Politics

Council (slightly) amends the OCP, disagrees with staff about the Esling Park Lodge debt; Councillor Wallace resigns.

Council (slightly) amends the OCP, disagrees with staff about the Esling Park Lodge debt; Councillor Wallace resigns.

Present: Mayor Greg Granstrom and Council members Tim Thatcher, Kathy Moore, Kathy Wallace, Cary Fisher, and Jill Spearn.

Staff:  Acting CAO Tracey Butler, Assistant Cynthia Anonuevo, Planner Stacey Lightbourne, and Acting CFO Lois Hunter.

The first item of business on April 14, 2014, was a public hearing on the amendment of the Official Community Plan, by removing a planned collector road from the Transportation Plan.  Granstrom explained the purpose of bylaw 2564 and invited input on the change from the public gallery, which remained silent.

Government calls for Coroners inquest Lakeland Mills explosion

The explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George killed two workers.

The  BC Government has ordered the BC Coroners Office to conduct an inquest into the deaths of workers following an explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton made the announcement Monday.

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

The Grand Forks Credit Union (GFCU) director election is almost finished. The voting began on Saturday, April 5 and finishes on Saturday, April 12.

The GFCU regularly holds elections, but this year’s election stands out for two reasons. This is the first year they have introduced e-ballots and they also have a larger number of interested candidates than in the past.

"We've had computerized voting in the past,” said Angela Soukoreff, manager of marketing and communications. “But this is the first version of e-ballot."

BC Premier Christy Clark, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issue statements on death of Jim Flaherty

Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had suddenly passed away in his home in Ottawa.

The House of Commons was rocked Thursday afternoon with the announcement that former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had suddenly passed away in his home in Ottawa.

His family said the 64-year-old died peacefully.

The House of Commons abruptly suspended its sitting before question period began as word of the death spread. Opposition MPs flooded across the aisle to offer condolences to Flaherty’s colleagues.

COMMENT: Who's afraid of a little debate?

COMMENT: Who's afraid of a little debate?

“Today's BC Liberals” may have taken a little inspiration during last year's election campaign from former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell when she bluntly stated in 1993 that "an election is no time to discuss serious issues."

It's why British Columbians could be forgiven for thinking that they missed something during the campaign after seeing some of the legislation introduced during the current session of the B.C. legislature.

Horgan the lone remaining name in BC NDP leadership race

John Horgan . . . expected to be acclaimed new leader of the NDP.

COMMENT: MP says safer rail means safer communities

Alex Atamanenko . . . luck no one was injured in Plaster Rock

One of the most defining issues of the Conservative’s time in government is their constant march toward self-regulation for industry. In the past, Canada relied on strong public regulation and oversight to ensure risks are managed to protect the public. The move away from the time-tested method has been incremental and deliberate. We have seen it with food inspection, environment monitoring and safeguards, and have been reminded again about how our railways operate.

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge

The Harper government seems intent on proving to its detractors that things can always get worse. They’ve one-upped themselves with the farce called the Fair Elections Act.

It has been described as a direct threat to the right to vote and an assault on democracy by the very people our democracy assigns to examine these things. But as is the pattern with this government, it seems likely it will ram it through no matter what critics say.

Why have nation-states?

Why have nation-states?

Colonies and Nations

Two things happening in Canada now must move one to ask why Canada is. Immigration of alien cultures here is one, and Quebec sovereignty is the other, reason to ask: Why is there a jurisdiction, this political entity, called “Canada”? The historical answer comes most readily to me, with my background as an historian.

Q & A — The Grand Forks Water Meter Plan

Water meter -- a Wiki Commons image

Water meters have been the center of debate in Grand Forks in recent months, raising many questions from residents—during council meetings, public events and coffee shop discussions— about the City’s pending plan. Here is a look at some of the key questions and answers, as provided by Chief Administrative Officer Doug Allin and municipal documents.

Who will be doing the installations?

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