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Bloy should go for good of all

The backbench isn't far enough back for Harry Bloy. The B.C. legislature - and all of British Columbia - would be better served by his absence from provincial politics.

Les Leyne: Liberals awfully bad at attacking Dix

It's not that the B.C. Liberals are always attacking NDP leader Adrian Dix. It's that they are so fantastically bad at it. Going negative and smearing your opponent is the easiest thing in the world for most politicians.

Les Leyne column: Same old new transportation strategy

"Premier unveils new transportation strategy to expand trade and create jobs," ran the headline on Premier Christy Clark's Monday news release.
Media too quick to convict Hopley

Media too quick to convict Hopley

Maybe Randall Hopley really will turn out to be every parent's worst nightmare - a scary, creepy predator who snatches children from their beds in the night. That rough-looking mug shot of Hopley certainly seems to confirm the image.
An honour for Campbell, a slap for us

An honour for Campbell, a slap for us

You have to feel for the other 2011 recipients of the Order of B.C., whose many accomplishments have been overshadowed by all the din around former premier Gordon Campbell getting the award.

Editorial: A child, a mom left to suffer

It would be hard for any parent to read about how a 15-year-old girl with Down syndrome ended up living for days beside the her dead mother's body in a mobile home without coming close to tears. The girl - and her mother - faced terrible adversity.

Christie Blatchford: No hard questions at salmon inquiry

It really is the weirdest proceeding, unlike any I've seen before. Counsel for the Cohen Commission examining the decline of the Fraser River sockeye salmon throw up some slides of the witnesses' resumés and then begin lobbing in a few beach balls.

Comment: A day in the mental-health holding cell

Every patient with a mental illness dreams of a direct admission to Eric Martin Pavilion. I hope to arrive on the ward with my bags and find a bed waiting.

Les Leyne: Clark gets way out of cap-and-trade plan

The professor who supplied a lot of the intellectual horsepower behind the Liberals' war on climate change changed gears this week. Simon Fraser University carbonpricing expert Mark Jaccard is now advocating that B.C.

Keep council meetings open

Your council might be up to something. We wish we could tell you more, but we can't. And Increasingly, major discussions and decisions are for that, blame the council members.