Op/Ed

Column: The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Column:  The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees in mind-bogglingly dense clusters, surprisingly well-camouflaged for such colourful critters. She then wrote a heartfelt article calling on people in Canada to act before monarchs go the way of passenger pigeons and buffalo.

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

As the future of Israeli Jews and Palestinians spirals down into an inevitable and inexorable apartheid struggle, Canadians are being denied their fundamental right in a democracy. That is the right to an honest and frank debate about one of the most important issues faced by the international community -- the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutal suppression of Palestinian human rights.

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

In a previous editorial, I wrote about how we survive the sense of futility and powerlessness that comes of watching our governments, and, often, our mainstream press, ignore crucial information and fail to act to prevent disaster.  This one suggests how we could exert our power, if enough of us are onboard.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Editor, The Rossland Telegraph:

I have disliked the politics of liberals all my active political life as a socialist, yet as people they are most often my friends and the next-best-thing to socialists. Liberals work harmoniously within capitalism but I am far from accepting that attitude.

Liberals have had a dominant position in public discourse for a long time, and in media, liberal perspectives are taken as a norm, a mainstream, rather than as ideological viewpoints. Liberalism has been winning its political and cultural battles in the West for a few centuries.

Column: Our Member of Parliament introduces a Motion

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

Today NDP Natural Resources Critic Richard Cannings, MP (South Okanagan – West Kootenay) announced the tabling of motion M-119, calling on the Liberal government to re-introduce the EcoENERGY Home Retrofit program.

The first 500 Days in office: promises, promises -- broken promises

Image:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau via Prime Minister's Photo Gallery

 By James Wilt | DeSmog Canada

Reconcile with Indigenous peoples. Make elections fairer. Invest many more billions in public transit and green infrastructure. Take climate change seriously.

Nine out of ten elementary schools in B.C. showing improvement were public, according to annual ranking

Ninety per cent of all elementary schools in the province showed significant improvement are public.

Independent elementary schools in British Columbia continue to perform well above average, but this year more than 90 per cent of all elementary schools in the province that showed significant improvement are public, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual ranking of B.C. elementary schools released today.

Party hack screams hacked

The accusations this past week must definitely mean the British Columbia's 41st general election is well underway.

Splat. It would seem British Columbia's 41st general election is well underway.

The uproar this week over news that someone may have hacked the B.C. Liberal party's website is a harbinger of things to come, so fasten your seat belts.

Lost in the charges and counter-charges over the alleged hack is a characteristic most hackers share.

Any hacker worth their salt doesn't want “the hackee” to know they've been hacked.

It's a risk losing your hacking-license offense.

Column: Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond the Headlines

moose with winter ticks

Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

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