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Council priorities; taxes and accommodators; FIS races need volunteers; MRI wait times

Council priorities; taxes and accommodators; FIS races need volunteers; MRI wait times

 REGULAR MEETING OF ROSSLAND CITY COUNCIL, MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

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

Staff:  CAO Bryan Teasdale, CFO Elma Hamming and Executive Assistant Alison Worsfold.

There were no members of the public in the gallery, and no scheduled delegations.

Council began withUnfinished business:  Subcommittee on Council’s  Strategic Goals.

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

B.C. Green Party announces platform to end unethical fundraising

Andrew Weaver of the B.C. Green Party is incredibly disturbed over the allegations published in the Globe and Mail.

The B.C. Green Party is making life as difficult as it can for the to mainstream parties after party leader Andrew Weaver announced Tuesday a number of measures to deal with ethics in the upcoming provincial election.

Weaver, the member for Oak Bay-Gordon Head in Victoria, said during a press conference the B.C Green Party would commit to a number of measures to address ethics, transparency and accountability in its platform for the upcoming election on May 9.

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

It's income tax time. And the Canda Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to ensure that everyone knows that tax evasion schemes are illegal -- and can result in jail time. 

One such scheme, called "Paradigm," has resulted in convictions and sentences for 32 people so far -- self-styled "educators" who promoted a fraudulent tax-evasion scheme.  Paradigm sold products (books, DVDs, and CDs), organized and taught fee-based seminars which “educated” people on how to structure their affairs in an attempt to illegally avoid taxes.

Public meeting sentiment fails to derail council on cannabis-related business bylaw

Philip MacMillan, manager of the Nelson Compassion Club, which has been in operation since 2000, told council the Medical Cannabis and Business Licence Bylaw restricts so much of what people can do in the city. McMillan spoke first on Monday night at a public meeting in council chambers. Photo by Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

When the smoke cleared at the public meeting on a cannabis-related business zoning amendment Monday night the only people who remained unmoved by the concerns of the 25 people who showed up was city council.

Obituary: 'Go like Merv!'

Merv Fry

After 77 years of "Going Full Out" Merv Fry, on February 27, 2017, took his last earth-bound ski run. On this beautiful sunny day, he paused at the top of his favourite run called Exhibition, mentioned something to his Old B's Powder Team (OBPT) ski buddies about it being "glorious" and then blasted down making the famous "whoop, whoop" sound the whole way.  At the bottom of the run with adrenaline still running through his veins, his body suddenly decided it was done.

RCMP report driver killed in single-vehicle accident near Balfour

RCMP report driver killed in single-vehicle accident near Balfour

Members of RCMP West Kootenay Traffic and Nelson Detachment are working in conjunction to determine the cause of an accident that killed a man Sunday (March 5) near Balfour Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Units said in a media release Monday.

Is silence golden with respect to Columbia River Treaty?

The best public discussion yet on the treaty, it took place a handful of miles from the Peace Arch border crossing where, in 1964, B.C., the U.S. and Canada signed the final protocols.

In 2014-15, the Columbia River Treaty was on the brink of being the next big news story.  The first possible date for either country to give notice of termination (September 2014) passed. 

Gradually, things went quiet. 

The Treaty didn’t seem like news any more.

Conversations about the Treaty have not stopped, however. They are still happening in academic, tribal and government circles, and they are broadening.  

ICBC increases fairness of basic insurance rates

Drivers having more accidents will pay higher premiums.

ICBC is updating basic insurance to increase the accountability of drivers who cause crashes by changing how much an at-fault crash affects their basic insurance rates. This will help to alleviate the pressure on future rates paid by customers who don’t cause crashes.

Going forward, drivers who cause multiple at-fault crashes will lose their safe driving discounts faster than they do today. ICBC is applying to the BC Utilities Commission to have these changes take effect May 6, 2018.

B.C. farmers’ markets benefit from Buy Local funding

The next Winter Market organized by the West Kootenay EcoSociety is March 25. — Submitted photo

Farmers’ markets all over the province are enticing British Columbians with locally grown and produced products, fresh from their own backyards.

The B.C. government’s Buy Local program is providing six local farmers’ markets with a combined total of $57,055 in funding.

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