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by Sara Golling on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

First, the cannabis news:  as readers of the "Council Matters" column already know, the provincial government is seeking input from municipal governments to help guide provincial policy on the decriminalization of cannabis.  The federal government is preparing to pass Bill C-45 and...

by Michael Jessen on Tuesday Oct 17 2017
If you love a person who smokes do everything you can to help them quit – now!

Letting them continue to smoke will both shorten their life and put a costly burden on both our economy and our health care system.

You’ll likely spend 13 less years with that person you love.

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says approximately 45,500 deaths were...

by Letters to the editor on Thursday Oct 12 2017

To The Editor:

Hats off to the NDP minority government for introducing legislation on electoral reform. BC will hold a mail in referendum by November 2018 following public consultation. The threshold...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Universal pharmacare is a hot topic on Parliament Hill these days.  The concept is simple—a single program that would ensure that all Canadians had free access to prescription drugs.  Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t include the cost of drugs in its coverage.

And that doesn’t make sense—if I cut my foot I can go to my doctor and get...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out.

Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world...

by The Fraser Institute on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Requiring a stress test for Canadians who provide at least a 20 per cent down payment to purchase a home is an unnecessary step that could negatively affect homebuyers across Canada, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Canada’s financial regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI),...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Monday Oct 09 2017

The benefits of small-business income splitting, also known as income sprinkling, are concentrated amongst Canada’s richest and not used by the vast majority of families declaring small business income, according to new myth-busting research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives...

by Murray Dobbin on Saturday Oct 07 2017

The fact that science is the foundation for civilization and democracy should be self-evident. Regrettably, that connection seems often to escape our collective consciousness. We tend to think of science narrowly as restricted to high-tech, laboratories, and the development of electric cars or travel to Mars. But everything we do collectively, from Medicare, to fighting climate change, to...

by Dan Kraus on Thursday Oct 05 2017

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000  Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. 

It’s easy to think that our forests are endless, and it’s a mindset we’ve held...

by Contributor on Thursday Oct 05 2017

The Selkirk College Students’ Union has launched a manual for students’ union organisers. The Fundamentals of Students’ Unionism provides student activists and organisers a framework to understand students’ unionism and the student movement.

“Students are more in debt now than ever in the history...

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