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by Sara Golling on Tuesday Dec 17 2019

Many years ago, I helped the parents of a seriously disturbed young person by obtaining a court order for his involuntary committal. He had been delusional, and doing things that could easily have resulted in his own death.  The parents had made one attempt on their own, but had failed to convince a court of the need to protect their son from his mental disorder, so they appealed to me for...

by The Conversation on Monday Dec 16 2019

By Raynold Wonder Alorse, for The Conversation

Modern society has given significant attention to the promises of the digital economy over the past decade. But it has given little attention to its negative environmental footprint.

Our smartphones rely on...

by Kris Sims Canadian Taxpayers Federation on Wednesday Dec 11 2019

When it comes to health taxes, Premier John Horgan started with a stumble and then fell over backwards. Now he needs to pick himself up and keep his promise to taxpayers.

Here’s what happened.

During the last provincial election in 2017, Horgan pledged to get rid of the Medical Services Premium, a fee that cost ...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Dec 11 2019

Taxes – who wants to think about taxes at this time of year?  Can’t we put it off for a few months?

Relax – this isn’t about doing the dreaded tax return.  It’s about trends in taxation, and what they achieve.  Or not. And what voters can do about it.  Besides, it can take your mind off the stress of the holiday...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Dec 11 2019

A Kootenay man, environmental consultant Michael Keefer who lives in Rossland and Cranbrook, was invited to go to Uzbekistan for a conference on solutions to the Aralkum Desert problem.  While there, he toured the area and took many hundreds of pictures.  When I sat down...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Dec 10 2019

Condo owners upset by noise from Mook Thai; Community Grants; embracing the Step Code; opposing water-bottling from groundwater, and more 

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Janice Nightingale, Chris Bowman, Scott Forsyth, Stewart Spooner, Andy Morel and Dirk Lewis.

PUBLIC HEARING on the Financial Plan...

by Timothy Schafer on Monday Dec 09 2019

The story of Mercer Celgar is a growing concern — in a good way.

One of the region’s largest employers is looking to spread its story about the work it is accomplishing in its West Kootenay-based operation — located at the bottom of the Arrow Lakes water system — in order to grow its green energy ideas.

The pulp mill is becoming more than just another mill, explained Bill...

by Contributor on Friday Dec 06 2019

Rossland-based crowdsourcing intelligence platform, Thoughtexchange, announced on December 5, 2019, that it has secured a $20M Series B financing in an oversubscribed round led by Information Venture Partners (Toronto) with participation from existing investor Yaletown Partners (Vancouver) and new investor Voyager Capital (Seattle). 

The financing comes as...

by The Narwhal on Wednesday Dec 04 2019

By Sarah Cox, for The Narwhal

Behind the sheen of its CleanBC program, the province holds back hydro power to instead import cheap electricity from 12 states including Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and Montana which generate 55 to 90 per cent of their power from coal

British Columbians naturally assume they’re using clean...

by Contributor on Wednesday Nov 27 2019

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC Assembly of First Nations; Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit; Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs; and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation, have issued the following statement:

“Today, we have made history. British...

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