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Les Leyne: Bond ponders foreign-worker registry

Les Leyne: Bond ponders foreign-worker registry

Labour Minister Shirley Bond says the B.C. government is contemplating opening a provincial registry of employers who are using temporary foreign workers, given the intense recent interest in the program.
John Fryer: Battle-weary unions look to regain losses

John Fryer: Battle-weary unions look to regain losses

Long-time Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti was defeated for re-election on May 8 at the CLC’s triennial Congress in Montreal. His defeat was akin to a palace coup supported by activists and fuelled by frustration.
Tour de Rock time trials — finding our motivation

Tour de Rock time trials — finding our motivation

The Tour de Rock riders and I were still buzzing from the official team presentation on Friday — a whirl of cheering Reynolds Secondary students, shiny new bikes and camera flashes — when we gathered Saturday morning at the Saanich police station for
Comment: Increasing use of midwives good for health system

Comment: Increasing use of midwives good for health system

Ganga Jolicoeur Integrating midwives more fully into the health-care system can help relieve pressure on rural physicians, improve health outcomes and save health-care dollars.
Holding on to our doubts

Holding on to our doubts

I have always admired faithful adherents of every religious tradition. Buddhists monks, Catholic nuns, Muslim Imams, and Humanist chaplains just to name a few of those I have held in high esteem.
Benefits of search engines that are not Google

Benefits of search engines that are not Google

If you’re in North America, you likely use Google as your gateway to the Internet, typing in search words to zero in on what you’re after. But using Google exclusively can give you a truncated view of the Internet.
Les Leyne: Horgan, Bennett do the Site C tango

Les Leyne: Horgan, Bennett do the Site C tango

Frenemies John Horgan and Bill Bennett have elevated the contentious, semi-friendly bickering argument that will likely last the rest of their lives.
Geoff Johnson: Library skills still essential to adult literacy

Geoff Johnson: Library skills still essential to adult literacy

Some years ago, I was privileged to be part of a design team that had taken on the development of a new secondary school — a school for the 21st century, or so we hoped.
Comment: ALR legislation taking B.C. the wrong way

Comment: ALR legislation taking B.C. the wrong way

While the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is urgently encouraging countries throughout the world to protect their agricultural lands, the B.C. Liberal government’s Bill 24 would reduce ours.
Finding meaning in life

Finding meaning in life

I have thought recently about the formative lessons of my years in “higher” education.