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Renewing relationships in B.C. education

SilasSchoolBus.JPGThe relationship between the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCSEA) and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) continues to disintegrate. Their dueling press conferences in the past couple of days has once again magnified the poor state of contract negotiations in public education in British Columbia.

Open letter to Minister Steve Thomson, re: Grace Islet

May 6, 2014

Re: Grace Islet Coast Salish burial site and residential development

Dear Minister Steve Thomson,

I am writing you this to ask you to intervene and stop the residential development proposed for Grace Islet on Salt Spring Island. Unfortunately, efforts to meet with you in person have not been successful; however, this subject is incredibly important to me and other British Columbians and must be resolved.

Deregulating the environment is bad for the economy

“If we want to do what the big polluters and their indentured servants in Ottawa or Washington DC want us to do, which is treat the planet as if it was a business in liquidation, convert our natural resources to cash as quickly as possible, have a few years of pollution based prosperity and make a few people billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us, we generate an instantaneous cash flow and the illusion of a prosperous economy but our children are going to pay for our joy ride and they are going to pay for it with denuded landscapes and poor health and huge clean up costs that are going to amplify over time and they will never be able to pay.”

- Robert Kennedy Jr, GLOBE 2014 Conference, March 26, 2014

Time to rethink deregulation of the ALC

Hon. Bill Bennett continued his public assault on the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Friday. This time he targeted his own colleague Hon. Norm Letnick, the Minister of Agriculture, and reaffirmed his personal commitment to Bill 24, the ALC (Agricultural Land Commission) Amendment Act.

Response to Les Leyne – Changes to ALR, parks long overdue

I am assuming Les Leyne’s latest article Changes to ALR, parks long overdue (Times Colonist April 16, 2014) was attempting to add balance to what has been a very one-sided discussion. Until now the experts have agreed that the governments changes potentially to more harm than good.

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