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Putting a price tag on a warming world
Canada can expect some severe criticism since the Harper government is refusing to sign on to a second commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.
Thinking big in an effort to change the world
While Occupy protesters in Vancouver think about how much the corporate world sucks, maybe they should take a cue from some real thinkers
Assessing the impact of the Keystone decision
That decision to pick another route for the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas might have enormous repercussions in BC.
Remembering the women who served Canada
Few of us have not been touched by war. Parents, grandparents, siblings, past and present relatives and friends have known through anecdotes accounts of conflict, tragedy, horror, loss and poignant moments of peace and muted success.
Raise the white flag on the ‘War on drugs’
The Harper government should pay attention to poll showing that 79 per cent of British Columbians do not support keeping the current marijuana laws
British Columbia’s ship finally comes in
It was great news last week when the federal government announced that Seaspan Marine Corp. had been awarded the $8 billion non-combat shipbuilding contract.
Wall Street protests lack coherent message
The protest against big business and big banks this weekend seemed more like a pick-a-grunt-day than anything focused and organized. There were more questions on what it was about than on a central issue with reachable solutions.
Insite ruling a victory for better care
It was great news Friday when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite drug injection clinic. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that not allowing the clinic to operate under the umbrella of a federal exemption is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
La Nina to make an unwelcome return
With the weather phenomenon La Nina expected to gather strength this winter, we could be facing the same frustrating long, cold, wet spring in 2012 that occurred this year.
Research cuts show government’s lack of vision
Environment Canada’s decision to cancel vital research programs and axe some 700 jobs is wrong thinking.
The reasoning may be budget austerity measures – Treasury Board Chair Tony Clement wants to slash $4 billion from government programs - but beware being penny wise and pound foolish.
Aftershocks of 9/11 still being felt today
I remember that day like it was yesterday. September 11th 2001. It was hot, dry, sunny. But the sun wasn’t yet up when breaking news arrested attention that, for a moment, seemed like an awful case of misjudgement.
Our children will pay for PST/HST fiasco
Love or hate the outcome, the referendum on the HST saw democracy in action. British Columbians answered the question about extinguishing the tax with a majority in favour of scrapping it. However Chilliwack residents, recognizing its economic benefits, voted to keep it.
Layton remembered for his fire, humanity
Whether you liked his politics or not, Jack Layton’s personal score on the likeability scale was, well, off the scale.
Science shows more species are at risk
According to a recent report in Philosophical Transactions published by the Royal Society, Britain’s Academy of Sciences, it’s time to step up the pace about species conservation.
London riots reveal complicated core
Call them thugs, idiots, deadbeats, vandals, looters, low-life, thieves, or whatever. But that searing image of rioters trashing and burning neighbourhoods in London and other major U.K. cities last week has left people everywhere gasping for answers as to what the heck happened.
Pet owners might howl in protest over this
Do pets make people happier or healthier? Do they enrich their lives and provide comfort? Well, according to research done by Howard Herzog, Professor of Psychology at the Western Carolina University, maybe not. Or, at least according to him, the jury’s still out on this one.
Asian gravy train worth pursuing: Clark
Last week, the Council of the Federation, otherwise casually known as the premiers’ conference, met in Vancouver to brainstorm trade initiatives and strategies to position provinces and territories in the global economy.
Science offers window into canine health
Judging from all the dogs strolling with their owners at the Harrison Festival of the Arts this weekend, folks are pretty devoted to ensuring their pets’ long, healthy lives. Generally, there is a guideline as to which breeds are at risk for certain diseases. But now there’s a new study that provides a rare and comprehensive look at the causes of death in more than 80 breeds.
Small steps forward in protecting species at risk
Last week the Clark government released the Report of the British Columbia Task Force on Species at Risk which addressed the current status of endangered wildlife and efforts to mitigate loss. Apparently, we’re coming up short.
Investigation only leads to more questions
The heartbreaking image of a 15-year-old developmentally disabled girl sitting alone with the corpse of her mother for up to a week in their Chilliwack home is even more distressing when knowing how much the services and support system of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) failed her so completely considering mother and daughter were long known to them.