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by Dan Kraus on Thursday Oct 05 2017

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000  Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. 

It’s easy to think that our forests are endless, and it’s a mindset we’ve held...

by Contributor on Thursday Oct 05 2017

The Selkirk College Students’ Union has launched a manual for students’ union organisers. The Fundamentals of Students’ Unionism provides student activists and organisers a framework to understand students’ unionism and the student movement.

“Students are more in debt now than ever in the history...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Oct 04 2017

Conservative Member of Parliament Mel Arnold wants to make theft of firefighting equipment, which theft causes "actual danger to life,"  a specific Criminal Code offense with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life. That's the same maximum penalty as mischief causing actual danger to life.

Anyone who was evacuated from their homes during the raging progress of BC's record-breaking...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 04 2017

Masses of monarch butterflies fluttering across Toronto’s waterfront. Painted ladies (often mistaken for monarchs) descending on Montreal. Combined with the hottest September ever recorded in the Great Lakes region, it’s been a strange time in Eastern Canada. We should savour the joys of these captivating critters while we can, because their future — and that of insects generally — is...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Oct 04 2017

“I cheat and I lie, I do what I have to do, to get by But I know what is wrong and I know what is right — And I die for the truth, in my secret life.”

-- Leonard Cohen, In my secret life

Interiority and Spirituality

The one place we all hold most private, most...

by Michael Jessen on Tuesday Oct 03 2017

While the story of Nero fiddling while Rome burned is a...

by The Fraser Institute on Tuesday Oct 03 2017

Only half of Canada’s provinces provide even partial funding for independent schools, which in turn, can lower tuition costs for parents, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Independent schools offer parents greater choice, and often provide religious or alternative teaching pedagogies not available in the public...

by Chris Fields on Monday Oct 02 2017

Are we learning anything? Are we trying to solve underlying problems? It's what I've been thinking about as the rinse and repeat cycle of terrorism and mass shootings continues. So many good, innocent people lost. Dreams and legacy unrealized.

I don't think it's good enough to just report it anymore with sense of shock, or have us just watch and move on - without someone finally...

by Dermod Travis on Monday Oct 02 2017

The B.C. government's proposed public subsidies for political parties may be hogging the media spotlight, but there are some other important aspects to the government's proposed changes on how political parties and elections are financed.

The legislation proposes a cut of 25 per cent to the province's campaign spending limits.

For a political...

by Wayne Holmes on Sunday Oct 01 2017

Local Astronomer Wayne Holmes has had an interest in astronomy for many years. As the coordinator of the Starry Nights program at Taghum Hall, Holmes has always had a desire to sky gaze. Thankfully, Holmes has agreed to share his knowledge with a column, Solar System and Beyond that will appear occasionally in The Nelson Daily.

If you are an early riser and are outside just...

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