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Strength of Conviction

Strength of Conviction

Aug 1, 2015

by Tom Mulcair • Editor’s note: With a crucial federal election looming, it is important that Canadians find a way to redeem the federal government after Stephen Harper’s nine-year train wreck. Harper’s neo-cons cheated and lied to take over the Progressive Conservatives and devolve it into the Conservative Party of Canada (see Anthony Hall’s...

Conservative Party crashers

Conservative Party crashers

Aug 1, 2015

How Canada got taken by Anthony James Hall • The fast approach of the most important federal election in Canadian history highlights the question: “How did Stephen Harper seize control of the Canadian government in the first place?” Were rules broken, laws violated and Canadian institutions subverted? The guilt of Harper and his minions has already been...

The Mount Polley disaster

The Mount Polley disaster

Aug 1, 2015

One year later by Rod Marining • Mining in BC could cost BC taxpayers more than a mine produces in its entire lifetime; that’s the bottom line. The Mount Polley Mine, owned by Imperial Metals, is a prime example. Most BC mines are like nuclear power plants in that mine wastes and toxic heavy metals must be managed for over a thousand years. As long as it...

NEWSBITES: August 2015

The truth about Harper’s child care “Benefit”   • At the end of July, the Harper Conservatives hit a new low. Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre raced around the country in an election-style campaign to promote Harper’s child care cheques, but there’s one thing he hasn’t told families: the new child “benefit” is taxable. That’s...

Clean tech: God bless the Pope

Clean tech: God bless the Pope

Jul 2, 2015

by Bruce Mason • A global chorus now has a conductor with impeccable timing and sense of harmony, a man who connects all the dots while just getting warmed up. Of the 300 formal teachings on Catholic doctrine over 275 years, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home is like music; it’s universal. The Pope’s uncompromising indictment of...

War is a racket

War is a racket

Jul 2, 2015

By Major General Smedley Butler (1881 – 1940)   • Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps Major General, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in US history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, Central...

Democracy in Canada

Democracy in Canada

Jul 2, 2015

Some modest proposals by Don Davies • Like few others, the last decade in Canadian politics has exposed serious deficiencies in Canadian democracy. Parliament was prorogued by a Prime Minister afraid of losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons. An unelected Senate has generated scores of scandals, ranging from allegations of bribery, to fraud, to...

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Jul 2, 2015

by Anthony James Hall • The ascent of the Canadian police state through the passage of Bill C-51 has raised the stakes in the coming federal election. The vote is shaping up as a kind of referendum on whether or not Canadians will grant free reign to Harper’s open-ended crusade against anticipated “terrorism.” Many Canadians are realizing that, if we...

Understanding Harper’s actions takes some mental acrobatics

Understanding the Harper government’s foreign policies requires great mental flexibility. While Mr. Harper misses no opportunity to denounce Russia’s land grab of the Crimean peninsula, he fully supports Israel’s land grab in the Occupied Territories. Harper also proclaims it is absolutely illegal for Ukraine’s eastern provinces to strive for separation...

Super unequal British Columbia

Super unequal British Columbia

Jul 2, 2015

BC tops the inequality list on many fronts READ IT by Bruce Mason • Have you heard that BC has earned yet another top spot on a list? No, not most “liveable,” “boring,” “expensive” or “unhappy.” Turns out the province is the most “unequal” in Canada. Here are a few numbers to crunch: more than half (56.2 percent) of the wealth in BC is...