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“For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.” ― William Wordsworth: Ignoring the dishes in the sink this morning, I grabbed my coffee mug and laptop intending to write right away about a couple of things, but ended up just sitting there at the table for some time, thinking. It’s sprinkling today, and the warmer...
Truth to power on International Womens Day: There are few photos of Jody Wilson Raybould from this perspective and when I finally saw this one from Macleans, it reminded me so much of the Fearless Girl statue. Ms. Raybould is indeed taking on a behemoth not unlike this bull, one that...
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Whoppers, big and small: Charles Adler believes we should speak clearly. However, he said nothing about speaking accurately, a quality not always compatible with political propaganda.
“A cathartic and vindicating moment”: Throughout that time, I couldn't understand why the obvious insanity of costly private power programs didn't raise the ire of many citizens. For that, I lay a large part of the blame on radio and Press Gallery pundits. Some had personal interests affecting their points of view and some believed t...
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The importance of community health centres in BC’s primary care reforms: What the research tells us: Community health centres (CHCs) have been an effective but under-valued model for delivering primary health care1 for decades in Canada and the US. One of the unique features of the model is its strong focus on the social determinants of health and preventing acute illness among groups who are mo...
Inside job: How BC Hydro customers wound up bankrolling private power companies: The chickens have finally come home to roost on the previous BC government’s private power giveaway. The just-released provincial report by Ken Davidson on the costs of BC Hydro’s power purchases is a damning indictment of its electricity policies—policies whose exorbitant and wholly unnecessary ...
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Wilson-Raybould shows us how power really works in Ottawa: SNC-Lavalin held 89 meetings with government. Guess how often oil companies lobby Trudeau? I, like many Canadians, sat in awe during the testimony of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould last week. I was impressed by her courage, her commitment to ethics, her atten...
Burnaby offers a winning recipe for the Left: House people, attack billionaires, dance, fight racism. Repeat. When aging McGill debate club bro Justin Trudeau first busted out the baggy pants and Bhangra moves, a certain segment of Canadian progressives got pretty excited. Like Trudeau’s speech at the Paris climate summit, or his gender-bala...
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Holding Out for Bigfoot (in Culture): A naturalist's case for an open mind regarding Sasquatch.
Saying Goodbye to the Poets Who Gave Me My Life (in Culture): Lane, Leggo, Rosenblatt, Merwin — how do I repay such a large debt?  Related Stories On the Friendship, and Poetry, that Saved Me (in Culture) ‘Years of Monstrous Inequity’: Patrick Lane Chose Not to Forget (in Culture) Jane Goodall Isn’t Giving Up (in Culture)
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Tasting at the Vancouver International Wine Festival? “Kiss - Don’t Spit!” is my strong advice: NOT cool! Kiss - Don't Spit!  “Kiss Don’t Spit!”   It’s actually not hip to spit in my book! So that's my contrarian advice to those attending the Vancouver International Wine Festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening - and Saturday afternoon - for the International Festival Tastings.Most ...
Harry Tieleman - last navigator of the RCMP's St. Roch - died on February 25, 2000 - my view of his amazing life: Navigator Harry Tieleman on RCMP St. Roch in 1954 - third from right Last navigator Harry Tieleman on the RCMP St. Roch in 1992 My father Harry Tieleman was a truly remarkable man.  Born in The Netherlands in 1925, he lived through the German Nazi occupation of his country; joined the Dutch R...
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Not another award!: The Daily Hive reports “Vancouver has been ranked as the second best city for public transit in Canada.” While some residents (particularly transit users) may be surprised, the new ranking comes from Redfin, a tech-powered real estate brokerage. You have to do a bit of digging but by following th...
Report: Transit agencies need new data sources to reverse ridership decline: The headline is taken from an article in SmartCitiesDive about a report by KPMG (which you can get as a PDF if you want) but the TL:DR version is “By analyzing three cities — Denver, Houston and San Diego — KPMG found access to transit stops is not the problem. Instead, the report says “current f...
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TNG Calls on Supporters in Wake of Court Decision Gathering for Sacred Water planned on March 22: Courtesy of the Tsilhqot'in National Government:The Tŝilhqot’in Nation will be seeking a further injunction from the BC Court of Appeal on March 22nd in order to halt a drilling program approved for Teẑtan Biny and surrounding area, an area of profound cultural and spiritual importance for the Tŝ...
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The Proportional Representation Referendum, I have no idea how I will vote: This referendum is making feel like I need to choose between losing a leg or losing an eye.   All the outcomes are bad and will not benefit the people of BC.I have been interested in improving the voting system we have federally, provincially and locally for about 35 years.   At times I was very ...
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A rising tide that swamps all boats: VIFF screens "Human Flow," Ai Weiwei's pilgrimage on the long refugee road to nowhereread more
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What lessons were learned from Public Eye?: That's the question the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting asked me following my decision to suspend Public Eye's daily reporting. In an article published by the centre and J-Source.ca I provide some of the answers, revealing the secrets of its success and why it was difficult t...
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BC Liberals seek to cure their summertime blues: A source close to the core BC Liberal 2017 campaign team and another source on the riding level both tell me that internal polling is dismal, with 300 days to go before the May 9, 2017 election. The Metro Vancouver real estate bubble is weighing heavily in polling. There is plenty of time to ri...
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SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING: This is an interactive site. The Name of the Game is ENGAGEMENT. Don't be Shy. Tell us what you think. Post your comments.
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Battleground Surrey: Political will and reforms needed to fix problems: As Surrey approaches one of the most important elections in last few decades media, commentators and general public are highly concentrated on search for a solution of numerous problems facing city??s transformation from suburban to urban. Top of the list is reserved for issues of crime, tran...
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Alex Tsakumis: Clark has offered no leadership in BCTF dispute: [PNG Merlin Archive] In the 1770s, the Queen consort of France was at the height of her popularity. Her beauty and charm were without equal and, being initially greeted with rapture reserved for worthy royalty, the euphoria was boundless. Indeed, Marie Antoinette, at that point, could do no wro...

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