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by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

When it comes to measures seriously addressing climate change, Canadians have pretty low expectations. They know that oil companies have the ear of both Bay Street political parties. Just last week, for example, the auditor general went public, exposing the Trudeau government’s refusal to provide the information he needs to determine the level of subsidies we provide to the industry. But we...

by Letters to the editor on Sunday Nov 05 2017

To The Editor:

It’s all about balance. 

Even with a vegetarian meal, there needs to be a balance of the essential nutrients.  If we look at Proportional Representation (PR) in the same light, there is an opportunity for the electorate to choose the desired balance.  If we think of the various political parties as one of the essential “food groups”, then...

by Dermod Travis on Saturday Nov 04 2017

It started out innocently enough.

One task: how successful were the cuts at B.C. Hydro following former premier Christy Clark's “hard look” at the Crown corporation in 2011?

Annual reports from some Crown corporations have gone the way of the dodo bird – the numbers now buried in their three-year service plans – so first step: find the utility's 2016/17 Financial Information Act...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Nov 01 2017

“The West is the best. /  Get here, and we’ll do the rest.”

                                                -- Jim Morrison, the Doors, Blue Bus

In the beginning, two words

I do not often fare into the waters of moral judgements, but in this column I do. My morals and ethics, or “values” as the modern vocabulary seems to prefer,...

by Wayne Holmes on Sunday Oct 29 2017
Local Astronomer Wayne Holmes has had an interest in astronomy since he got his first telescope and began reading about the objects in the sky at a young age. As the coordinator of the Starry Nights program at Taghum Hall as well as multi session astronomy classes as part of the Learning in Retirement program and astronomy programs for schools, Holmes has always...
by Letters to the editor on Sunday Oct 29 2017

To The Editor:

We should not only applaud the City of Victoria for their recent call for climate accountability, but our local municipalities should join the chorus.

For far too long fossil fuel corporations have used tax payer dollars through government subsidies and externalized pollution costs to make billions in profits. Its time they join us in...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Friday Oct 27 2017

By Alex Hemingway, CCPA-BC’s Public Finance Policy Analyst

After analyzing the numbers, it’s clear that BC can make significant reinvestments in critical public services that British Columbians depend upon and want. 

Investments are urgently needed in universal, affordable, high-quality child care, in affordable housing, on climate action commitments...

by Michael Jessen on Thursday Oct 26 2017

Pollution costs and kills.

That is the concise conclusion of The Lancet Commission on pollution and health. The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals.

In a 51-...

by Rossland Telegraph on Monday Oct 23 2017

The BC government has announced a key step toward creating a new, more effective climate-change strategy.  The multi-sector Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council is charged with advising the B.C. government and delivering its first public report in one year. Karen Tam Wu, acting BC Director of the Pembina Institute, has been apponted to the Council; she is director of ...

by Letters to the editor on Monday Oct 23 2017

To The Editor:

Accountability.

Local city councils in the Kootenays should follow the examples of  Victoria, Saanich and the District of the Highlands, who voted nearly unanimously to send a "Climate Accountability Letter" to 20 of the world's largest fossil fuel companies,...

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