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Economists cautiously optimistic about B.C.'s economy

Economists cautiously optimistic about B.C.'s economy

The majority of B.C. Economic Forecast Council members predict B.C. real GDP growth will slightly outperform the Canadian average in 2013, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the council.

 

COMMENT: I am a Nauruan

COMMENT: I am a Nauruan

Luxury and avarice — those pests which have been the ruin of every state.--Cato the Elder

[I wrote this essay for the By The People program of Nelson’s Community Radio on October 6. 2006. There is a renewed concern about the resource industry – oil, gas, forestry, coal – in Northern British Columbia. Sue, who grew up in Northern B.C., thought it was time to republish this essay. I totally agree.]

COMMENT: Iran's 'cyber police' killed jailed blogger

COMMENT: Iran's 'cyber police' killed jailed blogger

We know they have openly promised to destroy Israel; we are aware they finance the worst terrorist groups in the world, that deliberately target civilians; we have been appalled at how they brutally suppress their own people; we were aghast when they murdered a Canadian photo-journalist while detained in custody; and now, Iran’s barbaric “cyber police” have murdered a factory worker whose hobby was blogging about issues that concerned him.

OP/ED: Playing with the dragon II: The architects behind Canada’s China policy

OP/ED: Playing with the dragon II: The architects behind Canada’s China policy

In 1989, I sat alone in front of the TV, watching the fight for democracy and freedom come to a head in China. Who could forget this iconic image of a single man standing before the tanks, facing likely death?

Culture needs to change to stop bullying

Culture needs to change to stop bullying

More than 130 students, anti-bullying experts, and key stakeholders came together at Premier Christy Clark's ERASE Bullying Summit to identify key priorities and actions that will help school, communities and individuals work together to combat bullying.

"The summit brought together a wide range of participants who were in agreement: stopping bullying requires a culture change in our schools, homes and communities," said Premier Clark.

COMMENT: Addicted to oil

COMMENT: Addicted to oil

Not long after the Defend Our Coast rallies, a pollster phones, wanting to know who I plan to vote for in the provincial election.  The first party to unequivocally say NO to tar sands oil in pipelines and tankers through BC land and waters, I tell her.

This causes a bit of confusion, as it clearly isn’t one of the options in front of the caller. So, she asks after some hesitation, the NDP?

RCMP asks for public assistance in locating a missing White Rock man

David Anthony Klammer

The RCMP and Search and rescue officials are asking for the public's support to find a White Rock man presumed to be missing in the Revelstoke area.

RCMP report that on October 8 39-year old David Anthony Klammer left his parents residence in Saskatchewan in his White 2003 Subaru Impreza.

Klammer was expected to be returning home but has yet to arrive and was reported missing by his family on October 21.

On October 26 a backpack, believed to be Klammer's was found in the brush along a logging road referred to as, 12-mile, South of Revelstoke.

Two arrested in four-year-old Salmon Arm murder

Two arrested in four-year-old Salmon Arm murder

The RCMP finally got their men

After four years following up leads, the RCMP has arrested two individuals for the 2008 murder of Tyler Myers in Salmon Arm.

Myers, who was 22 at the time of his death, was found in the yard of the Bastion Elementary in Salmon Arm on November 21, 2008 where he died of a gunshot wound.

“Investigators from the RCMP Unsolved Homicide Unit have identified and arrested a man and woman that we believe are responsible for Tyler Myers murder,” explains Inspector Gary Shinkaruk, E Division Major Crime Unit.

New colorectal cancer screening program to help save lives

Minister of Health, Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid announces  provincewide colorectal cancer screening program.

British Columbia is launching a co-ordinated province wide colorectal cancer screening program to assist in early detection of the disease and help save lives, Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced today.

"In its earliest stages colorectal cancer can have absolutely no symptoms, but catching it early greatly increases the survival rate," said MacDiarmid.

Province extends submission due date for BC Hydro's Integrated Resource Plan

Province extends submission due date for BC Hydro's Integrated Resource Plan

The Province will extend the submission due date for BC Hydro's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) from Dec. 3, 2012 to Aug. 3, 2013.

The IRP is a 20-year plan of how BC Hydro will meet future electricity demand.

The Clean Energy Act, introduced in 2010, required that BC Hydro submit an IRP within 18 months of the act coming into force, or by Dec. 2, 2011.

In May 2011, this due date was extended by one year so that BC Hydro could include any new direction from government's review.

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