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David Bly: Rest of Canada wants B.C. to shut up

David Bly: Rest of Canada wants B.C. to shut up

The threat to national unity is serious. If this keeps up, the country could easily split apart, with communications severed and people from one region refusing to speak to relatives and former friends in another.
Comment: Shellfish die-off shows a future we must avoid

Comment: Shellfish die-off shows a future we must avoid

The Feb. 27 headline, “Ocean acidity wipes out 10M scallops; Mass die-off near Qualicum Beach ominous sign for shellfish harvest,” should have hit British Columbians like a punch in the stomach.
Les Leyne: Portland Hotel Society expenditures mind-boggling

Les Leyne: Portland Hotel Society expenditures mind-boggling

At first glance, the spending scandal at Vancouver’s main social service agency is incomprehensible.
Monique Keiran: New water act comes not a minute too soon

Monique Keiran: New water act comes not a minute too soon

We can relax. The Sooke Reservoir is filled to capacity — once again, and at last. The series of storms that recently charged across the region did the honours.
Comment: Palliative caregiver shares memories and last days

Comment: Palliative caregiver shares memories and last days

I got a private caregiving job for a family recently. They hired me to spend the night at their place so they could get some much needed sleep. Respite care. I was to get up in the night and help their 97-year-old mum if need be. Warm milk.
Graham Thomson: Caucus revolt against Redford unprecedented

Graham Thomson: Caucus revolt against Redford unprecedented

She jumped before she was pushed. Alison Redford knew her days as Alberta’s premier were numbered. The pressure on her to quit had become an irresistible force, even for a politician with a reputation for being an immovable object.
Shannon Corregan: Act of violence tests self-assumptions

Shannon Corregan: Act of violence tests self-assumptions

Instances of sudden, unprovoked violence are relatively rare in Victoria, but they do on occasion happen in the downtown core. Last weekend, two men came to the aid of a person who was being randomly attacked by a man with a street sign.
Comment: Honourable members should truly be honourable

Comment: Honourable members should truly be honourable

In the past 10 years, there has been a steady drop in the public trust in politicians. In a recent poll, 41 per cent of respondents said they trusted the national government and 58 per cent said they did not. This produces a net trust rating of -17.
Riding the bus: Etiquette, tolerance, and the best seats

Riding the bus: Etiquette, tolerance, and the best seats

Buses are not for people who hate close quarters. Strangers are going to touch you, maybe for prolonged periods, especially shoulder to shoulder. The etiquette is to pretend it’s not happening.
Comment: No need to worry about radiation from Japan

Comment: No need to worry about radiation from Japan

The March 12 commentary “Radiation from Japan found in B.C. may raise health concerns, prof says” compels me to respond to the unnecessary fear raised by the report.