Politics

Canada's Long History of Waffling on Electoral Reform

Canada's Long History of Waffling on Electoral Reform

Our government established a special committee to consider the subject of proportional representation, and the committee noted that “it must be apparent to all that the present system of election in single-member constituencies meets fully the purpose intended only when not more than two candidates are nominated.” The committee proposed that a plebiscite be held to determine whether voters would wish to apply the principle of proportional representation. The year was 1921!

A Ginger-bread Community, a Noisy Neighbour, Planning for the Mid-Town Lands, Dumping Telus

A Ginger-bread Community, a Noisy Neighbour,  Planning for the Mid-Town Lands, Dumping Telus

Rossland City Council, Regular Meeting on November 28, 2016

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

Public Input Period:

TAXES, HOME PRICES -- HOW DOES ROSSLAND STACK UP, REALLY?

TAXES, HOME PRICES -- HOW DOES ROSSLAND STACK UP, REALLY?

Janice Nightingale  got curious after Rossland's budget presentation last spring.  "Things looked grim!" she says, and she could see that Council was struggling to make the best decisions.  The grimness had a lot to do with Rossland's ancient infrastructure and the urgent need to replace much of it at great expense, not to mention some regional projects that will cost Rossland a painful amount -- and we'll have to pay for it all somehow from a limited tax base.  People were worried about Rossland becoming less affordable and less competitive.

B.C.'s affordable housing plan doesn't even qualify as a band-aid solution

By the time the government's 2,897 units see the light of day, they'll have been eclipsed by new demand.

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

Don't get me wrong, it sounds impressive: 68 projects, 2,897 units, $516 million (an average of $178,115 per unit) until you grasp the full extent of what's rapidly turning into a full-fledged housing crisis.

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

A reader has notified me of a disturbing incident.  It was just paper -- three pages of it -- tacked to a fence in downtown Rossland, but the reader reported that it was an attempt to spread hate in our Mountain Kingdom.  The targets were the usual ones that bigots love to hate:  "liberal,"  feminist, Jewish,  LGBTQ;  and the tone, said the reader, was "hateful, aggressive and belligerent."

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Blueberry School AGM a slap in face to taxpayers everywhere

I would like to preface this by saying I have long been a vehement – almost rabid – supporter of the Blueberry Creek Community School Hub (BCCS). I lobbied hard, both personally and professionally, for SD 20 to sell the BCCS property to its non-profit society to keep the school in operation.

City's trash talk paying off for tax payers

City's trash talk paying off for tax payers

The City of Castlegar's newly-implemented garbage/recycling management program has been anything but wasteful, according to data recently released by contractor Waste Management.

City director of Transportation and Civic Works, Chris Barlow, said that Waste Management tracks how much waste it collects and to which facility said waste is diverted.

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

B.C. paramedics and dispatchers will be getting much-needed support from the provincial government in the face of the province's opioid overdose crisis, with a $5-million injection of funding for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.

LETTER: From Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau

LETTER: From Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau

TO PRIME MINISTER THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JUSTIN TRUDEAU

Mr. Prime Minister, as you contemplate approving pipelines in our province, I respectfully suggest you ask yourself a couple of questions.

How come Donald Trump, a Republican, could say the most outrageous things about Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, supported by a very popular presidential couple, yet  voters elect him anyway? The polls had Clinton from wire to wire - yet she lost.

OPINION: The Trouble With CETA and Faith-based 'Reality'

OPINION: The Trouble With CETA and Faith-based 'Reality'

"Sweep away the community of honest brokers in America [and] we'll be left with a culture and public dialogue based on assertion rather than authenticity, on claim rather than fact."

-- U.S. journalist Ron Suskind, 2004

Syndicate content

Virtual Paperboy

Let our virtual paperboy deliver an issue to your inbox every week, FREE! You don't even have to tip him!

Contact Us

The Rossland Telegraph
Box 824
Rossland BC
V0G 1Y0

Editor: editor(at)rosslandtelegraph(dot)com
Sales: winterland(at)netidea(dot)com