Opponents of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline gathered in front of Nelson City Hall on Monday. But a letter-writer says it's not something city council should concern itself with.

Council must focus on local issues

A discussion of the Enbridge Pipeline by Nelson city council is not a local issue.

Re: “Council to formalize opposition,” July 13

A discussion of the Enbridge Pipeline by Nelson city council is not a local issue.

I find it disheartening to watch our fair city slowly fade away, as important issues to the residents of Nelson are convoluted by discussions that are federally and provincially administered.

More importantly, City of Nelson taxes are some of the highest in the province. Certainly this is evident by the glut of properties for sale. Baby boomers are leaving to be with their families in centers offering so much more.

Could it be that council’s time might better be spent on attracting businesses that our young people might find employment?

Could it be that council’s time might better be spent on welcoming approved developers with vision allowing seniors and regular folks to see a movie in their home-town?

Could it be that council’s time might better be spent attracting business to lower the tax rate for homeowners? Could it be that council’s time might better be spent administering the City of Nelson?

The Enbridge Pipeline discussion does not belong at the Council table.

The Hanford Nuclear “waste zone” is down the street, do we hear about it next?

Businesses on Baker Street, and for that matter, surrounding Nelson, are closing, people are leaving, and other closures are imminent. Nelson has become well known across the country for welcoming vagabonds and other individuals supported by our tax dollars.

Nelson could be so much more with a vision for the future and a concerted effort to have a vibrant community.

Please enjoy your time on Council, and deal with the real issue — survival of the community itself.

Len Folkard, Nelson


Just Posted

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Coffee card donations return at Wait’s News

The program supplied over 200 cards last year

Trafalgar students build home for sanctuary horse

Grade 8 students collaborated on a project with a local farm sanctuary

Nelson won’t restrict parking amnesty to West Kootenay

So far, more than 800 people have responded with amnesty payments

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Most Read