Politics

Council candidate Tyler Maddocks, in his own words

Council candidate Tyler Maddocks, in his own words

As the youngest candidate once again, it's time for one seat to sit a new councilor under the age of 30 to bring forward a new generation of views, ideas and energy. Born, raised and living in downtown Castlegar, this is my third attempt at running for a seat on Castlegar city council. My first attempt was in the municipal election three years ago, while my second being last year’s by-election.

RDCK chair says talk of nuclear waste coming to Salmo 'completely nuts'

Welcome to the "Home of the Stone Murals" and not the "Home of Nuclear Waste Dump".

The sign welcoming visitors to Salmo reads, “Welcome to Salmo, Home of the Stone Murals.”

Regional District of Central Kootenay director Hans Cunningham certainly doesn’t want to see the sign changed to read, “Salmo, Home of Nuclear Waste Dump” anytime soon.

The RDCK Area D director was responding to a question during a recent meeting asking about a recommendation by an Ontario engineer to store the province’s nuclear waste near Salmo.

Dick Cannings becomes SO-WK riding candidate for the NDP

Dick Cannings becomes SO-WK riding candidate for the NDP

Yesterday, members of the federal NDP Riding Association for South Okanagan – West Kootenay (SO-WK) came together and, along with hundreds of others who voted by mail-in or online balloting, chose Richard (Dick) Cannings as their candidate in the 2015 election. 

Born and raised in Penticton, Cannings’ books and radio appearances have made his name a familiar one throughout British Columbia.

Council candidate David Grantham, in his own words

Council candidate David Grantham, in his own words

My name is David Grantham and I am running for Castlegar City Council.

I personally would like to challenge the City of Trail to stand up and do what is right for the entire region and all their brothers, sisters, and friends in neighbouring communities, and to agree to the fact that we all know to be true, "We need a new Regional Hospital".  I personally could care less where one gets built, it just needs to be done, not just for the sake of Castlegar, but for the sake of all in our entire region. The sooner we start acting as one, which is needed with this ever changing global economy, the sooner we start down a path as a progressive and dynamic region. Our entire region needs to change focus from one of self protectionism, to that of a region with forward thinking and new ideas, which could only help our small businesses who struggle to survive in these changing times. Either you change and adapt your way of thinking, or time passes you by.

Council candidate Bruno Tassone, in his own words

Council candidate Bruno Tassone, in his own words

While I’m proud of the city we live in, I think we can sharpen it up a little bit. I’m an advocate to restore health care services in this town, including ambulance service and our hospital hours. We need to take a more active role in lobbying the government, and getting them to realize the benefit of the crossroads of the Kootenays.

COMMENT: 9 reasons not to vote for Greg Granstrom this fall

COMMENT: 9 reasons not to vote for Greg Granstrom this fall

Greg Granstrom astonished me on Facebook last week, a real shocker that had nothing to do with either his decision to run for councillor instead of mayor, nor the "friend request" I received from him the next day.

(Which I accepted.)

Council candidate Kere MacGregor, in his own words

Council candidate Kere MacGregor, in his own words

Having lived and worked in Castlegar for the last 20 years, I am humbled at the opportunity to run for Castlegar City Councillor.  This amazing community has provided me with an incredible place to raise my family, operate our businesses, work at a job that is meaningful, vigorously participate in the vast recreational opportunities and most of all, be happy.  The gratitude I feel towards living and working in Castlegar has inspired me to repay some of which I have gained by running for public office.

Province deliberating on Jumbo compliance decision

A concrete foundation at the site of Jumbo Glaicer Resort. Photo courtesy Tommaso Oberti.

The future of the Jumbo Valley is currently in limbo, as the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) recently found the project to be in non-compliance with several conditions of its environmental assessment certificate, which expired earlier this week on (Sunday) October 12 – and some are questioning whether construction has substantially started.

Signs of the times; a Recreation Site for the Rossland Range (maybe); arsenic & bio-char; and the hazards of Japanese knotweed! -- but no Ebola. So far.

Signs of the times; a Recreation Site for the Rossland Range (maybe); arsenic & bio-char; and the hazards of Japanese knotweed! -- but no Ebola. So far.

A reminder: these accounts of Council meetings are intended to be as factual and unbiased as possible for a merely human reporter. They include most, but not all, of the proceedings at the meeting -- (skipping stuff like approval of minutes, which adds nothing to anyone's understanding of Council members' attitudes and priorities) but including most of the actual business, summaries of discussions, and decisions.

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

Covering elections can be a challenge, especially with a full slate of candidates. Reporters ask questions, but also have to choose which answers to publish. Even the most objective reporter won’t always fairly represent the candidates that way. The Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum is great way to start getting to know your candidates (this election’s forum will be on Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sandman), but even that has limitations, with just two hours to address the platforms of fully 15 candidates.

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