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OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Ghomeshi is the least of our problems

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Ghomeshi is the least of our problems

The word “traumatized”is a fascinating and viciously misused word.

You had a brutal experience? You saw something no one else should ever see?

If you responded to it like a normal person, then you're not 'traumatized', and we don't need new words to describe it. You had the mother of all bad days, and that sucks, to be sure. You're sad, depressed, confused? Sure. But we don't need a new word for that, I already gave you lots of words, just now.

The word 'traumatized' came about because of people who DON'T react normally, whose actions are counter-intuitive, who defy the norm, who respond in ways that just don't make sense to anyone, likely even themselves. If you understood how they react, we wouldn't need the word 'traumatized' at all … it'd just be someone having the mother of all bad days.

COUNCIL MATTERS: Report for February 9, 2016 Meeting

COUNCIL MATTERS:  Report for February 9, 2016 Meeting

Present:  Present:  Mayor  Kathy Moore,  and Councillors Marten Kruysse, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker,  Andy Morel, and Lloyd McLellan.   Staff: Consulting CAO Lynne Burch, Consulting CFO Steve Ash, Manager of Public Works Darrin Albo, and Alison Worsfold taking minutes.

Absent:  Councillor Aaron Cosbey.

Delegations:

A CONSTANT CITY CHALLENGE

A  CONSTANT  CITY  CHALLENGE

What "Asset Management" means, and why we should care

Rossland Council and senior staff started early with a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  This session was a workshop on "Asset Management" presented by Grand Forks Chief Administrative Officer  Doug Allin.   Allin donated his time for the workshop, and Mayor Kathy Moore thanked him for that demonstration of community collaboration.

OPINION: RAINBOW FLAG REQUEST

OPINION:  RAINBOW  FLAG  REQUEST

Rossland City  Council heard a presentation on Tuesday evening by well-spoken youth from the "Creating a Supportive Rossland" group,  seeking to have the City fly the rainbow flag in recognition of Gay Pride Week this September, and to approve a rainbow crosswalk near Rossland Summit School.  Their worthy aim is to provide a more openly welcoming community for "LGBTQ+" people -- gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people,  those who question their own gender identity, and any others with what might be called non-standard sexuality.  Council

OPINION: TPP -- Forfeiting Our Health and Sovereignty?

OPINION: TPP -- Forfeiting Our Health and Sovereignty?

Are Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's officials misleading her about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Freeland signed the agreement Thursday in New Zealand, but repeated her assurances that critics shouldn't worry -- the government hasn't committed to ratifying it and consultations and a full debate will precede a vote in Parliament. That could be up to two years away.

Yet so far the consultation process has not penetrated the ideological bubble created by trade department officials.

Council turns green as it considers business bylaw changes to deal with medical marijuana dispensaries

The Kootenay Compassion Collective on Front Street is one of a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries now open in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

The growing proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Nelson not only prompted city council to roll up a change to its business licence bylaw, but it piped up two resolutions directed at upper levels of government to help deal with it.

Over the past year, several storefronts — at least five — selling medical marijuana have opened in Nelson, a city staff report to city council on Monday night read.

Is BC starting to become overrun by lobbyists?

Dermod Travis said last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

Last month, lobbyists gathered in Vancouver for The Future of Lobbying, a one -day conference put on by B.C.'s Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists, Simon Fraser Institute's Governance Studies and Public Affairs Association of Canada (B.C. Chapter).

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists.
Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

COLUMN: From the Hill; Pipelines are a Hot Topic. An analysis.

MP Richard Cannings

Pipelines are a hot topic in Ottawa and across the country these days.  Last Wednesday the Liberals outlined their plans for a revised environmental assessment process for pipelines, and on Thursday the Conservatives put forward a motion asking the House to support the Energy East pipeline.

Council clips: Crime reduction takes centre stage

Council clips: Crime reduction takes centre stage

Trail residents can sleep easier knowing that at the end of 2015, Trail was the second-safest city in the region, having experienced significant crime reduction rates. Last year, the city saw a 17-per-cent reduction in overall criminal code offenses, along with an eight-per-cent reduction in property crimes during the same time frame. Trail was only one of seven communities in the region that saw an overall reduction in crime, which Councillor Kevin Jolly said he attributed to a shift in the approach to crime in the Greater Trail Area.

I believe these reductions can be attributed to proactive policing measures,” said Jolly.

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