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by The Fraser Institute on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

The majority of lower-income families in Canada with children are paying higher income taxes now because of the federal government’s tax changes, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Ottawa has enacted a series of tax changes that have actually raised income taxes on hundreds of thousands of Canadian...

by Dermod Travis on Saturday Nov 04 2017

It started out innocently enough.

One task: how successful were the cuts at B.C. Hydro following former premier Christy Clark's “hard look” at the Crown corporation in 2011?

Annual reports from some Crown corporations have gone the way of the dodo bird – the numbers now buried in their three-year service plans – so first step: find the utility's 2016/17 Financial Information Act...

by Rossland Telegraph on Monday Oct 23 2017

The BC government has announced a key step toward creating a new, more effective climate-change strategy.  The multi-sector Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council is charged with advising the B.C. government and delivering its first public report in one year. Karen Tam Wu, acting BC Director of the Pembina Institute, has been apponted to the Council; she is director of ...

by Letters to the editor on Monday Oct 23 2017

To The Editor:

Accountability.

Local city councils in the Kootenays should follow the examples of  Victoria, Saanich and the District of the Highlands, who voted nearly unanimously to send a "Climate Accountability Letter" to 20 of the world's largest fossil fuel companies,...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Oct 20 2017

You have to hand it to the rich in dealing with the tax reforms proposed by the Liberals. They didn’t even have to put pen to paper or pick up the phone to protest the taxman messing with their ill-gotten wealth. They got the poor besotted small businessperson to fight on their behalf. In this newly fact-free world it didn’t matter that 80 per cent of conventional small businesses and farmers...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

First, the cannabis news:  as readers of the "Council Matters" column already know, the provincial government is seeking input from municipal governments to help guide provincial policy on the decriminalization of cannabis.  The federal government is preparing to pass Bill C-45 and...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Universal pharmacare is a hot topic on Parliament Hill these days.  The concept is simple—a single program that would ensure that all Canadians had free access to prescription drugs.  Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t include the cost of drugs in its coverage.

And that doesn’t make sense—if I cut my foot I can go to my doctor and get...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out.

Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The face of Nelson business landscape is changing after Hawthorne Gardening Company, based in New York, New York, purchased Can-Filters.

The purchase was announced in a media release Wednesday by Can-Filters co-owner Dennis Langlois.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re extremely excited to be part of the Hawthorne team,” said co-owner Anne Leclerc. “We look...

by Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

A recent proposal by Greyhound Canada to cut bus services on a route that serves the Heritage city has city council turning to the community to petition the provincial transportation board.

City council passed a motion Tuesday night during its regular meeting to send a letter to the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) — an...

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