Donna Macdonald

“More than half of people in Canada don’t believe women need to be better represented in politics...'

Wanted: more women

Columnist Donna Macdonald says Canada is far behind many other countries in electing women.

“More than half of people in Canada don’t believe women need to be better represented in politics...'
COLUMN: Why even good mayors can’t do their jobs

COLUMN: Why even good mayors can’t do their jobs

Senior governments tax "billions of dollars out of communities and very little comes back to help run cities."

COLUMN: Why even good mayors can’t do their jobs
COLUMN: Counsel for council candidates (and voters)

COLUMN: Counsel for council candidates (and voters)

What can voters expect from you? What do you need to be thinking about and preparing for?

COLUMN: Counsel for council candidates (and voters)
COLUMN: Summertime work and play

COLUMN: Summertime work and play

I’ve been noticing that, at long last, “climate change” has slipped into the general vocabulary.

COLUMN: Summertime work and play
Artists rendering of first phase of new townhomes for Nelson Landing.

COLUMN: Making decisions for the future

Nelson councillor Donna Macdonald explains why she voted to approve the variances for the first phase of Nelson Landing

Artists rendering of first phase of new townhomes for Nelson Landing.

COLUMN: Budget: It’s that time of year again

These days while you’re huddled around the closest source of heat, your city council is huddled around board tables.

This summer’s growing season has been a great one as Councillor Donna Macdonald’s corn can attest.

Summer delights and decisions in Nelson

What a beautiful summer we’re having. Just the right mix of warmth and sunshine, with some refreshing rain tossed in.

This summer’s growing season has been a great one as Councillor Donna Macdonald’s corn can attest.
This FCM report could be a game changer for municipalities.

Collaboration works

I often tire of hearing “collaboration” and “partnership,” both as words and concepts. But I like them when they work.

This FCM report could be a game changer for municipalities.
Lena Horswill has guided Nelson Community Services Centre for 26 years and help build a solid organization that helps many people.

Nelson’s Lena Horswill retiring with grace and gratitude

Sitting in her bright corner office, chatting about her upcoming retirement, Lena Horswill uses the word “grateful” a lot.

Lena Horswill has guided Nelson Community Services Centre for 26 years and help build a solid organization that helps many people.
Freiburg’s Rathaus (City Hall) has 165 solar panels that have produced 73

Out into the world… and back home to Nelson

The luscious beauty of early spring in Nelson made the return quite easy

Freiburg’s Rathaus (City Hall) has 165 solar panels that have produced 73
SEEDS coordinator Lee Reid (left) with councillor Donna Macdonald at the greenhouses.

The challenge of change in Nelson

Happy First Day of Spring! This is such an interesting time of year in Nelson.

SEEDS coordinator Lee Reid (left) with councillor Donna Macdonald at the greenhouses.
Sometimes it seems like there may no rules when it comes to Nelson politics

The reason we have rules

When it comes to how we conduct council meetings, these rules are very important.

Sometimes it seems like there may no rules when it comes to Nelson politics
The Kootenay Co-op’s Marnie and Karyn got into Capitol Theatre pantomime character for Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday. Decked in Sherlock Holmes inspired costumes

Ode to Nelson’s Baker Street

This past Saturday, though, I spent five hours wandering Baker Street during Customer Appreciation Day.

The Kootenay Co-op’s Marnie and Karyn got into Capitol Theatre pantomime character for Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday. Decked in Sherlock Holmes inspired costumes

From UBCM with thanks

The issue of resources for municipal governments is building momentum.

Despite horrible spring weather

A bountiful summer in Nelson area

If it seems like our weather is getting weirder and weirder, it’s true.

Despite horrible spring weather
Councillor Donna Macdonald at Sunday’s Canada Day celebration at Lakeside Rotary Park.

Standing up for Canada

Canada Day always leads us to contemplate our country and what we stand for, as we wave our little red-and-white flags

Councillor Donna Macdonald at Sunday’s Canada Day celebration at Lakeside Rotary Park.
Smitty Miller stands by LiLi who takes the Fraser Valley library live and on tour.

Libraries — a bright future in Nelson

Anyone who thinks libraries are doomed like the dodo bird is dead wrong.

Smitty Miller stands by LiLi who takes the Fraser Valley library live and on tour.
The Civic Theatre is one puzzle council hopes to solve soon.

Getting sorted out at the Nelson council table

When I hit the kitchen to do some cooking, I always start by sorting things out, organizing and tidying.

The Civic Theatre is one puzzle council hopes to solve soon.
City councillors are busy at this time of year as they read through reports and  set priorities for heading into the future.

Budgets and bankruptcy

Last week I watched with horror the news story about San Jose, California.

City councillors are busy at this time of year as they read through reports and  set priorities for heading into the future.
Dogs in Nelson’s downtown is a historically explosive issue and one that is not easily solved

Dipping into the dog debate

I certainly didn’t anticipate that my first column in this new term of office would be about dogs!

Dogs in Nelson’s downtown is a historically explosive issue and one that is not easily solved