Op/Ed

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

Children are beautiful.  They embody our hopes for the future. Does that mean that girls and women should be forbidden access to sex education and family planning?  

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally took a severe blow.

EDITORIAL: Our Real-Life Cliffhanger

Sylvester  Stallone in his mountaineering get-up.

Those over a certain age know that "Cliffhanger" is a 1993 action/suspense movie starring Sylvester Stallone, and as in all such entertainments, the big question is "will the good guys win?"  Well, of course.  The entertainment lies in watching how they do it (Gasp ― skinny ropes over terrifying chasms! Skinny ledges and slipping boots! Unrealistically but entertainingly skimpy clothing in a snowy landscape ― with macho muscles and bulging bosoms!) and what happens while they do it.

Fraser Institute annual rankings reveal declines at some B.C. secondary schools

Some schools with relatively high numbers of ESL and special needs students have improved their ratings. — Submitted photo

A greater number of secondary schools in British Columbia have experienced declines in performance than have improved over the past four years, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual B.C. secondary schools rankings released today.

“Our annual report card reveals how schools perform year over year, so parents can quickly see if there are problems that must be corrected,” said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute.

COLUMN: Work less, live better, do better

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting
To The Editor:
 
A strategy to end strategic voting:
 
The political landscape in British Columbia has been plagued by polarized politics for as long as anyone can remember.
 
Many voters find themselves voting to block something they despise and/or wasting their vote all together. The way out of this mess is to reform our voting system so that our votes are accurately represented (proportional representation).
 

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

Dear Editor:

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.

Are we are doomed to go over the climate cliff – facing a world with ever increasing extreme weather, mudslides, catastrophic wildfires, and sea level rise? Or should we just not think about it because it is too overwhelming?

Practical realities of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems across Canada undermine potential benefits

Canada doesn’t work the way ivory tower economists envision, and instead has become just another tax.

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.

Editorial: One more resource for voting decisions

Editorial:  One more resource for voting decisions

As  most readers here know by now, I'm supremely tired of -- and sickened by -- election communications that tell you terrible (and usually inaccurate) things about the OTHER parties and their candidates, and make wild promises to get your vote.  But I think it's hugely important that people get informed about what the different parties really stand for and what they're most likely to do if elected.  And then vote.  Please vote.

Humanity and Progress

Humanity and Progress

Humans. Love us. Hate us. Wonderful. Horrid.

In this column, I am not trying to change anyone’s mind, in contrast to my two-part column of April wherein I was attacking capitalism and hoping to make converts to my opinion. Capitalism is still much on my mind, but I am not going to continue to analyse its effects, merely observe them.

OP/ED: Council Clips by Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

OP/ED: Council Clips by Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Highlights from tonight's council meeting:

1.) Council approved the 2016 draft financial statements and approved that council hold an Annual Meeting as required under section 99 of the Community Charter on the June 26, 2017 - at the regular council meeting. Part of the draft financial statements show the status of reserves ending 2016. The city has two types of reserves - statutory an operating reserves. Statutory reserves are restricted by community charter and by Bylaw. They can only be used for the purpose specified by Bylaw. Where operating reserves can generally be utilized at the discretion of council. An important consideration however, is that council can only use these reserves for the purpose that they were established - water reserves, sewer reserves, etc. At the end of 2016 there was $4,518,354 in Statutory Reserves and $3,051,627 in Operating Reserves. At the end of December 2016 the city had approximately $793,900 of development reserve and 1.8 million of operating internal financing to pay itself. This amount will be repaid by 2021.

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