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Comment: Turkish protests underscore value of green space

Last week, my tasks downtown completed, I rested at Pioneer Square, the sun-dappled pocket park at Quadra and Rockland, adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral and opposite the busy YMCA.
Les Leyne: B.C. cabinet ministers get firm orders

Les Leyne: B.C. cabinet ministers get firm orders

Nineteen cabinet ministers got 19 personal letters from Premier Christy Clark after their swearing-in. They outline exactly what she wants done and how she wants them to do it. There’s an unmistakable air of authority in the mandate letters.

Monique Keiran: Plant prolificity produces a surfeit of sneezes

I’m allergic to plant sex. Specifically, plant sex of the windblown variety. Even more specifically, grass sex.

Grandpa Reflects On Being Dad

Five years ago an event took place that, while it may have lacked earth-shattering historical significance, had a deep impact on my personal life. Five years ago I welcomed the extraordinary gift of my first grandchild.

If P3s are right for B.C., let’s do them properly

More than a decade ago, the B.C. government introduced an aggressive program to use public/private partnerships (known as P3s) to build public infrastructure such as bridges and hospitals.

Shannon Corregan: Colour me Canadian, not Conservative

The Canadian left is miffed about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s newly painted jet. The government’s CC-150 Polaris recently received a new paint job as part of its scheduled six-year maintenance and upgrades.

L. Ian MacDonald: PM would do well to start mending fences

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted Tuesday morning that he was “wheels up en route to London, U.K.” Also Paris and Dublin, not to mention the G8 summit hosted by Britain in Northern Ireland next week.

David Bly: Oak Bay offers the mother of all garage sales

Went to a garage sale last weekend. Not just any garage sale — Oak Bay’s Garagellennium XIV, first organized by then-councillor and now-Mayor Nils Jensen to celebrate the millennial year 2000. The town was alive with garage sales.

Les Leyne: NDP caucus lines up for more of same

The New Democratic Party caucus — a.k.a. the Opposition for Life — trooped back into the legislature Wednesday and signed up for another four-year hitch of watching other people wield power.

Hell: The Ultimate in Dystopian Literature

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }A:link { } Over the last year since buying a Kindle I have found myself reading and re-reading a lot of classic dystopian literature.
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