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Monthly Archive for August, 2014

Nothing to lose

I am going to try to provide a public service – one I have been concerned about for many years. It concerns the law of defamation. Athana Mentzelopoulos, Deputy Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training with the Provincial Government has sued Rob Fleming, NDP, MLA for making false and malicious statements about her salary, […]

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Ass well and truly covered

The announcement about the inquiry into the Mount Polley Dam disaster is outrageous! As a matter of fact I find it hard to write this article because I simply can’t believe the dishonesty of the minister Bill Bennett and the minister Mary Pollock. By careful but not very clever design, this inquiry from the outset […]

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I am afraid I really am a gloomy Gus today. It has just struck me that there is an absence of good guys in the world. Whether it’s big business or government they mostly do it to us and reek of self interest. We don’t seem to have anybody we can trust anymore. There was […]

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Why Bill Bennett Needs to Resign

Tradition decrees he take ‘ministerial responsibility’ for Mount Polley mess on his watch. By well-established precedent, Bill Bennett right about now should be typing his letter of resignation to Premier Clark. Extreme? Not at all. Here’s a bit of history that, trust me, speaks directly to the mining minister’s duty after the catastrophic breach of […]

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I see that radio station CKNW is making some dramatic changes to its programming. Let me declare my interest. I worked for NW as a broadcaster for 19 years and I am very proud of the association. I still consider myself part of that CKNW that I always knew. I was very badly treated by […]

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Will Rory roar?

The King is dead – Long live the king! To kill Tiger Woods off may be premature as it may be to crown Rory McElroy as the new king. That, however, is what the golf jocks are determined to do and, after all, drumming up the excitement that follows this theory is what being a […]

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If something moves, you shoot

“The Puritan hates bearbaiting not so much for the pain it gives the bear but the pleasure it gives the spectator” – Macaulay. I find as I trip through life that my attitude towards a lot of things has changed dramatically. So it is with animals. I grew up in a pretty ordinary family. My […]

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Documents show government aware of dam safety concerns, including tailings ponds. An important article in The Tyee by David P. Ball: B.C.’s minister of energy and mines has vowed to get to the bottom of the Mount Polley mine disaster, but insisted that provincial mine inspections are “as frequent today as they were five years […]

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Dandelion Truth

I find myself in a pissing match with a regular group of emailers I think I can categorize as those who are dubious about the mainstream media and invariably tend to come down on whatever side of an issue the United States is not on. I have no quarrel per se with such a group […]

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Rafe Mair’s cost free way to fix our democracy deficit. Two weeks ago, I confessed on these pages that I was a British Columbian first and a Canadian second. One of the major reasons is that I have always felt utterly disconnected from the federal government. Even when one knows one’s member of Parliament, that […]

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