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by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Aug 23 2010

I must admit: I have certain rules in handling responses from readers to postings on this blog.  No libel, no swearing, no racist remarks, no name-calling.

 

But I do NOT try to kill off comments from people who disagree with me (although I wonder how could they!).  I don’t disqualify them because their submissions  have spelling  mistakes; I don’t invalidate them because of...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Aug 19 2010
As I sit writing in my office there is a family of deer grazing not five feet outside my screen door. A young buck, a doe and a fawn are scattered across my yard and wandering back and forth across the road. If it seems there is a plethora of animal articles this week, the coincidence can’t be missed – we live in rural B.C. with wild animals and we live with the consequences of that....
by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 18 2010

 Marijuana and bears and raccoons, oh my!

Only in the Kootenays.
 
I see the humour in the story – who wouldn't, when a cop watches a massive bear crawl onto his squad car and refers to it as a “big Kootenay hood ornament”? (Although I feel compelled to point out my heroic restraint in refraining from making any pig/cop jokes when the 50-pound pot-belly entered...
by Alex Atamanenko on Sunday Aug 15 2010

After years of deteriorating farm income, mounting debt and ill-designed income stability programs, can life on Canadian farms get worse?  It certainly appears so. The government is forecasting that the price of many farm commodities will decline in 2010.  And despite a complete overhaul by the Conservative government, farm income programs are causing the same level of frustration for farmers...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Aug 11 2010

Well, that didn’t take long!  Remember all those promises BC retailers wouldn’t use the HST to rip off consumers? And the Premier, the Finance Minister and the business community wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

Been to Zellers lately?

I was there today and the cashier asked, before ringing up the total for my single item, if I would like a bag.

“No, don’t need one...

by Donovan Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 11 2010

Last week, I talked a bit about consumer-level tools for working with digital photos. This week, let's step it up notch.

Simple photo editing tools like iPhoto or Picasa are easy to use, but they aren't that powerful. At the other end of the spectrum are full-featured photo editors. The gold standard is Adobe Photoshop but its biggest downside is the cost. A retail copy of Adobe...

by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Aug 11 2010

After years of deteriorating farm income, mounting debt and ill-designed income stability programs, can life on Canadian farms get worse?  It certainly appears so. The government is forecasting that the price of many farm commodities will decline in 2010.  And despite a complete overhaul by the Conservative government, farm income programs are causing the same level of frustration for farmers...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Aug 09 2010

If anyone had any doubt it is game over for Premier Gordon Campbell, the latest Angus Reid poll spells it out in black and white.  But what’s worse are the figures that also show that, even with a new leader, the Liberals are heading for an election disaster.

That will be Campbell’s political legacy, barring a miraculous turnaround.

The poll, commissioned by The Vancouver Sun...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Aug 05 2010
I’m not sure if all of you know, but I am clairvoyant. Now, before you turn away and disregard this column, I will demonstrate – I’ll predict what will happen at the meeting being hosted by the City of Grand Forks next Monday night about the expenditure of money to save the rail line serving our local businesses.
 
Many people will attend who are older (no this is not...
by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 04 2010

 My son did a really neat thing this week – a neat thing that served to underline some ugly truths of our modern world.

Let's start the story with my shameless bragging: my 12-year-old son, upon hearing me discuss the food bank's current crisis, took it upon himself (with no prompting from me), to answer the call.
 
He gathered up his little circle of friends in...

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