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by Murray Dobbin on Monday Jul 19 2010

As you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging much over the last couple of weeks. (Largely this is because I have been immersed in fighting the privatization of the local sewage treatment system). But in part it is the result of having some doubts about what the point is. I often say to people that the left – whatever that is these days – has to offer people hope, not despair, if we are to...

by Nik Green on Sunday Jul 18 2010

Perhaps I'm just following it out of pure jealousy and morbid curiosity, but I have been all too amused and interested in the historic falls that two of the worlds' more well-off stars took these past two weeks.

If Mel Gibson thought he had a lot of crap flying his way before, the s**tstorm that is forthcoming will pale in comparison even to the exploding bomb laden toilet he had to...

by Mona Mattei on Wednesday Jul 14 2010
So here we go. In the midst of a trial about the murder of a young boy by a person with a mental illness, the local media is writing up articles about the illness and its impact on a person’s life. An example of too much, too late perhaps?
 
As a community we need to support the people we come into contact with who are different. They may have a mental illness or a...
by Adrian Barnes on Saturday Jul 10 2010
If I’d been a tablet carver back in ancient Babylon and I’d seen a bunch of, to my mind, wacked out kids starting to mark up innocent sheets of papyrus with dyes, I’d have been pretty upset. That whole ink-on-paper thing is an outrage, I’d have thought. That flimsy stuff isn’t permanent, not like stone tablets! And it’s too cheap! What about all those carvers who’ll be driven...
by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Jul 07 2010

 “The closing of the Nelson Daily News and the loss of 25 jobs in this community is another blow to rural B.C.,” said BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko today.

He was reacting to Monday’s news that B.C. media chain Black Press purchased eleven papers from Glacier Media, including the Nelson Daily News, the Trail Daily Times and the Grand Forks Gazette. Black Press plans on...
by Donovan Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 07 2010

 
I've heard it said that raising teenagers is like trying to nail Jello to a tree. It's only fair to my adolescent readers to point out that, from their perspective, dealing with parents is often a very similar experience. So, what does this have to do with technology? Well, McAfee just released a report in which they looked at the computer use of 1,357 10- to 17-year-olds in the U.S....

by Harvey Oberfeld on Saturday Jul 03 2010

The hurt has begun: BC consumers are now being hit with a higher sales tax (HST) almost every where they turn.  And as a result some of those who can hardly afford it, like food servers, are already taking the hit.

A friend of mine told me the following story: each morning he has coffee and toast at a neighbourhood restaurant; the cost, pre-HST, was about $3.75 so he would leave $5,...

by Adrian Barnes on Thursday Jul 01 2010

 While reading Murray Dobbin's recent column in these pages on the fallout of the G8/G20 fiasco, I found myself saying, 'yes, this is exactly what a nascent police state looks like'. It sounds extreme, but it's not. Mr. Dobbin puts it well: when there's a vacuum in civil society, something will fill it. When democracy is as weak as it is in...

by Maureen Bader on Thursday Jul 01 2010

Many people in British Columbia feel both dismayed and betrayed by the HST. It is a $2 billion shift in hidden sales taxes from business to consumers done by a government who said sales tax harmonization was not on the radar screen during the most recent election. True, government reduced income taxes to soften the blow of the tax shift, but meanwhile, it increased other taxes. If government...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 30 2010

 In times past, people could protect themselves from computer viruses by staying out of the "questionable" corners of the internet. While this hasn't been true for years now, many people still believe that watching where they surf will keep their computers un-bugged. Antivirus company AVAST! just released an analysis of infected websites that should, once and for all, put this belief to rest (...

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