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COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

This continues a discussion begun in Part I, last week.

Bad Capitalism: exploitation

If there is one single thing that separates me from most Lennonesque liberals and progressives who want One World, it is not my affection for defined and qualified Canadian nationalism. It is that I am anti-capitalist, whereas the majority of global neo-liberal progressives feel that capitalism is operating just fine. They say that because, in their social class, capitalism has enriched them and provided them with privileged, entitled lives that money can buy.

COLUMN: Standing up for science in government decision-making

COLUMN: Standing up for science in government decision-making

Science isn’t everything. But it is crucial to governing, decision-making, protecting human health and the environment and resolving questions and challenges around our existence.

Those determined to advance industrial interests over all else often attack science. We’ve seen it in Canada, with a decade of cuts to research funding and scientific programs, muzzling of government scientists and rejection of evidence regarding issues such as climate change.

City budget presentation well worth the “waste”

City Director of Finance Andre Buss presents highlights of the 2017 budget.

A public open house Tuesday night to present the city’s 2017 budget and five-year financial plan only drew 17 attendees, other than senior city staff, mayor and council, but a lively discussion kept the meeting running until well after its scheduled end at 7 p.m.

The bulk of the discussion and questions about the roughly-$29-million budget centred around waste management issues, as newly introduced programs have left some residents confused as to the new protocols.

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

A former West Kootenay police officer has started a movement which has spread throughout the country in protest of working conditions within the RCMP.

Former Kaslo top cop Sgt. Chris Backus (now with the Sunshine Coast detachment), risked censure or even dismissal by approaching the media with a ‘yellow stripe campaign’ to send a message to the government – and it’s a message being heard loud and clear here in Castlegar and Trail.

Salmo seeks public input on parks

Salmo seeks public input on parks

The Village of Salmo is seeking public input on the use, function, and infrastructure in Salmo’s two community parks – Lions Park and Knights of Pythias (KP) Park.  A survey form is available online and at the Village office and ideas and suggestions are due by May 15, 2017. The Village intends to use the input to shape parks master planning.

OP/ED: Report Highlights Desperate Circumstances for People Living on Disability Assistance in BC

OP/ED: Report Highlights Desperate Circumstances for People Living on Disability Assistance in BC

The effects of provincial government policy are demoralizing for both people with disabilities and those who work within the income assistance system, says a new report released today for which people with disabilities and income assistance workers were surveyed.

Building Castlegar’s culture of entrepreneurship and innovation

Castlegar Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

A grassroots group of entrepreneurs and like-minded community individuals are working together to build an engaged network to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Castlegar and area. To kick this off, they are hosting a workshop with the goal of creating several working groups that will take on projects to achieve this goal and invite other entrepreneurs and wannabe innovators to join them.

Editorial: Negative campaigning and being well-informed

Please vote!

Every day, my inbox is littered with vitriol from two of BC's political parties, about each other.  They're each titled "press release" but I haven't been publishing them. Perhaps that's wrong-headed of me, but I don't want to encourage the negativity.

Why am I opposed to the nastiness?  Because I want voters to vote, and to cast their votes based on rational agreement or disagreement, not based on stirred-up emotions.

Provincial Election: The Writs are Issued

Provincial Election: The Writs are Issued

VICTORIA– The writs have been issued for British Columbia’s 41st Provincial General Election.

“Eligible voters can vote from now until the polls close on General Voting Day,” said Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer. “B.C. has the most accessible voting system in Canada, and we encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot.”

COLUMN: The moral way to distribute social wealth -- Part One

COLUMN: The moral way to distribute social wealth -- Part One

Capitalists,Liberals, Nationalists, Intellectuals

News about money

We have been treated to the spectacle this month of a half-dozen Bombardier executives planning to split 32 million dollars among themselves as bonuses, at the same time as the corporation has announced it is about to lay off 14, 000 workers worldwide.

It was also announced that the world will officially have its first trillionaire this year. No doubt we already do, we just don’t have his name.

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