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RESTORING DEMOCRACY

RESTORING DEMOCRACY

This column is not meant to be a book review, but a review of what others have written helps us understand where we are and what the future may bring.

OP/ED: MP speaks to Bill C-51

OP/ED: MP speaks to Bill C-51

There has been a great deal in the news over the past few weeks about C-51, the government’s news Anti-Terrorism Act.  It is another one in a series of omnibus bills and contains 62 pages covering everything from expanding the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to allowing police to seize terrorist propaganda while making it easier to share information between government departments.

On the surface, it appears fairly clear: we are faced with a terrorist threat.  C-51 will make our country a safer place.

City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks

City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks

The city intends to increase its efforts to minimize dog conflicts in all city Parks. Dogs are currently required to be leashed and the city will increase its bylaw enforcement of these regulations and, in certain cases, the city will be levying fines to enforce compliance for the safety of all park users.
The city’s Animal Control and Licensing Bylaw 572 prohibits dogs from being at large in public spaces.

“At large" means:

Luterbach says only cafe to close, alternative education program to continue

Luterbach says only cafe to close, alternative education program to continue

Letter re: closure of Old School Cafe:

In 2010, the school district was looking for a space in Castlegar which would allow us to open an alternate learning opportunity for students not currently attending school due to anxiety challenges. An aspect of the program we wanted to provide was an opportunity for students to interact with the community on an ongoing basis. After looking at a number of locations, we leased a former restaurant space in downtown Castlegar. When we originally envisioned the educational program, it was not our intent to run a restaurant but, once that space was found, we attempted to put a number of components together and try something innovative.

PharmaCare deal for seven drugs saves millions, ensures supply

Some drugs just got cheaper for BC residents.

B.C. residents will be getting the best possible price for seven important prescription medications while ensuring drug supply, out of PharmaCare’s open and fair price submission competition process.

Health Minister Terry Lake announced today that B.C.’s PharmaCare program, through its annual price submission process, has confirmed Accel Pharma, Ranbaxy Canada and Septa Pharmaceuticals will be sole suppliers to PharmaCare for seven generic drugs beginning April 1, 2015.

This sole supply arrangement will save PharmaCare more than $2 million a year.

Comment: Vancouver's campaign spending contagion spreading fast

Votes have been cast and now the spending totals have been tabulated. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending isn't pretty.

But first a quick peek at some of the spending by the 'distant cousins' that seems to have been lost in the feeding frenzy over those candidate returns.
More than 100 organizations registered with Elections B.C. as third-party sponsors. There were the customary civic-minded groups and others with a bit of self-interest at stake. A few dropped some serious coin.

Council Slashes its Own Budget; Staff Expenses Take a Hit Too

Council Slashes its Own Budget; Staff Expenses Take a Hit Too

Regular Rossland City Council Meeting, February 23, 2015

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

Public Input Period:

LETTER: Old School Cafe closure a heart-breakingly bad call

LETTER:  Old School Cafe closure a heart-breakingly bad call

Editor:

Proudly hanging on a wall of the Old School Cafe is a letter dated May 2011from Education Minister George Abbott.  He congratulates the vision of those who established the Alternate School and the Cafe program saying, “I was glad to have the opportunity to visit the Old School Cafe and learn about your fantastic program.  I am confident that the Old School Cafe will continue to succeed and grow due to your ongoing hard work.”

Deliberations begin on +$10-mill budget

Deliberations begin on +$10-mill budget

City council and senior staff have begun deliberations on the city’s more-than $10-million budget, with two all-day meetings Sunday and Monday.

“(Discussions) were absolutely positive and productive, moving us forward as a team and helping us set the city’s direction,” said Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff said talks are only preliminary at this point, clarifying the overview as opposed to specific dollar amounts, and identifying priorities such as infrastructure and economic development.

Increasing the Wealth Gap -- More Advantage to the Rich?

Increasing the Wealth Gap -- More Advantage to the Rich?

The Conservative Party proposes to double the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) contribution limit.  Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?  -- enabling people to accumulate interest at a rate that makes up for cost of living increases, without having to pay income tax on that interest.   Bonus!

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