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Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Time for a New BC Party?

If NDP can’t win voters in middle, maybe someone else should try. One of the real downers in this business is having to criticize, if not dump on, people you like. And politicians, like most people, are pretty nice people who are trying to do a good job. However, I don’t think Carole James can […]

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The tar sands and us

Excerpt: “What madness this all is! Wasn’t the idea that we’d wean ourselves off oil and concentrate our efforts and our money on substitutes? Can’t we see that by extracting oil that can only be viable if the price of oil is near $100 a barrel that we’re in fact making the high price of […]

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 This province is facing the battle of all battles over the using of Fish Lake and over Enbridge’s proposed Gateway pipeline, which would carry oil from the oil sands to the B.C. coast for export by tanker to Asian markets. I want to deal with Fish Lake in this column but will deal with […]

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The time has come

In this province, those who care for the environment must be their own media. Tom Paine, the “media” catalyst for the American Revolution, rallied Americans with the stirring words “these are the times that try men’s souls”. Are these words applicable to British Columbia, its governments and the farmed fish issue?” I say, clearly yes, […]

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In search of ‘Communist’ Vietnam

Notes from a quick, guided visit to Saigon, er, Ho Chi Minh City. My mandate, I think, is to a write a political column for these pages, which I’m about to do, so don’t confuse this with a travelogue. Wendy and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime, a 37-day cruise which […]

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Rafe tells us that the provincial government is again considering slaughtering wolves from helicopters. He tells us why this was a bad idea in 1979, and it’s a bad idea now. Article at The Common Sense Canadian: Why Are We Still Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

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More Please!!! by Marvin Shaffer Every now and again you read something so outrageous you have to laugh. So it is with the report recently released by BC Citizens for Clean Energy: A Triple Legacy for Future Generations. The essence of this lobby group’s proposal is that the government should develop an export policy for […]

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‘After Her Brain Broke’

Susan Inman’s memoir is a must read for any family faced with schizophrenia, and for our health system, too. After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity Susan Inman Bridgeross Communications/Ingram Books (2010) I suffer from depression and have been treated for it for more than 20 years. My problem is anxiety — […]

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Here’s an Article by Rafe at The Common Sense Canadian which tells us that even the former Attorney General of Norway and the owner of the world’s largest salmon farming company agree that salmon farms must be moved out of migration routes.

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Machines Sense My Fear

Each new wave of digital device takes an extreme disliking to me. It seems to be axiomatic that the older people get, the harder it is for them to make changes. The old ways were better. This newfangled stuff will ruin civilization, or at least the part which isn’t already ruined. I try to avoid […]

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