"Don't mind the elephant in the room, we're redecorating."
When the B.C. government tabled its legislation to amend the Election Act in March, it was probably hoping no one would notice. They were in for a bit of a shock.
Local elections across B.C. were supposed to be buried and done with last November, but some of the fallout from a few races is still coming home to roost and there are a few lessons to learn from it.
Children sing that “when you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are.” By adulthood, most of us have given up on that idea and a few – just to hedge their bets – donate to political parties rather than testing their luck on a star. And that's what makes the annual financial reports from B.C.'s political parties so fascinating.
On June 12, 2015, Coquitlam RCMP’s very own Cpl. Nigel Blake, along with a team of more than 75 riders, will embark on the 2015 Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) Battlefield Bike Ride in Western Europe supporting the WWC’s outstanding programs.
So, you think the federal Bill C-51 is bad? It is. And here comes the DRAFT new BC Societies Act, provincial legislation with provisions that will make life even worse for any society that speaks up about anything. If this draft Act is made law, Sections 98 and 99 will enable any person to brin
“In a peaceful age I might have written ornate or merely descriptive books, and might have remained almost unaware of my political loyalties. As it is I have been forced into becoming a sort of pamphleteer.”—George Orwell, Why I Write, 1946
George Orwell warned of totalitarian states in his dystopic novel ‘1984.’ (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
On April 14, provincial and territorial leaders are to meet in Quebec City for a special Council of Federation meeting to talk about climate change. Some prominent Canadians -- and many others, less prominent but equally concerned -- plan to attend a march there on April 11, in an attempt to get a message to our politicians about the urgent need for action.
The World Federalist Movement has issued a press release about Canada's new federal legislation ratifying the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions -- an international treaty intended to ban the use of cluster bombs.
The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2016 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2015 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at http://www.nuffield.ca.
Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2016.
Sometimes I think everyone would benefit, at some time in our lives, from the help of a facility such as this. There are aspects of modern society (and some families) that seem to be actively "crazy-making" and I wonder, at times, whether some symptoms attributed to "mental disorders" are simply an individual's self-preserving reaction to some of the insanity of our world. Whether it i