I think our community is reeling a bit, right now. The loss of three of our young sons (preceded by the loss of an 18-year-old girl under the cruelest of circumstances) with a fourth still missing, and a family still in agony. Two of our teachers, just gone. Flooding that cost people their homes and livelihoods.
Ed note: The following is a press release issued byt the BC government:
Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, announced today that BC Hydro will offer new options for customers who have put their smart meters on hold.
I write about your directing our military to revert to the use of British military rank insignias and designations after 45 years of a home-grown Canadian system. I also note that you previously had directed our services to revert to 'Royal' services in name, indicating service under the Queen of England.
I’d had my column already written; the topic was Canada’s war in Afghanistan. Then the events at the Victoria Legislature hit the news, and it is clear that something must be said about that.
It was ten years ago that I was unceremoniously dumped by CKNW, where I had been for 19 years - nearly 16 as the morning host.
What does that have to do with an environmental web page?
Modesty is not my long suit and I believe that had I stayed, the general public would have been infinitely better served on environmental issues.
At least 30 officials in the communities that make up Metro Vancouver earn a base salary that put them among the top one per cent of all income earners in Canada, as do two more at Metro Vancouver itself and another seven at TransLink.
And the time is flying, seven candles burning low.
It's the new world rising from the shackles of the old.
If we could -- just -- join hands... --- Led Zepplin, The Rover
I was just saying the other day that it's been a long time since I penned a good old-fashioned rant deriding the moronic behaviour of members of our society who seem to find themselves with a common sense deficit – but really, I've had nothing to complain about, being surrounded by largely thoughtful, reasonable, competent people.
We are so accustomed to the connection between political parties and democracy that to question the relationship between the two might seem absurd.