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by Dermod Travis on Friday Sep 22 2017

The headlines should have read “B.C.'s Wild West reputation laid to rest.”

Instead, British Columbians woke up to “Taxpayers would give millions to political parties in NDP plan,” all thanks to an ill-advised decision to slide two unexpected provisions into the government's campaign finance reform package: a transitional allowance for political parties...

by Michael Jessen on Thursday Sep 21 2017

British Columbians are facing a crucial test in the coming weeks – reaching an opinion on the planned Site C dam.

Currently estimated to cost $8.8 billion, the hydroelectric dam on the Peace River is the single most expensive public infrastructure project ever proposed in B.C. history.

Originally put forward along with a series of...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Sep 20 2017

The short answer, according to a number of reviews done by experts in economics, is ― no.  The vast majority of small businesses do not make enough money to be affected at all by the proposed  changes in federal taxation.  Farmers should not suffer either.  In fact, according to the conclusions of those experts, no one will suffer from the proposed changes ― unless we define "suffering" to...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Sep 13 2017

As autumn sets in and the sunlit hours of each day diminish, some people begin to notice that their moods dim along with the daylight. Northerners generally begin to feel the effects earlier in the fall, as the shrinkage of their daylight is earlier and more pronounced.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real.  It was identified in a paper by Norman E. Rosenthal and Thomas A. Wehr in...

by Letters to the editor on Tuesday Sep 12 2017

To The Editor:

"Water is life" — H. McSwan Glade Watershed Protection Society editorial June 2017 Valley Voice.

Concerned about industrial logging in their source of water citizens of Glade BC filed a section 29 under the Drinking Water Protection Act (DWPA) with the BC's Interior Health Authority. They should not have wasted their time....

by David Suzuki on Tuesday Sep 12 2017

What does climate change have to do with economic growth? Canada’s prime minister and premiers signed a deal in December to “grow our economy, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.” The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change outlines plans for carbon pricing, energy-efficient building...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Sep 12 2017

There has been a great deal of talk in the news and on the street about the Liberal government’s proposed changes to federal tax laws that would make it more difficult for small businesses to make passive investments in their companies and share profits with members of their families.  The Liberals claim that many small business owners are using these methods to avoid paying their fair share...

by Charles Jeanes on Monday Sep 11 2017

A retrospective selection

Believing as I do that history is of profound importance, I seek to discern the purposes and themes I have explored with constancy over the years of publishing this column. I hope by doing this to present a coherent statement of the issues and interests that have stirred current events in culture, politics, economics,...

by Sara Golling on Sunday Sep 10 2017

On Friday, September 8, Dr. Darryl Plecas, then a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly, agreed to serve in the Legislature as Speaker.  His party promptly disowned him ― first, kicked him out of the Liberal caucus, then on Saturday, September 9, the Liberal Party executive  voted to strip him of membership in the Liberal Party of BC, according to a press release issued by Sharon White,...

by Contributor on Sunday Sep 10 2017

By David Buckna

In a July interview, BC Education Minister Rob Fleming said: "I think our government just has a completely different and fresh attitude towards public education. John Horgan made it clear his priority as premier is to make sustained investments in the school system, because it pays enormous social and economic dividends."

If our new government...

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