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COLUMN: Paradigm shift needed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss

Despite Canada’s important commitments at the December UN COP15 in Montreal, we’re not halting, let alone reversing, biodiversity loss. More than 5,000 wild species face some risk of extinction, according to the recently released report “The Wild Species 2020: The General Status of Species in Canada.”...

COLUMN: PART THREE -- An Unprecedented Political Order Coming?

Part Three Parts One and Two are prerequisite for understanding what I am writing about. This Part is the longest of the four sections, and is about politics specifically. Liberalism and libertas in the Canadian mode Let me return to the topic of liberal democracy in its twilight. To pretend that liberalism and liberal democracy...

Updates from Finance Minister/MLA Katrine Conroy

Dear Neighbours, Friends and Community Members, As we welcome the new year, I hope you all enjoyed a happy and restful holiday, and your 2023 is off to a good start. As your BC government, we’re continuing to tackle the issues affecting British Columbians most. Alongside our new Premier, David Eby, we’re working hard on issues...

Opinion: Privatizing long-term care is a bad idea

Why for-profit homes won’t solve long-term care issues: Privatizing health services is a bad idea that just won’t go away Authors:  Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University, Canada,  and Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor emeritus, Simon Fraser University Canadian health economist Robert ...

OP/ED: New Year's reflection by Premier David Eby

“The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is a chance to reflect and an opportunity to set new goals to shape a better future – for ourselves, our families and our entire province. “I am honoured to celebrate with you the successes of the past year, including the remarkable economic recovery in our province as we ...

Column: How Global Warming Causes Extreme Cold

[Editor's Note:  The author's political commentary refers mainly to the U.S., but the scientific explanation he provides applies to Canada's extreme-cold winter weather events as well as those in the U.S.]             By Thom Hartmann; originally published in...

COLUMN: Part Two -- An unprecedented political order coming?

Part One is the necessary introduction to Part Two. Please read it before reading this.     Birth of the West: demokratia and demos in ancient Athens As I said in Part One, my Learning In Retirement at Selkirk College students are self-aware citizens; various puzzles for defining democracy came up in class when we spoke about...

DriveSmart BC: Beware the Morning After

Party Hearty! Early in my policing career it was not uncommon to find a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level between .30 and .36. These people were truly drunk and not just impaired as most of us would start to be at the .05 level. Time to head for home and sleep it off because some of us have to be at work in the morning....

Minister/MLA Katrine Conroy Dec. 23 update

Dear Neighbours, Friends and Community Members, As our community celebrates with the people that are most special to them, I want to extend my best wishes to you all for a very safe and happy holiday season. Many parts of the province are experiencing colder than usual weather, so I also want to...

Cabinet Minister Katrine Conroy: Dec. 16 Newsletter

Dear Neighbours, Friends and Community Members, We know that costs are adding up for British Columbians, especially with the holiday season now upon us. Your provincial government is committed to making life more affordable, and that includes keeping your car insurance rates low. This week our government announced a two...

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