Category Archives: Laila Yuile

Why the culture of cronyism and patronage hurts all of us

I’ve been working on some very intriguing followups to two stories from earlier this year, the kind that will have you shaking your head in disgust… but neither will surprise  those of you who have followed the way things work … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Mega-city unsuitable for region.

This week’s topic: Should the Lower Mainland become a mega-city like Toronto with one election for the entire region? Brent is right on the money when he states: “What an election!” For politicos, there’s no bigger rush than election night – … Continue reading

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November sun turns everything to ice cold gold…

There is time enough to write of election politics, and tomorrow I’ll post my 24Hrs column, but late this afternoon the brilliant November sun beckoned and so was the need to escape the city for a bit. One of the … Continue reading

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Countdown to Surrey Votes 2014: The Independents.

Shirley Chisholm, a former American politician really wrapped it all up when she said: ‘There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a … Continue reading

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Countdown to Surrey Votes 2014

Nothing gets the blood pumping like the last couple of days leading up to any election, and this years vote in Surrey is no exception. A wise man once said if someone promises you the moon, you better ask to … Continue reading

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“Remember, Honour, Teach.”

Honour On my honour, we will stand at the place where you rest and remember you. On my honour, we will pick up the torch of freedom and carry it for you. On my honour, you will not be a … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Donors wield too much influence.

This week’s topic: Should we move to public financing for municipal election campaigns? I never thought I would see the day that any big municipal campaign would open its books and disclose whose pocket they were in prior to the actual … Continue reading

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“Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” ― Paul Collier

It’s been the worst luck – or the best depending on your perspective – that the lingering  night cough and laryngitis from the cold I had in the end of October, has kept me from actively blogging as much as … Continue reading

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Pop-up Soup Kitchen spurs Blankets of Love: A donation drive to provide Surrey Homeless with winter survival essentials.

A wise man once said there is a big difference between pity and compassion. Pity feels sorry for something. Compassion does something about it. This was, and continues to be the biggest motivation behind Erin Schulte and the Pop Up … Continue reading

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Spying laws are already tough enough

This week’s topic: Is suspicion alone enough reason to allow Canadian law enforcement and security services the right to spy on Canadians? Never would I have thought that anyone could argue that bending democracy was essential to preserving it. But … Continue reading

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