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A Dam Big Problem: unauthorized dams built for Petronas

One example of an unauthorized dam in northeastern BC

By Ben Parfitt.  This article is from DeSmog  Canada.

A subsidiary of Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned petro giant courted by the B.C. government, has built at least 16 unauthorized dams in northern B.C. to trap hundreds of millions of gallons of water used in its controversial fracking operations.

Editorial: One more resource for voting decisions

Editorial:  One more resource for voting decisions

As  most readers here know by now, I'm supremely tired of -- and sickened by -- election communications that tell you terrible (and usually inaccurate) things about the OTHER parties and their candidates, and make wild promises to get your vote.  But I think it's hugely important that people get informed about what the different parties really stand for and what they're most likely to do if elected.  And then vote.  Please vote.

Filling our plates, feeding our future: a free public lecture.

plate and cutlery

The food on your plate here in the West Kootenay likely comes from all around the world, but globalized food systems leave us vulnerable to pressures beyond our control. Droughts and other breakdowns can hike food prices and limit supply. This situation has led communities across the country to strategize ways to make their regional food more secure.

How can we strengthen local food systems in the West Kootenay and prepare for a stable and resilient future?

May is Invasive Species Action Month. Nip them in the bud!

burdock

Anyone hiking or biking on trails in our region may have noticed that many of those trails are being hemmed in by certain plants: burdock with its nasty burrs later in the year, spotted knapweed, common tansy, hoary alyssum, policeman's helmet (AKA Himalayan balsam) -- even, in some places, Japanese knotweed -- and other invasive species.  Yes, all those (and many more) are invasives, and they spread especially fast along the trails because we all unwittingly spread their seeds on our clothing, our bikes and our dogs' fur.

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Moore Answers Citizen Nightingale

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Moore Answers Citizen Nightingale

Dear Rosslanders:

It is important to the City and to Council that we have accurate information out to the public. We certainly appreciate citizens coming forward with their concerns and we are happy to provide information and clarification on the points that have been raised. Residents are always welcome to contact our Chief Financial Officer who is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) with their questions. It's also quite unusual to have a citizen implore us to raise taxes instead of lower them. This is a point of view that is quite refreshing!

Rossland's Taxes Not High Enough?

Rossland's Taxes Not High Enough?

Dear fellow Rosslanders,

            You may or may not be aware, but it is municipal budget and tax rate setting time again.  There is no really exciting way to start this conversation, but it might be one that you would benefit from taking a moment to look at.

Compare the candidates and their parties: Part II

Green Party Candidate Samantha Troy

The Rossland Telegraph asked two sets of questions of the local candidates in this provincial election.  Answers to the first four questions (Part I) appeared last week. Candidates' answers appear in the order in which they were received, and their pictures do too -- last week, we illustrated Part I with Katrine Conroy's picture; this week, we show Samantha Troy's picture; and next week readers will see a picture of Jim Postnikoff.

Taxes too low? Developmental check-ups for kids; discouraging the use of biocides; and more.

Taxes too low? Developmental check-ups for kids; discouraging the use of biocides; and more.

UPDATED with corrections to the FAN presentation -- with thanks to FAN for the clarifying information.  See below.

Rossland City Council meeting, April 24, 2017: Mayor Kathy Moore and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker, Andy Morel, and Marten Kruysse all attended; only Aaron Cosbey was absent.

Public Input Period:  Taxes vs. Quality of Life

LETTER: 'My Green vote: weary, hopeful, and defiant'

LettersEd

To The Editor:

It happens every election.  The NDP line up and lecture other lefties on how they mustn’t split the vote and open an avenue for the current government to retain power.

It’s always the same.  Defeating the political right is of paramount importance, they sternly warn, and a vote for the Greens is a vote for the right.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

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