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Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Christy Clark, aka Premier Photo-Op, has a big mess on her hands – but, fear not, she’ll let us all muck about in it. The government is in deepening debt and Ms. Clark can’t pretend that it’s a mystery how that came about. While there are many causes the principal one is that the government […]

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Back in my radio days I would always do a bit of a travelogue after a trip. I haven’t done so for many years but the cruise Wendy and I just took was so extraordinary I thought you might like to hear about. It – including a couple of dodgy bits none of which detracted […]

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A User’s Guide to Rafe Mair

Ten things to know about the inner workings of your columnist’s operating system. I write this column with the uneasy feeling that no one gives a damn, yet I think people who read a columnist have a right to know what makes the writer tick. Or belch for that matter — something I often do […]

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This is the third part of a three part series on civil dissent. In the last article I discounted the possibility that any hearing into the Enbridge pipelines or tanker traffic, to and out of Kitimat and Vancouver would dare stop these projects. I considered and rejected, without saying so, any intervention by the federal […]

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Last week I advised that we must be prepared to lie down in front of machinery aimed at creating the pipelines from the Tar Sands to Kitimat and, as I fully expected, got some heat. We have to face this question before we get into morality and legality issues – why do you suppose that […]

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Will Violent Protest Rock BC?

That can happen when government shuts citizens out of critical decisions. The world abounds in wake-up calls but, as Sinclair Lewis wrote, “It can’t happen here.” Or can it? All over the world, citizens are taking to the streets and although the issues vary, there is an underlying theme — the government isn’t paying attention […]

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I’m writing this in Bergen, Norway, after a cruise from Leith (Edinburgh) Scotland that took us past many oil rigs – giving pause to remember that we’re as dependent on oil as we ever were – in fact, perhaps more so. A day or two ago I read in an article in the Guardian Weekly […]

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Alexandra Morton and her small team have had the daunting task of searching through 500,000 documents for the Cohen Commission into disappearing Fraser sockeye – most of which had only been released after the Provincial Government and salmon farmers did everything possible to keep them secret. This government, of all governments, tried to say that […]

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