We’ve hit a point, BC, where each of us needs to decide what kind of province we are going to be.

It was a magical moment, one of many this summer of discovery. Every night I've been here, I've made note of what time the sun sets and no matter what... step out onto the deck to enjoy the slow slip of the sun below the horizon. Now in deep August, I notice every single day …

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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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BC Hydro says halting Site C would cost taxpayers $500 million? Not building it at all will save us over $8 billion dollars.

Sometimes, one woman can only take so much. And when I saw yet another headline last night blaring:  "BC Hydro says halting Site C would cost $500 million" I really and truly, had enough. "A stop-work order for the Site C dam will cause “extreme prejudice” to BC Hydro at a cost of hundreds of …

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: BC NDP wrong to back bad LNG bill.

This week`s topic: Is the NDP's support of the BC Liberal's LNG Tax Legislation good for B.C.? If our readers could listen into the weekly calls Brent and I schedule to decide on a Duel topic, they’d get an earful. Brent is as strongly committed to his opinions and perspective as I am and if …

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“Christy Clark would do well to remember that Canada is a free nation…”

Late last week I was contacted by a new member of a local community association here in Surrey, who expressed great concern over this Tyee blog post: http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/2014/09/29/Non-Profit-Attack-Petition/ Her concern of course,is that the potential for these proposed changes to be used to silence any group expressing concerns or opposition to, well, anything,  is very real. …

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: BC Hydro hasn’t made a convincing case for pushing costly dam onto taxpayers

Columnists Laila Yuile and Brent Stafford battle over the issues of the day. The winner of last week’s duel on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program was Laila with 71%. This week’s topic: Considering the results of the Joint Review Panel report on BC Hydro’s Site C dam, should government approve the project? A police officer …

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CAJ conference hosts first event open to public: “J-Fest” features journalist Lindsay Kines, editorial cartoonist Dan Murphy and documentary film-maker/editor Damien Gillis

Every year the Canadian Association for Journalists hosts a conference, and this years program includes an incredible evening of discussion open to the general public: J-Fest, a celebration of journalism that matters! The Times Colonist's Lindsay Kines led investigations into Vancouver's missing women, the death of toddler Sherry Charlie and the treatment of the developmentally …

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This week’s column for 24Hrs Vancouver: BC Hydro hasn’t proved its case Site C is even needed

A very late posting of my Monday column this week,as unexpected events last weekend required my attention elsewhere, and delayed other posts here on my site as well. This week, Brent and I debated this question:  Do the benefits of BC Hydro’s Site C dam outweigh the impacts? Brent wrote first, and here is my …

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This weeks column for 24Hrs: Put the brakes on LNG until impact of fracking investigated.

This week’s topic: Should we put a stop to LNG implementation for more study and to set standards? It appears that for Premier Christy Clark, fracking is the new F-word. The incredibly well-crafted sales job Clark and the BC Liberals have presented in support of LNG expansion has strategically avoided any reference to fracking. In …

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