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Column: From the Hill -- Bill C-14 and Access to Medically Assisted Dying

Column: From the Hill -- Bill C-14 and Access to Medically Assisted Dying

By Member Of Pariliament for South Okanagan- West Kootenay, Richard Cannings:  Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

A political mindset sets in

There's a window of culture political parties will do whatever it takes to win.

The headlines were emphatic: 'Quick wins' amounted to little for NDP, 'Quick wins' report lands with a dull thud.

But behind the headlines something unsettling: a window into a culture of seeming impunity, where players are told anything goes, do whatever it takes to win.

The Strange Case of DFO Abdicating Its Legal Responsibilities

An Atlantic Salmon

Many of us eat  salmon and other fish here in Rossland too, far from the sea -- whether it's fresh fish bought at Ferraro Foods, or canned.  For that reason and many others, we should be concerned about the health of BC's fish populations.  Strangely, the federal government's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), charged by federal law with safeguarding the habitat and health of fish, has acted in ways that are very likely to directly harm wild fish, and don't do farmed fish any good either.

Poverty groups continues to pressure government over BC Bus Pass changes

I feel that, given a choice between using the increase to buy food or a bus pass, most of us are going to do without a bus pass says Bernie Brown of Balfour. — Brendan Quinn photo, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH), along with over 150 organizations from around the province have signed on an open letter released by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition calling for changes to the Provincial bus pass rates and transportation program for people living in poverty.

The Province plans on increasing the disability benefits by $77 a month, but Ann Harvey of the NCOH said that for a person on a disability benefit needing bus transportation, the actual rate increase is only $11 or $25 a month.

Mental health system could do more to ensure people can access specialized services

Auditor General Carol Bellringer

Auditor General of British Columbia Carol Bellringer issued her latest audit May 17: Access to Adult Tertiary Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Bellringer's team looked at how B.C.'s health system manages access to the highest level of mental health and substance use services. They found pockets of good practice, but more is needed to ensure that highly vulnerable patients - for example, someone suffering from an acute mental illness with a long history of hospitalization and substance use issues - can access the services they need.

SD 20 approves fees for riding school bus

SD 20 approves fees for riding school bus

Not even SD 20 trustees were happy about voting in favour of user-fees for school busing, according to Trail trustee Toni Driutti, after the board approved the fees at their regular meeting Monday evening.

Driutti pointed to decreasing ministry funding and wage increases the ministry negotiated but isn't funding, as the reason for the controversial move.

DeGroot shooting now oldest open IIO investigation

Peter DeGroot was shot and killed by police on Oct. 13, 2014, in the Slocan Valley.

An officer-involved fatal shooting dating back to Oct. 13, 2014, has now become the oldest open investigation being handled by the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO).

(For coverage of the shooting, click here).

BC Government Makes Mining Industry Happy

BC Government Makes Mining Industry Happy

The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) welcomes today’s announcement by the provincial government of $5 million in funding toward Geoscience BC. This funding will support Geoscience BC’s mandate to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to British Columbia through generating, interpreting and publicly distributing geoscience data. 

OPINION: Electoral Reform Committee makes a mockery of Law Commission Recommendations

OPINION: Electoral Reform Committee makes a mockery of Law Commission Recommendations

How We Vote

Reforming the system by which we elect members to the House of Commons was an issue for at least one political party in the last federal election, but it is not a new topic. Arguably the most extensive study undertaken on the subject was the 2004 Law Commission Canada report: Voting Counts: Electoral Reform for Canada.

Retaining wall replacement on Columbia, flood damage claim, sewerage differences, and more

Retaining wall replacement on Columbia, flood damage claim, sewerage differences, and more

Report on Rossland City Council's Regular Meeting, May 16, 2016

Council members present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker, and Andy Morel.    Absent:  Marten Kruysse and Aaron Cosbey

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