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By Mona Mattei on Thursday May 27 2010

Technology has finally caught up with the dreams of some Doukhobor musicians to preserve their heritage in the 78’s project headed by Grand Forks local Ron Mahonin for the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar. Traditionally Doukhobor songs are three different types: psalms, hymns, and folk songs. Over the years, many of these songs were recorded on vinyl records. Mahonin, songwriter, musician and music producer, has taken on the task of preserving the history inherent in these recordings by digitizing them and telling their story.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 26 2010

More than 400 people attended last year's city street dance, held in conjunction with Sunfest - and this year should see an even better turn-out.

City councillor Kevin Chernoff has helped organize this year's event, and he said there's some new innovations and fun additions to make sure everyone has a terrific time.

"The street behind City Hall will be closed off, just like last year, and the dance will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Friday night of Sunfest (June 4)," he said.

By Murray Dobbin on Tuesday May 25 2010

The sorry spectacle of Conservative cabinet ministers flying around the world defending banks from a tax to cover their next, inevitable, meltdown is bad enough. What is perhaps worse is that it is being largely justified by the perpetuation of the myth that Canada did not have to bail out its banks.

Wrong.

We are, according to the IMF, actually the third worst of the G7 countries, behind the US and Britain, in terms of financial stabilization costs.

By Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday May 25 2010

In March, the government released a discussion paper intended as background for its Canada-wide public consultation on pension reform and Canada’s Retirement Income System.  If you haven’t heard about it, it’s not surprising. It involved only three town-hall meetings, three by-invitation expert roundtables, and a voluntary on-line component.  You could also write in.

By Contributor on Thursday May 20 2010

The Selkirk College Fine Woodworking students will be presenting their 17th annual year end show, Form and Balance, at the end of May--presenting an ideal opportunity to meet talented builders of furniture and experience their unique abilities. 

This year’s group of dedicated students is excited to invite everyone to see the work they have created in the last nine months. A well established event in the town of Nelson, the year end show is for anyone in the community and further afield who appreciates fine craftsmanship and innovative design. 
By Harvey Oberfeld on Monday May 17 2010

 Is it my imagination or are the NHL refs favoring the U.S. teams when they play Canadian teams? This radical thought crossed my mind last year during the playoffs: it just seemed to me that whenever I watched a Canadian team in the NHL playoffs come up against ANY U.S. contender, the refs were tougher on the Canadian teams when calling penalties.

By Alex Atamanenko on Friday May 14 2010

Canada-wide changes proposed by Canada Post that will see local mail rerouted from rural communities to sorting centres in cities have drawn the ire of local NDP Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior).

“This completely defies all logic,” said Atamanenko.

“In this riding, the result will be that some letters will travel over 1,200 kilometres, round trip, for processing in Vancouver on the weekends and back again prior to delivery on Monday.”

By Kyra Hoggan on Friday May 14 2010

Canada Post is standing by a decision to ship local Castlegar mail over 1,200 kilometres (round-trip) for sorting in Vancouver, even if it's only being mailed a couple of blocks. This, despite the condemnation of union representatives and political leaders.


Colleen Frick, director of communications for Canada Post, explained the move won't impact customers or jobs in the area.


“It's not just Castlegar,” she said. “It's quite a few B.C. Interior communities. In those communities, we have twin boxes.”

By Rob Leggett on Wednesday May 12 2010

Leave it to the NDP to introduce a Private Members Bill that I believe will not only be devastating to the Canadian economy but also one that is seemingly based on inconclusive science.


Bill C-311 requires the Canadian federal government to set regulations to attain a midterm target to bring green house gas emissions 25  per cent below 1990 levels and a long term target to bring emissions 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 12 2010

To oppose Bill C-311, a climate change legislation passed in the House of Commons on May 5, you must first reject the concept of climate change... so let's start there, shall we?


Can you find scientists to debunk the current modern reality that is climate change?


Sure you can!

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