“And when trying to save something from destruction, I always ask, “Man, have you no soul?” ~ Rafe Mair

It's just past 4 pm. Already the angle of the sun over the trees is so low that it shines into our backyard, brilliantly touching everything with a golden fiery glow. The gorgeous disarray of red and orange leaves dancing on the branches of the massive old Rainier Cherry tree in my backyard takes my …

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New blog feature: ‘The Friday Fail File’

What my readers like is important to me and many younger readers have been asking for a weekly round-up similar to the Bits and Bytes feature I used to run of days gone by. And so to answer the call I'm introducing the Friday Fail File- each week I'll tally up the biggest fails in …

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“He did not care in which direction the car was travelling, so long as he remained in the driver’s seat.” – Lord Beaverbrook

A new friend who is rapidly becoming educated in the ways of government after having jumped into the deep end of the convoluted pool of BC politics, asked me a question I couldn't answer recently: "Laila, I have to believe that when people enter politics, it is with a good heart and good intention to …

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“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy and casualties…” Frank Underwood,House of Cards.

The day started innocently enough: hot coffee, a scroll through the news and then I saw this: In an interview with the Alaska Highway News last week, Clark said governments are facing increased pressure when it comes to massive industrial projects such as Site C, one of the most expensive public projects in modern history. …

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“And now class, let’s all just cover our ears & pretend that BC doesn’t ship mile long trains full of US thermal coal overseas!”

You know you're a northern gal when gumboots are a seasonal staple, but even Premier Clark wasn't wearing them today - although she should have been - if only to help her wade out of the mire that was created when she spoke: Liquefied natural gas can help cut China’s coal consumption and turn the …

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Cutting through the spin cycle of the new Site C opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun

    If there is one thing that surprises many people who are new to following provincial politics, it is how easily governments can manipulate policy and legislation that is in place to protect taxpayers. A classic example is this: Two days before the NDP revealed allegations by former executive assistant Tim Duncan that he …

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When an expression says more than words ever can

He was driving quietly, some might say he appeared to be a bit reticent but I'm always curious about people and their stories so I tossed it out there to see if I could start a conversation. "It's kind of chilly today, where did that sun go?" " Oh, I know! Oh, it was so …

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About those WAC Bennett Dam repairs…

Back in November, I saw a notice in the paper about a BC Hydro application to the BC Utilities Commission for rip-rap repairs on the WAC Bennett Dam, and blogged about the complete and utter hypocrisy of this in relation to the Site C dam exemption: https://lailayuile.com/2015/11/30/a-river-runs-through-it-the-hypocrisy-that-is/ But as the province continued to move full …

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A little perspective on todays BC Liberal illegal gaming/money laundering announcement

2011 http://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/casino-expansion-bc-place-may-lead-increase-organized-crime-activity-sources-say Before it was disbanded last year, the RCMP's Integrated Illegal Gaming Enforcement Team (IIGET) gave a number of warnings about the presence of organized crime at casinos in the Province. Now, as Vancouver prepares for public hearings on the BC Place casino - set to be the province's largest - the now-defunct unit's …

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“Writing is a struggle against power and silence” ~ unknown

  Most writers would agree, the lead of your story is critical. It grabs the reader, pulls them in and hopefully snags them long enough to read your story. But when the RCMP helicopter is flying overhead so low again that the soundtrack to Apocalypse Now plays in your head, it's kind of hard to …

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