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by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Monday May 06 2019

By Alex Hemingway

Changes to personal BC taxes over the past year and a half — including elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums—mean the vast majority of households are seeing their tax bills fall while the richest one per cent are paying more.

This is good news for tax fairness in BC.

Taxes are only part of the story, however....

by David Suzuki on Wednesday May 01 2019

Will someone please tell me what the hell is going on? Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report indicating that global emissions are still rising despite more than three decades of warnings. Now we’re on a path to a 3 to 5 C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels by 2100. The IPCC concludes that anything above a 1.5 C rise will take us beyond...

by Sara Golling on Monday Apr 29 2019

Environmentalists have come under fire lately from certain quarters.  Questioning the motivation of environmentalists raises the question:  What are they fighting for?   

And the short answer is:  survival

Not just personal, short-term survival, but the long-term survival of life on earth -- stopping the acceleration of species extinctions, which are now wiping...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Monday Apr 29 2019

It’s time for BC to follow the Maritime provinces and regulate gas prices to end gouging that has caused gas prices in Metro Vancouver to skyrocket, says a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office.

“It’s not taxes that are causing the current pain at the pump, it’s industry gouging,” says Marc Lee. “Alberta’s oil industry is making huge excess profits...

by Contributor on Sunday Apr 28 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a few tips that could save you time and money.

At tax time, here are eight things to remember:

1. File your tax return

Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for the 2018 tax year are due on April 30, 2019. It's important to file your tax return on time to avoid interest and penalty charges, and possible delays or...

by aeon on Tuesday Apr 23 2019

By  David V. Johnson, from Aeon

When false and malicious speech roils the body politic, when racism and violence surge, the right and role of freedom of speech in society comes into crisis. People rightly begin to wonder what are the limits, what should be the rules. It is a complicated issue, and resolving it requires care about the exact problems...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Apr 22 2019

Lost in the recent media frenzy over the SNC Lavalin scandal were the 2019 Spring Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. These last reports from Julie Gelfand before her retirement focused on protection of fish and their habitat from mining effluent, subsidies to the fossil fuels industry and—of particular interest to the Okanagan and Kootenay regions--...

by David Suzuki on Tuesday Apr 16 2019

It’s heartening, in the midst of the human-caused sixth mass extinction, to find good wildlife recovery news. As plant and animal species disappear faster than they have for millions of years, Russia’s Siberian, or Amur, tigers are making a comeback. After falling to a low of just a few dozen in the mid-20th century, the tigers now number around 500, with close to 100 cubs — thanks to...

by RDKB on Wednesday Apr 10 2019

Floods?  Wildfires?  Residents can register for emergency alerts about these, or other imminent threats, delivered by smartphone app, email and voice or text to a landline or cell number. 

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has launched a new emergency alerting system powered by Voyent Alert! —a Canada-based notification service designed specifically for small to medium sized...

by David Suzuki on Tuesday Apr 09 2019

Another week, another dramatic warning from scientists — met with shrugs all around. This time, a report commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada, “Canada's Changing Climate Report,” warned that this country is warming at roughly twice the global average rate, even more in the North and on the Prairies. Some of that is from natural factors, but the report...

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