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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 (...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Jun 30 2010

Police states don’t appear full blown, over night. They are, like any other social phenomenon, part of a social and political process - the end result of a long term corruption of the political culture and the incremental diminishing of democracy. This is a process that has been taking place for at least twenty years in Canada and it should come as no surprise that the police in Canada are now...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jun 30 2010

 Several hundred people attended a Celebration of Life for Zach Larsen on Saturday at the Pentecostal New Life Assembly Church.

I wouldn't normally write a story like this in the first person – it's not about me, after all – but I tried and tried to write it as an impartial observer and just couldn't ... it felt dishonest.
 
At the end of the day, I'm not...
by Harvey Oberfeld on Thursday Jun 24 2010

BC’s media has shown exactly why that new Sun TV News channel to cover Canadian events, issues and news with an edge is so badly needed.

““There’ll be a range of opinion. It’ll be different, it’ll be less politically correct. If you’re wondering what the presentation of what kind of news stories we’ll be interested in, and a flavour of the commentary that we’ll have, pick up the Sun...

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