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Spokane Street Project Starting Friday, May 26

Spokane Street Project Starting Friday, May 26

Rosslanders must be getting accustomed to the temporary inconvenience of our infrastructure improvements.  There was the Columbia Avenue project, then the Washington Street project and the bin wall replacement; each of them involved re-routing or delaying traffic.  This season, the Spokane Street improvements will disrupt our usual routes -- and it will all be so much better afterward! 

Here's the City's announcement with the details, for anyone who hasn't received it directly:

Hunter-Funded Wildlife Agency Quietly Announced Before BC Election

Steve Thomson, Former Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcing the new wildlife agency proposal on March 22, 2017.

By Judith Lavoie.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

A plan to form a new, independent wildlife management agency in B.C., which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations, is generating anxiety among some conservation groups who fear the structure of the new program could prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife.

Council Gets Stuff Done; Fixes a Donations Problem; LED Street Light Facts; No Free Arena Time

Council Gets Stuff Done; Fixes a Donations Problem; LED Street Light Facts; No Free Arena Time

Rossland City Council Meeting, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five Council members attended:  Acting Mayor Andrew Zwicker presided, with Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andy Morel, and Marten Kruysse. 

Mayor Kathy Moore and Councillor Aaron Cosbey were absent.

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

In a Closed Meeting held on May 23, Trail City Council discussed the legal implications associated with the recently announced sale of the Waneta Dam by Teck Resources Limited to Fortis Inc.  Council also took the opportunity to review the City’s involvement when Teck sold one-third of its interest in the Dam to BC Hydro in 2009/10 and if the same issues are relevant today.

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

Children are beautiful.  They embody our hopes for the future. Does that mean that girls and women should be forbidden access to sex education and family planning?  

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally took a severe blow.

Civil Suit Alleges B.C. Blacklisting Forestry Consultant Who Warned of Timber Overcutting, Faulty Data

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This article is by Judith Lavoie, and is from DeSmog Canada

Forestry has been a passion and a career for Martin Watts for 25 years, but, since attempting to point out problems with B.C.’s process for setting logging rates, his forestry consulting business has nosedived and Watts is claiming in a civil suit that he was blacklisted by the provincial government.

EDITORIAL: Our Real-Life Cliffhanger

Sylvester  Stallone in his mountaineering get-up.

Those over a certain age know that "Cliffhanger" is a 1993 action/suspense movie starring Sylvester Stallone, and as in all such entertainments, the big question is "will the good guys win?"  Well, of course.  The entertainment lies in watching how they do it (Gasp ― skinny ropes over terrifying chasms! Skinny ledges and slipping boots! Unrealistically but entertainingly skimpy clothing in a snowy landscape ― with macho muscles and bulging bosoms!) and what happens while they do it.

Letter: Thanks from a candidate

Letter: Thanks from a candidate

Dear Readers:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my immeasurable gratitude to the people of Rossland for their tremendous support for me and the BC Greens.

Green Party supporters throughout the Kootenay West area should take pride in their voices, and votes, being heard louder than ever before! I am so proud of British Columbians for electing North America's first Green Party caucus. We have entered some very exciting and optimistic political times!

Taxes, Wetland studies, a rising young hockey star, Spokane Street Project news

Taxes, Wetland studies, a rising young hockey star, Spokane Street Project news

Two meetings to report here:  May 4 and May 8.  Read on!

Rossland City Council held a Public Hearing on the new Financial Plan and the new municipal property tax rates on Thursday, May 4.  Council was present, and Financial Manager Elma Hamming explained the changes and answered questions from the four interested citizens who showed up. The key points from this meeting were:

A Charter challenge on electoral reform coming up?

Election materials

Before the last federal election, Liberal party leader (now Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau repeatedly promised voters that Canada would not have another election under the "first-past-the-post" electoral system.

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