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We need a stronger option for hospital imprisonment. I write this with considerable trepidation. The chances are very good that the reader will misunderstand what I am saying and conclude that either I favour kiddie porn and things like that or that I am soft on people who commit sexual offences, or both. Neither of […]

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As BC’s promised gas boom goes pffft, Premier Clark must come clean. The entire question of LNG has reached a sorry pass indeed. The premier’s policy seems to be crumbling before our eyes. Let’s not forget that Premier Clark and her Liberals pulled the 2013 election out of the jaws of defeat by promising a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stand up for BC!

Why I am a British Columbian first, a Canadian second. How about you? When you reach a certain age, the rules change. No longer do you hear much nor indeed have to care much about political correctness. When you have been fired one more time than you have been hired, and when people expect you […]

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Gone are childish notions dismissive of native land claims. The Tsilhqot’in (Roger William) case is a game changer. There is aboriginal title and it does not depend, as our title to our houses does, upon the Crown but is totally independent of Crown interests. Moreover — and this is perhaps of more immediate concern — […]

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