Sid Parker with his new book

Former Revelstoke mayor and MP Sid Parker pens book on Columbia River Treaty

Sid Parker writes book "Damn it: It's about water" dealing with his experiences regarding the Columbia River Treaty.

Sid Parker was in Revelstoke last week to promote his new book, Damn it: It’s about water. Parker was born in Revelstoke in 1930 and grew up on a farm in the Big Eddy. He served as mayor of Revelstoke from 1970-1978 before going on to represent the riding of Kootenay EastRevelstoke in the House of Commons from 1980-1984 and 1988-1993 as a member of the NDP.

The book deals with Parker’s experiences dealing with the Columbia River Treaty during both his time as mayor and as an MP. He said he’s spent seven years working on the book and wanted to get it out before the 2014 deadline at which the signatories to the treaty can give notice they want to cancel or re-negotiate the treaty.

In Parker’s view, the treaty was a raw deal for the Kootenays, where hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural land was flooded and communities were destroyed. Meanwhile, the United States benefitted from the construction of dams in Canada through better flood control, increased power generation along their stretch of the Columbia River, improved irrigation, and increased industry. The financial benefits to Canada weren’t worth the cost, he said, and the treaty lacked social, economic and environmental protection for Canadians.

Parker will be making a presentation to council on the CRT on Tuesday, May 26, at 1 p.m.

Just Posted

Highways in and out of Revelstoke close

Highway 1 is now open to single alternative traffic, but Highway 23 south is closed

NDP bring Green New Deal to the Kootenays

MPs Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian held climate change talks in Nelson, Cranbrook and Revelstoke

Grizzly bear and off-leash dog encounters have caused some trails to be closed to dogs in Mt. Revelstoke National Park

Though dogs aren’t prohibited on all of the trails they must always be on leash

Terry Fox run in Revelstoke coming up Sept. 15

There will be a 2 km, 5 km and 10 km

Grass fire breaks out on highway south of Vernon

Highway 97 traffic slowed as firefighters snuff grass fire

Wildfire sparks beside Highway 3 west of Keremeos

A wildfire on the side of Highway 3 just west of Keremeos… Continue reading

Summerland relaunches net metering program

Event open house will be held Aug. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m in Arena Banquet Room

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Jaws of Life used to rescue driver in North Okanagan crash

Single-vehicle MVI causes traffic delays on Highway 6

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Preliminary inquiry set for accused Penticton killer

John Brittain, 68, will be back in Penticton court from Jan. 27 to 31

Most Read