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by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Nov 01 2017

“The West is the best. /  Get here, and we’ll do the rest.”

                                                -- Jim Morrison, the Doors, Blue Bus

In the beginning, two words

I do not often fare into the waters of moral judgements, but in this column I do. My morals and ethics, or “values” as the modern vocabulary seems to prefer,...

by Wayne Holmes on Sunday Oct 29 2017
Local Astronomer Wayne Holmes has had an interest in astronomy since he got his first telescope and began reading about the objects in the sky at a young age. As the coordinator of the Starry Nights program at Taghum Hall as well as multi session astronomy classes as part of the Learning in Retirement program and astronomy programs for schools, Holmes has always...
by Letters to the editor on Sunday Oct 29 2017

To The Editor:

We should not only applaud the City of Victoria for their recent call for climate accountability, but our local municipalities should join the chorus.

For far too long fossil fuel corporations have used tax payer dollars through government subsidies and externalized pollution costs to make billions in profits. Its time they join us in...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Friday Oct 27 2017

By Alex Hemingway, CCPA-BC’s Public Finance Policy Analyst

After analyzing the numbers, it’s clear that BC can make significant reinvestments in critical public services that British Columbians depend upon and want. 

Investments are urgently needed in universal, affordable, high-quality child care, in affordable housing, on climate action commitments...

by Michael Jessen on Thursday Oct 26 2017

Pollution costs and kills.

That is the concise conclusion of The Lancet Commission on pollution and health. The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals.

In a 51-...

by Rossland Telegraph on Monday Oct 23 2017

The BC government has announced a key step toward creating a new, more effective climate-change strategy.  The multi-sector Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council is charged with advising the B.C. government and delivering its first public report in one year. Karen Tam Wu, acting BC Director of the Pembina Institute, has been apponted to the Council; she is director of ...

by Letters to the editor on Monday Oct 23 2017

To The Editor:

Accountability.

Local city councils in the Kootenays should follow the examples of  Victoria, Saanich and the District of the Highlands, who voted nearly unanimously to send a "Climate Accountability Letter" to 20 of the world's largest fossil fuel companies,...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Oct 20 2017

You have to hand it to the rich in dealing with the tax reforms proposed by the Liberals. They didn’t even have to put pen to paper or pick up the phone to protest the taxman messing with their ill-gotten wealth. They got the poor besotted small businessperson to fight on their behalf. In this newly fact-free world it didn’t matter that 80 per cent of conventional small businesses and farmers...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Oct 19 2017

The hissing sound you may hear is the unmistakable sound of the air coming out of Site C's tires.

As the B.C. Utilities Commission continues its inquiry on the project, it's becoming more and more apparent that B.C. Hydro has been playing a bit loose with telling the whole truth when it comes to Site C.

Case in point: in December 2014, when the B.C. government announced its...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

We’re roughly a year away from our next municipal election, and I’m prepared to bet a great deal that the word you’re going to hear most from candidates (especially new ones) is ‘transparency’ – as in, the current council is being less-than-transparent, obfuscating, running a defacto dictatorship at YOUR expense.

It’s a political tactic as old as politics themselves – demonize the...

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