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McQUARRIE - If it smells and walks like a tax...

September
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2016
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ACCORDING to the NDP Opposition, over the past five years the B.C. Liberal Government has syphoned off $1.2 Billion from ICBC.  The government calls it dividends or more recently, profits but no matter how you slice it, the money comes...

'Social licence' has become a scam

September
14
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2016
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IT DOESN'T seem to happen often these days, but finally a legal decision that has some semblance of sanity. The Federal Court of Appeal this week has dismissed a challenge by a First Nations group in the Vancouver area which had launched...

Dr. Day makes good case on healthcare

September
12
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2016
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A NewsKamloops editorial by Claude Richmond. HERE WE ARE once again at the old private vs public health care argument, with the same tired responses.  Dr. Brian Day makes the cogent argument that if people cannot get timely health care...

'Freud's Ceiling' a waste of artist's time

September
12
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2016
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IT'S ALL in the eyes of the beholder… That's the justification for some of the worst crap that passes as art, and the city of Kamloops seems to fall for it time and again. The city spent thousands of dollars on a collection...

ROTHENBURGER - The cheese art that binds

September
10
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2016
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WHEN I MET Cameron Kerr a dozen years ago, I was part of the selection committee for the wildfire memorial statue planned for the plaza in front of the Civic Building. I’d proposed the statue to honour those who had fought or been victimized...

GINTA - What we stand to lose in healthcare

September
9
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2016
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FOR A FEW DAYS now my little guy has been going to bed after using the puffer. Mornings start with the same device. He’s a soldier that way and though the wheezing is audible enough to make me cringe, he says it’s fine and tries to...

Students should stop whining about tuition

September
9
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2016
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IT'S THE SAME song sung by some post secondary students, and the groups that represent them every year at this time…. tuition costs, they claim, are way too high. Here's a bit of cheese to go along with the whine. Tuition...

CHARBONNEAU - Fracking threatens dams

September
8
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2016
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THERE ARE environmental reasons to stop fracking in B.C. There are political reasons to continue. In addition to the environmental reasons to stop fracking, there is a risk to B.C. dams. The list continues to grow: the contamination of...

TRAVIS - ICBC tops in one thing: premiums

September
8
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2016
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IT'S HERE somewhere. Licence, car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that's Quebec. Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that's Manitoba. Auto Fund rate...

Choosing a government isn't a game

September
8
,
2016
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A guest editorial today sent in by Dan Hines, a member of the Green Party in the Kamloops North Thompson: DEMOCRACY is not a sport. As much as some people like the metaphor, choosing a government is not a game where you have to pick a...