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Using smartphones to pay for things is starting to make sense

Using smartphones to pay for things is starting to make sense

I once thought that using a cellphone or smartphone to pay for things, instead of a credit card, was a bad idea.
Comment: Report shows we failed First Nations girl

Comment: Report shows we failed First Nations girl

The heartbreaking story of a First Nations girl who was failed by our government was revealed in a report from the independent representative for children and youth last week.
J.L. Granatstein: Defence-procurement plan creates new mess

J.L. Granatstein: Defence-procurement plan creates new mess

Defence procurement in Canada is a mess. We watched former prime minister Jean Chrétien kill a Navy helicopter purchase at his first cabinet meeting in 1993 — and two decades later, no helicopters are ready to fly.
Geoff Johnson: Wolf will knock at schoolhouse door

Geoff Johnson: Wolf will knock at schoolhouse door

Working on a timeline of Never, the B.C. government continues to prolong and delay resolution of its issues with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation by seeking the answers it wants to hear from some judge somewhere.
How I like to make popcorn (cautiously) on a stovetop

How I like to make popcorn (cautiously) on a stovetop

Pour a thin layer of cooking oil into a cold saucepan. I use canola or grapeseed oil. Pour in a single layer of popcorn kernels. Some people like to sprinkle in salt; I usually don’t.
Comment: Don’t let yourself become a victim of abuse

Comment: Don’t let yourself become a victim of abuse

Feb. 9 is an important date to me — on this day two years ago, I left an abusive relationship that nearly killed me. It is the day I took my life back. There are different types and degrees of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and financial.
Iain Hunter: Defence procurement is not about war

Iain Hunter: Defence procurement is not about war

It wasn’t long ago that nations acquired things like tanks, ships and planes solely for the purpose of fighting wars. Today, the tanks, ships and planes are called platforms and their purpose is not just military.
Les Leyne: Naked man in van gets lucky in B.C. court

Les Leyne: Naked man in van gets lucky in B.C. court

A 100 Mile House resident finally got lucky this week. But it was in B.C. Supreme Court, rather than in the back of his van. There’s a measure of comic relief in the judgment he won, but there are also serious musings from the judge about B.C.
Monique Keiran: Standing out from the crowd makes targets

Monique Keiran: Standing out from the crowd makes targets

If it had happened 2,000 years ago, the population might have rioted in the streets. At the very least, Roman leaders would have put off all major undertakings until portents improved.
Lawrie McFarlane: Don’t get in the way of Vladimir the Great

Lawrie McFarlane: Don’t get in the way of Vladimir the Great

I confess I’m fascinated by the drama surrounding the Sochi Olympics. But not the sporting side of things. What interests me is the thought of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s place in history hanging in the balance. These are his Games.