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DriveSmartBC: We Are Not Serious About Road Safety

I learned this week that Canadians are considered to rank 42nd out of 50 countries based on how good they are to drive in. This disappointed me until I sat back and thought about it a bit. Based on a bit of self examination and what I see happen around me when I drive I think that I have to say that we are not serious about...

COLUMN: Part Two -- Human consciousness, under construction?

Part Two   Summary introduction from part one: I began with an opinion and a lament: my dream of a better human world as I recall my optimism in 1970 was proven false in the succeeding decades. Are humans getting better, worse, or not changing much, as you read the historical record? (Of course, I have no idea what you read...

Editorial: Alzheimer's Disease and other upsetting realities

What’s in a name?  A contentious sign of the times Alzheimer’s is, especially for older people like me, a frightening possibility.  Most of us know people, some of them close and cherished, who have been altered by the disease and died from it.  Some of us don’t like to be reminded of it. Many decades ago,  locals enjoyed...

MLA/Minister Katrine Conroy newsletter

Dear Neighbours, Friends and Community Members, People from across the country and around the world are moving to B.C. because of our strong economy, high standard of living, and wealth of opportunity. B.C. is growing, and while this means great things for our province, it also means more pressure on our local infrastructure....

OPINION: Rewarding destroyers, punishing defenders

As of early February, police have “made more than 90 arrests and dozens of detentions” to facilitate construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C., “running up a taxpayer tab of more than $25 million,” according to the Narwhal. François Poirier, President and CEO of TC Energy, which owns the project, was...

COLUMN: Part One -- Human Consciousness, Under Construction

Human Consciousness, under construction: Doing Good, Becoming Better, Following Leaders I fought in the old Revolution on the side of the ghost and the king. Of course, I was very young And I thought that we were winning. I can’t pretend I feel very much like singing As they carry the bodies away.        -- Leonard Cohen, The...

Opinion: Profit over safety = recipe for disaster

On February 3, a 150-car train carrying toxic chemicals derailed near East Palestine, Ohio. Close to half the town’s 4,700 residents had to evacuate as deadly gas and smoke fouled the air and chemicals contaminated waterways. Fortunately, no people were killed (although at least 3,500 fish perished), unlike in the devastating...

Feb. 10 newsletter from MLA/Finance Minister Katrine Conroy

Dear Neighbours, Friends and Community Members, My colleagues and I have heard from constituents, community members, and Indigenous people across B.C. on how best to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honouring residential school survivors and those who never returned home. To those of you who reached ...

COLUMN: Why do corporations exist?

In many countries — most notably the U.S. — corporations are considered “persons” under law, enjoying many of the same legal rights and responsibilities as “natural” persons. Judging by the way some corporations operate, you might conclude they’re not very good people. Defining corporations as “persons” simply means they have...

LETTER: Eliminate dementia stigma

Dear Editor, With Alzheimer’s Awareness month coming to a close, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. wants to say a big thank you to the people of the West Kootenay for joining forces with us to raise awareness and flipping the script on stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s...

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