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Canadian youth delegation releases policy requests delivered to Canadian government

As youth from across Canada prepare to depart for Durban, South Africa to participate in the next round of United Nations Climate Negotiations they have released a list of five policy changes submitted to the Canadian Delegation.  "These requests represent five things that Canada could do immediately to stop being part of the...

In 2009 BC Liberals proportionately outspent 2008 Obama campaign

Barack Obama has nothing on the BC Liberals when it comes to campaign spending, according to an estimate released today by IntegrityBC.  Relying on US Federal Election Commission (FEC) figures, IntegrityBC estimates that the 2008 Obama campaign cost $5.10 per registered voter compared to the $5.54 per voter spent by the BC ...

Selkirk College hosts an alternative timeline of history

Selkirk College Peace Studies students will be putting on a display called ‘An Alternative Timeline of History’, at Selkirk College Castlegar Campus in The Pit on Nov 29th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This over 100 foot display of photos, exhibits and captions provides a timeline of history over the last thousand years.What makes...

Old appliances may cost more than customers realize

FortisBC has launched a rebate program for electricity customers who choose to upgrade their appliances to qualifying ENERGY STAR® rated model.  Rebates of up to $75 are available on the most energy efficient ENERGY STAR rated refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and clothes washers. “By upgrading to qualifying ENERGY STAR ...

Candidate Questions 9: How can we make Rossland attractive to both young families and seniors?

One of the perenniel issues we face here in the Mountain Kingdom is population. Not over-population, but underpopulation. If we want to keep our schools open, our tax base viable, and our community programs and services viable, we need a certain minimum population--a numbr that always seems to be defined as 'a few more than...

Candidate Questions 8: Rossland is known as a ski town. How can we increase tourism in the other three seasons? Is that even desirable?

Rossland self-identifies as a 'ski town', but the long term viability of this city demands either  an expansion of Red or a need for diversification of this identity. Hence today's question: "Rossland’s economy currently depends on winter tourists. How do you perceive Rossland's relationship with Red Mountain? How can we...

COMMENT: In response to Andrew Bennett’s Nov 12th Item

I think most Rosslanders agree that provisions for higher density housing forms to lower costs are a good idea.  These thoughts are crystallized in the 2008 Official Community Plan in section 18.2.  However, the OCP also recognizes the risks of radically changing neighbourhoods.  The following section of the OCP at 18.3.4...

COMMENT: Zoning bylaw grew from Rosslanders' voices and holds promise for the future

Bill Micklethwaite recently wrote a letter to the editor, "Zoning bylaw takes away Rosslanders' voices." Here I offer some different facts and a different interpretation of them.By no means does the new zoning bylaw "drastically curtail" Rosslander's ability to give input.On the contrary, any day of the week citizens can...

COMMENT: The justification of massacre and the elusive goal of peace

 Today we consider the great terror of war; Remembrance Day swells each of our chests differently, but the same. Emotions are strong, or should be. Whether we know it or not, both as individuals and societies, our past and present are infused with war. That should terrify us.Wars build in a wave of motives and he-said-she-saids...

LETTER: Zoning bylaw takes away Rosslander's voices

Dear editor,I wonder how many Rosslanders realize that their ability to have input on changes to zoning and housing in their neighbourhoods will be drastically curtailed next Monday, November 14th unless a significant number of us object? Staff and Council are proposing a major re-write of the present Zoning Bylaw.  While the...

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