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by Murray Dobbin on Monday Oct 17 2016

It's amazing what we gradually accept as normal -- even admirable -- in how we treat each other in Canada. Practices that were once seen as a repugnant surrender to government indifference, like food banks, are now virtually celebrated as a high point of citizen engagement and promoted as such by our public broadcaster once a year. And other practices, like hospitals and seniors' care homes...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 12 2016

I’ve often thought politicians inhabit a parallel universe. Maybe it’s just widespread cognitive dissonance, coupled with a lack of imagination, that compels them to engage in so much contradictory behaviour. Trying to appease so many varying interests isn’t easy.

Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities, though, politicians should first consider the...

by Contributor on Wednesday Oct 12 2016

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile, before allowing them to be transferred into open-net ocean pens alongside wild fish.

“According to federal fisheries laws, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is required to ensure that farmed fish are not...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Oct 05 2016

Here is Part II of this lengthy article.  To review Part I, click on this link.

The 60’s Generation and political change: No revolution

The question again puts my focus on the effects of the ‘60’s on culture. We heard then...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Oct 04 2016

On Wednesday, October 5, a new store opens its doors in the Mountain Kingdom.  The Rossland Dispensary will be the newest addition to Rossland's business community.

What IS a marijuana dispensary?

 A marijuana dispensary does not sell marijuana for recreational use; the products are available only to people who have been prescribed a...

by Andre Carrel on Monday Oct 03 2016

There will many announcements and pronouncements for and against the federal government’s approval of the Petronas LNG project if, in view of the 190 pre-conditions, approval is the appropriate term. What aroused my curiosity was the identity of developer: who is Petronas?

Petronasis an oil and gas giant created a...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Sep 28 2016

How much do you pay for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?  This year, if you're a single person who earned $21,900 (or so) last year ("adjusted net income"), you'll pay nothing  -- as long as you applied for Premium Assistance.  But if you're a couple, and you and your spouse earned a total of $30,001 last year, then this year you'll pay $1632 for medical services coverage.  If you and your...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 31 2016

Many Rosslanders recall the unfortunate separation of a devoted senior couple so that they could more conveniently (for IHA) be housed in different facilities, in different towns.  While separated, one of the couple died.  The resulting, and well-justified, outcry may have resulted in changes to the practice of deciding which extended-care patients get housed in what facilities, and whether or...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Aug 10 2016

On February 18th of this year a group of First Nations activists came to Ottawa to speak to the government about the Site C dam project on the Peace River.  They met with myself and other MPs in the BC NDP caucus to discuss their attempts to delay construction of the dam until the concerns of their people were heard in federal court this fall.  The Liberal government refused to meet...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Aug 10 2016

A reader recently commented privately about the recent "Rape and Consequences" article, and expressed dismay that Canada's "rape shield" legislation is not  more effective at curbing  defence attorneys' strategy of "whacking the victim" in court.  Her comment made me think:  our society's acceptance of "rape culture" is evidence of an ingrained sexism, but its origins go far beyond  sexism....

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