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By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 09 2009

The Green Party of Canada congratulates the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP for straight talk in Tuesday's report on the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport.

Commission Chair Paul Kennedy wrote plainly and strongly in the report, expressing criticisms regarding the way the Taser was used on Dziekanski and suggesting that the RCMP needs to return to a way of dealing with situations by using the least amount of force possible.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Dec 03 2009

Castlegar police are cautioning against the kind of Good Samaritan-ship that saw an alleged jewelry thief chased down and captured yesterday.

“An RCMP member was on routine patrol in the 1900 block of Columbia Avenue, around 11 a.m. when he came across a male holding another male down on the ground,” explained Sgt. Laurel Mathew. “The officer stopped to see what was going on and learned the male on the ground had been chased from Simone's jewelry store after (allegedly) having stolen more than $10,000 worth of jewelry, and had been chased and caught by witnesses.”

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Dec 03 2009

Politics has always made for strange bedfellows they say, but the way that the government decisions can shift in short periods of time truly does wreck havoc on citizens and businesses alike. We'd all like to have influence on decisions made at the higher levels and many advocates for different causes invest a great deal of time and money into impacting those decisions, but at what point does it cause more harm than good to reverse a decision?

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

Long time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert and his partner Tani Schwartz are reaching out for help. Help to save Tani’s daughter Rose in her continuing struggle with a little known condition called gastroparesis.

By Rob Leggett on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

The Olympic Games are always a favourite venue for disgruntled demonstrators, and 2010 promises to be a pivotal time for activists in B.C.

We have a loose coalition of anti-Olympic, anti-global, anti-poverty and anti-capitalist advocates who have been organizing protests to take place during the Games but, mixed in with the activists who may have legitimate concerns and convictions, can be found extremists - those who believe violence, intimidation and vandalism are legitimate forms of protest.

By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

The fourth of a series of peaceful sit-ins targeting elected officials, tar sands financiers, and the coal and tar sands industries began at Canadian Minister for Sport Gary Lunn’s Sidney constituency office (9843 Second Street) today. 10 people entered the office just after 10:00 AM this morning. They are calling for the Harper government and all parties to immediately commit to world-leading cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.

By Kyra Hoggan on Sunday Nov 29 2009

The following is a press release issued by NDP MLA Katrine Conroy:

Over a thousand signatures from people in the West Kootenays opposing the B.C. Liberals’ HST were introduced in the legislature by Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.

“The people of the Kootenays were lied to by the B.C. Liberals about the HST, and if it is brought in they will have to pay more for everything in their day to day life. The HST is a $1.9 billion tax shift on to consumers,” said Conroy who submitted the petitions last week.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Nov 26 2009

Two people were seriously injured in a car crash on Frank Beinder Way, near Castlegar's Selkirk College campus this morning.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said the call came in at 8:07 a.m., and fire crews from both Castlegar and Ootischenia responded.

The Jaws of Life were required to extricate at least one of the victims, and both were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police have not released the names of the victims or speculated as to the cause of the crash.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Nov 26 2009

OmniTrax sent a glimmer of hope to stakeholders in the Boundary region this week when they announced that they will work with the different parties to try to keep the railway from Grand Forks to Kettle Falls, WA  running. A meeting last week between the businesses reliant on the railway and the owner of the line, OmniTrax, in Colville, WA was successful in an agreement to explore the continued operation of the line. 

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

The price tag for refurbishment of 12 spillway gates at Hugh Keenleyside Dam will exceed the $50 million mark, B.C. Hydro representatives told Castlegar city council Monday.

Project manager Paul Klawer said the high cost means they must get approval from the B.C. Utilites Commission, from which they anticipate a reply by June 2010. From there, they hope to see construction under way by autumn of the same year. The project will be carried out in phases, with completion slated for 2013, he added.