments talk to Feds on future of Columbia River Treaty

Local government representatives Mayor Deb Kozak and Mayor Karen Hamling met with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, federal officials and regional MPs in late November to emphasize the importance of working with local governments in the Columbia Basin before reaching decisions about the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT)

COUNCIL MATTERS: Special Meeting -- Community Grants and an IT Decision

COUNCIL MATTERS: Special Meeting -- Community Grants and an IT Decision

Special Council Meeting, December 5, 2016

Council met to discuss and make  funding decisions for Community Grants, and to make a decision on the City's Information Technology (IT) needs.

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

Community Grants:

Canada's Long History of Waffling on Electoral Reform

Canada's Long History of Waffling on Electoral Reform

Our government established a special committee to consider the subject of proportional representation, and the committee noted that “it must be apparent to all that the present system of election in single-member constituencies meets fully the purpose intended only when not more than two candidates are nominated.” The committee proposed that a plebiscite be held to determine whether voters would wish to apply the principle of proportional representation. The year was 1921!

A Ginger-bread Community, a Noisy Neighbour, Planning for the Mid-Town Lands, Dumping Telus

A Ginger-bread Community, a Noisy Neighbour,  Planning for the Mid-Town Lands, Dumping Telus

Rossland City Council, Regular Meeting on November 28, 2016

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

Public Input Period:

TAXES, HOME PRICES -- HOW DOES ROSSLAND STACK UP, REALLY?

TAXES, HOME PRICES -- HOW DOES ROSSLAND STACK UP, REALLY?

Janice Nightingale  got curious after Rossland's budget presentation last spring.  "Things looked grim!" she says, and she could see that Council was struggling to make the best decisions.  The grimness had a lot to do with Rossland's ancient infrastructure and the urgent need to replace much of it at great expense, not to mention some regional projects that will cost Rossland a painful amount -- and we'll have to pay for it all somehow from a limited tax base.  People were worried about Rossland becoming less affordable and less competitive.

B.C.'s affordable housing plan doesn't even qualify as a band-aid solution

By the time the government's 2,897 units see the light of day, they'll have been eclipsed by new demand.

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

Don't get me wrong, it sounds impressive: 68 projects, 2,897 units, $516 million (an average of $178,115 per unit) until you grasp the full extent of what's rapidly turning into a full-fledged housing crisis.

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

A reader has notified me of a disturbing incident.  It was just paper -- three pages of it -- tacked to a fence in downtown Rossland, but the reader reported that it was an attempt to spread hate in our Mountain Kingdom.  The targets were the usual ones that bigots love to hate:  "liberal,"  feminist, Jewish,  LGBTQ;  and the tone, said the reader, was "hateful, aggressive and belligerent."

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

I would like to preface this by saying I have long been a vehement – almost rabid – supporter of the Blueberry Creek Community School Hub (BCCS). I lobbied hard, both personally and professionally, for SD 20 to sell the BCCS property to its non-profit society to keep the school in operation.

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