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Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

Editorial: Modest proposals for building a better world

In a previous editorial, I wrote about how we survive the sense of futility and powerlessness that comes of watching our governments, and, often, our mainstream press, ignore crucial information and fail to act to prevent disaster.  This one suggests how we could exert our power, if enough of us are onboard.

Reaction from BC's fifth consecutive Balanced Budget

Not everyone was happy with the budget delievered by Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong.

Tuesday, Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive time Tuesday in the BC legislature.

Here are some of the responses from different parties in BC.

Sierra Club BC communications director Tim Pearson:

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong delivers fifth balanced budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong said Tuesday's budget shows the benefits of a fiscal plan that includes steady, solid growth and managed spending.

On the eve of a provincial election, Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive time Tuesday in the BC legislature.

The budget by de Jong delivers the dividends of a strong and diversified economy and prudent fiscal management by cutting costs for middle-class B.C. families, investing in priority programs and services, and promoting a competitive, job-creating economy.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Editor, The Rossland Telegraph:

I have disliked the politics of liberals all my active political life as a socialist, yet as people they are most often my friends and the next-best-thing to socialists. Liberals work harmoniously within capitalism but I am far from accepting that attitude.

Liberals have had a dominant position in public discourse for a long time, and in media, liberal perspectives are taken as a norm, a mainstream, rather than as ideological viewpoints. Liberalism has been winning its political and cultural battles in the West for a few centuries.

British Columbia's carbon tax not revenue neutral, despite government’s commitment

Five years later, the carbon tax ceased being revenue neutral because the government no longer provided new tax cuts to sufficiently offset the additional carbon tax revenue.

British Columbia’s carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Nine out of ten elementary schools in B.C. showing improvement were public, according to annual ranking

Ninety per cent of all elementary schools in the province showed significant improvement are public.

Independent elementary schools in British Columbia continue to perform well above average, but this year more than 90 per cent of all elementary schools in the province that showed significant improvement are public, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual ranking of B.C. elementary schools released today.

Representative for Children and Youth: Alex's Story Prompts Acting Rep to Recommend Key Changes

Bernard Richard, BC's Acting Representative for Children and Youth

Lacking any permanent connection to his family and culture and without the mental health supports that might have made a difference, an 18-year-old Métis youth in care took his own life in an act of desperation, says an investigative report issued today by British Columbia’s Acting Representative for Children and Youth.

Government charges up incentives for zero-emission vehicles

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett (center) announced a $40 million investment to encourage British Columbians to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett Friday announced an investment of $40 million to encourage British Columbians to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support investment in made-in-B.C. green technology.

“Zero-emission vehicles are clean, quiet and reliable, and help drivers reduce fuel and maintenance costs and tailpipe emissions, and are a growing economic sector in the province,” said Bennett.

Wage premium for government employees over comparable private-sector workers hits 13.4 per cent in Ontario

Eight of 10 government employees in Ontario (79.7 per cent) are covered by a defined benefit pension plan.

Government employees in Ontario get higher wages, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector and they retire earlier and take more days off per year, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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