Politics

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

The School District 20 has eliminated the controversial student busing fees slated to be implemented this school year, after finding out they'll be ellibigle for a roughly $243,000 grant earmarked for transportation services.

Castlegar Trustee Mickey Kinakin said this means the district has to submit a report indicating the way they'll use the grant money – and priority one was ditching the fees. In an emergency meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to create a transportation plan to send to the province as soon as possible.

Trail/Beaver Valley agree to two-month extension of recreation agreement

Trail/Beaver Valley agree to two-month extension of recreation agreement

The City of Trail’s Recreation Agreement Negotiating Committee and the Beaver Valley Parks Recreation Committee (BV Rec) recently met to discuss the renewal of the one-year Recreation Funding Agreement that expires at the end of August 2016.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Electoral Reform, and a Cycle Tour of the Riding

Dick Cannings . . . making plans to Ride the Riding

As summer winds down, our thoughts naturally turn to back-to-school shopping and back-to-work after a break for a good Canadian summer. I’ll be going back to Ottawa in September to resume work on all the issues before Parliament; one of the major issues we will be discussing is electoral reform.  In last year’s campaign, both the NDP and Liberals promised that the 2015 election would be the last one carried out using the old first-past-the post system.

LETTER: on money and sewage

LETTER: on money and sewage

                Regarding “Trail refuses to pay”, Council Matters, August 17thRossland Telegraph.

Chicken issue to fly again at council meeting

Chicken issue to fly again at council meeting

A hugely contentious issue is once again going to take wing in an open city council meeting Sept. 6 – whether to allow urban poultry and bee-keeping within city limits.

The issue has come up in years past and drawn near-record crowds of community members to council chambers, both in support of, and opposition to, such a change (currently, residents are not allowed to keep poultry on their properties), and the motion was defeated repeatedly.

Opinion: Electoral Reform -- What System Should We Have?

Opinion:  Electoral Reform -- What System Should We Have?

On Thursday, September 1, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Fireside Inn at 1810 Eighth Avenue in Castlegar, this riding's Member of Parliament will host a Town Hall meeting on Electoral  Reform.  As with any Town Hall meeting on any topic, the outcomes of such a meeting are more likely to be useful if people attending have done some research, educated themselves, and done some cogitating  on the topic before showing up and mouthing off.

Garbage Cans Good Enough, Fire Services Query, A Threat of Legal Action, Trail Refuses to Pay -- and More!

Garbage Cans Good Enough, Fire Services Query, A Threat of Legal Action, Trail Refuses to Pay -- and More!

Rossland City Council Meetings, August 15, 2016

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

1.  At 6:00, a Public Hearing to consider bylaws to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) to allow the parcel at 1807 Columbia Avenue to be re-designated, and also re-zoned, from Institutional Public Lands to Downtown Core.

Byelection dates and nomination deadlines announced

Byelection dates and nomination deadlines announced

Public Notice is given to the electors of the City of Castlegar that nominations for the offices of: Councillor – 1 position, for a two-year term (November 2016 to October 2018), will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:

COLUMN: On Inequality and Hierarchy

COLUMN:  On Inequality and Hierarchy

We deserve equal rights, though we are not equally-talented beings

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”

I think very few readers cannot identify this ringing phrase from the American Declaration of Independence, composed by Thomas Jefferson. Canadians are as much a part of the cultural consciousness which produced this ideology as Americans are, and we too accept the self-evident truth of human rights.

Trail to get new private practice/ER doc

Trail to get new private practice/ER doc

More than a year after its inception, the province’s Practice Ready Assessment BC (PRA-BC) program continues to benefit residents in Interior Health (IH) by linking rural and remote communities in need with family physicians.  Interior Health is pleased to welcome five new family physicians in August and September, one in each of the following communities: Enderby, Keremeos, Logan Lake, Nakusp, and Trail.

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