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by Contributor on Tuesday Apr 05 2011

The re-negotiations of the federal-provincial-territorial health accord are on the horizon, and everyone is looking for a way to save money and improve health.  Sound impossible?  Why don’t we put our money where our mouth is?

 

It’s a strange truth of Canadian public policy: the care of our lips, tongues, and throats is fully covered by public funding, but not our teeth and...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Tuesday Apr 05 2011

Ask anyone who has lived under a dictatorship and they will tell you of its ugly features: A Supreme Leader who rules with an iron fist; legislation pushed through by a rubber stamp legislative assembly with little or closured debate; government officials ordered into silence or fearful of speaking up; and a press denied the right to even ask questions, let alone get any answers.

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by Harvey Oberfeld on Saturday Apr 02 2011

There are lots of questions remaining about the BC Rail scandal…. the biggest being 'why did the Liberal government pick up the $6M defence lawyers' tab for two convicted criminals?'.

 

This week I had a chance to keep that question--and story-alive, by appearing on broadcaster Stirling Faux on-line business show This Week in Money.  Here’s the...

by Contributor on Thursday Mar 31 2011

New government data shows that more than 300 grizzly bears were killed in British Columbia last year, mostly as a result of trophy hunting.

Released by the David Suzuki Foundation at the start of B.C.’s spring bear hunt, official government records indicate 317 grizzlies died at the hands of humans in 2010. Almost four out of five of these deaths were attributed to the legal trophy...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Tuesday Mar 29 2011

Apppointed (not elected) Premier Christy Clark promised “change”. And as part of her honeymoon period in the public eye, the media has treaded rather softly in scrutinizing her early days in office.

She announced a raise in the minimum wage to be staged over time, but nevertheless welcomed by most British Columbians. Many were embarrassed by this rich province, with some of the highest...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Thursday Mar 24 2011

So what do we do now? We’re about to have an election almost no one wants; that likely won’t change the political balance of power; and, despite the rhetoric, probably won’t actually result in substantial policy changes.  And for this non-altering experience taxpayers will shell out $300 million!

Sigh...

I am not a dedicated partisan. Over my life, I have voted for all three major...

by Laila Yuile on Wednesday Mar 16 2011

Never would you find a more fitting quotation to apply to our newly unelected premier’s cabinet appointments.

Just because everything is different, doesn’t mean anything has actually changed. I, like many others, watched the live feed of yesterday’s undemocratic proceedings, and I say undemocratic because in this rare instance, democracy has not yet reared her lovely head.

There is...

by Contributor on Wednesday Mar 16 2011

During the leadership race, Christy Clark committed to a smaller cabinet and to redefining and empowering the role of MLA. Appointing a smaller cabinet gave the appearance of follow through. The addition of 10 parliamentary secretaries means 56% of the Liberal caucus has appointments.

 

“Christy Clark is continuing the trend of using perks to retain party loyalty, to placate those...

by Contributor on Tuesday Mar 15 2011

The First Nation Summit today congratulated Premier Christy Clark on her appointment and swearing in of her cabinet, and welcomed the appointment of Mary Polak as the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. 

Premier Clark’s recognition of the importance of strengthening relationships and creating shared economic opportunities for BC’s First Nations was welcome news for BC’...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Mar 09 2011

Who’s advising the NDP? Vladimir Putin?

It is amazing: just as more and more centre of the road uncommitted voters are thinking positively of the party as an alternative to the Liberals, the NDP moves to scare them away.

Comrade Big Brother wants to know your social network passwords.

Sure, right now, it’s only the passwords of those running for its leadership that party...

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