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Monthly Archive for September, 2014

Dianne Watts, You Seemed So Smart

But then you decided to run for the Tories. Big mistake. I thought that Dianne Watts, the about to be ex-mayor of Surrey, was a smart person. Her decision to seek a federal seat for the Tories in next year’s election puts paid to that idea. That Watts is a very capable person is beyond […]

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Scots wha’ Hae

Like millions of Canadians, I consider myself a Scot. Notwithstanding the fact that my maternal grandfather, last name Leigh, came from a distinguished English family – his grandfather was an editor of Punch magazine and has his name carved on the famous table – I tended to go with his wife, my Gram, who was […]

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Let’s be “Ready” next time

Who is this cat Vince Ready, anyway? He seems to drift in and out of labor disputes, like the magic fairy, touching things with his wand and all is well! Don’t get me wrong. I have enormous admiration for Mr. Ready. For many years he has been a positive factor in labor disputes and obviously […]

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Nowhere in the appalling record of the Liberal government in Victoria has its shortcomings been more obvious than at the very top. Premier Christy Clark has been a terrible leader whose pronouncements get more and more embarrassing as time passes. However, she so dominates the government that one is hard-pressed to think of even the names […]

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And ruminations on the federal election we must soon endure. This is about the federal election and our province, but first… One almost hates to pay any attention to the man. Brian Mulroney, a certified fudger of facts to his own advantage, has now taken on almost everybody within his range. God knows I have […]

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The void

Uncle Rafe’s first sports analysis 2014–15, or, what to do during the “void”. The “Void” is that time between the end of the World Series and the beginning of spring training. For me, a shut-in, the question arises as to what I shall do during that period. The options, of course, are many. Most would […]

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We won! I think

The government has won the teacher strike. I use the word “won” advisedly because this is an ongoing struggle which is a long way from over. What they have won is this particular battle. Why do I say this? The teachers are now backed into a corner. There is no face-saving way out. The government […]

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A nest of adders

I have not commented on the teacher’s strike for the very good reason that I can’t think of much to say. To start with I have no children or grandchildren in the system. They’re all too old for that now. I did, however, have a special needs grandson who went through the school system complete […]

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Mount Polley panel picked to be expert in engineering, not legal, technicalities. The blue ribbon panel team set up by the provincial government to investigate the Mount Polley mine disaster will find out what caused the tailings pond dam to collapse. The second and critically important question, however, is what, if any, role the government […]

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