While four of six Tsilhqot’in communities are evacuated due to raging wildfires surrounding their communities, Christy Clark's outgoing Liberal government has granted permits to Taseko Mines to conduct extensive pre-construction exploration and drilling for the New Prosperity mine proposal in a place precious to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.
The headline above notwithstanding, people who suffer sexual assault in our region have many resources and many enlightened people available to help with all aspects of the ordeal and its aftermath. Trail FAIR is there to help, and Victims' Assistance. And I have no reason to believe that this region's RCMP personnel are anything but well-informed, responsive, up-to-date, and compassionate.
It's summertime. We're all on holiday, right? Who wants to think about stuff like governance at this time of year? On the other hand, can we afford to stop thinking about it, given how things are at the highest levels of Canadian politics?
I say we need a fundamental change in the dynamics of Parliament, and that electoral reform can help.
Houston, we have a consensus. Well, almost.
All three parties in the B.C. legislature now support a ban on corporate and union donations, as well as setting a cap on personal contributions.
It's that last one that gets tricky. What's the right cap?
Perhaps B.C.'s new government should rip a page out of Alberta's NDP playbook.
The trouble with demonizing the leader of an unpopular government is that it gives the next leader way too much slack. I remember writing a column years ago comparing the hated Brian Mulroney with Paul Martin (who more or less ran Jean Chretien's government). Who was more destructive to the public interest and progressive government? Conventional wisdom would say Mulroney.
“Life is hard. Then you die.”
We have all heard this. “Life is difficult”, says M. Scott Peck, in the first sentence of his highly-recommended work on the psychology of love, The Road Less Travelled.* Some wit added the tagline – “then you die.”
They're the stories that tug at us.
Last Monday I travelled to Washington, DC with Tracey Ramsey, the NDP critic for International Trade. I was there in my role as NDP critic for Natural Resources, and we were both there to talk about softwood lumber with senators, congressmen and their staff.
By Carol Linnett. This article is from DeSmog Canada.