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Monthly Archive for June, 2010

We learn from the morning excuses for Vancouver Papers that the provincial government is hiding back reports of the impact of sea lice from fish farms on wild salmon. Why should we be surprised? The government has steadfastly refused to face up to this issue on the old standby political position of saying and doing […]

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From Rafe’s desk: ICBC cameras

I note from the bad excuse for morning papers that ICBC is installing new cameras at intersections so they can take our pictures and fine us if we’re naughty. A paltry $23 million of our premiums will go towards this admirable effort to save us from ourselves. My first reaction was “how do they get […]

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The fact that no charges were recommended against former Solicitor General and one time Mayor of Chilliwack Jon Les is not quite the vindication he claims. He clearly was an insider on land deals while mayor and had special favours given him. What was not demonstrated – or better put, what the Crown said it […]

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For some reason one of the main arguments against some form of proportional representation is that it invariably means minority governments and often means that it takes a long time to form a government after an election as parties negotiate towards a coalition. This fear is unjustified. Let’s deal with minority governments first. What’s the […]

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From Rafe’s desk

Every Monday on the CBC (Early Edition, Rick Cluff at 7:40) I do a short political panel including Moe Sihota, president of the NDP and Erin Chutter, a well known Tory. Last Monday I got roundly criticized for pooh-poohing the advantages of the G8 and G 20 conferences in Toronto. Moe and Erin thought they […]

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The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) issue is the worst managed political issue in my memory and that covers a lot of ground! The problem came from two causes – the extraordinary difficulty Premier (Pinocchio) Campbell has with telling the truth, and arrogance. He truly believed that he didn’t have to tell us about this, that […]

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Why are we risking all to promote addiction to tar sands oil? Last Wednesday I put the finishing touch on this column, then zounds! as I was quickly making my way through Thursday’s Vancouver Province, there was an article by local oceanographer Peter Baker on the risks of rising oil tanker traffic, with bigger ships, […]

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Resignation of Blair Lekstrom

The resignation of Blair Lekstrom, MLA South Peace, came as a surprise and shock to Premier Campbell and he has reason to be concerned. The reason Mr. Lekstrom gave for his action in leaving cabinet and the Liberal caucus was the unpopularity of the HST in his constituency. I take him at his word but […]

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Bill Clinton’s Washington, Unzipped

‘The Death of American Virtue’ is a cautionary tale of justice and libidos out of control. If you are like me, you found the whole business of president Clinton, Whitewater, Ken Starr, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and a large supporting cast tiresome as it wandered on, but I can assure you that this book is anything […]

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I was a paper boy for The Province, and to this day, can’t wait to read certain pages. It’s been suggested by an emailer that I hate Canwest! Egad, a base canard as I shall demonstrate! When I was a lad, I belonged to the Tillicum Club organized by The Province. You got a neat […]

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