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by Dermod Travis on Thursday Nov 16 2017

There were likely more people on the floor of the legislature listening to it than watching it live on television, but there was an interesting exchange at the legislature last week.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall was being grilled by her opposition critic, B.C. Liberal MLA Tracy Redies.

First off, it was civil, which in and of itself is noteworthy. Redies posed questions and...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Nov 16 2017

Because Canada’s public health-care funding model doesn’t account for interprovincial migration, the movement of seniors from province to province can materially impact provincial budgets, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Canada’s public health-care funding model has several flaws including the fact that it doesn...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Tuesday Nov 14 2017

By BEN PARFITT 

Last year, more natural gas was produced in British Columbia than at any point in the past 10 years. 

Even without the much-hyped liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, natural gas production in BC jumped 70 per cent over the past decade. 

The ecological, human health and safety and climate costs associated with producing fossil...

by Contributor on Sunday Nov 12 2017

Premier John Horgan recently re-affirmed his commitment to stand-up for British Columbia workers, families and communities in light of the latest development in the softwood lumber dispute.

The United States Department of Commerce has announced its final determination of duties of 20.83% to be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the U.S.

The...

by Contributor on Thursday Nov 09 2017

The British Columbia government announce it is delivering on its promise to freeze BC Hydro rates, putting an end to the years of spiralling electricity costs that have made life less affordable for B.C. homeowners and renters, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall announced Wedneday.

BC Hydro rates have gone up by more than 24% in the last four years, and...

by The Fraser Institute on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

The majority of lower-income families in Canada with children are paying higher income taxes now because of the federal government’s tax changes, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Ottawa has enacted a series of tax changes that have actually raised income taxes on hundreds of thousands of Canadian...

by Contributor on Tuesday Nov 07 2017

BC residents who are taking a bit longer to clean up their yard this fall now have more reason to wait until spring.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) says fallen leaves have many benefits. The not-for-profit land conservation group says property owners who haven’t bagged leaves already should leave some on the ground to support backyard biodiversity. It can also save people, time...

by Dermod Travis on Saturday Nov 04 2017

It started out innocently enough.

One task: how successful were the cuts at B.C. Hydro following former premier Christy Clark's “hard look” at the Crown corporation in 2011?

Annual reports from some Crown corporations have gone the way of the dodo bird – the numbers now buried in their three-year service plans – so first step: find the utility's 2016/17 Financial Information Act...

by Contributor on Wednesday Nov 01 2017

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, District Advisory NCO for the South East District of the RCMP said in a media release Wednesday that the Major Crime continues to investigate the discovery of human remains located as a result of the ongoing search of a property located on Salmon River Road in Salmon Arm.

"Significant efforts have been underway since the remains were located," the release said...

by Contributor on Tuesday Oct 31 2017

Over the next six weeks, British Columbians have the opportunity to share their perspective on the path to raising B.C.’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Fair Wages Commission is seeking input on the timing of wage increases for the general workforce, as well as looking at wage fairness for liquor servers, live-in camp leaders, home support workers, resident caretakers and certain farm...

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