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Eye see you

Sep 19, 2014 / 3:28 pm

“City has eyes on you” When Britain introduced CCTV cameras to the streets of London the crime rate went down by 60 per cent, and it’s been dropping ever since. The cost of policing with CCTV is a fraction of what it cost to put police on the street. We should have done...

Dividers save lives

Sep 19, 2014 / 3:23 pm

Thank you! That’s what I want to say to all those workers who are laying down the cement dividers on Hwy 97 North. I commute to work every day and use that highway twice a day - and to say I feel safer with those cement dividers would be an understatement. It has given me such a sense...

Bank draft fraud

Sep 19, 2014 / 3:18 pm

Dear Castanet (and readers) I work at a prominent Financial Institution as a bank teller. I can say with authority that fraudulent bank drafts and money orders are not as rare as was expressed in the news report "Bank Draft Fraud', but also not common enough to strike fear into a...

Harper and FIPA

Sep 18, 2014 / 3:38 pm

This past Friday a secret trade agreement was ratified by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, known as FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement. This deal will allow China's corporations and government to to sue Canadian government in secret tribunals if we make decisions that...

BC Libs are not evil

Sep 18, 2014 / 1:15 pm

I think a crucial point to stress in the current teachers' contract dispute is that the Liberals are not "wrong" in the sense in which the pass laws in apartheid South Africa were wrong. Those laws were wrong in the sense of being evil. No, the BC Liberals are wrong only in the...

Used students

Sep 12, 2014 / 9:53 am

Dear students, So how does it feel to used? Used by the province and used by the union of teachers. You, the silent majority that is a pawn in all the negotiations. Doesn’t it rile you, that this establishment is blaming, leveraging and trying to control you? Break the mold....

Have we lost our minds?

Sep 12, 2014 / 9:48 am

I am a parent and I am embarrassed for the situation that we have put the teachers. This has become some petty drama between Christy Clark and her ego. We are so proud of the dedication and commitment of the teachers as they help to mold the future of our children and in essence the future of...

Blame game

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:23 pm

It doesn’t matter anymore who is or is not to blame for this ongoing strike, it really does not. But what should matter, or be a priority above all priorities, is every adult involved in this hold out, on both sides, should feel far more accountable, ashamed and guilt ridden even, to the...

Students need to step up

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:21 pm

With all the access to the Internet, why are the students not accessing it, to further their own education instead of blaming it all on the teachers? Future employers want problem solvers, not dead enders because of someone else's capabilities, or lack of interest. Catherine Knox

Downtown revitalization

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:25 am

Regarding downtown revitalization: It all looks nice but very impractical. The bike lane is too narrow and the sidewalk is too wide, the bike lane is not being used and cyclist use the sidewalk at a high rate of speed which make it very uncomfortable for pedestrians. I don't like...

Highway mayhem

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:23 am

Every day someone is killed or injured on our highways. If even one life was saved by having lower speed limits it would be worthwhile (just ask the relative of a lost one). I often drive the highway and set my cruise control to the speed limit. It goes without saying that I am continually passed...

Children at risk

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:22 am

This strike is not an inconvenience. It is criminal, and it is putting many children at risk. The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) have just put out a press release with their concern about children being put into unsafe environments as a result of this strike. They state:...

Something has to give

Sep 7, 2014 / 8:50 am

NEVER DID - NEVER WILL In the case of the teachers strike of course, the title says it all....Never Did - Never Will. While I don't have school age children anymore and this doesn't directly affect me, I am familiar with their grief and share in their frustration and lack of sympathy....

Clark's hidden agenda

Sep 7, 2014 / 8:47 am

Just wondering. Would Christy and the Lib's, be trying to get rid of the public school system and privatize it. Gone would be the BCTF (glee in Liberalville) and no more negotiations. Would save much $$$$ by just subsidizing a private school system with a subsidy for low income...

Radar detectors detect tickets

Sep 7, 2014 / 8:39 am

Radar detectors: I laugh at the people who buy radar detectors and speed. Those are usually the idiots who get pulled over for speeding. Buying a radar detector can cost you $60 to $1000 bucks depending on which options you get, but no matter how much you spend it doesn't get you out of a...

Coldstream: profit before people

Sep 7, 2014 / 8:33 am

Re: New pellet plant It is hard to believe that a beautiful community like Coldstream would jeopardize the quality of life of its citizens for a marginal increase in the tax base. No matter how it's positioned, those located reasonably near the proposed plant will be subject to increased...

Bottleneck of contention

Sep 7, 2014 / 8:25 am

I am appalled at the poor behaviour of drivers these days – specifically with yet another construction zone on the top of bridge hill. Yes, the area is bottlenecked and slow heading to the Westside, but that does not mean that drivers should “pretend” that they are going to...

Backing the premier

Sep 7, 2014 / 8:20 am

Teachers' strike. Just t to let you know that I am with the premier on this topic, as I see it some of the teachers are just a bunch of lazy people that just want every thing their way and do not care about the students, as for Mr. Iker they need to get rid of him in a hurry then maybe the...

A student's opinion

Sep 3, 2014 / 10:53 am

Hello, this is a letter that is being sent in from yet another, unsatisfied student. I just wanted to voice my opinion on the teachers strike. All of the unneeded setbacks we, as students have been put through these past few months has put a lot of our student's futures in danger. Many of...

Letter from a student

Sep 3, 2014 / 7:26 am

I'm one of the students writing to you so I can give the student view on the whole strike. Many agree with me that if the teachers are doing this for us, then why are we not in classes? If they actually cared, things would resume to the way they were and they wouldn't be walking out of...

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