• ALBAS: Federal perspective on pipelines

      For those who follow Canadian politics closely, all eyes were focused on Ottawa last Sunday for a summit meeting hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Alberta and B.C. premiers Rachel Notley and John Horgan. The...

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  • FLETCHER: Plastic garbage in, garbage out

      I’m still getting responses to a January column about plastic bags, with some readers insisting that a ban on point-of-sale bags at retail locations is urgently needed here in B.C. This is unfortunately typical of environmental...

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  • DYER: No Hell below us, above us only sky

      The Pope did not say there is no Heaven. There is nothing intellectually embarrassing about the notion that good people go to Heaven when they die. It sounds a bit like a wish-fulfilment fantasy to outsiders,...

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  • FLETCHER: More NDP myths to shatter

      The B.C. NDP government is “reviewing” a lot of things right now. ICBC, B.C. Hydro, B.C. Ferries, environmental assessment, hydraulic fracturing, the labour code, education funding and so on. Name a provincial government function and it’s...

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  • DYER: Automated cars are job-killers, not people killers.

    There are always some casualties when a new form of transportation comes along. In 1830, at the official opening of the world’s first railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, a well-known British politician, William Huskisson, was struck...

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  • FLETCHER: Taxing times for NDP government

      Finance Minister Carole James has been under siege in the legislature for a new payroll tax unveiled in the February budget. It’s called the “employers health tax,” due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019 to offset lost...

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  • LETTER: Tegart misses the mark with budget criticisms

      (RE: TEGART: Reactions to the NDP budget) Editor, The commitments in the provincial government’s 2018 budget represent significant stepping stones on the path to clean growth in B.C. A key item is the $4 million allocated over three years...

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  • WAGNER: Crossed on crosswalks

      Though I now call Merritt home, I come from the once-sleepy city of Maple Ridge. I moved up to Merritt in 2016, and not a moment too soon, because in the summer of that same year,...

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  • FLETCHER: Our not-so-New Democrats

      My first question was answered quickly when reporters and “stakeholders” were sworn to secrecy, ushered into the Victoria Conference Centre main hall and handed a stack of papers revealing the B.C. NDP’s first budget in 17 years....

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  • FLETCHER: Subsidy supercluster settles in B.C.

      A year ago, this column described the Justin Trudeau government’s plan to borrow and spend close to $1 billion on an “innovation and skills plan” to create “superclusters.” B.C. got its own supercluster last week, part...

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