Donna Macdonald

Wanted: more women

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

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: Counsel for council candidates (and voters)

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

COLUMN: Summertime work and play

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

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

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.

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.

Collaboration works

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

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.

Out into the world… and back home to Nelson

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

The challenge of change in Nelson

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

The reason we have rules

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

Ode to Nelson’s Baker Street

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

From UBCM with thanks

The issue of resources for municipal governments is building momentum.

A bountiful summer in Nelson area

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

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

Libraries — a bright future in Nelson

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

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.

Budgets and bankruptcy

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

Dipping into the dog debate

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