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by Contributor on Tuesday Aug 15 2017

The BC SPCA is applauding the provincial government’s move to end British Columbia’s grizzly bear trophy hunt. Announced Monday by Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson and in a B.C. government release, the ban will take effect on Nov. 30 throughout British Columbia, after this year’s season.

“The decision...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Aug 10 2017

It had to have been lost in the mail. It's the only plausible explanation.

I can't imagine any other reason for not receiving an invitation to at least one of the “by invitation only” dinners held since 2013 with B.C.’s deputy ministers.

The annual cash for access event is hosted by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

After all, it might seem a little crass for the B.C. Liberal...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 09 2017

How much alcohol should a person be allowed to have in her bloodstream while being in control of a  motor vehicle?  Is there a "safe" limit below which someone is not really impaired, or  not too impaired? Canada's Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is considering lowering  the blood-alcohol content limit that constitutes a criminal offense from anything over .08 percent to anything over...

by Bob Hall on Wednesday Aug 09 2017

The Provincial Government’s announcement that tuition fees for Adult Basic Education will be eliminated starting immediately is welcome news for learners interested in upgrading opportunities in the Selkirk College region.

Looking to open the door to adults who wish to expand their education and skills, Premier John Horgan made the announcement at Victoria’s Camosun College. The NDP...

by Andre Carrel on Tuesday Aug 08 2017

Scenario: the year is 2007 (or 1997). A political science class is presented with a hypothetical election outcome where parties A and B have each received 40% of the vote and party C the remaining 20%. The class is asked to write an essay: This is the Government the People have Elected. Many agree that, while possible in theory, such an election outcome is all but impossible in...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

For the past month, we have seen a series of wildfires race through the British Columbia interior, destroying homes, disrupting lives and damaging businesses.  The BC government has already spent over $150 million fighting the fires and has provided over $100 million in relief to those who have been forced from their homes.

Most of the fires started early on July 7th, when a...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jul 25 2017

An acquaintance recently said to me, "I guess you're smiling because the NDP are forming the government now."  Actually, I was smiling about something completely non-political.  Besides, I tend to be a bit agnostic about party politics; are political parties really necessary?  She went on to say that in her recollection, "when the NDP were in power before, all they did was spend, spend, spend...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jul 18 2017

While four of six Tsilhqot’in communities are evacuated due to raging wildfires surrounding  their communities,  Christy Clark's outgoing Liberal government has granted permits to Taseko Mines to conduct extensive pre-construction exploration and drilling for the New Prosperity  mine proposal in a place precious to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.  Never mind that the federal government has twice nixed...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

It's summertime.  We're all on holiday, right?  Who wants to think about stuff like governance at this time of year? On the other hand, can we afford to stop thinking about it, given how things are at the highest levels of Canadian politics?   

I say we need a fundamental change in the dynamics of Parliament, and that electoral reform can help.

Look at our Parliament in action:...

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