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by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 01 2018

The Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, has issued a report on some of the different patient outcomes between private-contractor care facilities for seniors, and facilities operated by a Health Authority.  The findings are compelling.

The report explains that there are 293 publicly subsidized care facilities in BC, and...

by David Suzuki on Tuesday Jul 31 2018

In 2007, Canada was one of four countries to vote against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (with New Zealand, the United States and Australia). With its single-minded focus on making Canada an “energy superpower,” albeit only with fossil fuels, the Harper government feared the declaration’s concept of “free, prior and informed” consent regarding issues that affect...

by The Fraser Institute on Tuesday Jul 31 2018

A typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,935 for health care in 2018, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Health care in Canada isn’t free — Canadians actually pay a substantial amount for public health care through their taxes, even if they don’t pay directly for medical services,” said Bacchus...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Jul 30 2018

Last week I spent three days in Spokane at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region meetings.  Over 600 legislators, business people, and other interested folks from BC, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and Northwest Territories gathered to talk about issues important to this region.

In these days of Trumpian bullying and bluster, it was so...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Jul 26 2018

Echo chambers has been popular as a buzz phrase as of late, the idea that we post and share links and opinions that we agree with on social media to others that also agree with them, thereby amplifying their echo.

What happens to those chambers, though, when 'dark echoes' infect public debate?

In an era of increasing public distrust, there's a very real risk that good ideas could...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jul 25 2018

People in Canada discard about 57 million plastic drinking straws every day. In my hometown of Vancouver, we toss out 2.6 million disposable cups every week. It’s a global problem. Plastic products are choking landfills and waterways and causing devastation in the oceans. In 2014, scientists even found a new kind of stone in Hawaii, made of sand, shells, coral, volcanic rock...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jul 24 2018

There are large, loud and expensive ads urging people to vote against Proportional Representation in this fall’s referendum.  Are the points made in those ads valid?

As citizens, or even just as residents, we should all care deeply about how well our government serves the public interest.  We need to get it right when we choose whether or not to change our electoral...

by Contributor on Sunday Jul 22 2018

Last Halloween, Justin Trudeau launched a thousand photo ops by wearing a Superman costume into the House of Commons. Now it’s time for the Prime Minister to show Canadians what kind of Man of Steel he wants to be.

Canada is in the early stages of a potential all-out trade war with the United States, brought about by the general anti-free trade leaning of the Trump administration and...

by Contributor on Thursday Jul 19 2018

Déjà vu.

Since Greyhound announced it was closing operations in Western Canada effective the end of October, several small companies jumped in to say they’d take over routes. This is similar to what happened in Saskatchewan when the government shuttered the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC). Encouraged by the SaskParty government’s rhetoric about the capacity of the market to...

by Dick Cannings MP on Thursday Jul 19 2018

Greyhound’s announcement that it will be pulling all its routes out of western Canada at the end of October came as a surprise, and for many it was more serious news.  It left them wondering how they were going to travel to work sites, to visit relatives and friends, or to go to university in the fall.  For them, the bus isn’t just a transportation option, it’s the only way...

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