The Rossland Telegraph asked two sets of questions of the local candidates in this provincial election. Answers to the first four questions (Part I) appeared last week.
To The Editor:
It happens every election. The NDP line up and lecture other lefties on how they mustn’t split the vote and open an avenue for the current government to retain power.
It’s always the same. Defeating the political right is of paramount importance, they sternly warn, and a vote for the Greens is a vote for the right.
Last week, I posted an editorial criticizing negative campaigning, and posed questions for our local candidates to answer -- without mentioning other candidates or other parties. Here are two of our local candidates' answers to the first set of four questions; the third candidate, Liberal Jim Postnikoff, was unfortunately unable to respond in time.
This continues a discussion begun in Part I, last week.
Bad Capitalism: exploitation
Every day, my inbox is littered with vitriol from two of BC's political parties, about each other. They're each titled "press release" but I haven't been publishing them. Perhaps that's wrong-headed of me, but I don't want to encourage the negativity.
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News about money
A report released recently by Evidence for Democracy shows that resource capacity and scientific independence are the most pressing scientific integrity issues within the BC government. "Evidence-based decision-making" has become the mantra of governments, but without good evidence, it's a difficult promise to deliver.
The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?
What poses the greatest hazard to BC's endangered Southern Mountain Caribou -- habitat loss, wolves, or corporate donors? Or are all three of those factors linked, and if so, how? This opinion piece is from DeSmog Canada. Read and contemplate.
Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay. While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.