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by Contributor on Tuesday Dec 24 2019

The BC Ecosocialists are the first provincial political party to respond to the revelations published in The Guardian on Friday, alleging that the RCMP planned to deploy snipers and were prepared to use extreme tactics including child...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Dec 19 2019

The amount Canadians donate to charity—as a percentage of their income claimed on their taxes — has hit a 20-year low and lags far behind the amount Americans give, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The holiday season is a time to reflect on giving, and with Canadians being less generous every...

by Contributor on Tuesday Dec 17 2019

Itchy bears, a clumsy eagle and nosy neighbours: BC Hydro’s most memorable outages of 2019

No one likes the power going out, especially during an exciting show or when the home team is close to the winning score.

During 2019, BC Hydro responded to around 50,000 trouble calls in the province so far this year. As the year draws to a close, BC Hydro staff has compiled a list of the...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Dec 17 2019

Many years ago, I helped the parents of a seriously disturbed young person by obtaining a court order for his involuntary committal. He had been delusional, and doing things that could easily have resulted in his own death.  The parents had made one attempt on their own, but had failed to convince a court of the need to protect their son from his mental disorder, so they appealed to me for...

by The Conversation on Monday Dec 16 2019

By Raynold Wonder Alorse, for The Conversation

Modern society has given significant attention to the promises of the digital economy over the past decade. But it has given little attention to its negative environmental footprint.

Our smartphones rely on...

by Kris Sims Canadian Taxpayers Federation on Wednesday Dec 11 2019

When it comes to health taxes, Premier John Horgan started with a stumble and then fell over backwards. Now he needs to pick himself up and keep his promise to taxpayers.

Here’s what happened.

During the last provincial election in 2017, Horgan pledged to get rid of the Medical Services Premium, a fee that cost ...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Dec 11 2019

Taxes – who wants to think about taxes at this time of year?  Can’t we put it off for a few months?

Relax – this isn’t about doing the dreaded tax return.  It’s about trends in taxation, and what they achieve.  Or not. And what voters can do about it.  Besides, it can take your mind off the stress of the holiday...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Dec 11 2019

A Kootenay man, environmental consultant Michael Keefer who lives in Rossland and Cranbrook, was invited to go to Uzbekistan for a conference on solutions to the Aralkum Desert problem.  While there, he toured the area and took many hundreds of pictures.  When I sat down...

by Timothy Schafer on Monday Dec 09 2019

The story of Mercer Celgar is a growing concern — in a good way.

One of the region’s largest employers is looking to spread its story about the work it is accomplishing in its West Kootenay-based operation — located at the bottom of the Arrow Lakes water system — in order to grow its green energy ideas.

The pulp mill is becoming more than just another mill, explained Bill...

by Contributor on Friday Dec 06 2019

Rossland-based crowdsourcing intelligence platform, Thoughtexchange, announced on December 5, 2019, that it has secured a $20M Series B financing in an oversubscribed round led by Information Venture Partners (Toronto) with participation from existing investor Yaletown Partners (Vancouver) and new investor Voyager Capital (Seattle). 

The financing comes as...

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