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Newsletter update from MLA/Minister Katrine Conroy

Building a stronger healthcare system for people is one of our top priorities as a government. Over the past few weeks, we’ve announced a number of important new initiatives to make healthcare more efficient and effective. Your local pharmacist can now assess and prescribe medication for 21 common ailments, like pink eye,...

Op/Ed:Outdated forest practices the blame for high-intensity wildfires

A long, destructive summer is coming to B.C. forests  British Columbia is poised to suffer a historically ruinous fire season and we have only ourselves to blame.  Warm, dry weather early in the season is part of the problem, to be sure. Climate change is likely making things worse. But B.C.’s history of fire suppression and...

COLUMN: Human conscousness, under construction -- Part Four

Doing Good, Becoming Better, Following Leaders “I’ve lived my life at the exact half-way point between joy and rage, gratitude and dismay… I would think well of us if I’d never read a history book. Or read a newspaper. Or the comments sections of the Internet… “Is the world more terrible than beautiful? More beautiful than ...

Op/Ed: Zero carbon buildings

By Maya Provençal, Rossland City Councillor The summer of 2021 was my first summer back in the Kootenays after being away for nearly five years. I was so excited to indulge in all of my favourite summer activities like taking the dog up KC, and swimming at Nancy Greene Lake. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do much of either ...

COLUMN: Required: a paradigm shift

In the effort to limit and reverse the worsening impacts of global heating, the immediate goal is to quickly stop burning coal, oil and gas. That means rapidly shifting to renewable energy for electricity generation and transportation. But simply switching from one source of energy to another and trading gas-powered cars,...

Op/Ed: WHY Resources Open-pit Mine Proposal for Record Ridge

West High Yield (WHY) continues its efforts to further its application for a permit to go ahead with the next phase of its proposed magnesium mine on Record Ridge.  The Ministry has accepted the WHY application for a permit, but has not approved it.  The review process has just begun. Local residents should be aware that...

Weekly Newsletter from MLA/Minister Katrine Conroy

See you this Saturday May 13th at the Silver City Parade! Trail Firefighters’ Parade downtown to East Trail, Starts at 11 AM route map. For more information regarding events Silver City Days - City of Trail. During the spring legislative session, Premier David Eby and the B.C. government focused on the issues that matter most...

Column: Affordable ways to avoid climate catastrophe

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep the world from heating to catastrophic levels is entirely possible and would save money. Although emissions continue to rise, there’s still time to reverse course. Ways to slash them by more than half over the next seven years are readily available and cost-effective — and...

Weekly Newsletter from MLA/Minister Katrine Conroy

This week, we celebrated Creative Industries Week here in British Columbia. Throughout the week, I had a chance to speak with people from the music, book, TV and movie industries from across the province who joined us here at the Legislature. The creative sector is so important to B.C. These industries not only employ nearly...

COLUMN: On the intelligence of other species -- such as bees

The more we learn about other species, the more our human-centric attitudes are challenged Up until about 400 years ago, it was widely accepted that Earth was at the centre of the universe, and everything revolved around it. When scientist Galileo Galilei challenged this “geocentric” view — confirming Nicolaus Copernicus’s ...

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