Politics

A Brief History of Everything

A Brief History of Everything

Humans’ natural being, humans being natural

My column title is a steal from the book title by Ken Wilber. Wilber is one of those writers I so much admire for their attempt to synthesize vast quantities of history and other data about the human condition, alongside Charles Eisenstein and William Irwin Thompson. This a very long column for the middle of a heat wave, and I suspect I may not keep readers with me to the end.

Conservatives pick Marshall Neufeld as candidate in new SOWK riding

Marshall Neufeld . . . honoured and humbled

The race is on for the next federal election and the Conservative Party is happy to begin the campaign after nominating Marshall Neufeld for the new riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay (SOWK) by a margin of 88 percent during a meeting this past weekend in Penticton.

"I knew there was strong support, I was confident . . . our team worked hard right from day one, however, I am overwhelmed by the tremendous turn out and by the final results," Neufeld said.

Conservative nominee enters convention with endorsement from heavy hitter Jim Gouk

Marshall Neufeld . . . ringing endorsement from former MP Jim Gouk

Real Estate Agent Marshall Neufeld received some high praise prior to the South Okanagan West Kootenay Conservative nomination convention when former Member of Parliament Jim Gouk came out to endorse the Penticton resident.

“It takes special and unique talent as well as a truly dedicated effort to win what had been in the past a swing riding," Gouk, who represented the area as a member of the Reform Party from 1993-2006.

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly? From my experience citizens are tired of public office holders and those aspiring to be public office holders engaging in negative personal attacks and public spats. Such actions are indicative of old school partisan politics of the worst kind and it saddens me to respond to them.

Why respond at all? Unfortunately many of the claims stated by Connie Denesiuk are false and patently untrue and as such, are deserving of response.

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

In a Saturday morning interview on CBC Radio’s The House, Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for South Okanagan-Similkameen continued his government’s attacks on the Canadian judiciary. I feel his remarks betray a scary lack of understanding of the role of the courts in our country.

COMMENT: Wildfire Safety, Building Accessibility and Celebrating Summer

COMMENT: Wildfire Safety, Building Accessibility and Celebrating Summer

Summer in the Okanagan. Who wouldn't want to be here and enjoy all of what nature has to offer? Lakes, trails, every kind of fruit and vegetable and wine to top it off.  However the heat of summer also brings wildfires. Many of you live in interface areas, beautiful homes backing onto forests and hills, surrounded by nature’s fuel for fires.

COMMENT: Troubled Times

Alex Atamanenko, MP BC Southern Interior . . . convinced that Canada is not acting in a responsible manner on the international stage.

The more I reflect upon our troubled times, the more I am convinced that Canada is not acting in a responsible manner on the international stage.  As Robert Murray, Professor and Columnist for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy stated, “The Harper government has come out with its ‘principled foreign policy’.  Exactly what that principled foreign policy looks like, though, is very short on details but very big on strong, sometimes inflammatory rhetoric”

Premier Clark issues statement regarding wildfire situation in West Kelowna

Premier Christy Clark . . . My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement regarding the wildfire evacuation order issued in West Kelowna:

"My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek area who are impacted by today's evacuation order.

"I know that first responders are working hard to first protect people's safety as well as their property.

"Our community is strong and will come together to ensure our friends and neighbours have the support they need in this difficult time.

How cool is your region? You're about to find out ...

How cool is your region? You're about to find out ...

They say confidence is key. So confidence in our region must be paramount to its success.

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation is trying to increase just that. The corporation just began a four-month campaign which includes the release of a metric, or fact, in the first week of every month, in the hopes of keeping the public informed and confident in our region.

Make a SPLASH at Millennium Ponds grand opening!

Make a SPLASH at Millennium Ponds grand opening!

Woo hoo! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the Millennium Park Natural Swimming Ponds grand opening celebration is slated for Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a massive SPLASH party to which everyone is invited.

The $1.6-million project has been a couple of years in the making (sped somewhat by $400,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development), but councilor and chair of council’s Public Works committee Dan Rye said it will be well worth the wait.

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