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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...

COLUMN: Climate crisis? Who knew? Turns out the oil industry did

By now, anyone paying attention knows that burning coal, oil and gas has created a crisis that threatens our survival. The scientific evidence — in fields including physics, geography, oceanography, meteorology, chemistry, biology and more — is indisputable. All major scientific institutions and national governments confirm...

COLUMN: PART FOUR -- (UPDATED) An Unprecedented Political Order Coming?

NOTE:  UPDATED -- Appendices added. Part Four Time for a quick recapitulation of what I’ve been attempting to lay out in the previous three parts of this Arc. Part One opened to readers the vista I see of our world hanging upon a threshold, with particular attention to the notion that liberal democracy today is under threats,...

MLA Conroy Newsletter: Affordable housing and WorkSafe BC

Dear Neighbours, Friends and Community Members, We know people in B.C. are worried about finding housing they can afford: from students and young adults moving away from home, to families looking to find more space, to seniors thinking about downsizing, and everyone in between. That’s why we’re working to protect the affordable...

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