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Hunter-Funded Wildlife Agency Quietly Announced Before BC Election

Steve Thomson, Former Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcing the new wildlife agency proposal on March 22, 2017.

By Judith Lavoie.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

A plan to form a new, independent wildlife management agency in B.C., which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations, is generating anxiety among some conservation groups who fear the structure of the new program could prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife.

COLUMN: Can We Put it to Better Use?

plastic-choked beach

People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere — from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans — some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.

COLUMN: What Kind of a Noise Annoys a Neighbour?

COLUMN: What Kind of a Noise Annoys a Neighbour?

At Tuesday's Council meeting, a Rossland resident complained about noise from a neighbour's yard. "First it was their dog, now it's chickens," he declared.  His battle with his neighbours has been long, acrimonious  and on-going, and has included his displeasure with the appearance of their backyard vegetable garden.

Kratom Products Recalled: Serious Health Risks

The plant, Mitragyna Speciosa.  Photo by Uomo Vitruviano

Health Canada has announced that a company, Garnoff Botanicals, is voluntarily recalling unauthorized kratom products as they may pose serious health risks.

Haven't heard of kratom?  Don't feel bad -- you're not alone.  Kratom is the plant pictured above, or products derived from it.  What health risks does it pose?  Health Canada did  not specify the risks of the particular products being recalled in its announcement, but a Google search uncovers several known risks of kratom:

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

Children are beautiful.  They embody our hopes for the future. Does that mean that girls and women should be forbidden access to sex education and family planning?  

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally took a severe blow.

Civil Suit Alleges B.C. Blacklisting Forestry Consultant Who Warned of Timber Overcutting, Faulty Data

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This article is by Judith Lavoie, and is from DeSmog Canada

Forestry has been a passion and a career for Martin Watts for 25 years, but, since attempting to point out problems with B.C.’s process for setting logging rates, his forestry consulting business has nosedived and Watts is claiming in a civil suit that he was blacklisted by the provincial government.

New Sexual Violence Policy approved at Selkirk College

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy.

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that there is zero tolerance for violence at Selkirk College. There is so much that goes into creating a safe and healthy learning environment and this policy supports our continual aspiration to be a violence-free college.”

EDITORIAL: Our Real-Life Cliffhanger

Sylvester  Stallone in his mountaineering get-up.

Those over a certain age know that "Cliffhanger" is a 1993 action/suspense movie starring Sylvester Stallone, and as in all such entertainments, the big question is "will the good guys win?"  Well, of course.  The entertainment lies in watching how they do it (Gasp ― skinny ropes over terrifying chasms! Skinny ledges and slipping boots! Unrealistically but entertainingly skimpy clothing in a snowy landscape ― with macho muscles and bulging bosoms!) and what happens while they do it.

Local cops join Alexa's Team

Alexa, killed by a drunk driver in 2008

Today, eight local police officers attended a ceremony in Kelowna in recognition of making Alexa's Team for 2016. Alexa's Team was created by the Middelaer family in memory of their four-year-old daughter, Alexa, who was killed by an impaired driver while she was feeding a horse in Delta in 2008.

A Charter challenge on electoral reform coming up?

Election materials

Before the last federal election, Liberal party leader (now Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau repeatedly promised voters that Canada would not have another election under the "first-past-the-post" electoral system.

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