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by David Suzuki on Tuesday Nov 21 2017

In 1952, my Grade 10 civics teacher asked us what we hoped to become as adults. One of the most popular boys answered, “I hope to go into politics.” We were delighted because we knew he wanted to make the world and Canada better, and we admired him for it.

Things have changed in half a century. In 1992, my daughter Severn, then 12, created a minor sensation with a speech at the Rio de...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Nov 16 2017

There were likely more people on the floor of the legislature listening to it than watching it live on television, but there was an interesting exchange at the legislature last week.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall was being grilled by her opposition critic, B.C. Liberal MLA Tracy Redies.

First off, it was civil, which in and of itself is noteworthy. Redies posed questions and...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Nov 15 2017

“First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin. … I’m guided by a signal in the heavens, I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.”                                  

-- Leonard Cohen, First we take Manhattan

Part Two

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by David Suzuki on Tuesday Nov 14 2017

As many countries move away from big hydro projects, B.C.’s government must decide whether to continue work on the Site C dam. The controversial megaproject would flood a 100-kilometre stretch of the Peace River Valley and provide enough power for the equivalent of about 500,000 homes.

The BC Utilities Commission, an independent body responsible for ensuring British Columbians pay fair...

by Wayne Stetski on Sunday Nov 12 2017

October 19, 2015 was an interesting evening. Around 10PM both Global and CBC prematurely declared my Conservative colleague as elected in the federal riding of Kootenay Columbia. It was well after midnight when the last vote was counted and I became your Member of Parliament...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

It seems odd that a major U.S. government climate report released November 3rd didn’t receive more media attention. But then, the main thing newsworthy about the Climate Science Special Report is that it was released at all, apparently without political interference.

Although the U.S. government is required by law (enacted by President George H.W. Bush in 1989) to report to the...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

When it comes to measures seriously addressing climate change, Canadians have pretty low expectations. They know that oil companies have the ear of both Bay Street political parties. Just last week, for example, the auditor general went public, exposing the Trudeau government’s refusal to provide the information he needs to determine the level of subsidies we provide to the industry. But we...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Nov 07 2017

Federal and provincial environment ministers and local First Nations chiefs announced last week that they will re-open talks to create a national park in the south Okanagan. This was the latest step in long process that began in 2002, when a delegation of local mayors, First Nations leaders, and other concerned citizens met with Prime Minister Jean Chretien to convince him that a national park...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Nov 01 2017

“The West is the best. /  Get here, and we’ll do the rest.”

                                                -- Jim Morrison, the Doors, Blue Bus

In the beginning, two words

I do not often fare into the waters of moral judgements, but in this column I do. My morals and ethics, or “values” as the modern vocabulary seems to prefer,...

by City of Castlegar on Wednesday Oct 25 2017

Curious about how the proposed water and sewer rate structure might affect your utility bill? Check out the new rate calculator on the City of Castlegar website at www.castlegar.ca/waterandsewer

There are five rate calculators, one for each customer type: residential, residential with suite, residential without sewer service, multi-...

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