Provincial

A Smart Meter bombshell?

A Smart Meter bombshell?

Surrey-Whiterock MLA Gordon Hogg’s office just released information that is being welcomed by the many thousands of British Columbians opposed to the forced installation of wireless smart meters.

Four cities chosen to host B.C. Games

Young athletes use competition at the B.C. Games to springboard their careers. — submitted photo

Penticton, Abbotsford, Kamloops and the Cowichan Valley are the big winners in the B.C. Games contest after Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett announced the four cities were chosen  as the host communities of the 2016 and 2018 BC Summer and Winter Games.

The host communities are as follows:

The compensation gap; why it pays to be a government worker in BC

The compensation gap; why it pays to be a government worker in BC

by Jason Clemens and Amela Karabegovic

More than three years after the end of the recession and British Columbia’s provincial government continues to struggle with deficits, which as of the last quarterly update will likely exceed $1.5 billion.

Relying on revenues to rebound enough to catch up with spending just doesn’t work as BC’s own history aptly demonstrates.

COMMENT: Mortgaging BC, one deal at a time

COMMENT: Mortgaging BC, one deal at a time

If the B.C. government is ever on the hunt for a new slogan perhaps “spending our children's inheritance” would be fitting.  Since 2001, British Columbians have been witness to the sale of key parts of B.C.'s infrastructure, transfers of its wealth to private interests and sweetheart deals for industries that can afford well-connected lobbyists.

COMMENT: Idle some more?

COMMENT: Idle some more?

I am not sure if Idle No More is a movement or merely a passing protest. Like Occupy Wall Street before it, Idle No More, above all, appears to be an expression of frustration. Earlier protest actions opposed the status quo, but they did have a clear focus — civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights — visions for a new reality.

These earlier movements may not have achieved the full measure of their objectives, but they did bring about significant changes. The norms of today’s society differ from those of the 1950s in part at least due to their efforts.

The Harper government’s crony capitalism

The Harper government’s crony capitalism

By Mark Milke, The Fraser Institute

You might think the federal Conservatives, who added $125-billion to the federal debt since 2008 and will add another $21-billion by the end of March, might be shy about unnecessary expenditures. Alas, that’s not the case, as it appears Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his colleagues would rather hand out cash to corporate Canada instead.  

Australian boarder killed at Whistler Mountain

Australian boarder killed at Whistler Mountain

A 24-year-old snowboarder visiting from Australia has been killed while boarding at Whistler Mountain Thursday.

The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. when Whistler Ski Patrol contacted Whistler RCMP to advise of a serious injury.

The snowboarder fell in a steep treed area and suffered head trauma.

Ski Patrol attended to the scene and located the injured male. It appears that he and a woman found themselves in steeper terrain than they were able to handle and removed their snowboards in an attempt to walk down the steep slope.

COMMENT: Picking our pockets

COMMENT: Picking our pockets
The B.C. government likes to boast that the province's personal income tax rates are among the lowest in the land, if not the lowest. Expect to hear it repeated a lot in TV ads over the coming weeks, when the legislature reconvenes in February and when the 2013 provincial budget is tabled.
 
On one level they're right. On another it's a bit of a pig in a poke, because income taxes are just one part of any government's revenue mix.

RCMP report computer scam making the rounds in Okanagan

RCMP report computer scam making the rounds in Okanagan

Computer users in the Okanagan region are getting attacked by a virus impersonating law enforcement and then pressuring people to pay money to fix.

The malware virus displays pop-up messages telling users that the RCMP or other government agencies are investigating the user for illegal activity on their computer.

To fix the problem, the user is asked for money.

Better Business Bureau announces Top Ten Scams for 2012

Better Business Bureau announces Top Ten Scams for 2012

The Better Business Bureau announced its top 10 scams for 2012, and it's obvious from the list scammers are getting a little daring in attempting to steal the trust of the public.

“We are seeing trends towards spoofing well-known brands and ‘scams of the moment’ which capture people’s attention because the topic is in the public consciousness,” said Lynda Pasacreta, BBB President and CEO.

“Scammers are capitalizing by using false pretences to get our attention and steal our trust.”

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