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Deconstructing the US Election

Deconstructing the US Election

A quick glance over current headlines: madness and dread

“You spread your paranoia, all over this land –

Creating situations you don’t understand…

You’ve got to stop flashing pictures of the People.

Stop! Flashing pictures of the Power!”

-- Tom Fogarty, Goodbye Media Man [1968]

In times of apparent madness, the insane person adapts to reality more effectively than the rational one.”

'Initiative Petition Application' underway, to change paramedics' bargaining rights

ambulance

British Columbia’s Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, has granted approval in principle on an initiative petition application. The petition will be issued to proponent Joshua Henshaw on Monday, January 9, 2017. The title of the initiative is: An initiative to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act.

The draft Bill proposes to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act (the Act) to give ambulance paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers.

BC Veterinarians ban tail docking and other cosmetic alterations

Dog with docked tail.

After an unprecedented voter response from the registrants of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC), 91.5 percent of those who voted cast their ballots in favour of banning the cosmetic tail docking of dogs, horses and cattle, and tail alteration in horses. The decision brings British Columbia in line with a majority of provinces across Canada and supports the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) position on the practices.

Op/Ed: Why your stuff turns to junk so fast (and cooks the planet)

Someone once wanted every bit of this junk.

Note:  This article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Forestry and Trade Wars

Dick Cannings, Member of Parliament for South Okanagan West Kootenay

The forest industry has been a critically important sector in the BC economy for over a century, but it has been hit hard.  A 30-year trade war with the United States cost our industry billions of dollars.  The softwood lumber agreement did bring back certainty to lumber export access and costs, but the Canadian industry paid a very high price for that certainty, and many mills didn’t survive.

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Want to influence our federal government? Here's one way to make an attempt.

A fox, watching the hen-house.

The Candian Environmental Protection Act is under review by a committee of the House of Commons.  Citizens are invited to comment -- in the form of written "briefs."  There are guidelines for these briefs, accessible via a link in the material pasted in below. 

Seven Summits Centre for Learning students improving ecosystem health near Waneta

Grade 10 Students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning plant native vegetation to help species at risk. to help

Students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning are doing their part to increase ecosystem health in the Kootenays.

RCMP warn about more phone scams

RCMP warn about more phone scams

Don't be fooled.  Don't give out any information on the phone to anyone who calls up and claims to represent your credit card company.  Anyone from your credit card compoany does  NOT need you to give them any information about you or your card; they would already have what they need on file.  Anyone who calls up and demands (or requests) personal information about you or your credit card is a scammer.  Just hang up.

Food security = important for humans and other animals too

Fresh vegetables are too costly for many in Canada

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.

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