I bet the School District 20 board of education is, right now, wishing it had Stephen Harper's discretionary power and could just prorogue the whole district until this budgetary mess goes away ...or at least until the public forgets about it.
Of course, they can't ... no more than I can “prorogue” this issue of the paper because I've been feeling kind of lazy this week.
My son, just the other day, asked if he could take a day off school ... a mental health day, he said, because he just didn't want to cope with anything that day.
The Kootenay Boundary Credit Clinic is launching its first ever consumer credit and debt survey. The credit clinic is a new initiative of Castlegar & District Community Services Society aimed at providing education about debt, credit and financial management. The project includes free workshops throughout the region and an information and referral line.
Following on the heels of a successful fundraising concert by Harry Manx on the Sunshine Coast last month, long time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert and his partner Tani Schwartz are reaching out to their friends in Grand Forks for help. Help to fund another medical trip required for Tani’s daughter, Rose, who grew up in Grand Forks, in her continuing struggle with a little known condition called gastroparesis.
Last night's public meeting in Castlegar discussing options for School District 20 (SD 20) as it tries to cope with declining enrollment and funding cuts was, for me, an education.
First, I was both surprised and pleased to see such a huge turn out – more than 300 people attended, despite the Canada/USA hockey game airing at the time (Oh dear, I really have become a hockey mom, haven't I?).
It’s that time of year again, when people contemplate the previous year, and here at The Source, we’re doing the same. When I reflect on the past year, the first thing that enters my mind is how lucky I am to have my beautiful wife Nichole and the seven years we have shared together; and my four children who, despite trying my patience at times, I have always considered to be my blessings.
For me, I personally get to experience that love and support every week while my wonderful wife encourages me as I write this column.
Grand Forks City Council is considering a bylaw that would ban the use of bow and arrows within city limits as a result of complaints received recently from community members. Currently, it is legal to bow hunt within the city limits. Bow hunting has mostly been used as a way to control the deer population and the nuisance they have become.
Celgar manager Al Hitzroth shared some of his company's perspectives today regarding a tax dispute between Celgar and the City of Castlegar, discussing a conflict that has been gaining widespread media attention since it began in July.
The issue had arisen months before that, in fact, when Celgar demanded a 50-per-cent tax cut in December 2008, but took centre stage when Celgar, in July 2009, declined to pay its $3.6-million municipal tax bill, filing suit against the city in B.C. Supreme court instead, citing “unreasonable tax rates”.
‘Tis the season for filling your home with the smells of home baked goodies, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and the Christmas turkey roasting in the oven. It’s also the season for making sure your turkey is cooked properly and is free from any illness-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella.
Angry parents from the Mt. Baldy area forced the school district to reconsider its decision to cancel a segment of a school bus run serving their children. The group of 10 parents traveled over 3 hours to attend the district’s Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 8 in Grand Forks to pressure the board to reverse its November decision to cancel the segment of the bus route from Highway #3 up to Alden Road – the road leading to Mt. Baldy from the Boundary region side.
With a near full gallery at the meeting of Grand Forks city council, people gathered to bring forward different concerns. One of the most pressing topics of the week was medical marijuana. Two motions by Councillor Gene Robert at the Dec.7 meeting forced council to a vote on the issue when it was introduced by an item of correspondence.