All posts tagged Commentary

Breastfeeding mom says, “Shame on you,” to newspaper for chastising nursing mother

Manda Aufochs Gillespie reads her response to the Vancouver Sun’s piece that criticized a woman for breastfeeding in public. Breastfeeding is considered a human right in Canada and is protected under…

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Beware the prophecy of the dead cow

The animals are dying! Praise Jesus.

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Let’s guarantee safe transportation for all

Motorists need to realize they drive a machine that can kill. Cyclists must know that their irresponsible actions can be deadly, too.

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The cost of active citizenship: $100

As I was biking back from Home Depot (big weekend, a little Home Depot, a little Bed, Bath, Beyond) with some exciting new cleaning supplies, I

The Michael Ignatieff I know

The latest Conservative attack ads are a ridiculous caricature of the man I know.

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Vancouver’s vibrant veloculture

Vancouver’s cycling culture has been accused of being a dull monoculture. Nothing could be further from the truth. Vancouver’s vibrant cycling culture enriches our city’s fabulous diversity.

Does the national interest even interest Stephen Harper?

The government of Stephen Harper has been terribly adept at defying the elementary laws of basic physics and turning it into a fine art: sucking and blowing at

How Jared Loughner could save the Democrats

Barack Obama considered it a failure when the Democrats lost control of the House, and had significant losses in the Senate. The House Republicans' first act? To repeal

St. John’s Hospice can’t find its roots at UBC

Over 200 upset condo residents have signed a petition to stop construction of a two-level 15-bed hospice at UBC, The Province reports. Construction for St. John's Hospice at

BC Lottery Corp on spending spree while charities reel

A review of the BCLC 2010 annual report suggests that the corporation may transfer up to 73% of its capital expenditure budget directly into private hands annually.

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Canada doesn’t have to be a “productivity laggard”

The seminal economic issue of our age is our national productivity. Nothing has a greater impact on our standard of living and quality of life. Yet political leaders

Magical moments in Vancouver cycling in 2010

2010 was a watershed year for Vancouver cycling, as the city made giant strides towards sustainability. This is not just about cycling – this is about the future

Stephen Harper is the gift that keeps on giving

To call Stephen Harper a flip-flopper is an insult and affront to civilization’s great flip-floppers. He plays the Canadian people like Yo-Yo Ma plays his Stradivarius.

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What Canada can learn from America’s problems

I recently came across a powerful presentation on coping with the problems facing the United States by the widely respected Daniel Yankelovich. For 30 years he has been

Stephen Harper treats Canadians like imbeciles

In the recent issue of Inroads Journal, political scientist  Reg Whitaker  compared the minority government that Lester Pearson led to that of Stephen Harper. He said:

Julian Assange: a modern martyr?

While it is not clear what exactly will happen to the grey wizard Julian Assange, it is clear that he has already changed the world. Journalist

Now some bitch wants to reclaim the rainbow

Can you believe that these right wingers think they can steal the rainbow from us GAYS?

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Guns, gangs and steel

Last Saturday night, just two weeks before Christmas, ten young people were gunned down with AK47s on the streets of Vancouver just one block from where our Mayor

Enough is enough

Time to really be tough on crime, not just talk about it.

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Moving oil across B.C. to thirsty foreign markets

Last week, the House of Commons passed a non-binding motion that calls for a legislative ban on all tanker traffic off British Columbia’s ecologically sensitive north

Human rights not a right for all, even in Canada

Three years ago Canada was featured as an "offending country" as reported by the UN Human Rights Commission magazine, Refugees.

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Remembering the lessons of Polytechnique

Twenty one years ago today, I was studying at McGill University. On that day I vividly recall twenty or so of us watching Radio Canada’s

Common sense revolts against internet metering

The CRTC just decided to let your Internet Service Provider put a meter on the internet.

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Where will the children play in my neighbourhood?

A neighbourhood school–Laura Secord–is trying to win votes for a new playground. About 9,000 kids in the area would be served by the new playground, including an estimated

WikiLeaks whack-a-mole

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, said on Friday that the strong attack led by the US at WikiLeaks is an example of the “privatisation of state censorship” and that

Americans, be vigilant. “Little Mosque” just the tip of the Canadian iceberg

 It's no surprise that American government officials are a humourless lot, but it never occurred to me that their humourlessness would lead

Wikileaks deconstructs the world as we’ve known it

Wikileaks released another report yesterday.  It reveals a lot about who pulls the strings internationally, (who knew King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was such a player?), and how

Walking and chewing gum at the same time

In a speech in Toronto yesterday, Bob Rae, the Liberal party of Canada’s foreign affairs critic, ripped into Stephen Harper’s foreign policy as simplistic and

Give me substance

We've done charisma. It didn't work out so well.

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Vanvegas not a lucrative idea for Vancouver

Vancouver citizens and city council will soon have an opportunity to table their demands for benefits from the new "destination casino" at BC Place. They had

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