NDP candidate issues a challenge to his opponents

Letter to the Editor: In each community, citizens will likely only get one opportunity to see all four candidates for MLA in the same place; the all candidates debate. As someone who has been involved in local government for 15 years, I have attended many all candidate debates, and the one thing I have noticed as the years go by is that these events... 

Serious questions about the implications of the vacation rental issue

To the Editor: Perhaps I am missing something. Amidst all the furor surrounding vacation rentals, and specifically the recent concerns that have arisen pertaining to when a non-licensed rental becomes illegal. The mayor has essentially said that there are “unwritten rules” regarding when a rejected application crosses the line. Apparently... 

MLA Report: Local residents continue to demand a higher standard of government

MLA Norm Macdonald As I write this report, I am sitting in the Legislature, looking ahead to what will be my final week in the House as your Member of the Legislative Assembly. It is impossible not to feel some nostalgia as I reflect on my time here. It has been an incredible honour to represent my region in Victoria. I know that Columbia River Revelstoke... 

Good news for Steve Bender

To the Editor: With regard to my letter, Steve Bender needs a new kidney donor: One helluva human interest story. Six hours ago I couldn’t get a kidney. Now there is the potential for two on offer. Thanks also to The Current, the little paper that could and just did. If Peter and Zofie’s plan works out it could help many. Many cheers, mate. Steve... 

Steve Bender needs a new kidney donor

Dear Friends, I am writing this letter to express my desire to pursue the option of a kidney transplant. This letter is difficult for me to write but you are someone who I feel would want to know what is going on in my life. Steve Bender Unfortunately, I am now in the situation that I no longer have a potential kidney donor. Bless her wonderful intentions... 

Wayne’s World: Lessons learned abroad

Wayne StetskiMember of ParliamentNDP — Kootenay Columbia In January, I was invited to participate in the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development diplomatic mission to four countries – Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Poland. The purpose of the 12 day trip was to learn about the key political, security,... 

Ms. Anne Throap weighs in…

You want a by-election for Revelstoke? I can’t remember a midterm poll ever since I moved to the ‘Stoke over 25 years ago. Do you think we need an interim trip to the ballot box over the vacation rental issue? Revelstoke Current Adobe Photoshop image Ms. Anne Throap You want a by-election for Revelstoke? I can’t remember a midterm... 

MLA Report: BC needs a budget that puts people first

MLA Norm Macdonald There has been a great deal of discussion about the recent budget speech, my 12th and final as your Member of the Legislative Assembly, and the most common thing I hear from people in this area is that you can’t believe a word the BC Liberals say. There are some major promises in this budget including a 50% reduction in MSP, but... 

Alan Mason’s influence can’t be understated

I was reflecting on all the things said about Alan last night at his retirement party.  His influence on local organizations, business and the quality of life in Revelstoke can’t be understated.  His impact went well beyond the traditional Economic Development duties when we consider his impact on students over the years. Alan Mason never turned... 

MLA Report: Is it time to take big money out of politics?

MLA Norm Macdonald Over the last number of weeks there has been a great deal of discussion about the impact massive political donations have on government. But I feel that the consequences of unrestricted corporate donations reach beyond a specific government, actually undermining our democracy. The democratic system is based on the concept that every... 

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