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No excuse for further Liberal HST stalling

No excuse for further Liberal HST stalling

And yet, after the voters ordered them to get rid of the HST, they are incapable of  returning for a full NINETEEN MONTHS to a provincial sales tax regime that was in effect in this province for probably more than 50 years.

Civil disobedience warranted for pipelines, tankers, fish farms, private river power

Civil disobedience warranted for pipelines, tankers, fish farms, private river power

What is civil disobedience?

I ask because I’m going to be urging such a course in the times to come.

Although he didn’t invent the idea, Mahatma Gandhi invented the modern term when he protested a tax on salt imposed by the British which hurt the poor Indian especially. He broke the law deliberately and went to jail for doing so.

Tales and Legends of the Mountain Kingdom: Rossland's "big deal" red light district

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Tales and Legends of the Mountain Kingdom: Rossland's "big deal" red light district

Back when I was a whippersnapper just out of high school, I took a job at Rossland’s now-defunct Co-operative Transportation Society, then commonly called the Rossland Co-op. It once stood where the Credit Union now stands and was once one of three Rossland gas stations, one of two Rossland garages where you could take your car to be fixed, and a place where vans transported Cominco workers up and down the Trail hill.

Chicken tenders?

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Chicken tenders?

Can you believe what Rossland City Council has done now? After months of promises that there would be a full, open discussion about the options for the Columbia Avenue infrastructure project after tenders provided hard numbers to consider, Council decided to turn the decision making over to CAO Victor Kumar.

Winning the energy race

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Winning the energy race

One way of looking at the energy industry today is to liken it to a horse race: coming out of the backstretch, oil is leading natural gas by a nose and coal is half a length back.

If you had placed your bets before the race began, you would feel pretty comfortable as oil, natural gas, and coal head for the wire – a trifecta win already warming your wallet.

You gotta serve somebody

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You gotta serve somebody

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Bob Dylan's song rings a chord with me. There is truth in his observation that, no matter who we are, or where we are, or how we justify ourselves in our view of what we do, we all serve somebody. There's no getting around it. If we're livin', we're servin'

The mayor tried and failed to stop my Freedom of Information requests

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The mayor tried and failed to stop my Freedom of Information requests

Mayor Greg Granstrom and Corporate Officer Tracey Butler tried to get authorization to disregard my requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).  They failed.

Expect more from your government

Expect more from your government

Something is happening in Canada that seems, in the context of a majority Harper government, counter-intuitive. Harper continues implementing his right-wing revolution by fiat, and Preston Manning’s “democracy” institute says Canadians actually want “less” government and more individual responsibility. Yet a flurry of polls in the past few weeks and months suggest two dramatic counterpoints to this self-serving narrative.

Why we should all oppose Northern Gateway

Why we should all oppose Northern Gateway

As Enbridge tells the story, the Northern Gateway pipeline is the path to a bounty of benefits and opportunities.

This is a tall tale – a pipedream to validate increased corporate profits.

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