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OPINION: You May be Holding Your Future in Your Hands

Louise Mott the BC Lung Association's Quit Now Health Promoter and Michael Jessen have a message for anyone thinking about or currently smoking. — Submitted photo

The lighter’s flame touches the end of your cigarette; you take a deep drag and the warm smoke enters your lungs.

If it’s your first cigarette, you might instantly find it harder to breathe. The smoke tastes heavy and robust, not entirely unpleasant and reminiscent of drinking coffee for the first time.

Then comes the nicotine hit and you feel suddenly energized, slightly light-headed, and almost dizzy.

You have an urge to cough, but you’re also enticed by something you’ve seen friends, relatives, and movie stars do.

Money makes the world go around

It appears for politicians, time is money.

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau – and other federal cabinet ministers – have a fondness for political fundraising events held behind closed doors, far away from prying eyes.

In political slang better known as cash-for-access, not to be confused with its kissing cousin pay-to-play.

Government workers in B.C. paid 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers

The study finds that government employees in B.C.—including federal, provincial and municipal workers—received 7.4 per cent higher wages, on average.

Government workers in B.C. receive 7.4 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector, and enjoy much more generous non-wage benefits, too, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

COLUMN: A Ray of Hope from Nature

COLUMN: A Ray of Hope from Nature

If you fly over a forest and look down, you’ll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun’s beneficence! Research shows we might benefit by thinking more like a forest.

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community
   

As has been pointed out by too many people, 2016 was a devastating year for progressives (a homely term for all those who are want equality, democracy and ecological sanity). There is no need to repeat the list of atrocities, failures and disappointments, as we all have them indelibly marked on our psyches.

No more Alberta advantage —corporate rates now lower in Ontario, Quebec, B.C.

The study finds that in 2014, before the current government’s tax increases, Alberta had the lowest corporate tax rate in Canada at 10 per cent.

Corporate and personal income tax hikes in Alberta last year have wiped away crucial tax advantages that helped fuel the province’s economic prosperity for years, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Editorial: Ignorance as a Survival Tactic

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There, a nice picture of a cat. Now for some of the stuff we'd rather ignore, even if that's not a very smart move.

Column: Unfinished Business

Christy Clark

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There are bits of unfinished business the B.C. government could attend to in the meantime, though.

Just as there are debt clocks to track the growth in public debt, perhaps there should be a “not forthcoming clock” to track the amount of time it takes for the government to come clean on the 2012 health ministry firings.

COLUMN: What Scientists Said 25 Years Ago

One tiny sample of trash pollution: just one symptom.

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

Natural Selection: Who Deserves to Rule Human Society?

Natural Selection: Who Deserves to Rule Human Society?

 

“And if you call me brother now, forgive me if I ask –

‘According to whose plan?’

When it all comes down to dust,

I will kill you if I must. I will help you if I can.

When it all comes down to dust,

I will help you if I must. I will kill you if I can.”

Leonard Cohen, Song of Isaac (1969)

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