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By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Jul 14 2010
So here we go. In the midst of a trial about the murder of a young boy by a person with a mental illness, the local media is writing up articles about the illness and its impact on a person’s life. An example of too much, too late perhaps?
As a community we need to support the people we come into contact with who are different. They may have a mental illness or a disability of some sort. But we don’t.
By Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Jul 14 2010

 Is the world, including Canada, headed for the third great depression, as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues? Watching the results of the G8/G20 meetings was like hearing news that a giant comet is heading for earth and we are just waiting for impact. Those meetings of the world's largest and/or growing economies committed governments to massive deficit reduction in spite of the real concern that we are facing a the possibility of a so-called "double-dip" recession.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 14 2010

Effective at noon July 5, 2010 all medium and large-sized open fires are prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Specifically this prohibits:

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 14 2010

The 2009/10 Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Annual Report and audited financial statements are now available to the public. The Annual Report reflects CBT's performance for the 2009/10 year ending March 31, and details the financial investments, spending and Delivery of Benefits activities. 

By Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Jul 12 2010

 It was bound to happen.  And it has.

Serious questions have arisen about whether B.C. ambulance service cuts contributed to the death of a bull rider at a rodeo Friday.  And they must be answered.

Makwala Derickson-Hall was severely injured when he was bucked and then trampled by a rodeo bull  at the Valemount Rodeo. He was able to almost stand up and lunge his way towards the coral fence before collapsing on the ground.

He made it to hospital but then succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

By Contributor on Monday Jul 12 2010


Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior, has voiced his support for a parliamentary committee to look into allegations of police use of force and human rights abuses during the G-20 summit in Toronto in June.

Vancouver–Kingsway New Democrat MP Don Davies has collected signatures from Liberal and Bloc Québécois MPs to force the recall of the House of Commons public safety committee for a debate and vote on a motion to hold formal hearings into the police actions.

By Alex Atamanenko on Monday Jul 12 2010

Last summer, Industry Canada held a series of nationwide consultations on copyright. It asked for input from consumers, industry experts and content developers on how best to modernize federal copyright legislation, which had not been reviewed since 1997. The result is Bill C-32, A Bill to Amend the Copyright Act, which was recently introduced in Parliament by Industry Minister Tony Clement and Heritage Minister James Moore.

By Castlegar Source on Friday Jul 09 2010


By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 07 2010

Today saw ground-breaking ceremonies for a gaming centre slated to open beside the airport next June in Castlegar.

More than one official expressed relief to see the oft-delayed $6.5-million construction finally under way.

"I believe that today's groundbreaking reflects a growing confidence in Castelgar as a place of choice for new business in the West Kootenay Region," said Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

By Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Jul 07 2010

“The closing of the Nelson Daily News and the loss of 25 jobs in this community is another blow to rural BC,” said BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko, today. He was reacting to yesterday’s news that BC media chain Black Press purchased eleven papers from Glacier Media, including the Nelson Daily News, the Trail Daily Times and the Grand Forks Gazette.  Black Press plans on closing down the Nelson paper.

In a letter to President David Black, Atamanenko called for the CEO’s reconsideration of the Nelson paper’s closure.