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COMMENT: Who's afraid of a little debate?

COMMENT: Who's afraid of a little debate?

“Today's BC Liberals” may have taken a little inspiration during last year's election campaign from former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell when she bluntly stated in 1993 that "an election is no time to discuss serious issues."

It's why British Columbians could be forgiven for thinking that they missed something during the campaign after seeing some of the legislation introduced during the current session of the B.C. legislature.

Horgan the lone remaining name in BC NDP leadership race

John Horgan . . . expected to be acclaimed new leader of the NDP.

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge

The Harper government seems intent on proving to its detractors that things can always get worse. They’ve one-upped themselves with the farce called the Fair Elections Act.

It has been described as a direct threat to the right to vote and an assault on democracy by the very people our democracy assigns to examine these things. But as is the pattern with this government, it seems likely it will ram it through no matter what critics say.

Stop child abuse

Stop child abuse

April 7, 2014, is Child Abuse Prevention Day in B.C., a time to recognize that everyone has a responsibility to keep kids safe and healthy.

Child abuse is one of the most serious problems facing society. Each year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development receives approximately 30,000 calls from concerned citizens that a child or youth might be in need of protection.

The tsunami that struck northeastern Japan is now three years past, but it hasn’t stopped making waves

This small vessel was found on Long Beach, WA in April 2013. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Debris travelling all the way from Japan has brought with it a number of Japanese marine species to the west coast, some of which have the potential to become invasive and devastate the coastal ecosystem.

Scientists were shocked to find that 165 different species had travelled from Japanese waters to the coast of North America on dislodged debris. Three of these species are known invasive threats and can devastate the coastal ecosystem if they get the chance to repopulate.

A $243,000 bill courtesy of Canada’s governments

A $243,000 bill courtesy of Canada’s governments

By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre, and Milagros Palacios

The Fraser Institute

Dawson Creek RCMP seize more than $100,000 in drugs and cash

Dawson Creek RCMP seize more than $100,000 in drugs and cash

Three people have been charged after RCMP in Dawson Creek seized more than $100,000 in drugs and cash during a five-month trafficking investigation.

The seizure came in late February when RCMP executed six search warrants that were issued under the CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act). These warrants included four residences, one vehicle and a local business.

As a result of the coordinated searches, police seized a large quantity of drugs, cash and property.

Former BC Premier leaves NDP

Mike Harcourt . . . quits NDP

If the NDP is not ready for prime time, then former BC premier Mike Harcourt is not ready to continue his commitment to the NDP.

Harcourt decided to discontinue his membership in BC's New Democratic Party saying series of bad decisions by the party's leaders led to his decision.

Two concerns were the party decision to oust  former leader Carole James in 2010 and the New Democrat opposition to the provincial carbon tax.

Government creates roundtable on the environment and economy

Government creates roundtable on the environment and economy

A roundtable of representatives from communities, industry, labour, First Nations and the environmental sector has been established to discuss ways to find the right balance between economic development and environmental protection, Environment Minister Mary Polak announced.

In June of 2013, Premier Christy Clark tasked Polak with the creation of the roundtable in her mandate letter to the minister.

Only minor injuries in 14-vehicle pile-up on TransCanada near Golden

Only minor injuries in 14-vehicle pile-up on TransCanada near Golden

Fully 14 vehicles were involved in a crash on the TransCanada Highway yesterday, accordng to RCMP Sgt. Mike Pears.

"RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway at the top of Heather Hill, approximately 50 kilometers west of Golden. While en route, reports were received of additional vehicles being involved in the collision," he said.

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