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by Contributor on Thursday Jul 20 2017

On Friday, June 30, the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued an advisory that essentially banned credit unions from using the term “banking” to describe the services they offer Canadians. Their advisory takes a strict interpretation of the Bank Act, and based on this interpretation, the federal government could lay criminal charges against any credit...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Ontario electricity prices increased twice as fast as the national average over the past decade, and the average Toronto resident now pays $60 more per month than the average Canadian for electricity, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

“Electricity is a necessity, and Ontario’s high prices...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jul 19 2017

Of all the plastic products we use and take for granted, plastic drinking straws are among the most unnecessary. Designed to be used once and discarded, their only real purpose is to keep your mouth from touching a glass or ice. It made more sense in the days when contaminated vessels were more of an issue.

Now, there’s a movement to get people and businesses to ditch the straws. It may...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jul 18 2017

While four of six Tsilhqot’in communities are evacuated due to raging wildfires surrounding  their communities,  Christy Clark's outgoing Liberal government has granted permits to Taseko Mines to conduct extensive pre-construction exploration and drilling for the New Prosperity  mine proposal in a place precious to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.  Never mind that the federal government has twice nixed...

by The Fraser Institute on Tuesday Jul 18 2017

Canadian household debt has increased significantly since 1990—but so has the value of household assets, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Despite alarmist headlines, concerns about Canadian household debt levels can be overblown. When looking at debt levels it’s important to...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

The headline above notwithstanding, people who suffer sexual assault in our region have many resources and many enlightened people available to help with all aspects of the ordeal and its aftermath.  Trail FAIR is there to help, and Victims' Assistance.  And I have  no reason to believe that this region's RCMP  personnel are anything but well-informed, responsive, up-to-date, and compassionate...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

It's summertime.  We're all on holiday, right?  Who wants to think about stuff like governance at this time of year? On the other hand, can we afford to stop thinking about it, given how things are at the highest levels of Canadian politics?   

I say we need a fundamental change in the dynamics of Parliament, and that electoral reform can help.

Look at our Parliament in action:...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Jul 13 2017

Houston, we have a consensus. Well, almost.

All three parties in the B.C. legislature now support a ban on corporate and union donations, as well as setting a cap on personal contributions.

It's that last one that gets tricky. What's the right cap?

Perhaps B.C.'s new government should rip a page out of Alberta's NDP playbook.

Legislate all points of agreement this...

by Chris Mazurkewich on Sunday Jul 09 2017

Interior Health teams across IH West are working closely with emergency officials from several agencies to respond to the wildfire activity around the communities we serve.

Together, we are carefully considering the best options for our patients and staff who are located where significant wildfire activity is ongoing.  

Since Friday, we have evacuated residential and assisted...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Jul 07 2017

The trouble with demonizing the leader of an unpopular government is that it gives the next leader way too much slack. I remember writing a column years ago comparing the hated Brian Mulroney with Paul Martin (who more or less ran Jean Chretien's government). Who was more destructive to the public interest and progressive government? Conventional wisdom would say Mulroney. But, while Mulroney'...

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