Category: Opinion

Government debt payments about to become big problem

| August 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Government debt payments about to become big problem

Government debt is out of control in Ontario Canadian government debt has risen rapidly of late and interest payments – thanks to expected rate increases – will consume an every growing portion of public sector budgets. While interest rates have remained at historic lows since the 2008-09 economic crisis and subsequent slow world economic growth, […]

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BC accessibility law by 2017? Columnist Caune says maybe

| August 24, 2014 | 2 Comments
BC accessibility law by 2017? Columnist Caune says maybe

Plenty of precedents for BC accessibility law in USA, Europe There should be a BC accessibility law by 2017.  Premier Christy Clark  has said with regard to passing accessibility legislation: “we aren’t starting from scratch.”  The Premier is right: BC can benefit from the lead taken by Australia, Ireland, Manitoba, New Zealand, Ontario, the United Kingdom and […]

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First Nations: Missing, murdered women ‘black eye’ for Canada

| August 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations: Missing, murdered women ‘black eye’ for Canada

First Nations calls for a public inquiry stymied by Canadian government What would people around the world think of Canada if they saw pictures of a 15-year-old First Nations girl and a middle-aged aboriginal man who had both been found dead in a river on the same day? Imagine if the front page story on the […]

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White Rock rail line should be moved, say politicians

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
White Rock rail line should be moved, say politicians

White Rock realtor killed by train while jogging in 2013 The view from the southwest flank of Canada’s coastline—between Surrey B.C.’s Crescent Beach and the city of White Rock—is breathtaking. “It’s Canada’s Amalfi coast,” enthuses Erik Seiz, President of the Crescent Beach Property Owners’ Association.  With its towering bluffs, ocean views and expansive beaches, it’s […]

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Marc Emery: ‘Prince of Pot’ a Canadian hero

| August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Marc Emery: ‘Prince of Pot’ a Canadian hero

Marc Emery a staunch fighter for “liberty,” according to author It’s not often that I disagree with Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, but her recent column on Marc Emery (Pot still fails the sniff test) triggered one of those rare occasions. Unlike the “Prince of Pot”, I don’t use marijuana. I never have, and […]

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BC teachers should be paid much, much more – Dale Wallace

| August 16, 2014 | 2 Comments
BC teachers should be paid much, much more – Dale Wallace

Time for a new compensation model for BC teachers It seems that one of the main criticisms against giving BC teachers salary increases is that they are not accountable. Plus, so-called “bad” teachers can continue teaching in the system and there is virtually no way of getting rid of them. I would like to propose perhaps […]

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Mount Polley: Let’s get facts before rushing to “fix” policy

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mount Polley: Let’s get facts before rushing to “fix” policy

Fraser Institute analyst argues it’s too early in the Mount Polley investigation to change BC mining policies The pictures coming out of northern British Columbia where the Mount Polley mine tailings pond ruptured on Aug. 4 are painful to see. The fact that the site is remote, and that only a small number of people are likely […]

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Canadian municipalities are poor kids on the block

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian municipalities are poor kids on the block

Canadian municipalities rely on senior governments to fund infrastructure improvements Canada is an urban nation with over 80 per cent of its population living in cities or towns. At the dawn of Confederation, the urban rural split was exactly the opposite, with just over 80 per cent of the population in rural areas. Today, not […]

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Disabled voters get encouraging commitment from BC premier

| August 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
Disabled voters get encouraging commitment from BC premier

Paul Caune says BC disabled voters may finally get what they want: Improved access BC disabled voters take heart. At the June 16 Accessibility Summit Premier Christy Clark made a commitment to pass “legislation that will improve access for persons with disabilities.” What is the BC Government’s definition of “access”? In Minister of Social Development […]

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BC teachers – Time for Christy Clark to do the right thing?

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
BC teachers – Time for Christy Clark to do the right thing?

BC teachers being treated shabbily by Liberal government I am a new citizen to British Columbia and have arrived to witness the summer of BC teachers and their legitimate discontent with the Liberal government. In the media I have read and heard of the long winter of labour strife between BC teachers and governments. Both […]

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