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by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jul 18 2017

While four of six Tsilhqot’in communities are evacuated due to raging wildfires surrounding  their communities,  Christy Clark's outgoing Liberal government has granted permits to Taseko Mines to conduct extensive pre-construction exploration and drilling for the New Prosperity  mine proposal in a place precious to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.  Never mind that the federal government has twice nixed...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

It's summertime.  We're all on holiday, right?  Who wants to think about stuff like governance at this time of year? On the other hand, can we afford to stop thinking about it, given how things are at the highest levels of Canadian politics?   

I say we need a fundamental change in the dynamics of Parliament, and that electoral reform can help.

Look at our Parliament in action:...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Jul 13 2017

Houston, we have a consensus. Well, almost.

All three parties in the B.C. legislature now support a ban on corporate and union donations, as well as setting a cap on personal contributions.

It's that last one that gets tricky. What's the right cap?

Perhaps B.C.'s new government should rip a page out of Alberta's NDP playbook.

Legislate all points of agreement this...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Jul 07 2017

The trouble with demonizing the leader of an unpopular government is that it gives the next leader way too much slack. I remember writing a column years ago comparing the hated Brian Mulroney with Paul Martin (who more or less ran Jean Chretien's government). Who was more destructive to the public interest and progressive government? Conventional wisdom would say Mulroney. But, while Mulroney'...

by Wayne Stetski on Tuesday Jul 04 2017

Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa were highlighted by a mixture of rain, royalty and reconciliation.

Visitors to Parliament Hill waited for up to four hours in sometimes torrential rain storms to be part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations July 1, 2017. For many people the main attractions were performances by Alessia Cara, Dean Brody (who is from Jaffray!), Bono and Edge, Gordon...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Jul 03 2017

Last Monday I travelled to Washington, DC with Tracey Ramsey, the NDP critic for International Trade.  I was there in my role as NDP critic for Natural Resources, and we were both there to talk about softwood lumber with senators, congressmen and their staff.

We had a full day of meetings on Tuesday, going from office to office while senators negotiated Trump’s new health care act and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jun 23 2017

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall was less than impressed with Thursday's Liberal Throne Speech in the BC Legistlature, saying BC Premier Christy Clark flip-flopped on her own values.

Mungall, who was elected to her third term as MLA representing Nelson-Creston riding, said the speech was filled with promises for new childcare spaces, raising social assistance rates and public...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jun 22 2017

Thursday, in Victoria, BC heard Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon's speech from the throne marks an important moment in history - it reflects both the priorities British Columbians articulated in the recent election, and the ability to invest in programs and services that British Columbians depend on, thanks to years of sound fiscal management and building Canada's leading economy....

by Contributor on Thursday Jun 22 2017

By Carol Linnett.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Jun 12 2017

Editor's Note:  Last year, some of us were privileged to hear Sachi Komura Rummel, a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima nuclear bomb, speak about her experiences. In choosing an illustration for this column by our Member of Parliament, I could have chosen a splendid, colourful shot of an incandescent nuclear-bomb mushroom cloud towering over the earth, but ultimately decided that what we need...

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