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by Murray Dobbin on Monday Oct 25 2010

 I have argued that ideology makes you stupid and if you have power it makes you dangerous. One of the best examples is the idiocy of more and more tax cuts with the supposed goal of making Canadian business internationally “competitive.”

First, tax rates regularly come about sixth or seventh down the list of factors that actual CEOs look at when deciding whether or not to invest.  For...

by Nik Green on Tuesday Oct 19 2010
One doesn't realize the size of our fair country until they have driven across it twice in a month. I had the pleasure of crossing Canada and back over the past 30 days with my business partner Edan Marshall.
 
Our goal was to document the finest, nuttiest and most beautiful places in which one could enjoy a cup of high-end coffee. The end result is a 10-part film...
by Murray Dobbin on Monday Oct 18 2010

 When asked recently what she thought of Jack Layton’s proposal to increase the payout of the Canada Pension Plan (by gradually increasing premiums paid by workers and employers) Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party replied:

“I’m not sure why Jack would propose that. I...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Oct 14 2010

The communities of the West Boundary have taken a leap of faith. In an economy where the lines between government ownership of resources and private sector businesses don’t often merge, Boundary Wood Products Inc. has been born. 

While there are few mainstream examples of community-owned forest operations, some of the best examples of the type of business that the West Boundary...
by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Oct 13 2010

What are the key issues that progressives need to be fighting to rid the country of Stephen Harper's wrecking crew? One is the tar sands and the Enbridge pipeline, which would see giant oil tankers plying the waters off the B.C. coast. Another key issue is the Harper government's oft-announced plan to begin its so-called budgetary austerity program, starting with the spring 2011 budget. That,...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Oct 08 2010

Well, so much for the “Democratic” in the New Democratic Party!  Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson was politically hauled in, drawn and quartered , his remains expelled in the middle of the night from the NDP caucus, for daring to criticise the content--or lack of content--in a SPEECH by party leader Carole James.

 

Judging by the massive over-reaction by James, you would have thought...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Oct 07 2010
Deer are making headlines again – no, not at the UBCM meetings where deer seemed to the be the topic of the day while infrastructure problems and health took a back seat – but now deer have crossed the line to become dangerous animals. Four deer in Marysville were terminated by the conservation officers (CO) because of aggression shown towards women pushing strollers. But it gets even better...
by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Oct 06 2010

It’s quite a come down. From in-your-face arrogance to a total retreat in a matter of a few months, the big money behind Quebecor’s determination to set up a Fox news North is now looking pretty humble.

There’s no doubt that part of this is overreach on the part of Pierre Karl Peladeau and his junkyard-dog front man Kory Teneycke.  But mostly it is a huge victory for every Canadian...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Oct 04 2010

Almost hate to admit it, but I am old enough to remember the advent of television in Canada. In Montreal, in the early 1950s, it all began with two television stations: CBMT (English) and CBFT (French), and we would watch, mesmerized by anything they broadcast',even the Indian head test patterns, with their various very technical-looking circles and numbered vertical and horizontal lines. This...

by Contributor on Monday Oct 04 2010

Did you know that parents want their children to have access to well-stocked libraries in their schools? Were you aware that they’re very concerned that provincial governments aren’t doing enough to ensure that there’s enough money to pay for these books and libraries? Or that increasingly teachers have to dig into their own pockets ($453 on average) to compensate for funding that just isn’t...

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