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BC Liberals – How much did they spend to be re-elected?

BC Liberals – How much did they spend to be re-elected?

BC Liberals financial history raises questions about 2013 election spending Do you remember, as the election in British Columbia got underway last April, how the BC Liberals and the BC NDP were ranked? The BC NDP had the voters, nearly 20 points ahead in the polls. The BC Liberals had money, about $10.7 million, in their […]

Harper ministers descend on BC to save Northern Gateway

Harper ministers descend on BC to save Northern Gateway

Eleventh-hour rush of meetings won’t change minds on Northern Gateway With Parliament prorogued until October 16, Harper cabinet minister after cabinet minister has suddenly shown up in British Columbia, requesting meetings about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. Chiefs of First Nations. Municipal leaders. Community town halls. No venue is too small, no location too distant not to be […]

Adrian Dix resignation points to BC NDP successor’s challenge

Adrian Dix resignation points to BC NDP successor’s challenge

BC NDP must fight back hard against Liberals, elect “clean” leader different from Adrian Dix BC NDP leader Adrian Dix did the gracious thing this week and resigned. Even in resignation, Dix retained the high road he had travelled throughout the May election. Therein lies the story of his downfall. When you’re up against an opponent […]

Business

Canada inflation rate highest in two years, prices continue to rise

Canada inflation rate highest in two years, prices continue to rise

Canada inflation rate expected to continue to rise with oil prices A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada’s inflation rate to 1.5 per cent last month, matching the highest level in the annualized consumer price index in almost two years. The increase, while significant, was mostly in line with […]

Here’s what to do about the Heartbleed bug

Here’s what to do about the Heartbleed bug

Southern Alberta Better Business Bureau offers tips for businesses and consumers Unless you’ve been vacationing on a tropical island for the past few days, you’ve likely heard of the “Heartbleed” bug, a computer security vulnerability that can reveal the contents of a server’s memory and expose private data such as user names, passwords and even […]

Canadian retailers short-sighted on cross-border shopping

Canadian retailers short-sighted on cross-border shopping

Cross-border shopping numbers expected to dip as dollar weakens By Livio Di Matteo The fall in the Canadian dollar’s value relative to the U.S. dollar has led Canadian retailers to anticipate they will benefit from Canadians staying home to shop. Canadian retailers, you see, are concerned that the Canada Border Services Agency has been too […]

Canada

Temporary foreign workers program contributed to unemployment: Study

Temporary foreign workers program contributed to unemployment: Study

Temporary foreign workers program continues to come under fire Unemployment in western Canada has risen because of the federal government’s temporary foreign workers program, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. The study says that changes to the program, made between 2002 and 2013, made it easier for employers to hire temporary […]

Pork producers looking for federal help with deadly pig virus

Pork producers looking for federal help with deadly pig virus

Alberta expected to make announcement about pig virus safeguards Thursday A pig virus detected in four provinces that has already killed millions of baby pigs in the United States has Canadian hog producers looking for more help from Ottawa to deal with the problem. Ideas include federal funding for special washing facilities at key points […]

Canada to phase out old rail oil tankers within three years

Canada to phase out old rail oil tankers within three years

Decision by government in response to rail oil tankers explosion that killed 47 in Lac-Megantic Canada’s transportation minister announced Wednesday a three-year phase out or retrofit of the type of rail oil tankers involved in last summer’s massive explosion of an oil train that killed 47 people. Last July, a runaway oil train derailed in […]

Opinion

Are Canadian taxes unjust?

Are Canadian taxes unjust?

Calling Canadian taxes theft is either gross ignorance or dangerous rhetoric By Michael Flood It’s the giving season again. No, not Christmas, though it seems to sneak up on us just as fast. April 30 is coming round again and with it the need to pay our taxes. We all grumble and groan about it […]

Medical tourism not the answer for cash-strapped health system

Medical tourism not the answer for cash-strapped health system

Medical tourism hardly the cash cow many make it out to be By Colleen Flood So it looks like the ‘magic bullet’ solution has been found at last to cure Canada’s healthcare woes: medical tourism. Last week, Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital defended its position to court affluent medical patients from other countries who can afford to […]

My New Year’s resolution: Collaborate with BC Government

My New Year’s resolution: Collaborate with BC Government

BC Government holding consultations with disabled community By Paul Caune   After very little soul-searching, I’ve decided to collaborate with the BC Government. Frequently, I have heard BC government officials and disability activists claim their collaborative relationships are more fertile than a polygamous marriage in Bountiful. My pals in the disability advocacy industry are always bugging […]