Op/Ed

A Resister’s Guide

A Resister’s Guide

“Government was intended to suppress injustice, but its effect has been to embody and perpetuate it.” – William Godwin

Like Henry David Thoreau, I heartily agree with the motto – “That government is best which governs least”.

When one considers the long list of problems that our governments have tried unsuccessfully to resolve, it is easy to formulate the opinion that governments are motivated more by self interest than principle.

OP/ED: Spending is to blame for Alberta's $10.8 billion deficit

This year’s deficit is expected to top $10.8 billion.

The Alberta government could have posted a small budget surplus this year if successive governments had kept program spending increases in line with population growth and inflation, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

But Alberta’s new government is continuing its predecessors’ trend of rapid spending increases, which has seen nearly uninterrupted deficits in the province since 2008/2009 — even during years when oil prices were at historic highs.

Column: Work Less, Live Better

Column:  Work Less, Live Better

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay.

Editorial: Abortion, Foreign Aid, and Health Care

medical clinic symbol

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 have just taken a severe blow.

COLUMN: A look at New Zealand's electoral system

Richard Cannings . . . talked to a lot of New Zealanders about local politics.

I spent the first weeks of 2017 in New Zealand, celebrating my son’s wedding to a Kiwi girl.  After the wedding, my wife and I drove around some of that beautiful country, enjoying the beaches, birds, wines and green grass of summer.  Fresh apricots in January were a real treat!

Bernie Sanders' style grassroots fundraising it's not

In a statement, the Liberal party reported that individual donors had outnumbered its corporate donors by a four-to-one margin in 2016.

Mere hours before the New York Times went to press with its look at the B.C. Liberal party's ethical scorecard, the party chose to get its 2016 fundraising results out ahead of the storm.

One last chance at political counter-spin and what a marvel of spin it was. U.S. Republican party strategist Karl Rove would have been proud.

In a statement released on Friday, the Liberal party reported that individual donors had outnumbered its corporate donors by a four-to-one margin in 2016, with 9,324 individuals and 1,876 corporations making donations.

Meet the new boss, evaluate the old boss: Obama's political balance sheet

Meet the new boss, evaluate the old boss:  Obama's political balance sheet

The Art of the Possible

Politics has been called an art, at universities it’s called science, but whatever we call it, its fascination is perennial. Aristotle simply summed up we humans as “political animals” and that seems appropriate.

OPINION: You May be Holding Your Future in Your Hands

Louise Mott the BC Lung Association's Quit Now Health Promoter and Michael Jessen have a message for anyone thinking about or currently smoking. — Submitted photo

The lighter’s flame touches the end of your cigarette; you take a deep drag and the warm smoke enters your lungs.

If it’s your first cigarette, you might instantly find it harder to breathe. The smoke tastes heavy and robust, not entirely unpleasant and reminiscent of drinking coffee for the first time.

Then comes the nicotine hit and you feel suddenly energized, slightly light-headed, and almost dizzy.

You have an urge to cough, but you’re also enticed by something you’ve seen friends, relatives, and movie stars do.

Money makes the world go around

It appears for politicians, time is money.

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau – and other federal cabinet ministers – have a fondness for political fundraising events held behind closed doors, far away from prying eyes.

In political slang better known as cash-for-access, not to be confused with its kissing cousin pay-to-play.

Government workers in B.C. paid 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers

The study finds that government employees in B.C.—including federal, provincial and municipal workers—received 7.4 per cent higher wages, on average.

Government workers in B.C. receive 7.4 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector, and enjoy much more generous non-wage benefits, too, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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