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by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Apr 07 2010

Since when did 'Facebook-ing' become a verb?


It's amazing how quickly we can change or shift our societal lexicon – I was genuinely creeped out and, frankly, slightly offended the first time someone told me he had 'Googled' me – now I think nothing of being Googled, Facebooked or Tweeted...or of doing same to others (my Grandma's going to read this and think I've joined a cult or...

by Donovan Hoggan on Wednesday Apr 07 2010

Before I get into this issue's column, I'd like to extend an invitation. Do you have any questions about computers? Is there anything you'd like a second opinion on? Anything you would like to be able to do, but can't figure out? Please send me an email to donovan@castlegarsource.com. The more I can tailor my suggestions to what is useful to you, the better this column will be.

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by Rob Leggett on Wednesday Mar 31 2010

A strong democracy calls for .... no, demands ... that dissenting voices, however objectionable, be heard.


I believe it is more important to listen to those with whom we disagree, even fervently disagree, than to take false reassurance from those who confirm our own particular foregone conclusions

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Those of us who insist on the value of freedom of speech are...

by Donovan Hoggan on Wednesday Mar 31 2010

Protection is your responsibility.

But that’s a message that people still aren’t getting. A recent study by Ipsos Public Affairs (http://www.maawg.org/system/files/2010_MAAWG-Consumer_Survey.pdf), found that only 48 per cent of computer users consider themselves personally responsible for...

by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Mar 31 2010

Despite federal finance minister Jim Flaherty hailing what he calls signs of Canada’s emergence from the global recession, the national unemployment rate stands at 8.2 per cent at the time of this writing. While BC premier Gordon Campbell basks in the glory of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, a provincial government website states that, “unemployment is expected to continue to rise into 2010...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Mar 24 2010

A friend of mine posted something on Facebook today (yes, alright, I finally broke down last fall and got an FB account – it seemed wrong to continue my technophobe status after opening a web-based media outlet – and now I'll end up one of the pathetic select seeking help to cope with a Facebook games/Farmville addiction. Yikes!). Anyway, her posting was about spring being a time of renewal...

by Contributor on Wednesday Mar 24 2010

While Internet safety is important all of the time, it is particularly so during tax season, so here are a few hints:

1. Be careful clicking on links. The fact that the text from a link says it’s Revenue Canada doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the site I’m pointing you to. If you hold the mouse over the link, it usually gives the address at the bottom of your browser. If in doubt, use...

by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Mar 24 2010

In 2000, then Liberal Finance Minister Paul Martin cut corporate income tax rates by a quarter, from 28 percent to 21 percent, phased in over five years. The Harper government has continued those cuts from 21 per cent in 2007 to 18 percent today, and is ignoring NDP advice and further reducing corporate taxes 15 percent by 2012.

Those cuts have taken hundreds of billions of dollars...

by Bernadette Fuhrmann on Monday Mar 22 2010

As the curtain began to part in constructing the stage for the 2010 Winter Olympics, much of Vancouver began to experience a monumental economic transformation while the Downtown Eastside remained a harsh reality of the city’s social and urban poverty crisis. The significant governmental efforts that had been made to provide temporary shelters for those living on the streets,...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Mar 18 2010

You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar – but rip its wings off, and it'll have to eat anything you feed it.


That perspective isn't entirely incorrect, I suppose, but it's not a very appealing way of doing business ... especially if you're the fly.


Unfortunately, angry, adversarial methods seem to be evolving as the norm these days, at every...

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