NDP candidate issues a challenge to his opponents

March 21st, 2017

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 […]

Serious questions about the implications of the vacation rental issue

March 19th, 2017

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 those in the process of […]

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

March 10th, 2017

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 […]

Good news for Steve Bender

March 2nd, 2017

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 […]

Steve Bender needs a new kidney donor

March 2nd, 2017

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. Unfortunately, I am now in the situation that I no […]

Wayne’s World: Lessons learned abroad

February 28th, 2017

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, and economic conditions in these countries 25 years after […]

  • Ms. Anne Throap weighs in…

    February 25th, 2017

    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? Do you think Councillor Scott Duke should resign or be removed from City Council, is […]

    MLA Report: BC needs a budget that puts people first

    February 24th, 2017

    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 […]

    Alan Mason’s influence can’t be understated

    February 24th, 2017

    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 […]

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

    February 10th, 2017

    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 citizen has a […]

    Bill Bennett has a bone to pick with Norm Macdonald over BC Hydro

    February 10th, 2017

    I have to say I am impressed with Norm MacDonald’s loyalty to his Party. He repeats his talking points about BC Hydro to perfection even as he makes plans for his well-deserved retirement. (Click here to read his last MLA Report.) Only problem is that the NDP’s propaganda on BC Hydro is a gross exaggeration […]

    A reader’s fantasy…

    February 3rd, 2017

    To the editor: This is the sequel to my last letter wherein the Reader descends into the dark realms with a tale of possible paranoia. Once upon a sunny shiny bright winter’s afternoon, the Reader searched the online libraries for news of the actual situation in the dark recesses and channels that allow a city […]