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DAY SEVEN ... the week of Oct 27th to November 3rd


I HATE BEING SICK!!   Okay, with that now out of my system, and despite being on my sixth day of having a cold, I am ready to get Day Seven underway with a look at the ten most read posts of the week ...



#10 ... ED LES -- The choice we had in Election 2019 is instructive:  who do you like for PM, a part-time drama teacher or a part-time insurance salesman (Oct 31st)

... highly improbable events have been top-of-mind in the aftermath of last week’s disturbing Canadian election. It was highly improbable, for instance, that scandal-plagued, ethics-challenged incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would earn re-election -- but the contest turned out pretty well for him ...


#9 ... Whether it’s a wildfire or a flood, the legislative framework provides the backbone of what we do (Oct 28th)

... BC government is calling upon emergency management practitioners, community and First Nations leaders, businesses, non-profit organizations and other interested British Columbians to provide their input and expertise as the Province prepares to modernize its emergency management legislation ...


#8 ... With the bevy of land-use and farming restrictions laid down by the NDP, this bill would provide farmers a chance to utilize their resources and share them with all British Columbians (Oct 28th)

... Farmers and their families work tirelessly to contribute to our economy and make sure British Columbians have fresh, locally-produced food. Bill 52 has done nothing but tear communities apart and put farmers out of work, which is why we are calling on the NDP to repeal it. Farmers deserve to be protected by government, not persecuted by it ...


#7 ... ADAM OLSEN -- Just ask them whether they feel the status quo offers them the certainty they are seeking (Oct 31st)

... it’s 2019 and long past due. When the Bill was introduced on Thursday, many of the questions from reporters continued to build on a narrative that declaring the rights of Indigenous people creates uncertainty ...


#6 ... BC government announces proposed changes to the Election Act to modernize voting (Nov 1st)

... amendments to the Election Act will pave the way for the use of modern technology to make voting in provincial elections faster and easier, encourage young people to vote and introduce other improvements to the electoral process ...  proposed changes are the most significant in nearly 25 years ...



#5 ... FELDSTED -- The denizens of the Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal triangle will resist change, with the storm and thunder that huge financial assets and ownership of the media can muster (Oct 31st)

... avarice is an acid that ultimately destroys the avaricious. Greed overcomes common sense, logic and reason with fatal consequences. Canada as we knew her is collapsing under irresponsible political leadership that fails to understand the greatness it inherited ...



... due to a specific rule (created in 2009) within Canada’s equalization program, which transfers federal tax dollars to lower-income provinces, total equalization payments to “have-not” provinces must grow every year, even if the gap between richer and poorer provinces shrinks. And that’s exactly what’s happened recently ...


#3 ... YUILE -- What makes this even more distasteful is many parents, when first starting this journey, fear speaking out because they fear losing what little help they get -- bureaucrats know this (Oct 29th)

... I know how the education system works in this province with respect to special needs kids – it often doesn’t, unless a parent has a strong voice and knows how to navigate the system to ensure their child gets support. But If we move to the prevalence model of funding, it is my opinion- along with many, many educators – that we will see more kids falling through cracks than we ever have. Please, read on to hear why I’m concerned ...


#2 ... ADAM OLSEN -- Not only is the BC government not collecting data about the watersheds, no one is responsible for managing the cumulative impacts of all activities in the watersheds (Nov 1st)

... I pointed to how costly it is likely going to be should the province continue to allow the unsustainable harvesting to damage drinking watersheds forcing communities and the province to replace natural drinking water sources with water treatment ...

AND NOW ... we come to the most read commentary of the week ...

#1 ... Even the Supreme Court of Canada can’t define this, and it leaves decisions like the one in Fort St, John up in the air, wondering what the Minister will do (Oct 29th)

... BC Liberal Forestry critic John Rustad has concerns, which are likely echoed by many through-out the province: The proponents, communities and First Nations are still waiting for the Minister’s decision around the Vavenby (mill closure). Even though this was first out of the gate, there seems to be no decision anytime soon being caught up in the minister’s desire for public interest to be met” ...


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