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by Robin Yassin-Kassab on Monday Feb 21 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the heroes and heroines and martyrs of Libya, and with our brave correspondent in Tripoli, now under fire. Communication is on and off, mainly off. Here is her most recent report. Since she sent it the phone lines have been cut entirely and the city’s electricity is also disconnected.

I live in the Ben Ashour area of Tripoli. Minutes ago my...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Feb 17 2011

British Columbia’s justice system is starving to death because of a severe lack of funding for Provincial courts, says the Nelson-Creston MLA.

In yesterday’s Question Period, MLA Michelle Mungall asked both the Solicitor General and the minister of Finance to account for the chronic underfunding and increased cuts in this year’s budget.

“Is...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Feb 16 2011

Finance Minister Colin Hansen delivered a status-quo budget for British Columbians on Tuesday, with a nod and an increase in spending for core health care, education and social services.

Budget 2011 focused new spending on health care and social services and provides some fiscal flexibility for the priorities of the new premier and executive council, Hansen said...

by Contributor on Wednesday Feb 16 2011

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is disappointed with the B.C. government’s management of the public purse and troubled by rising public debt forecast in today’s provincial budget.

“This government would like everybody to cheer a $1.265 billion deficit for last year, because it’s lower than forecast. That’s not good enough. The real story here is $440 million in spending overruns and...

by Murray Dobbin on Tuesday Feb 15 2011

 As tens of millions of Egyptians celebrated their victory over a brutal dictator and began the task of creating democracy, the story from Canada was of democracy going backwards. For five years under Stephen Harper, Canada has been subjected to a systematic erosion of democracy (as I document here). Canada is not Egypt and...

by Michael Scott on Saturday Feb 12 2011

On February 11th, the community of Nelson held a rally to support the Egyptian people in their struggle for democracy and freedom from tyranny.  The protestors were determined to make their voices loud enough so that Canadian leaders would hear and pressure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down as President.

Before the news of Mubarak “stepping down”, the protest was already of...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Feb 11 2011

 In watching the live streaming coverage of the Egyptian revolution on Aljazeera I am awe-struck by the incredible humanity of what is unfolding in that country. I imagine Jean Jacques Rousseau wandering amongst the throngs of people and being equally amazed and delighted. For the character of this uprising, this outpouring...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Feb 11 2011

With all the attention focused on the BC Liberals and NDP leadership races, you may not have noticed: the next federal election campaign is already under way.

 

The vote will take place in late April/early May.

The first visible sign were those negative TV ads launched by the federal Tories a couple of weeks ago. And true to the expected Tory campaign strategy, the main...

by Contributor on Wednesday Feb 09 2011

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today held its 13th annual “Teddy Waste Awards” ceremony to recognize the best of the worst in government waste. CTF federal director, Kevin Gaudet acted as the Master of Ceremonies today at the black tie news conference on Parliament Hill. The CTF’s “Porky the Waste Hater” (pig mascot) and lovely guest hostess Kim assisted with the ceremony.

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by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 08 2011

Over the past few months I have talked to people who have experienced difficulties at the US border.  Often this involves having to leave one's vehicle and being subjected to intense interrogation.  What has, in the past, been a routine “friendly” crossing has turned into a “negative” interrogation by abusive American border guards.

There appear to be more barriers to Canadians who...

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