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by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Wednesday Apr 26 2017

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...

by Contributor on Monday Apr 24 2017

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....

by Contributor on Friday Apr 21 2017

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79...

by Dermod Travis on Sunday Apr 16 2017

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 healthy ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government.

Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's report – Misfire: the 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations – pointed to a...

by Contributor on Wednesday Apr 12 2017

After months of tough winter driving conditions, many British Columbians are likely making their first road trip of the year this Easter weekend.

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) said in a media release, that every Easter long weekend, an average of four people are killed and 650 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C.

In the Southern Interior 62 people are injured in 310 crashes...

by The Fraser Institute on Wednesday Apr 12 2017

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...

by Elections BC on Tuesday Apr 11 2017

VICTORIA– The writs have been issued for British Columbia’s 41st Provincial General Election.

“Eligible voters can vote from now until the polls close on General Voting Day,” said Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer. “B.C. has the most accessible voting system in Canada, and we encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot.”

General Voting Day is...

by Contributor on Monday Apr 10 2017

It seems there is a lot more uncertainty in the world today: government leaders around the globe divide opinions, concerns of terrorism are on the rise, and bigger policy changes are happening in many Western countries. It’s on the news, across social media platforms, in conversations with family, friends, and co-workers.

The more we tune in, the more we notice even minor issues...

by Contributor on Sunday Apr 09 2017

Premier Christy Clark released the following statement in honour of the centennial of Vimy Ridge:

"In the early morning hours of April 9, 1917, after meticulous planning, Canadian soldiers stormed Vimy Ridge. For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together, under the command of a Canadian.

"The objective was to capture...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Apr 06 2017

After 100 years of taxing Canadians, the personal income tax, which began as a small wartime revenue generator, has morphed into a costly, complex behemoth that’s difficult to administer and makes Canada very uncompetitive, finds a new collection of essays by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The fears policymakers had in 1917...

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