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Andrew Cohen: Too much security could doom train travel

Andrew Cohen: Too much security could doom train travel

When Via Rail learned that terrorists were planning to detonate a bomb along the tracks running between Toronto and New York, it reacted as nervous organizations do in the face of such a threat: It announced a review of security.
Mark Milke: Taxes and civilization: Don’t overdo it

Mark Milke: Taxes and civilization: Don’t overdo it

For those who file their taxes at the last moment and cut an extra cheque to government, right about now is unlikely to be their favourite time of year.
Comment: VIHA, province must work to fund Health Point

Comment: VIHA, province must work to fund Health Point

Many Times Colonist readers have read about the problems arising from the resignations of four physicians at Health Point Care Centre.
Janice Kennedy: Hysteria is not a good response to terrorism

Janice Kennedy: Hysteria is not a good response to terrorism

Principles are problematic things. We hold them dear — until something runs smack into them and threatens to stomp them into the ground. Then we’re forced to make the crucial decision: Hang on to them, or let them go. It can be a tough call.
Geoff Johnson: Per-capita funding is hurting schools

Geoff Johnson: Per-capita funding is hurting schools

Having survived the Y2K “every computer on the planet will implode” prophecy and the more recent 2012 “this will be it” doomsday divination, I’m not much for predictions of imminent catastrophe.
Iain Hunter: Allegations driving national policies

Iain Hunter: Allegations driving national policies

What a useful word is “alleged.” These days, when uprisings threaten to cross national borders, when nations seem poised on the brink of new wars, when unknown knowns are the closest we can come to certainty, allegations will do just fine.
Paul Minvielle: Free ferries would increase provincial revenues

Paul Minvielle: Free ferries would increase provincial revenues

Of all the points raised about B.C. Ferries recently — ever-higher fares, the lowest ridership in 22 years, mounting fuel costs, political promises to either help eliminate the ferries’ debt (B.C.
Comment: Drug sales reps could be bad for your health

Comment: Drug sales reps could be bad for your health

It sometimes takes a long time to discover environmental hazards, and even longer to do something about them once they are discovered.
Monique Keiran: Things are really looking up at Cattle Point

Monique Keiran: Things are really looking up at Cattle Point

Today is International Astronomy Day.
Lawrie McFarlane: Therapeutics Initiative worth rescuing

Lawrie McFarlane: Therapeutics Initiative worth rescuing

Tuesday’s announcement by Adrian Dix, leader of the B.C. New Democrats, that he plans to rescue the Therapeutics Initiative concludes (hopefully) one of the more disgraceful episodes in our recent political history.