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Regional Emergency Planning; Boxing Day Classic; Short-term Rentals; Food Charter, and Much More.

Regional Emergency Planning; Boxing Day Classic; Short-term Rentals; Food Charter, and Much More.

Rossland City Council Meeting, November 14, 2016

Six of our seven Council members were present (Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, Aaron Cosbey, John Greene, Andy Morel, and Andrew Zwicker);  only Marten Kruysse was absent.

Allan Davies honoured:

A Letter to Trudeau From Young Researchers

Researchers want decision-making about resources such as this forest to be transparent and based on the best science available.

More than 1500 early-career researchers in Canada and Canadian researchers abroad are sending an open letter to the Prime Minister and six Cabinet Ministers, calling for scientific rigour and transparency in Canada’s environmental and regulatory decision-making.

Op/Ed: The US Election: of Hate, Grief and a New Story

Charles Eisenstein, Author and Speaker

By Charles Eisenstein

Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative of progress.

Deconstructing the US Election

Deconstructing the US Election

A quick glance over current headlines: madness and dread

“You spread your paranoia, all over this land –

Creating situations you don’t understand…

You’ve got to stop flashing pictures of the People.

Stop! Flashing pictures of the Power!”

-- Tom Fogarty, Goodbye Media Man [1968]

In times of apparent madness, the insane person adapts to reality more effectively than the rational one.”

'Initiative Petition Application' underway, to change paramedics' bargaining rights

ambulance

British Columbia’s Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, has granted approval in principle on an initiative petition application. The petition will be issued to proponent Joshua Henshaw on Monday, January 9, 2017. The title of the initiative is: An initiative to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act.

The draft Bill proposes to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act (the Act) to give ambulance paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers.

BC Veterinarians ban tail docking and other cosmetic alterations

Dog with docked tail.

After an unprecedented voter response from the registrants of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC), 91.5 percent of those who voted cast their ballots in favour of banning the cosmetic tail docking of dogs, horses and cattle, and tail alteration in horses. The decision brings British Columbia in line with a majority of provinces across Canada and supports the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) position on the practices.

Op/Ed: Why your stuff turns to junk so fast (and cooks the planet)

Someone once wanted every bit of this junk.

Note:  This article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Forestry and Trade Wars

Dick Cannings, Member of Parliament for South Okanagan West Kootenay

The forest industry has been a critically important sector in the BC economy for over a century, but it has been hit hard.  A 30-year trade war with the United States cost our industry billions of dollars.  The softwood lumber agreement did bring back certainty to lumber export access and costs, but the Canadian industry paid a very high price for that certainty, and many mills didn’t survive.

Rossland Food Bank says "Thank you!"

Part of the bright new interior of Rossland's Food Bank in its new location

The Rossland Food Bank is very grateful to the many people who put time, energy, and expertise into helping them move to their new location on the south end of the Arena building.  The new facility provides an administrative space, a storage room with a refrigerator for perishables and  freezers for meat and bread, and a "shopping" area where people can come in from a waiting area inside the door and choose what they need from what is available.

Library's value to Rossland; new section of a trail coming up; the problem of invasive weeds; GHG emssions reduction plan

Library's value to Rossland; new section of a trail coming up; the problem of invasive weeds; GHG emssions reduction plan

Regular Rossland City Council Meeting, October 24, 2016

All Council members were present, as well as Chief Administrative Officer Bryan Teasdale,  Chief Financial Officer Elma Hamming, City Planner Stacey Lightbourne, manager of Public Works Darrin Albo, and Executive Assistant Alison Worsfold.

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