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DAY SEVEN … the week of November 17th to 23rd

It’s Sunday … day seven … and that means it’s time once again to look back
over the past week, and the stories that caught your attention the most.  We’ll take the next few minutes to review the top 10 posts of the week … starting with …

Bill 38, the Climate Change Accountability Amendment Act (2019), strengthens the responsibility of the provincial government to take action on reducing emissions and addressing climate change. It is important that government is accountable because trust us is not good climate policy

families can open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and the Government of British Columbia will deposit $1,200 into the RESP for their children. No additional money is needed to receive the $1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Grant

#8 … Demonizing vehicles has become commonplace with the rise of cyclist and pedestrian advocates supporting the Vision Zero agenda (November 18th)

weak reporting of government and anti-motor-vehicle activist-driven research, coupled with a new government dealing with mounting losses at ICBC, was followed by half of those increases being rolled back in spite of data which did not support many of those rollbacks

#7 … DAN ALBAS -- This is perhaps the first time where a well-known political talking point has now become a Ministry (November 21st)

in order to add so many new Ministers, in some cases a new Ministry had to be created. As an example, we now have a Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity. This is perhaps the first time where a well-known political talking point has now become a Ministry. At this point it is unclear what will be the mandate of this or any Ministry as the official mandate letters have yet to be released

#6 … FRANK LEONARD -- Governance and Workplace Culture ... ‘Why are you here’ (November 23rd)

at one point a young man approached me and said: ‘Why you here?’  I often consider this question to be profound but, in this case, it was quite practical as I was the only spectator and likely the only ‘white dude’ for a hundred miles.  I replied in mandarin who my wife was and he stared back and shrugged before returning to his game

#5 … ADAM OLSEN – Renewing, and reinforcing aging infrastructure, is going to be exceptionally difficult -- especially with shrinking resources and increasing costs (November 22nd)

the British Columbia government under the BC NDP is making it even more costly as they continue to offer taxpayer-funded subsidies to build new, or expand existing, fossil fuel infrastructure in total contradiction to this body of evidence with respect to climate change. In addition, they continue the trajectory of managing our natural resources to zero as set by the BC Liberals

#4 … If you were buying a new car, would you want a KIA Soul ... a Honda Accord ... or a Lincoln?  Would something else meet your needs, and what would that be? Those are questions to know first (November 20th)

don’t get suckered in by the shiniest brightest item on the shelf – don’t be taken in by the hard sell, walk away – and only buy what you need!  And make sure, especially in the case of a written contract / agreement with a cellular phone service provider, that they go over with you the costs associated with that service you will be receiving, and what any and all added costs will be

#3 … LAILA YUILE -- We will always require steel, glass and concrete; therefore, solutions need to be developed in order to find cleaner production methods (November 21st)

these kind of breakthroughs and experiments are happening as we speak and solutions are being found while others desperately try to hold fast to old tech and old ways. Even if this isn't the right method, the tech and breakthrough will spur innovation and experimentation across this sector and others

Alberta’s newfound tough stance, towards those who would continue to make things difficult for its resource sector, is likely a welcome relief to residents. How far it will go in making change however, is yet to be seen. Quebec and eastern Canada, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are yet to show signs of understanding the plight of many in the province

And now we come to the number one post of the week, which featured the comments of BC Conservative Party leader Trevor Bolin …

#1This issue is important to BC families and has been ignored by the BC NDP, BC Liberals, and the BC Greens for far long enough (November 19th)

The BC NDP continue to claim they don’t know what the issue is. They have yet to bring up the lack of refineries for our provincial market, the fact we have the highest Carbon Tax in the country, the highest Provincial Taxes in the West, and of course Municipal supported taxes all adding up to the gouge at the pumps ...

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