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Local Hospice Society helping with those difficult questions

Local Hospice Society helping with those difficult questions

You don't have to be old to think about these things.  We never know what might happen;  one of us might live to be 104 with, as we say, all of our marbles intact; another might be involved in a traffic crash and suffer permanent brain damage at the age of -- well, at any age.  Many of us know someone who has suffered that sort of misfortune. What would you want your nearest and dearest to decide on your behalf if you were no longer able to express your wishes for yourself?

COLUMN: Oceans and Life

Photo by Tavish Campbell

The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?

Canada has the longest coastline of any nation, but our country doesn’t end at its ocean shores. With a 200-nautical-mile economic zone and international obligations, Canada is responsible for almost three million square kilometres of ocean, an area roughly the size of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba combined.

Caribou, Logging, Wolves and Corporate Donors

Photo by David Moskowitz for DeSmog Canada

What poses the greatest hazard to BC's endangered Southern Mountain Caribou -- habitat loss, wolves, or corporate donors?  Or are all three of those factors linked, and if so, how? This opinion piece is from DeSmog Canada.  Read and contemplate.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

The Power of Chocolate

The Power of Chocolate

Chocoholics:  Is it possible to know enough about chocolate? What do we need to know, except that it tastes wonderful?  Worldwatch Institute writer Gaelle Gourmelon discusses chocolate's history and the social and ecological impacts of the way it is grown, and how all of us chocoholics can help to improve matters -- even just by choosing what to buy.  This article is from the Worldwatch Institute. 

COLUMN: Amazing Advances in Technology

One smartphone has more computing power than NASA used to put men on the moon in 1969.

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it’s in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

A Forest Park for Rossland? Poverty is expensive; the Benefits Question; BIG grape stompers needed!

A Forest Park for Rossland?  Poverty is expensive; the Benefits Question; BIG grape stompers needed!

Rossland's City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 27, with Mayor Kathy Moore and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John  Greene, Andy Morel, Marten Kruysse, and Andrew Zwicker present.  Only Aaron  Cosbey was unable to attend.

The gallery produced no opinions for the Public Input Period, so Council moved right on to delegations.

A "Forest Park" for Rossland?

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

Rossland gets grants for Spokane Street Project

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore

Rejoice, Rosslanders! Rossland will receive a sprinkling of money from the federal and provincial governments to help with the Spokane Street infrastructure replacement project.  This will help keep our taxes from rising faster and further, and it will make our water supply more secure, and keep us from spending a lot of money treating storm-water instead of just sewage at the treatment plant. 

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