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by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 11 2010

B.C.’s economy is expected grow moderately over the next year according to B.C.’s independent Economic Forecast Council.

“B.C.’s economy has performed better than expected this year,” said Finance Minister Colin Hansen. “Given ongoing instability in U.S. and European markets, the council agrees it is essential B.C. continue to exercise prudence as we move forward in...

by Rafe Mair on Wednesday Dec 08 2010

It must be a good line because this is the third time in a week I've used H.L. Mencken's great line “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." After reading the news item that BC Hydro is asking to raise its rates by 27% for upgrading their facilities, then reading the next day it was 55% for “badly needed projects” I...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Dec 08 2010

Last May, the OECD put out figures comparing infant mortality rates in countries around the world. Perhaps the biggest story of all the figures were those attributed to Canada. This country has always boasted of its social stats — life expectancy, infant...

by Laila Yuile on Saturday Dec 04 2010

As an adult, I think I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christmas. Don’t get me wrong - I love the festive lights, the excitement of seeing my children enjoy the holidays, get-togethers and all the cooking…but I  really, really hate the commercialization, obligation and fake sentiment that also seems to have come to accompany the entire season.

How did we, as a...

by Murray Dobbin on Thursday Dec 02 2010

So, I guess if you want to break the law – say, counseling someone to commit murder – you might want the judge to be the CBC’s ombudsman. Hundreds of people complained to the CBC’s guardian of what is right and wrong on the airwaves with complaints about the sinister and twisted Tom Flanagan’s Christian fatwa against Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange.  Flanagan – who has helped Preston manning...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Thursday Dec 02 2010

NDP Leader Carole James mishandled the “Bob Simpson” problem several weeks ago ..and now that has come back to haunt her. At the time, I criticised James for having MLA Simpson turfed from caucus for publicly criticising as lacklustre a speech  she made to the Union of BC Municipalties convention. It was lacklustre.  But although he did not say the leader had to go …his remarks were seen as...

by Rafe Mair on Wednesday Dec 01 2010

Thanks to the work of economist Erik Andersen we have a much clearer view of what the Campbell government has done to British Columbia Hydro, what they are obviously going to do, and what the consequences will be.

BC Hydro is, so to speak, an integral part of the Province’s family jewels. It was created by Premier W.A....

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Nov 26 2010

Hearing Carole James declare that the challenge to her leadership is over – because the NDP’s Provincial Council backed her – reminds me of George Bush on the US air craft carrier with the huge “Mission Accomplished” sign behind him after the initial attack in Iraq.

Talk about not getting it.

The NDP is now on suicide watch as James and Moe Sihota with James’ staff (eager to keep...

by Laila Yuile on Wednesday Nov 24 2010

 I  have never seen more senators express discontent with their jobs. … I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices to doing something terrible and unforgivable to this wonderful country. Deep down in our hearts, we know that we have bankrupted America and that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. … We have defrauded our...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 24 2010

National governments have been back in the news over the past two years because of the financial crisis and the havoc it wreaked on the global economy. Belying the ideology that nations were obsolete in the grand new order of transnational corporations, they are now front and centre trying to save the corporations that supposedly had replaced them. That is, saving them from themselves — from...

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