This past weekend my wife and I had the opportunity to spend some time with friends of ours, and during the day the discussion turned to wrongful death laws in B.C.
Canada and the European Union are currently negotiating a new free trade agreement called the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). According to a detailed report prepared by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Negotiating from Weakness, if CETA is implemented as currently written, Canada’s progressive procurement policies will be seriously at risk.
Any cop, lawyer, judge or prosecutor knows that when you give in to blackmail, it’s not the end of the shakedown. Not by any means! Too bad the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission never learned that lesson.
It’s only a few months ago that the CRTC caved in to the demands of Canada’s private television networks for a part of the revenues from cable television operators: and not just a short term slice of the pie to get over tough economic times, but a permanent piece of the action.
As you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging much over the last couple of weeks. (Largely this is because I have been immersed in fighting the privatization of the local sewage treatment system). But in part it is the result of having some doubts about what the point is. I often say to people that the left – whatever that is these days – has to offer people hope, not despair, if we are to motivate and engage people in social change action.
To date the Southeast Fire Centre has had 44 fires, which have burned 75 hectares. Of these 44 fires, 31 were person caused and the rest were caused by lightning. A few fires of note this season include: the 39 hectare fire that occurred on April 26 in the Lake Enid area (west of Wilmer), the 13.5 hectare fire in Wardner on April 3 and a fire at Greenhills Mine, that ignited June 26 (NW of Elkford). Most recent, a 0.5 hectare fire ignited 1.5 km up the Kokanee Creek FSR yesterday, July 15 at 3p.m.
Perhaps I'm just following it out of pure jealousy and morbid curiosity, but I have been all too amused and interested in the historic falls that two of the worlds' more well-off stars took these past two weeks.
BC must stop exporting fossil fuels if the province is serious about dramatically cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a new Climate Justice Project brief from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Betty Lyons, 80, was reported missing to the Grand Forks RCMP after she failed to return to her home in Calgary. She left Grand Forks on Monday, July 12 at approximately 10 a.m. Grand Forks RCMP conducted the investigation but LYONS was not located.
Is the world, including Canada, headed for the third great depression, as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues? Watching the results of the G8/G20 meetings was like hearing news that a giant comet is heading for earth and we are just waiting for impact. Those meetings of the world's largest and/or growing economies committed governments to massive deficit reduction in spite of the real concern that we are facing a the possibility of a so-called "double-dip" recession.