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What Does British Columbia Have To Do With COP22?

BC Council for International Cooperation | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
BC Council for International Cooperation

Most people agree that there is a clear connection between tackling sustainable development and tackling climate change. We know that we will not solve climate change without addressing the key contributing issues of energy, food security, water, and poverty. We also know that the impacts of climate change could wipe away any progress toward achieving gains in those same areas. So how do we as British Columbians tackle all of these issues in a meaningful and timely way?

4 Things Will And Kate Need To Know About B.C.

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Don't get me wrong: B.C. truly is a glorious place -- the type of place you can fly over in a seaplane and easily think the wilderness will never end. But it's also one of the world's last frontiers and the race is on to cut down our old-growth forests, to send more oil tankers into our ports, to build natural gas plants in our salmon estuaries and to flood our rivers for megadams.

B.C.'s Mental Health Act Must Be Changed

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah E. Leamon

Under the Mental Health Act, any person who is involuntarily detained at a facility for mental health reasons lacks the ability to consent, or deny consent, to any medical treatment. In other words, they are deemed to consent to all psychiatric treatment, so long as it is authorized by a director appointed by the health authority. It also denies them the ability to designate and appoint a substitute decision maker on their behalf, such as a spouse or a parent.

Big Oil Hits New Low With Financial 'Blackmail' Of Government

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Before using the threat of equalization payments as a "poke in the ribs" to provinces such as British Columbia and Quebec, perhaps the petroleum industry should rethink its own dependency on subsidies. It should be aware that it, too, is vulnerable to budgetary policy.

B.C.'s New Curriculum Is A Wonder-Inducing Teaching Method

Sandy Eix | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Eix

Officially launching this year for kindergarten to grade 9 students, the B.C. Ministry of Education is redesigning the K-12 curricula under a common 21st-century learning framework. This approach emphasizes a more student-initiated, self-directed, inquiry-based learning model.

How To Improve Vancouver's Rental Market

David Sander | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Sander

While nearly everyone has rented housing at some point in their lives, if you haven't had to search for a new place lately, you will certainly be alarmed at the limited options available, regardless of what your budget may be. Unlike much of the rest of the housing market, there are no foreign investors to accuse of over inflating the cost and demand for rental. In Vancouver there simply isn't enough rental inventory for the people who want to live here.

Don't Even Think About Taxing Foreign Buyers In Toronto

YPNextHome | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Now that B.C. has introduced a 15-per-cent foreign buyers' tax intended to calm real estate purchases by non-Canadian residents, speculation is rampant that similar legislation is on its to Ontario -- or more specifically, Toronto. Like their counterparts in Vancouver, realtors in Toronto want nothing to do with such action.

Get Out Of Vancouver Real Estate, Now

Garth Turner | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Garth Turner

If you've made a windfall profit, take it and run. If you're leveraged up to the pits and speculating on big gains, bail. If you're within a few years of retirement with most of your net worth in four walls, suck it out. If you cannot afford to see your equity peeled back by a third or more, and stay that way for years, then retreat. If you listened to Mom and bought a condo with diddly down, get out.

A Weekend In Okanagan Wine Country

Vitamin Daily | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Travel
Vitamin Daily

We took time out of our busy schedules and escaped the 9 to 5 life for a bit more than just happy hour in the South Okanagan. With wineries a plenty in the South Okanagan region, there is no lack of aperitifs to choose from, thus, we did some narrowing down.

Why You Should Buy A Home Near These Canadian Shopping Malls

YPNextHome | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

Not to oversimplify Economics 101, but solid population and wage growth are among the key contributors to both healthy retail and real estate sectors. And with BC and Ontario economies and housing markets leading in this regard, it's no surprise that residents in these areas are brimming in the consumer confidence department.

Stop Downplaying The Underfunding Of B.C. Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Dear Mike Bernier: If you truly believe there are no funding issues in our public schools, then I assume you think it is the job of parents and PACs to raise upwards of $30,000 a year to supply basic necessities for their children's school. Do you think that giving students in B.C. $1,000 less than the national average will offer them the best opportunities in their education?

5 Ways To Ensure You Can Afford Your Mortgage

Atrina Kouroshnia | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Business
Atrina Kouroshnia

Before you opt out of the real estate game entirely, give some thought to the following considerations. Sound financial planning, a realistic budget and a few good habits will go a long way to ensuring your mortgage is affordable.

Farmers Pushing To Hunt 'Out Of Control' Canada Geese

CBC | CBC News | Posted 01.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"When they are hungry, they are eating and are just devastating too many crops."

5 Resolutions B.C. MLAs Should Ponder For The New Year

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It's that time of year when many of us consider making a few resolutions for self-improvement. In the spirit of the season, it only seems fitting to suggest five resolutions for the British Columbia's MLAs.

End Christy Clark's Unnecessary And Cruel War On Wildlife

Jeff Matthews | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

For most Canadians, the end of the Harper era brought hope for the return of reason to environmental policy in this country. Not so on the West Coast, where B.C. premier Christy Clark has assumed the Harper mantle of industrialization over conservation and declared her own war against wildlife.

Paris Agreement Proves That Compromise Isn't A Dirty Word

Rupert Potter | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Rupert Potter

I've always believed that if you shut people in a room for long enough, they'll find something to agree on. A fiery debate maybe more fun, particularly over a drink with friends, but if it never reaches resolution it never actually achieves anything. Agreements can come naturally, but more often they don't -- in which case they require capitulation or compromise. Given that no one likes capitulation (unless it's by the other person) compromise has to be the norm. So it was at the COP21 in Paris.

Agreements Made In Paris Will Guide Our Climate Future

Rupert Potter | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Rupert Potter

The meeting is a key opportunity for international leaders to reach agreement on next steps: an agreement that should be ambitious, pushing us further along the path of emissions reductions; an agreement that is legally binding; and one which is supported by regular defined reviews to help tie us to our commitments.

Getting To Zero: A Call For World AIDS Day

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Julio Montaner

UNAIDS has embraced the ambitious goal of ending the AIDS by 2030, and this has now been formally endorsed within the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals agenda. On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS will be calling for the world to achieve: "Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

A Vision To Create The Royal Canadian Principality of Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Surrey needs to start being treated by Victoria and Ottawa as the big city and urban centre in the province!

4 Grizzly Bear Attacks In 2 Weeks In B.C.

CBC | CBC | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia

A hunter came between a mother grizzly, her cub and a recent elk kill

One Year In, Residents Remain Frustrated with Superficial Cleanup of Mount Polley Spill

Carol Linnitt | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"It's not just what the breach did environmentally to us; it's what has happened with the bad publicity we got when this went around the world. That also hurt everybody here."

Top 9 Scandals Of Christy Clark, B.C. Liberal Party

Sarah Miller | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

I'm still confused at how no one in her close circle of advisors could see the impending backlash that would follow this brain-dead idea.

When it Makes Sense to Consider a 35-Year Mortgage

Atrina Kouroshnia | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Atrina Kouroshnia

With high prices and many potential buyers struggling to enter the market, some buyers are considering stretching out their payments with a 35-year amortization rather than the typical 25-year amortization that most Canadian homebuyers use.

B.C.'s Plan to Protect Endangered Caribou Is Flawed

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

B.C. will continue to kill wolves for at least a decade in an attempt to save endangered caribou according to government documents released this week -- but new research re-confirms that caribou declines are primarily caused by industrial development.

Rio Tinto Alcan Is Harming Kitimat Households

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

Increased sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the expanded Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C. will result in increased health costs for local households, an expert witness told an Environmental Appeals Board panel in Victoria, Monday.