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Opinion: Putting patient food in the hands of corporations reveals the trouble with normal

An underwhelming hospital sandwich

It's amazing what we gradually accept as normal -- even admirable -- in how we treat each other in Canada. Practices that were once seen as a repugnant surrender to government indifference, like food banks, are now virtually celebrated as a high point of citizen engagement and promoted as such by our public broadcaster once a year. And other practices, like hospitals and seniors' care homes that once had their own kitchens and cooking staff, are seemingly a thing of the past, a "luxury" that we have no hope of ever getting back.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans sued for putting wild salmon at risk

Wild salmon reach a spawming bed.

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile, before allowing them to be transferred into open-net ocean pens alongside wild fish.

Part II: The Small Mysteries of Transformation for Mind and Politics

Part II: The Small Mysteries of Transformation for Mind and Politics

Here is Part II of this lengthy article.  To review Part I, click on this link.

The 60’s Generation and political change: No revolution

Dispensary Opening in Rossland

Dispensary Opening in Rossland

On Wednesday, October 5, a new store opens its doors in the Mountain Kingdom.  The Rossland Dispensary will be the newest addition to Rossland's business community.

What IS a marijuana dispensary?

Column: A different look at LNG for BC

Column:  A different look at LNG for BC

There will many announcements and pronouncements for and against the federal government’s approval of the Petronas LNG project if, in view of the 190 pre-conditions, approval is the appropriate term. What aroused my curiosity was the identity of developer: who is Petronas?

Editorial Musing: New MSP Premiums for 2017

Editorial Musing:  New MSP Premiums for 2017

How much do you pay for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?  This year, if you're a single person who earned $21,900 (or so) last year ("adjusted net income"), you'll pay nothing  -- as long as you applied for Premium Assistance.

Quality of Care in Seniors' Facilities

Quality of Care in Seniors'  Facilities

Many Rosslanders recall the unfortunate separation of a devoted senior couple so that they could more conveniently (for IHA) be housed in different facilities, in different towns.  While separated, one of the couple died.  The resulting, and well-justified, outcry may have resulted in changes to the practice of deciding which extended-care patients get housed in what facilities, and whether or not married couples are forcibly separated.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Site C and Treaty 8

COLUMN:  From the Hill -- Site C and Treaty 8

On February 18th of this year a group of First Nations activists came to Ottawa to speak to the government about the Site C dam project on the Peace River.  They met with myself and other MPs in the BC NDP caucus to discuss their attempts to delay construction of the dam until the concerns of their people were heard in federal court this fall.  The Liberal government refused to meet with them. 

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

A reader recently commented privately about the recent "Rape and Consequences" article, and expressed dismay that Canada's "rape shield" legislation is not  more effective at curbing  defence attorneys' strategy of "whacking the victim" in court.  Her comment made me think:  our society's acceptance of "rape culture" is evidence of an ingrained sexism, but its origins go far beyond  sexism.

COLUMN: What Caribou Need to Survive

Boreal Woodland Caribou:  Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

(Editor's Note:  Southern BC is also home to most of the world's at-risk population of Mountain Caribou, and the comments in the column below about the need for undisturbed habitat apply equally.  For a BC government document on the Mountain Caribou's need for "large tracts of old-growth forest in the Interior Wet Belt,"  click here.)

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