Provincial

KEEPING IT REAL: No hiding place for Liberal MLAs

KEEPING IT REAL:  No hiding place for Liberal MLAs

It’s time for BC’s Liberal MLAs to make a choice: Gordon Campbell or your constituents.  There’s no more hiding place behind the words “caucus loyalty” or the explanation they “were just following orders” when they voted for the HST.

The voters are speaking out in astounding numbers,  even more so when you consider the anti-HST movement--or should I say revolution--has been truly grassroots: no big political or lobbyist or corporate funding. They WILL be Premier Gordon Campbell and Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s political nemeses.

DOBBIN: Fire the managers

DOBBIN: Fire the managers

 Where are the leaders?  It’s a question I hear from people more and more. People are looking for inspiration, hope, some sense that someone at least has some ideas of where the country should go — not this afternoon or tomorrow or next week but in the next 20 years or 50.

DOBBIN: Let the (coalition) games begin!

DOBBIN: Let the (coalition) games begin!

After falling in the polls for weeks out  the leader of the Liberal Party seems finally to have received a reality check about his and his party’s future. He is actually talking about the possibility of a coalition. Mind you, it took a rumour of a merger of the parties to get things really there.started. Wendy Mesley – who announced with dead certainty that serious negotiations were underway - will now have a legacy of putting forward the most absurd political story ever featured on CBC National news.

DOBBIN: A response to the banker's association

DOBBIN: A response to the banker's association

 When is a bank bail-out not a bailout? When the Canadian bankers’ Association President, Nancy Hughes Anthony says so. In her letter to the Vancouver Sun (which published my blog on the issue)  Hughes Anthony points out that not a single bank went bankrupt and therefore did not require a bail out.

Maybe they ARE paying attention...

Maybe they ARE paying attention...

Wow! What a pleasant surprise. There, as CTV Vancouver’s local news top story tonight (Tuesday), was a hidden-camera investigation into B.C.’s program to prevent voluntarily self-restricted problem gamblers from entering casinos. 

Medical community urges BC government to act on pesticides

 Medical community urges BC government to act on pesticides

A group of eight British Columbia medical and health organizations are calling on the provincial government to enact province-wide legislation banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides. The group is also clarifying two common myths surrounding cosmetic pesticides because of emerging evidence of human toxicity, especially to the vulnerable, young and old. 
 

DOBBIN: Israeli murder on the high seas

DOBBIN: Israeli murder on the high seas

 More people murdered by Israel. It is so commonplace now that hearing it takes you to the place you were the last time you heard of such an outrage. And you know that there will be no justice.  The impunity and the casual excuses for the action follow on like night follows day – with a terrible certainty.

DOBBIN: The Canadian ‘good banks’ myth

DOBBIN: The Canadian ‘good banks’ myth

The sorry spectacle of Conservative cabinet ministers flying around the world defending banks from a tax to cover their next, inevitable, meltdown is bad enough. What is perhaps worse is that it is being largely justified by the perpetuation of the myth that Canada did not have to bail out its banks.

Wrong.

We are, according to the IMF, actually the third worst of the G7 countries, behind the US and Britain, in terms of financial stabilization costs.

ATAMANENKO: Pension reform and retirement security--two visions

ATAMANENKO: Pension reform and retirement security--two visions

In March, the government released a discussion paper intended as background for its Canada-wide public consultation on pension reform and Canada’s Retirement Income System.  If you haven’t heard about it, it’s not surprising. It involved only three town-hall meetings, three by-invitation expert roundtables, and a voluntary on-line component.  You could also write in.

KEEPING IT REAL: Are NHL Refs Tougher on Canadian Teams?

KEEPING IT REAL: Are NHL Refs Tougher on Canadian Teams?

 Is it my imagination or are the NHL refs favoring the U.S. teams when they play Canadian teams? This radical thought crossed my mind last year during the playoffs: it just seemed to me that whenever I watched a Canadian team in the NHL playoffs come up against ANY U.S. contender, the refs were tougher on the Canadian teams when calling penalties.

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