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by Harvey Oberfeld on Tuesday Oct 25 2011

It’s as much a tradition as Hockey Night in Canada: awarding federal contracts on the basis of political seats, powerful clout and, in essence, attempts to bribe voters.

I saw that personally while covering Parliament Hill, when Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney overruled all technical assessments and recommendations and evaluations that favored Winnipeg, to instead award...

by Trail Champion editor on Monday Oct 24 2011

Canada Post is investing $200 million in a new multi-purpose processing facility and related equipment to improve the flow of mail in B.C.

The plant at the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond will process letters, parcels, packets and advertising mail all under one roof.

Building a processing facility at the Vancouver International...

by Contributor on Sunday Oct 23 2011

BC Parks’ White Lake Grasslands Protected Area is bigger now, thanks to an “ecological gift” from Oliver resident Denis Pelletier.

Pelletier donated the 24.6-hectare property, valued at $475,000, to the Province in memory of his late parents who passed away in the early 1980s. The donation of this ecologically sensitive land qualifies under Canada’s Ecological Gifts...

by Contributor on Sunday Oct 23 2011

Chief negotiators for Canada, British Columbia and the Tla’amin Nation (Sliammon First Nation) initialed a Final Agreement last week.

This initialing marks an important step toward a treaty that would bring economic and social benefits to the First Nation and the Powell River region.   

“With 50 per cent of Tla’amin Nation’s...

by Michael Scott on Friday Oct 21 2011

On October 20th, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were invited by Mayor Diane Watts, the Surrey Board of Trade and Surrey City Council to speak at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.  Each former President was given $150,000 for their appearance, while the attendees paid an astonishing $599 each to attend.  The media weren’t allowed access to the event, but Mayor...

by Contributor on Thursday Oct 20 2011

Government has received the independent report from Professor Stephen Toope, president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, who agreed in May of this year to review the indemnity policy for public servants.

Professor Toope delivered his report to the attorney general Oct. 13. As was committed publicly in the terms of reference, government will...

by Contributor on Wednesday Oct 19 2011

The Natural Resource Compliance Act introduced this week will make it easier for compliance and enforcement officers to hold offenders accountable for violating natural resource legislation.

If passed, the act will establish one designation, “natural resource officer,” which will allow officers to enforce a broader range of legislation across the...

by Contributor on Wednesday Oct 19 2011

The BC Coroners Service has identified a woman whose feet washed ashore in Richmond, in 2008.

After an exhaustive post-mortem investigation by the Coroners Service, the feet were positively identified by DNA analysis as belonging to a New Westminster resident who committed suicide by jumping from the Pattulo Bridge into the Fraser River in April 2004.

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by Jane Sterk on Tuesday Oct 18 2011

Being First Nations in BC comes at too high a price. We all know the statistics: dismal success at (white) school; endemic poverty on and off reserve; half the prison population despite being only three percent of the Canadian population; high incidence of sexual abuse; the too high a percentage of children in care; high unemployment; youth suicide; sub-standard housing; premature death...

by Michael Scott on Tuesday Oct 18 2011

A global call was put out for a day of action on October 15th, 2011.  Inspired by the swelling movement at “Occupy Wall Street” and hundreds of similar protests around the world, Vancouver residents answered the beckon.  This morning marked the inception of Vancouver’s Occupy Movement with thousands converging at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), located in the heart of the downtown core...

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