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The incredible shrinking role of government in BC

Today, spending is just 18.4 per cent of BC’s total economic pie (GDP) on government programs and services compared to 21.1 per cent in 2000.

During an election, pundits and political parties tend to focus on spending promises. But the attention on spending makes it easy to forget that we’ve actually witnessed an incredible shrinking of government’s role in BC over the past 15 years.

Unlike the strange mist that shrinks Scott Carey in the 1957 sci-fi classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man, the cause of BC’s shrinking public sector is not so mysterious.

Fracking and all of us: recent news

gas flare

To further our understanding of what's accelerating climate change, here's a brand-new report from the David Suzuki Foundation about leaking of methane from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction being much greater than reported by industry and government, and how it has been measured, and why it's scary:

Methane emissions much higher than reported, threaten climate and GHG reduction targets

USA announces preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20%

The U.S. Department of Commerce argues that the countervailing duty is required to offset what in its view is unfair subsidies provided to lumber companies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Monday announced that preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20% will be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the United States.

Preliminary countervailing duties in the form of cash deposits become effective around May 1, 2017, (once notice published in U.S. federal register) for four months to the end of August.

Thereafter, these duties will not be collected until the final orders are published in January 2018.

Export Navigator expands to Kootenay-Boundary

It's a program that benefits small- to medium-sized businesses.

The Kootenay-Boundary is open for business.

The region’s small- to medium-sized businesses are now eligible to be part of a program to help them export products outside of the province.

Called Export Navigator, the one-year pilot project brings help to export-ready small- and medium-sized businesses in the region — funded by the province through a $250,000 commitment to the Rural Economic Development Strategy.

Advertorial — Free Rein develops life skills using the unconventional way

Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center owner-operator Rebecca Horkoff welcomes the public to attend one of the many programs offered at the Grand Forks location.

There’s a new business in the Boundary using an unconventional way to help individuals develop their own life skills.

Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center is an objective driven program that develops life skills all the while using horses as teachers.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

This continues a discussion begun in Part I, last week.

Bad Capitalism: exploitation

If there is one single thing that separates me from most Lennonesque liberals and progressives who want One World, it is not my affection for defined and qualified Canadian nationalism. It is that I am anti-capitalist, whereas the majority of global neo-liberal progressives feel that capitalism is operating just fine. They say that because, in their social class, capitalism has enriched them and provided them with privileged, entitled lives that money can buy.

Selkirk College Distinguished Alumnus Rises to Peak of the Ski Industry

Panorama Mountain Village President and CEO Steve Paccagnan will receive the honour of Distinguished Alumnus at the Selkirk College Graduation 2017 ceremony on April 28 at the Castlegar Campus. Paccagnan graduated from the Ski Resort Operations & Management Program in 1988.

One of Canada’s ski industry leaders will be honoured as a Distinguished Alumnus at the upcoming Selkirk College Graduation 2017 ceremony.

Age a factor in Canadian wealth inequality

Age a factor in Canadian wealth inequality

Wealth inequality in Canada is largely the result of differences in people’s age, where wealth accumulation is a slow and steady process over a long period of time, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Wealth, measured by a household’s net worth, includes the value of all assets — house, business, stocks, bonds, savings, etc. — minus all debts, such as the mortgage, a line of credit and credit card debt.  It is, of course, different than income.

COLUMN: The moral way to distribute social wealth -- Part One

COLUMN: The moral way to distribute social wealth -- Part One

Capitalists,Liberals, Nationalists, Intellectuals

News about money

We have been treated to the spectacle this month of a half-dozen Bombardier executives planning to split 32 million dollars among themselves as bonuses, at the same time as the corporation has announced it is about to lay off 14, 000 workers worldwide.

It was also announced that the world will officially have its first trillionaire this year. No doubt we already do, we just don’t have his name.

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