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  • Are you pleased about the new gaming centre to open in Castlegar as soon as a year from now?   2 years 49 weeks ago
    I think both commentors make good points. This should be an issue that is decided on by all Castlegarians of voting age. Those that vote yes will have good points, as will those that vote against. I've never really looked into the impact of gaming on communities. I know that from Monaco to Las Vegas to the Chickasaw Nation to Windsor, that gaming is a part of a lot of areas. What has the impact on these towns been? Are there any cities with a profile that is similar to Castlegar, that may give an indication of what the impacts of the gaming centre might be? Whatever Castlegar decides, I hope that there is enough public discourse among voters to make an informed decision.
  • Rising gasoline prices pinch pockets in West Kootenay   2 years 49 weeks ago
    Bah
    Man I remember the days of paying 39.9 for gas lol.... not its just unreal and it continues to climb. Hopefully someone could put a stop to this or hold the companies accountable in someway, because if it keeps going there is going to be an outcry for buses.
  • HST: So where ARE those lower prices?   2 years 49 weeks ago
    I agree with some of Harv's points---namely that savings will not be passed onto consumers, but I want to point out a misconception that I see often when the HST is discussed. Most products that you purchase you were already paying 12% taxes on including "a new fridge, stove, washer, dryer". The tax was simply broken down into GST + PST and now it is combined together. The change in tax rate mainly affects services such as having your hair cut, classes etc. and restaurant food. There are also some changes in exemptions, some meaning lower taxes, some meaning higher taxes.
  • Rising gasoline prices pinch pockets in West Kootenay   2 years 49 weeks ago

     There's a huge ethical question for the ages! Should people shop locally on principle or go where the prices are best? There was a Canadian prof on CBC yesterday talking about gas prices who argued that people should shop where it's cheapest to 'force' high prices to come down. Of course, with gas that's not possible: our prices are higher because gas stations are taxed at a higher rate...to provide health care, etc.

  • Rising gasoline prices pinch pockets in West Kootenay   2 years 49 weeks ago
    gas
    Just the other day I was down at the quik stop just across the line from waneta gas was 1.09.9
  • Alliance blasts province over wolf 'management' plan   2 years 50 weeks ago
    "The groups are greatly concerned a new wolf management plan will only legitimize the systematic killing of wolves to appease big game hunters by artificially increasing the populations of animals such as caribou and elk. WHAT at load of crap. To appease the hunter? The environmental groups are pissed they were not consulted and their noses are out of joint. The northern caribou herds are at historic lows and not because of hunting. So low in fact some herds are facing extinction. Wolves, on the other hand, are at historic high numbers. So high in fact, that when they require their major food intake, that is at whelping time, the caribou are calving. Wolves, being animals of opportunity, are attacking the new born calves as they are being born. Ripping the calves out of the mothers vulva, killing the calf and in most cases killing the cow also. The wolves then take a bite or two, go feed their young, then go get another calf for a bite or two. Only in starving conditions will the wolf return to a previous kill to continue eating. Slaughter wolves? No such intention. Cull them down some so they do not drive some caribou herds into extinction, yes. There are thousands of wolves in the wild. So many they are seen on the outskirts of major cities. Photographs outside Calgary and in Okotoks of wolves looking for food as they have devestated the wild life and are in search of more food.
  • Environment Canada predicts warm, dry summer for Kootenay region   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Oh, Pleeeezzzzzeeeeee. Environment Canada can't predict the weather tomorrow, let alone months ahead. If they could, why, every time we check environment canada's weather forecast do we say, "I sure HOPE they are right." Cause they hardly ever are!
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    a revolution against who? The voters of Canada? Grow up.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    A revolution against who? The voters of Canada. Grow up.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Oh every side is biased, that's why you need critical critical thinking skills these days...
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Enter Sun News. Exit leftist bias media.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago

     Yes, people in marketing know that fear is what sells. They use pretty women in car ads not to incite lust but to make you fear that you'll never attract a pretty woman if you don't have that truck. Enter Sun News. Exit democracy.

  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Fear is a great motivator. It was used by Bush successfully. And Harper has learned from that. He ran a campaign of scaring voters away from the other parties to the Conservatives.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    "Or whether, as his personality disorder would suggest, he will in a spirit of vengeance against the country he detests, dismantle as much of the post-war social contract he can in four years of virtually absolute power." Sorry Dobbin but you are a hateful bitter person to say something like this. I think maybe you better get a grip or move to another country.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    I could find you a hundred articles that say the exact opposite. I guess the people that gave the Conservatives 167 seats didn't read that one or if they did they were probably tired of the anti Conservative media. Even if this poll was true it was probably due to the government never getting anything done and always at the mercy of the three stooges in parliment. Well , that's all different now , isn't it.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Yes
    It was one of the last acts of the Chretien Liberal government to end corporate and union funding of political campaigns, much to the dismay of many corporate backed Liberals I might add. Unfortunately this has had very little effect on Conservative fundraising. They have been particularly successful at working around that. Hosting dinners at $1000-$5000 per seat is a great way of selling access to the PM and influential MPs which only the richest people can afford. I'm sure those dinners are well attended by CEOs and corporate board members who attend these types of functions as part of their jobs. The worse part is that because these aren't direct contributions, just payment for a "dinner", we don't even get to see exactly who attends or who paid how much. So it is even less transparent than flat out campaign contributions by corporations (or individuals) to political parties. I'm oversimplifying it here, but let's just say there are workarounds for corporations to buy influence. The Liberals used to get lots of corporate money, and I'm not blaming the Cons for their inventive solutions around the ban on corporate contributions to political campaigns, but it does go against the spirit of the law if not the letter. And it seems like corporations flocked to the party that managed that workaround. But I'm not going to support a party where my $50 contribution is going to be pretty meaningless in giving me a voice compared to a $50,000 contribution from say an oil company. In the meantime, I hope the Conservatives don't ban public disbursements of money to parties that are based on the number of votes they got. While the Conservatives get the most money (because of their larger vote count), this would hurt other parties more since they can't rely on as many "rich" donors as the Conservatives can.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    If you bothered to read my comment fully, I think it's pretty clear I'm not disputing that the Conservatives have a majority of seats. No one is denying that. But doesn't mean they were voted in by the majority of voters, or that the Conservatives represent the majority opinion of voters. This is a big part of the problem. Granted, it is not limited to this majority government - it existed before for other majority governments to some extent ever since more than two parties have run for power. I think part of the reason the feeling of being cheated out of our representation is greater now than at other times is because the current Conservatives are on the far right of the political spectrum, and so not only did they not win the majority of votes, they are probably not the second choice (or third choice) of most voters. This is different from say Liberal majority governments of past or even the more moderate Conservatives from before the Reform days whose policies weren't necessarily so far removed from the majority of people's opinions. Imagine if the NDP won the majority of seats (but not popular vote) how much most Conservative voters would complain about the injustice of it. This would be because many voters often waffle between Conservatives and Liberals (depending on leaders or policies espoused at the time), but they rarely waffle between Conservative and NDP. Personally, I'm hoping the Green party can start bridging that divide. By being fiscally conservative (more so than the current Conservatives in fact), and having a wide range of values that often don't fall in traditional left or right wing ideologies, I can see them becoming the new "natural governing party".
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    You can't just quote a vague 'survey' where it isn't even clear what was asked or what the rankings were over time or against other countries and expect it to have any meaning. If we accept that this survey has any validity (which is questionable) I think you have to carry it one step further and ask: "why?". Is it because we aren't 'nice guys' anymore? or is it because we stood up for what we believed in and did not join the US and UK in Iraq and decided to end our Afghanistan commitment when it suited our time frame rather than that of our allies. Is it that we aren't militaristic enough for the countries surveyed? (particularly the US and UK). Many people, and that includes a large number from the left, want us to get involved in 'humanitarian wars' whether in Somalia, Libya, Ivory Coast, Syria or elsewhere. On the other hand, those on the left seem to oppose effective modern weaponry such as the fighter jets.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago

    Globe and Mail: Canada's reputation worsens: global poll

    "Canada's image in the world has deteriorated sharply in the past year, an international poll suggests.

    "Positive views of Canada fell most steeply in the United States, Britain and China, according to the BBC World Service survey of 20,176 people in 20 countries who were asked if Canada had a mainly positive or negative influence in the world.

    "It is the first time Canada's popularity among its major trading partners has declined since polling firm GlobeScan began tracking international sentiment in 2005, and the deterioration could hurt Canadian business interests, said GlobeScan chairman Doug Miller.

    "If the conditions persist, it can start to set in more cognitively and become an anchor that weighs down [Canada's] reputation," said Miller. "What countries have found is that it's extremely hard work to regain trust."

     

  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Yes, it's true, the NDP aren't looking to give major tax breaks especially to corporations that financed the Conservative campaign . Just to let you know corporations can't donate to a political party . Do you know which party got this law passed? Look it up.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    Because enough people in Canada approach issues calmly and rationally. We are not swayed by talks of conspiracy and media bias. We are not swayed by promises that don't add up. We look at a record of the last five years and understand that none of the other leaders could have come close to pulling it off. We want an honest , serious and very intelligent Prime Minister, not a used car salesman or an loser (big loser after May 2). We want a leader that on the world stage is not an embarrassment. We want a leader that does not lose his cool even when the pressure is on. We want a leader who knows that we are part of the world and we have commitments on the world stage and commitments to our military. We want a leader that has a plan for Canada and sticks to it, not changing his mind for political gain. So we have spoken very loudly and now finally Canada can move on to a brighter future. By the way would you like your crow baked or fried.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    No one is disputing that they got the majority of the seats, for crying out loud. We're talking about majority of the popular vote. They are two totally different things.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago
    The Conservatives got 167 seats. All the other parties combined seats don't add up to this. That is a majority. Pure and simple. Do you understand this? If you don't agree with this then maybe you should move to , let say, Cuba. There you won't have to worry about a Majority or a Minority. By the way all this complicated math was done WITH Quebec in the equation.
  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago

     Quebec has a history of voting in protest. They just spent 20 years voting for the Bloc and now they're all voting for the NDP. I don't discount the validity of that, but I don't see it as reflecting the true feelings of the average Canuck around, for example, the economy. All I was trying to do, other than to be a little controversial, was to underscore that these results aren't any sort of abberation or marginal thing. They're totally solid and that means something. If the rest of us just take refuge in muttering about our voting system, nothing will change. So, again, WHY did so many people vote for Harper????

  • OP/ED: A Conservative majority. Now what?   2 years 50 weeks ago

    The problem is Canadians still don't understand the basis and root of "Conservative" politics.  In fact, "Conservative" and "Liberal" governments have been hiding behind anachronistic terms, when their underlying policy is a new one, called Neoliberalism, brought forth, as the author notes, in the 1970s.

    You are being had.  And policies that are designed to fleece you, because fundamentally, they don't respect you, are behind hidden away in misleading jargon like "fighting the recession", "being hard on crime", "fiscally responsible" and so on.

    The fact is, Canada is a small player in big world, where our natural resources continue to offer great value to the bigger players.  And we are being conned into offering them at a bargain.

    It's all disguised as "running government like a business", or reducing "big government", and lowering taxes to encourage investment, blah, blah, blah.

    But the truth is these are Social Darwinists who believe in the Survial of the Fittest, and regard themselves as having proven their evolutionary superiority because of their wealth, and pride themselves in crushing you underfoot.

    And it's taking place on an international scale, where Canada is merely one of many naive victims, and it's all organized by various conservative "think-taniks", and funded by powerful American corporations, particularly Exxon Mobill.

    So thanks for voting for all of us getting the shaft. 

    I only wish you realized that the "left-wingers" are only looking out for your interest as well.

    Please read:

    The Fraser Institute and the subversion of Canadian values: part one
    The Fraser Institute and the subversion of Canadian values, Part Two