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The United States of America’s constitution begins with the words, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Canadians eat a great deal of meat. Just over 808 million chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese were slaughtered last year. In addition, 25,267 million cattle, pigs and sheep were slaughtered. If we add fish, (492,441 million), and shell fish (4,245, 548 billion) the total volume is truly immense. 

It is approximately one year since COVID-19 started to take hold in B.C. and its impact has been devastating on many sectors — including tourism and its more than 19,000 operators across the province.

Governing a nation or a province is a complex challenge for any political parties. While legislating and being accountable in the legislature is a key visible part of the democratic process, the day-to-day operations of government include many tasks and employ an army of civil servants.

Like many people this January, I have consumed the impressive Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit, the story of a young, socially awkward orphaned girl who ascends through the maze of 1960s chess culture to face a Russian Grandmaster.

It’s mid-January 2021 and I am alive and well after a “brush” with the dangerous and deadly coronavirus.

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Entering 2021, many people seem to find it challenging to focus. The idea of new year goal setting is a struggle while feeling so blurred.

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The B.C. Ministry of Health announced that the public health order prohibiting gatherings and limiting travel has been extended to Feb. 5 and that means many of us will continue to be relying on screen time to connect virtually with friends and loved ones.

The 2020-21 federal deficit is estimated at more than $450 billion, the largest in Canada’s history. As a result, there is a growing fear on the part of many in the financial sector that there is a high probability of significant inflation once the recovery from the pandemic begins to gain m…

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In just three days, the guy in the red suit will be delivering Christmas goodies to good girls and boys, but something less enjoyable to those whose behaviour has been less exemplary.

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This week was an end-of-the-year project for my son, who built a First World War trench scene; armed with creativity, he (we) gathered boxes, scraps, clay, paints and small figurines and got to work. He connected with the stories as he crafted and painted. One story caught his attention.

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The race is on and the finish line is a matter of survival. It’s ‘make it or break it’ time for the little guy. Will it be a Merry Christmas or will the Grinch prevail? 

As we find ourselves in the midst of shutdowns and uncertainty, I often hear from anxious business owners as everyone tries to navigate the complex web of application forms, reporting, and now Canada Revenue Agency audits, for the various federal programs.

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Wednesday is Remembrance Day. I grew up hearing of the pain and loss of the First World War front lines, like many with a family linked to France’s murky trenches.

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On Tuesday night, as I went to bed, the election in the U.S. was still wide open. Joe Biden was ahead, Trump behind, in the electoral college votes — the only votes that matter, apparently. At no point did I see on screen a tally of the popular vote.

• The BC Liberals are shopping around for a new leader and, if they choose the right one, he or she could possibly be the next premier by 2024. The person who I think would be the best premier and would also be easily electable by the citizens of B.C. — Clarence Louie, chief of the Osoyoos I…

When my hair was as black as a crow’s feathers, I still remember to this day the campfire’s light flickering on Papa’s wrinkled old face. 

Many of my retired friends, like me, are living on essentially fixed incomes. They have been calling me of late asking what I think will happen in the coming years with all the massive debt that governments — federal, provincial and municipal — have run up in their efforts to deal with the p…

Many of my retired friends, like me, are living on essentially fixed incomes. They have been calling me of late asking what I think will happen in the coming years with all the massive debt that governments — federal, provincial and municipal — have run up in their efforts to deal with the p…

It’s election day in British Columbia. Obviously, I can’t forecast the result of that election, but I hope for the best.