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Monique Keiran: Rats seem to like seats of government

Seats of government seem to have problems with rats. A case in point: During the first half of Canada’s existence as a nation, so many rats lived on Parliament Hill, they fed a large colony of feral cats.

Elizabeth Payne: Quinoa could be good for poor farmers

Go ahead and eat quinoa; Angst about the rising cost of the faddish Andean superfood is misplaced In a modern tale of food fad-ism, geopolitics and trade, quinoa — a once-obscure Andean seed crop with a hard-to-pronounce name (KEEN-wah) — is quickly

Weigh-In Wednesday #8

Gratitude, not attitude. Gratitude, not attitude. Gratitude, not attitude. This is my new mantra, especially after Weigh-in Wednesday's results. Starting weight: 292.1 1st weigh-in: 286.8 2nd weigh-in: 280.1 3rd weigh-in: 276.4 4th weigh-in: 274.

Encountering God on Earth

Compassion and sacrifice of one family gives slum children in India a chance to break cycle of poverty. Many of the mythological stories I heard in my childhood revolved around seeking God. More precisely, how to actually see God.

Les Leyne: Outreach effort run by stumblebums

It’s hard to take the B.C. Liberals’ ethnic-outreach scandal seriously, now that the rampant ineptitude has been exposed.

Shannon Corregan: Common rules of behaviour sometimes fluid

Every now and then, you run into situations that don’t seem to have any protocol attached to them. There should be rules here, or so you think, but you look around and you can’t seem to find any.

Comment: History is more than just getting the facts right

This year, history made it to the Oscars as never before. Four of the nominees for best picture were about historical events: Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained.

Les Leyne: Auditor finds more sloppy records

Over and over again, you learn how far politicians can run off track when they’re allowed to do business in secret. There was an update Wednesday on the horror story auditor general John Doyle recounted last summer about the B.C.

David Bly: What we throw on the water will come back

Everything seems right with the world when Saturday turns out to be a sunny day as it did last weekend. Always beautiful, the Island is at its best when it’s sparkling in the sunlight.

Comment: B.C. forests’ future requires climate reality check

There are many forest policy changes the province should be making — to increase conservation, reduce carbon emissions and enable more jobs per cubic metre cut.
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