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by Michael Jessen on Sunday Nov 19 2017

An electricity rate freeze matters and so does the way a government minister tries to proclaim it.

Michelle Mungall, Nelson-Creston NDP MLA and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, discovered this recently in the BC Legislature.

For BC Hydrocustomers who have endured a 58.81% increase in their power charges since 2009...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Nov 16 2017

There were likely more people on the floor of the legislature listening to it than watching it live on television, but there was an interesting exchange at the legislature last week.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall was being grilled by her opposition critic, B.C. Liberal MLA Tracy Redies.

First off, it was civil, which in and of itself is noteworthy. Redies posed questions and...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Nov 16 2017

Because Canada’s public health-care funding model doesn’t account for interprovincial migration, the movement of seniors from province to province can materially impact provincial budgets, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Canada’s public health-care funding model has several flaws including the fact that it doesn...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Nov 15 2017

“First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin. … I’m guided by a signal in the heavens, I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.”                                  

-- Leonard Cohen, First we take Manhattan

Part Two

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by David Suzuki on Tuesday Nov 14 2017

As many countries move away from big hydro projects, B.C.’s government must decide whether to continue work on the Site C dam. The controversial megaproject would flood a 100-kilometre stretch of the Peace River Valley and provide enough power for the equivalent of about 500,000 homes.

The BC Utilities Commission, an independent body responsible for ensuring British Columbians pay fair...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Tuesday Nov 14 2017

By BEN PARFITT 

Last year, more natural gas was produced in British Columbia than at any point in the past 10 years. 

Even without the much-hyped liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, natural gas production in BC jumped 70 per cent over the past decade. 

The ecological, human health and safety and climate costs associated with producing fossil...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 13 2017

How fortunate we are to have so much snow so early in the season. Rosslanders, being the avid out doors people that we are, were out in droves, cross-country skiing, touring, and snow shoeing.

On Friday  we headed up to Strawberry Pass, to the Rossland Range Recreation Site, for our first turns on Lepsoe and we were delighted to see a large new parking lot...

by Letters to the editor on Monday Nov 13 2017
To The Editor:
 
Why should I care if the voting system changes in British Columbia ?
 
I feel I should care because our votes are one of the only ways we can influence important decisions that have to be made collectively.
 
I care because until we have a fair voting system all voices...
by David Suzuki on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

It seems odd that a major U.S. government climate report released November 3rd didn’t receive more media attention. But then, the main thing newsworthy about the Climate Science Special Report is that it was released at all, apparently without political interference.

Although the U.S. government is required by law (enacted by President George H.W. Bush in 1989) to report to the...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 08 2017

When it comes to measures seriously addressing climate change, Canadians have pretty low expectations. They know that oil companies have the ear of both Bay Street political parties. Just last week, for example, the auditor general went public, exposing the Trudeau government’s refusal to provide the information he needs to determine the level of subsidies we provide to the industry. But we...

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