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Trading Away Environmental Rights

Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 4
27 Jan 2015

By David Suzuki

In 1997, Canada restricted import and transfer of the gasoline additive MMT because it was a suspected neurotoxin that had already been banned in Europe. Ethyl Corp., the U.S. multinational that supplied the chemical, sued the government for $350 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement and won! Canada was forced to repeal the ban, apologize to the company and pay an out-of-court settlement of US$13 million.

Rossland Gets a New Zone; Some "In Camera" Info Released

Rossland Gets a New Zone;  Some "In Camera" Info Released

Rossland City Council  meeting, January 26, 2015

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker, Marten Kruysse, and Aaron Cosbey.  Councillor Andy  Morel came in slightly late, and Aaron Cosbey left for a brief interval.

No one appeared for Public Input Period, and there were no delegations.

The War On Democracy and What Fuels It

The War On Democracy and What Fuels It

RDCK pitches in to complete the Trans Canada Trail

A map of the Trans Canada Trail as it winds through the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

If all goes well, a 25 year dream will be completed in 2017,  just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday party, when the East and West Kootenays are linked to the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).

To date, nearly 17,000 kilometres of the trail---hailed as the longest recreational trail in the world--- are operational, which is 75 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.

Camping to cost more after province raises rates

Campers can expect to pay more when Kokanee Creek Park opens in the spring.

The province says to maintain high service levels in B.C. provincial parks for an increasing number of visitors, it's raising camping fees as of March 15, 2015.

"British Columbia’s world-renowned parks provide superb recreational opportunities for visitors from throughout the province and around the world. From diverse terrain to temperate climate, our parks are truly a unique treasure," said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment in a media release.

Former CBC radio host Jo-Ann Roberts seeks Green Party nomination

Former CBC radio host Jo-Ann Roberts (right) is pictured with Green Party leader Elizabeth May following Saturday's announcement. — Photo courtesy Twitter

Former CBC radio host Jo-Ann Roberts announced in Victoria Saturday she is seeking a federal nomination for the Green Party in Victoria for the upcoming federal election.

“Victoria is a green city and it's time for a Green MP,” Roberts said on Twitter.

A native of Prince Edward Island, Roberts has worked for CBC on and off since 1978.

Before moving to British Columbia, Roberts spent 10 years hosting CBC Radio's morning show in Moncton, N.B.

Community Support vs. the Financial Crisis

Community Support vs. the Financial Crisis

Rossland City Council:  Committee of the Whole meeting, January 21, 2015, 4:00 PM

Committee-of-the-Whole meetings, or COWs as they are called by council members who refer casually to "having a COW", are relatively informal meetings of Council designed for information and discussion.  Motions made in a COW are not final decisions, but are recommendations to Council for a scheduled regular meeting.

Council committee to expand mandate in response to explosion of tech opportunities

While Chernoff undertakes internet research to find innovative solutions to civic issues, he occasionally encounters applications with less lofty end products.

A city council standing committee is looking to change its name and increase its mandate to ensure Castlegar keeps pace with rapidly evolving opportunities, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff.

Chernoff, reporting at Monday night’s regular council meeting on behalf of the Green Committee, said it makes sense to change the committee name to include the word ‘technology’ as well.

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

LETTER: Open Letter to Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad and GF City Council

To Mayor and Council of the City of Grand Forks,

I write you today as a concerned citizen of this amazing City. I am compelled to write to you about some concerns I and many other citizens have arising from the Regular City Council meeting this past Monday January 12th, 2015.  I was unable to attend the meeting in person but was able to watch the live video feed of the meeting on GFTV.COM. Please allow me to explain my concern.

One Heroic Rosslander; Logging at Redstone? -- and a Fat Bike Race!

One Heroic Rosslander; Logging at Redstone? -- and a Fat Bike Race!

As time eats into the New Year, our new Council chews on some tough issues.

Rossland City Council Regular Meeting

January 12, 2015

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

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