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by Jason Harshenin on Monday May 24 2010

The oil spill that now jeopardizes the entire ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico, and potentially beyond, is a chilling reminder that all is not well with our planet. And what’s actually worse: the amount of oil gushing from the seemingly impossible-to-stop deep-sea oil well or the complacent attitude taken toward the spill by media, government and the vast majority of the general populace?...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday May 20 2010

I went to the local Shell the other day for snacks, yes it was a late night munchy attack, and as I was perusing the shelves for the appropriate chip a label on a bag jumped up to catch my eye - 100% compostable bag. I was so excited I had to buy it! Good thing it was a chip I like – Sun Chips.

Recently I have been having some serious misgivings about our efforts in reducing plastics in...

by Alex Atamanenko on Friday May 14 2010

Canada-wide changes proposed by Canada Post that will see local mail rerouted from rural communities to sorting centres in cities have drawn the ire of local NDP Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior).

“This completely defies all logic,” said Atamanenko.

“In this riding, the result will be that some letters will travel over 1,200 kilometres, round trip, for...

by Rob Leggett on Wednesday May 12 2010

Leave it to the NDP to introduce a Private Members Bill that I believe will not only be devastating to the Canadian economy but also one that is seemingly based on inconclusive science.


Bill C-311 requires the Canadian federal government to set regulations to attain a midterm target to bring green house gas emissions 25  per cent below 1990 levels and a long term target to bring...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday May 06 2010

A couple of years ago a friend and I were talking business and she said to me, “I’m American and I run my business the American way, not Canadian.” She was referring to the kill or be killed business culture of the United States. It’s hard to imagine that just by crossing the 49th parallel that the entrepreneurial spirit takes a different form. But when you start shopping around for pricing...

by Donovan Hoggan on Wednesday May 05 2010

How many times have you sent email and never heard a reply? If the person at the other end is ducking you, there's nothing I can do. Sometimes, though, it's just a case of too many emails and yours getting deleted.

There are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of your message getting lost.

Step 1: Is it getting through? Try sending to someone outside of your company to...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday May 03 2010

Another Monday, and more than a million British Columbians head off to work: to earn a living,  pursue careers, provide services for clients, satisfy their own desire to contribute to society and share the stories and challenges of their lives with their closest co-workers. Lisa Reimer, however, is forced to stay home.

From everything I can see, Reimer is no revolutionary, no activist,...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Apr 29 2010

As I drove home from the emotionally charged public meeting about the possible closure of the Beaverdell Elementary School, CBC radio was my company. The program was about the shift in our historical culture when the responsibility for caring for the population shifted from church to state. For a large part of history, churches provided education, as well as spiritual, physical and emotional...

by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Apr 27 2010

On Mar. 17, a milestone was reached in Parliament which puts power back in the hands of our elected officials, and by extension, back in the hands of the Canadians who elect them.

An opposition motion, tabled by New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton and supported by all opposition parties, limits the Prime Minister’s ability to prorogue parliament to just seven days without the...

by Adrian Barnes on Thursday Apr 22 2010

Happy Earth Day. As I write this, the sun is shining. It's been warm this week--hot actually. Unusually hot for mid-April in the alpine. As we prepare to take part in the Pitch In campaign or Trash to Treasures day, as we contemplate back yard chickens and community gardens, let's enjoy ourselves even as we're careful not to lose sight of the bigger picture. Warning: 'downers' ahead.

As...

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