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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

The refusal of Premier Clark to represent BC at the annual Western Premiers’ Conference is a disgrace! This is a very important conference. It allows Premiers to discuss many important issues. No doubt the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines and resultant tanker traffic will be on the agenda and Clark hasn’t the guts to deal […]

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This short blog is a result of a call from John Fraser. This from the CBC, a news story across the land this week: Four former federal fisheries ministers are questioning the government’s motives behind the inclusion of environmental protection changes to the Fisheries Act in the Budget Implementation Act.” Mulroney-era Conservatives Tom Siddon and […]

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Yesterday morning, listening to Suzanne Anton, one of my co-panellists on Rick Cluff’s Early Edition political panel, avoid the issue of BC Hydro rates rising because of the scandalous sums they are forced to pay private power companies – and government avoidance of the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) – fill the airwaves with hot air and non […]

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What the Lucky Owe the Rest

Are we a society that cares for one another? Taxes are a key measure. As I get closer and closer to the day of reckoning I find myself thinking a lot about the Bigger Issues — and events I’ll never live to see. As Samuel Johnson said, “depend upon it sir, a hanging in a […]

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Well, well – if I had false teeth I would have swallowed them on Monday morning when I saw, on the op-ed page of the Vancouver Sun, an article by Gwen Barlee on sustainability. Here was the page dominated by the Fraser Institute’s own – Fazil Milhar – doing something on the environment that wasn’t […]

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I urge you to read again Rex Weyler’s blog on the Common Sense Canadian on the consequences of a bitumen spill in Vancouver Harbour. And “consequences” should very much on our minds, front and centre. We are talking three pipelines and two tanker routes. For the Northern Gateway project we have two pipelines. The reason […]

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Van Dongen No Hero to Me

Pundits celebrating BC Lib defector’s Railgate statements should dredge up his fish farm file. Writer Nelson Algren had as three rules of life: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.” To this I might add […]

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This is neither a complicated nor a long story – but it’s a tragic vindication for a hell of a lot of people who have been telling the story, ignored at best, more often vilified. Look at page 1 of the story in the Vancouver Sun, May 11 under the heading “HYDRO AWASH IN PRIVATE […]

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What is civil disobedience? I ask because I’m going to be urging such a course in the times to come. Although he didn’t invent the idea, Mahatma Gandhi invented the modern term when he protested a tax on salt imposed by the British which hurt the poor Indian especially. He broke the law deliberately and […]

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