Politics

COLUMN: What Scientists Said 25 Years Ago

One tiny sample of trash pollution: just one symptom.

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

Natural Selection: Who Deserves to Rule Human Society?

Natural Selection: Who Deserves to Rule Human Society?

 

“And if you call me brother now, forgive me if I ask –

‘According to whose plan?’

When it all comes down to dust,

I will kill you if I must. I will help you if I can.

When it all comes down to dust,

I will help you if I must. I will kill you if I can.”

Leonard Cohen, Song of Isaac (1969)

Advice for BC's Political Parties

Advice for BC's Political Parties

2016 is almost a wrap and – safe to say – one for the books.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, though, it's time for a few New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s political parties to consider in their on-going quest for self-improvement.

1.   Anticipate more, scramble less

A line from Carly Simon's Anticipation sums this one up: “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway.”

EDITORIAL: The CBC -- Boon or Boondoggle?

EDITORIAL: The CBC -- Boon or Boondoggle?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is Canada's national radio and television broadcaster -- loved by many, reviled by others.  Its exact date of origin may be open to interpretation; its predecessor, the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, was established as a state-owned company  in 1932, following a  1929 report  that raised concerns about  Canadian airwaves being taken over by American radio.  In 1936, the organization was re-created as a Crown Corporation and re-branded with its present name.

Council wraps up 2016 with appointments to next year's committees

Council wraps up 2016 with appointments to next year's committees

Monday night, Dec. 19, saw the final city council meeting of 2016 in Castlegar. As is customary, mayor Lawrence Chernoff announced the councillor's committee appointments for the coming year.

The appointments are relevant to residents insofar as they help members of the community determine where best to direct questions, comments or complaints.

COLUMN: Seasonal Thoughts From Our Member of Parliament

Richard Cannings, MP

The House of Commons has risen for the Christmas break and I’m certainly happy to be home for the holidays.  This season will be especially eventful for my family as we are traveling to New Zealand for my son’s wedding—but we’ll also be taking part in the usual Christmas traditions that every family has.

Canada's Long History of Waffling on Electoral Reform

Canada's Long History of Waffling on Electoral Reform

Our government established a special committee to consider the subject of proportional representation, and the committee noted that “it must be apparent to all that the present system of election in single-member constituencies meets fully the purpose intended only when not more than two candidates are nominated.” The committee proposed that a plebiscite be held to determine whether voters would wish to apply the principle of proportional representation. The year was 1921!

B.C.'s affordable housing plan doesn't even qualify as a band-aid solution

By the time the government's 2,897 units see the light of day, they'll have been eclipsed by new demand.

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

Don't get me wrong, it sounds impressive: 68 projects, 2,897 units, $516 million (an average of $178,115 per unit) until you grasp the full extent of what's rapidly turning into a full-fledged housing crisis.

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

EDITORIAL: Fear-Mongering Invades Rossland

A reader has notified me of a disturbing incident.  It was just paper -- three pages of it -- tacked to a fence in downtown Rossland, but the reader reported that it was an attempt to spread hate in our Mountain Kingdom.  The targets were the usual ones that bigots love to hate:  "liberal,"  feminist, Jewish,  LGBTQ;  and the tone, said the reader, was "hateful, aggressive and belligerent."

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