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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

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 […]

Victoria McDonald’s could face criminal charges over foreign workers

Victoria McDonald’s could face criminal charges over foreign workers

Three Victoria McDonald’s restaurants put on federal blacklist Three Victoria McDonald’s restaurants were put on a federal blacklist Monday for alleged abuses of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, prompting the fast food chain to move quickly to cut ties with the franchise owner. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney also suggested criminal charges could result against […]

Canada

First Nations energy group proposes Northern Gateway option

First Nations energy group proposes Northern Gateway option

Proposed alternative for Northern Gateway would be backed by First Nations A First Nations energy company backed by the owners of the Vancouver Canucks is pitching an alternative to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, just days after Enbridge’s $6.5 billion project was rejected in a non-binding plebiscite by residents of Kitimat, B.C. The new alternative — […]

Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty dead at 64

Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty dead at 64

House of Commons suspended following news of death of Jim Flaherty Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died suddenly at age 64, less than a month after quitting cabinet. His family said he died peacefully. “We appreciate that he was so well supported in his public life by Canadians from coast to coast to coast and by his […]

Government provides more details of new Canada digital strategy

Government provides more details of new Canada digital strategy

New Canada digital strategy being panned by critics as old and out of touch Industry Minister James Moore unveiled more details of the Conservative government’s digital strategy to keep pace with the growing use of technology across the country in Calgary on Monday. But the plan is getting panned by critics who say the strategy […]

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 […]