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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...

SUZUKI - Human predators need control

September
7
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2016
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HUMANS ARE the world’s top predator. The way we fulfil this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the process governments use to kill carnivores like wolves, coyotes...

McQUARRIE - More smoke and mirrors

September
7
,
2016
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SOME READERS may recall last week’s use of the phrase, “smoke and mirrors” when describing the fiscal attributes of our current provincial government.  I think I may have also used the term “Game of Cons...

KNOX - News to labour over

September
4
,
2016
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RIGHT, IT'S the Labour Day weekend. Labour, as in “holiday’s over, everybody get back to work.” Yes, the vacation was good (translation: didn’t lose sunglasses down an outhouse), but now it’s reality time. Long...

ROTHENBURGER - Hail those who run, and lose

September
3
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2016
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LOSER IS SUCH an ugly word. Nobody likes to lose. It suggests failure. One wonders, then, why some people run for public office when they have little or no chance of winning. Let’s look at how things are shaping up for the coming...

SUZUKI - In diversity, there is strength

September
3
,
2016
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IT'S BEEN SHOCKING to watch news of the Brexit vote in Britain, Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and the ongoing threats and violence against ethnic minorities in many parts of the world. I’m...

GINTA - Permission to speak freely

September
2
,
2016
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IT NEVER CEASES to amaze me how cautiously positive and uplifting a bunch we have to become or strive to be. Staying away from discussing politics or appearing too negative in how we discuss life in both its mundane and extraordinary details,...

CHARBONNEAU - The secret to a good economy

September
1
,
2016
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A GOOD ECONOMY will feature work rather than growth for growth sake. Some progressives think that negligible growth is inevitable, perhaps even desirable. Too much growth, so the argument goes, consumes too much of the Earth’s resources....

Another chance to dole out contracts

September
1
,
2016
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ANOTHER MEGAPROJECT, another chance to dole out direct award contracts. In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of Site C dam construction....

McQUARRIE - Are we B.C. Inc. or BC.org?

August
31
,
2016
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BUMPED INTO an old friend the other day and despite it being a few years since we last met, we were quickly re-engaged in a long running discussion about whether or not government should be run like a business. Is government simply a business, an...