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GINTA — Moral values and election campaigns, from a child’s point of view

August
14
,
2015
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THE FIRST electoral debate saw 4.3 million viewers tuning in for what’s becoming one of the most heated campaigns in recent Canadian history. Though there are many questions regarding the extra expenses that an early campaign would entail,...

CHARBONNEAU — Firelight and culture

August
13
,
2015
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IT WASN'T a real campfire but the effect was the same. We settled for a propane campfire after wood campfires were banned. Other than being instantly on and producing no smoke, the propane briquettes flickered as brightly and radiated a warm...

RICHMOND — Here's how to fix the Senate

August
12
,
2015
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THE SENATE....it should not be abolished, it should be reformed; here’s why and here’s how. We need a body of sober second thought; one of the weaknesses of our parliamentary system is that the prime minister, no matter who it is, is...

KNOX — Expats told to forget about voting

August
9
,
2015
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WANT TO KNOW who’s not Canadian enough to vote in the federal election? Try Victoria-born David Foster. Or Victoria-raised Steve Nash. Anyone, in fact, who hasn’t lived in Canada for the past five years. Never mind that...

ROTHENBURGER — It's about the leaders

August
8
,
2015
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THE ELECTION is underway, in case you hadn’t noticed, but there’s a behind-the-scenes campaign going on that you’ll never hear or read about. The campaign we see is the one on the hustings and in front the TV cameras, as we saw...

GINTA — Thoughtfulness can safeguard against wildfires and more, but time is of the essence

August
7
,
2015
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‘Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us… The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes....

KNOX — Taxpayers on the hook for costs

August
2
,
2015
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Former Kamloopsian Jack Knox writes for the Times Colonist in Victoria, where they know a thing or two about politics. IT'S NOT just the extra $60 million being scooped straight out of taxpayers’ wallets. Really, we can handle that....

ROTHENBURGER - Smarten up and read this

August
1
,
2015
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PEOPLE ARE always giving me things to read. I think they have high hopes that if I read enough I’ll smarten up. Christopher Seguin, the VP Advancement at TRU, handed me an article recently about student debt, because I’m always...

GINTA — Why every vote counts

July
31
,
2015
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A COUPLE of weeks ago Canadians living abroad woke up to sobering news: those who have lived abroad for more than five years do not have the right to vote in Canada anymore. The reason, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal, is that...

KNOX — What disappearing glaciers are saying

July
25
,
2015
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It’s no secret there's a problem high in the mountains. We’re not just suffering through a lack of rain these days. Much of the coast is also feeling the lack of the snowpack that it usually relies on to top up the water supply in the dry months. ...