It's summertime. We're all on holiday, right? Who wants to think about stuff like governance at this time of year? On the other hand, can we afford to stop thinking about it, given how things are at the highest levels of Canadian politics?
I say we need a fundamental change in the dynamics of Parliament, and that electoral reform can help.
They're the stories that tug at us.
It’s hard to explain to someone from a larger centre what grief looks like in a small town. A tragedy, in place like Castlegar, isn’t just a headline or a radio blurb about something bad happening to some random stranger. It’s not a situation where you can feel a heartbeat of sadness for someone you never knew, then dismiss it from your mind.
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking in Trail Silver City Days festivities: the pageant, the parade, and more. The people of Trail proudly celebrated their history that weekend, and that history has a distinctly Italian flavour, with a spaghetti-eating contest, grape stomp, and bocce tournament.
As we head to the polls on May 9, a question we should be considering is what type of world we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.
Governments across Canada fail to properly implement carbon-pricing schemes, which could, in theory, both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the economy, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.
Highlights from tonight's council meeting:
To The Editor:
When I contemplate the choices we have in the upcoming provincial election, I must admit I get depressed. I think we need a new category on the voting ballot entitled None of the Above.
During an election, pundits and political parties tend to focus on spending promises. But the attention on spending makes it easy to forget that we’ve actually witnessed an incredible shrinking of government’s role in BC over the past 15 years.
Last week, I posted an editorial criticizing negative campaigning, and posed questions for our local candidates to answer -- without mentioning other candidates or other parties. Here are two of our local candidates' answers to the first set of four questions; the third candidate, Liberal Jim Postnikoff, was unfortunately unable to respond in time.