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Eileen Delahanty Pearkes at Rossland Public Library

Eileen Delahanty Pearkes at Rossland Public Library

Nelson author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes latest book, A River Captured: the Columbia River Treaty and catastrophic change, explores the controversial history of the Columbia River Treaty and its impact on the ecosystems, indigenous peoples, contemporary culture, provincial politics and recent history of southeastern British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

The Rossland Public Library and the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre invite you to join Pearkes in conversation at the Library, 28 March, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Bring your thoughts and experiences to share.

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

Be aware:  if anyone phones you and asks for funds for a Search and Rescue group, it's a scam.  " We cannot state clearly enough, not one of the 80 recognized SAR groups in British Columbia, ask for donations by phone.  And neither do any of the recognized air or marine search and rescue groups in BC.  Simply put, if you receive a phone call asking you to donate to search and rescue, it is not us," says a news release from the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), an umbrella group representing the volunteer ground search and rescue groups in BC recognized by Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

The Peel: Intact wilderness is a hedge against our ignorance

A part of the Peel River watershed:  Photo by Peter Mather

In 2011, I travelled with my family down Yukon’s Hart River. It’s one of seven pure rivers in the Peel River watershed, a 68,000-square-kilometre wilderness that’s been at the centre of a legal dispute for many years and a land-use planning debate for more than a decade. For two weeks, we fished from the river’s vibrant green waters and gazed at the limestone and dolostone peaks of the Ogilvie Mountains.

Film Screening in Rossland: A New Economy

From the documentary film "A New Economy"

 A recent documentary film, " A New Economy," explores what might happen if working together for the common good were to become the most common business model.

Can the world be saved?  Can co-operation save us? Or can global capitalism, with its dependence on the infinite exponential economic growth demanded by return on investment, continue unabated without exhausting the resources that support our economy and ending our civilization? The answer to the latter question is arguably "no."  The answer to the first question -- can co-operation save us -- may well be yes, if we can achieve a paradigm shift in values, this film suggests.

The Winter Campout in Harry LeFevre Square and 'Getting to Home'

Members of Rossland Youth Service Group present a cheque to Sheila Adcock and Gail Pighin of "Getting to Home."

When the weather here was very cold -- remember that, back in February? -- a group of Rossland's young people decided to have a little taste of how homeless people live.  They camped out overnight at Harry LeFevre Square -- to raise awareness of homelessness in local communities, and to raise funds for a project called "Getting to Home."

COLUMN: Faulty logic fuels fossil fools

Emissions chart for US and China, 1990 to 2014

Apparently, fossil fuel companies protect watersheds and rivers by removing oil. That’s according to comments on the David Suzuki Foundation Facebook page and elsewhere, including this: “The amount of contamination occuring [sic] from extraction is far less than if we just left the oil there to continue polluting the waterways.”

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.

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.

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

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