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by The Fraser Institute on Sunday Jan 14 2018

More than 90 per cent of Canadian families with children will pay higher taxes once the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) tax increases are fully implemented, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The first of seven increases to the CPP tax, which all workers must pay, will start this time next year.

“The...

by Dermod Travis on Wednesday Jan 10 2018

Loans Officer (LO):  So you'd like to borrow $10.7 billion?

BC Hydro (BCH):  Yes sir. It's for a hydro-electric dam.

LO:   Well that's a lot of green...

by The Fraser Institute on Tuesday Jan 09 2018

Canadian cities — including Toronto and Vancouver, which are experiencing an affordability crunch—can accommodate much more housing supply as they have much lower population densities than other major urban centres around the world, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Compared to their international peers, Canadian...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Sunday Jan 07 2018

For the first time, Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 209 times more than the average worker made in 2016, according to a report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The report shows the country’s highest 100 paid CEOs on the S&P/TSX Composite index now make, on...

by Contributor on Thursday Jan 04 2018

By Carol Linnet of DeSmog Canada

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver went from being B.C.’s solitary Green MLA in 2013 to holding the balance of power in the province’s current minority government.

While the transition has had its ups and downs for the climate scientist, public...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jan 02 2018

The race for the top baby name for boys born in B.C. in 2017 is close. Benjamin is out in front so far, according to the Vital Statistics Agency's preliminary statistics from Jan. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017.

Liam, Logan and Lucas are just as popular, with each name just a few places behind Benjamin in the current rankings. If Benjamin can keep its lead, 2017 will be the first year it is the top...

by Contributor on Friday Dec 29 2017

Calling 9-1-1 to complain that a nail salon won’t change your nail polish colour is a call that doesn’t belong on 9-1-1, says E-Comm as it releases its top 10 nuisance calls list for 2017.


E-Comm call-taker Christie Duncan fielded the call and says it’s just one example of the types of calls call-takers receive every day that can tie up the 9-1-1 lines...

by Dan Kraus on Wednesday Dec 27 2017

Nature conservation and current issues, from climate change to protecting north Atlantic right whales, can seem overwhelming.

However, there were some positive areas over the past year.

Here are 10 stories from 2017 from Canada and around the world that show progress:

1.    Protected areas continues to grow

Many countries are edging...

by Contributor on Thursday Dec 21 2017

With the winter holidays almost upon us, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management BC are offering some fire safety advice to help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season for all British Columbians.

Decorating

  • Keep combustibles, such as trees, wrapping paper and decorations away from heat sources.
  • Ensure your live tree...
by Contributor on Tuesday Dec 19 2017

The BC Supreme Court has ruled against the BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC), and overturned the approval of a natural gas pipeline north of Fort Nelson.  In an oral decision on December 15, 2017, Madam Justice Gerow found that the OGC’s conduct was “unreasonable” and described the Commission as being “intransigent” (or uncompromising) for refusing to discuss issues of importance to Fort...

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