Provincial

Liberals narrow margin on NDP says Ipsos Reid poll

Liberals narrow margin on NDP says Ipsos Reid poll

An Ipsos Reid poll taken in the days following the leaders’ debate shows positive movement for both the BC Liberals and leader Christy Clark.

The NDP lead among decided voters has fallen from 19 points at the start of the campaign to 10 points today.

And Adrian Dix’s lead over Christy Clark as Best Premier has fallen from 13 points to just 3 points today.

The poll says the NDP continues to have a sizeable lead in terms of voter support in BC, but their lead has declined considerably since the start of the campaign.

GARDEN WISDOM: An Abstract Testimonial

Tiny white coffee flowers with a sweet smell like stocks or jasmine

I have written frequently about the results I get in my veggie beds from using the All Purpose Complete Organic 4-4-4 Fertilizer from Gaia Green. I love this product, and I use it with nearly all my vegetable plantings. The idea of a “complete” organic balanced fertilizer has been around for many moons – at least since Steve Solomon’s first edition of Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, published back in 1981, and probably long before that.

Who Really Owns City Hall? 8: Legitimizing democracy

Who Really Owns City Hall? 8: Legitimizing democracy

The topics explored and debated in the preceding seven Who Really Owns City Hall columns were not concerned with the powers and responsibilities delegated by the Yukon’s Legislative Assembly to communities under section 18(1)(e) of the Yukon Act. Some provinces have delegated more and different responsibilities to their municipal governments than the Yukon has.

Nanaimo cuts place patients at risk says BCNU

Nanaimo cuts place patients at risk says BCNU

Nurses on Vancouver Island are demanding an immediate halt to a plan to cut nurses at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital because it puts patients’ safety at risk.
 
The Vancouver Island Health Authority scheme would eliminate a total of 26 nurses – both Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses – from teams providing bedside care on medical, surgical, transition and rehab units at NRGH. It would replace them with 31 unlicensed care-aides. Management is also proposing to eliminate 15 nursing positions that are currently vacant on the units.

All about politics

All about politics

“Politics is the art of the possible. This doesn’t mean politicians are artists, just artful and artificial.”      --   C. Jeanes

This column will be all about politics, not about spiritual consciousness, religion, scientific materialism, nor any other of the abstract topics I have been troubling my readers about in more recent writing here. The reason is likely clear; BC is riding the election trail, and we have to turn our minds to choosing a government.

TELUS warning customers about vacation phone scam

TELUS warning customers about vacation phone scam

TELUS is warning its customers about a sudden and significant increase in the volume of vacation scam calls to B.C. and Alberta residents.

When someone picks up the scam call a recorded voice thanks them for choosing TELUS and that the company is giving you a free vacation for being a good customer.

COMMENT: Spinning out of control?

COMMENT: Spinning out of control?

 It can hardly come as a surprise to anyone that governments – like corporations – employ spin to portray their actions in the best possible light (and to cast their opponents in the worst possible light). Nor is it news that many corporations – and the PR companies they employ – operate a revolving door for helpful politicians.

Income tax only a portion of our total tax bill

Income tax only a portion of our total tax bill

Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios, The Fraser Institute

Unless analyzing tax policy is part of your day job, you likely avoid thinking about what ultimately can be a polarizing topic. But with the deadline for filing our income tax returns around the corner, we’re all forced to at least temporarily think about taxes. The deadline after all is a sharp reminder of how much income tax we paid throughout the year.

COMMENT: Election

COMMENT: Election

Once every four years citizens are offered a brief reprieve from the responsibility of endless decisions about matters concerning their kids, their homes, and their work; of just getting along and making ends meet. Once every four years we are inundated with propaganda telling us that all the problems associated with the triumvirate of economy, ecology, and society can be resolved with the stroke of a pencil. Just one X, if placed in the right spot on the ballot, will do the trick.

COMMENT: B.C. Liberals in no position to give other parties lessons on political fundraising

COMMENT: B.C. Liberals in no position to give other parties lessons on political fundraising

It's a bit rich for the B.C. Liberal party to be giving lessons to the BC NDP on political fundraising, as they tried to do over the weekend after the NDP sent a fundraising appeal to corporate Liberal party donors.

The Liberals might have been well-advised to leave well enough alone, if for no other reason than it might invite comparisons over their own track record when it comes to fundraising.

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