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VIEW: Voting for your principles is 'strategic voting'

Members of the House of Commons returned to Ottawa last week, and as many observers have noted, this marks the beginning of the run up to the 2015 federal election. This also marks the beginning of a discussion among Canadian progressives about how to defeat Stephen Harper and elect a government that will implement progressive change. Read more…

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    Which Canadian entity is most likely to become its own sovereign state?

    • Bioregion of Cascadia
    • Long live Salt Spring Island!
    • La Belle Province (Quebec)
    • Petrostate of Alberta
    • Tsilhqot'in Nation
    • Republic of East Vancouver

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    Last week's poll: Did B.C. teachers get a fair deal? Read the results of that poll here.


    Petition opposes BC's 'potential muzzling' of non-profits

    A Lower Mainland man has launched a petition asking British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong to abandon a proposal that would open non-profit societies to attack. Read more…

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    More troubles for BC's big LNG plans

    Malaysia's state-owned oil corporation Petronas may pull the plug on its $10-billion proposed liquefied natural gas project in Prince Rupert. Read more…

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    Tirade at Tyee by immigration minister's top aide analyzed tweet by tweet

    Scarcely had new Tyee reader-funded Parliament Hill reporter Jeremy Nuttall unpacked his bags in Ottawa when he became the focus of a multi-tweet blast from Chris Day, the chief of staff to Canada's Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. Read more…

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    Government slow to respond to FOIs? No need to tell Bob Mackin

    Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's latest report finds Premier Christy Clark's administration is having a tough time responding to freedom of information requests on time. It comes as no surprise to regular requesters like yours truly. Read more…

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    Converting ferries to LNG will save money, reduce fares: CEO

    Converting two Spirit Class vessels to run on liquefied natural gas will pay for itself fairly quickly, then reduce fares across the ferry system, said BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan. Read more…

    BC gov't takes 'step backwards' on information requests, report title hints

    The Information and Privacy Commissioner's report card on the British Columbia government's responses to access to information requests won't be out until tomorrow, but it's already clear from the title what she found: "A Step Backwards." Read more…

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    Will Scottish independence bid spur talk of Irish reunification?

    A majority of Scots decided in the Sept. 18 referendum that they were better together with the United Kingdom than on their own.

    Conor Murphy, a Member of Parliament for Armagh and Newry, dreams of the day citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland get to vote on reunification. Read more…

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    Tyee Builders: Want a pair of tickets to the 2014 Land Awards, MC'd by David Beers?

    For the second year in a row, The Tyee's own David Beers is MC'ing the Real Estate Foundation of BC's Land Awards, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky Builder. Read more…

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    Canada's booming cleantech sector is changing capitalism, analyst argues

    The more than 800 companies that make up Canada’s clean technology industry, right now the fastest growing sector of the economy, represent an emerging form of environmentally aware capitalism, argues the country’s top cleantech analyst. Read more…

    COPE largely loses labour's blessing

    Vancouver's historic leftwing party has largely lost the blessing of the very labour body that helped launch it nearly five decades ago. Read more…

    VIEW: Millennials should fight against for-profit health care

    This August, I had the opportunity to attend the Peoples’ Social Forum in Ottawa. I was there to raise awareness about a charter challenge launched by Dr. Brian Day who is attempting to open the Canadian health care system up to two-tier service delivery. Read more…

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    VIEW: Liberals need a new relationship with First Nations, starting with trust

    This week Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet will sit down with B.C.'s First Nations leaders. For leaders who were promised better by this premier, this meeting has been a long time coming. Read more…

    Win a 30-screening prize package for VIFF

    It's Vancouver International Film Festival time once again, and The Tyee has a win-win proposal for you. Read more…

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    VIEW: Why not treat education like health care?

    Can we have the widest bridge in the world, the smartest meters, and the best schools? So far Premier Clark indicates we cannot. Read more…

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    VIEW: It's not just teachers on strike

    In discussing the strike, why has no one has mentioned the fundamental support provided for special needs students by school district Learning Support Service or Student Support Service departments? Read more…

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    Ex-coroner who quit over lack of independence joins corrections department

    The chief coroner who quit over a lack of independence in 2010 is returning to B.C. Corrections. Read more…

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    Strike will end if province agrees to binding arbitration, drops E80, says BCTF

    The president of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation Jim Iker said the union will vote on ending its strike if the government agrees to binding arbitration and drops a demand that would undo the BCTF's court wins. Read more…

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    VIEW: What's behind BC's local election malaise?

    Taken aback by complete strangers walking up to you this summer to shake hands? Well, that's because they're back. Candidates on the hustings for a city hall near you. Read more…

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    Kamloops university seeks cow-spying drone

    A Kamloops school of higher learning wants to buy a drone. Read more…

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