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COMMENT: B.C.’s shameful backcountry 'wreckreation'

COMMENT: B.C.’s shameful backcountry 'wreckreation'

As the Olympic spotlight begins to shine on British Columbia, citizens need to learn more about the shameful exponential increase of habitat destruction caused by off-road vehicle ‘wreckreation.’ Not only is the backcountry environment getting trashed, but non-motorized trails are being over-run by irresponsible ATV and motorbike riders, in some cases making these trails unusable for cycling and hiking.

Recycling isn’t radical; it’s just what we do here in the Kootenay Boundary

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Recycling isn’t radical; it’s just what we do here in the Kootenay Boundary

October 19 - 25 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada but really, here in the Kootenay Boundary we don’t need a special week to celebrate what we are already doing. In fact, the many different things we could do to divert garbage from our landfills are just regular routine around here.

We all know the Three R’s of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Many of us already engage in this sort of activity every day.

Commentary: The Internet and Its Challenge to Capitalism

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Commentary: The Internet and Its Challenge to Capitalism

As a society, we have been living under a false paradigm for at least the last 250 years.  That is, that people are largely motivated by self-interest.  It's an utter absurdity, but one that has been reinforced by various types of clinical prejudice, beginning with Freud, but also, most importantly, Adam Smith.

An Ounce: Pink Ribbon Barbie Sends Wrong Message

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Given her age – she is 50 this year – it shouldn’t surprise us that Barbie, Mattel’s iconic doll, has breast cancer. One in eight Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, most between the ages of 50 and 69.  

Teck May Pay Big for Lead Spill, Ordered to Pay Native Band's Legal Costs

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Teck may be on the hook for millions of dollars for the large spill of lead and hydrofluoric acid from its Trail plant into the Columbia River in the spring of 2008. The spill, which occurred at approximately 5:30 PM on May 28th, 2008, was attributed to a heat exchanger in the lead refinery which failed, allowing electrolyte (a solution of hydrofluoric acid and lead) to spill into a storm water drainage and then into the Columbia River over a five hour period. During that time some 900 kilograms of lead and 360 litres of acid leaked into the Columbia.
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