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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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VIEW: Building a media voice for immigrants in Canada

I was never cut out to be a pioneer or an entrepreneur; risk-taking is just not in my DNA. My friends know me as a follower rather than a leader: a conformist. However, something changed a decade into my Canadian journey. Read more…

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VIEW: Your bi-monthly donation to Imperial Metals

The BC Hydro Northwest Transmission line is now powered up and operating, delivering under-priced bulk electricity to mining companies and under-priced delivery services for private power generators.  Read more…

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Lobbyist fine upheld for former BC Liberal MLA

B.C.'s lobbying watchdog has upheld a $1,200 fine against a former BC Liberal MLA connected to a controversial Chinese businessman. Read more…

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TransLink may take legal action against violent SkyTrain game

TransLink could ask B.C. Supreme Court to shut down a violent online video game that depicts the killings of commuters and transit workers on a SkyTrain platform. Read more…

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Government under investigation over alleged Mount Polley secrecy

British Columbia's Information and Privacy Commissioner will investigate whether the provincial government broke the law and failed to warn citizens of potential risks at the Mount Polley mine waste dam near Likely. Read more…

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First Nation announces blockade at new Imperial Metals mine

A group of Tahltan Nation elders have blocked entry to Imperial Metals’ Red Chris mine near Iskut in northern British Columbia in response to a serious mining waste spill at the company’s Mount Polley mine. Read more…

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Ministry slams Imperial Metals with several clean-up conditions

The Ministry of Environment has ordered that Imperial Metals Ltd. must immediately stop the flow of wastewater from its breached Mount Polley dam, as well as meet several other clean-up obligations, in the wake of a disaster that saw toxic sediment spilled into local watersheds in the B.C. Interior. Read more…

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Biologist waits on reports explaining Vancouver Island salmon farm die-off

Biologist and salmon activist Alexandra Morton is still waiting to receive reports that show what caused a Vancouver Island salmon farm die-off earlier this summer. Read more…

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VIEW: Blink and you'll miss consultations on BC farmland changes

With changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act, the B.C. government has grabbed the tiger by the tail and is not backing down. Whether you're a farmer or not the changes will impact you, but does the government really want to hear your concerns? Read more…

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New BC gold mine exposes gap in federal oversight

Changes made two years ago to a century-old federal law mean that a giant new gold mine just approved by the province for northwestern British Columbia will get reduced federal oversight -- and risk creating an international flashpoint. Read more…

VIEW: BC the biggest loser in charity chill

British Columbians may be the biggest losers in the chill that has descended upon charities that advocate for public policy issues. Read more…

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