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by Harvey Oberfeld on Sunday Feb 27 2011

There’s a really BIG difference between being an aspiring politician and being an elected one; and there’s a huge difference between being an aspiring premier and holding the office, especially when not elected to the post by the people. The people must therefore depend more than ever on the media to speak our concerns, raise our questions and canvass our issues.

And there is no...

by Laila Yuile on Saturday Feb 26 2011

  From the Fraser Surrey Docks press release:

Fraser Surrey Docks was a fitting background for the official launch of the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR)project on Monday, January 12th 2009, which was attended by Prime Minister...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Feb 25 2011

The release of the preliminary contributors list for BC Liberal leadership candidates makes for an interesting read, but the most intriguing part goes well beyond the totals.

 

Naturally, most of the media highlighted who has so far taken in the most: Kevin Flacon $708,000;  Christy Clark  $519,000;  George Abbott  $427,000;  and, Mike De Jong  $266,000.

But I find something...

by Contributor on Wednesday Feb 16 2011

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have announced a multi-million dollar funding commitment to help remove major threats to British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley – a spectacular wilderness area that straddles the Canada-U.S. border.

 

The two leading conservation organizations will provide $9.4 million to the Province of British Columbia to...
by Contributor on Wednesday Feb 16 2011

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is disappointed with the B.C. government’s management of the public purse and troubled by rising public debt forecast in today’s provincial budget.

“This government would like everybody to cheer a $1.265 billion deficit for last year, because it’s lower than forecast. That’s not good enough. The real story here is $440 million in spending overruns and...

by Rafe Mair on Tuesday Feb 15 2011

Sooner or later the truth must come out. Clearly it must be from outside the government and BC Hydro - and it sure as hell isn’t going to come from the mainstream media.

 

Let me lay this out clearly – either what The Common Sense Canadian says is true or it isn’t. We’ve laid out the facts and taken our message around the province and are about to start another tour. The...

by Murray Dobbin on Tuesday Feb 15 2011

 As tens of millions of Egyptians celebrated their victory over a brutal dictator and began the task of creating democracy, the story from Canada was of democracy going backwards. For five years under Stephen Harper, Canada has been subjected to a systematic erosion of democracy (as I document here). Canada is not Egypt and...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Feb 11 2011

 In watching the live streaming coverage of the Egyptian revolution on Aljazeera I am awe-struck by the incredible humanity of what is unfolding in that country. I imagine Jean Jacques Rousseau wandering amongst the throngs of people and being equally amazed and delighted. For the character of this uprising, this outpouring...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Feb 11 2011

With all the attention focused on the BC Liberals and NDP leadership races, you may not have noticed: the next federal election campaign is already under way.

 

The vote will take place in late April/early May.

The first visible sign were those negative TV ads launched by the federal Tories a couple of weeks ago. And true to the expected Tory campaign strategy, the main...

by Andre Carrel on Friday Feb 04 2011

The focus of politics has shifted over the past two to three decades from issues to personalities. Media reports refer to Conservative or Liberal governments or to Harper or Campbell governments, as if federal and provincial governments were owned by political parties or their leaders.

Such references are indications that our parliamentary democracies have become totalitarian democracies...

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