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We all have busy lives. And that's exactly how the more mischievous of politicians like it. A busy, distracted, and somewhat plump populace who, even if they find out about a government program they don't like, won't quite be able to find the time, energy, or solidarity to do battle. In the case of B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her grandiose LNG dream, that's the modus operandi.
My friend is a few years older than me, has two degrees and has been published in almost every major Toronto paper. She is an incredibly talented screenwriter and filmmaker. She is well connected and well liked. I would argue that she knows how to get a job. She just can't.
Yes, academics must step out of their ivory towers and become more engaged with the public. But increasing teaching hours, reducing salaries and abolishing tenure are not solutions. Such moves will only create bigger problems.
The Economist totalled the time that has been spent watching the "Gangnam Style" video -- 16,000 years. The magazine then asked the question, "What humanity could achieve if it weren't galloping in front of computer screens?" And when was the last time you said, or had someone say to you, "Oh I'd love to do that, but I'm too busy."
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Clearly the Government of Canada doesn't have an HSR policy, but surely it's time it did the minimum? A basic and badly-needed step would be to lay the policy and political tracks for a future ''blue sky'' proposal regarding high-speed rail.
We're all capable of also doing a much better job teaching others and doing so with a bit of humility. It means not sneering when someone doesn't know what a "hashtag" means or don't (brace for the shock) have their own Tumblr account!
Take a $15 bottle of wine, for example. In B.C., we pay $7.11 for the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) markup tax, 60 cents in other LDB fees, and 94 cents in Provincial Sales Tax -- a total of $8.65 in taxes. That means when British Columbians buy a bottle of wine, they actually pay more in taxes and markup than for the actual drink itself.
In some areas of B.C., buyers have the option to purchase freehold or leasehold properties. Vancouver's West End has leasehold condos, for instance, while False Creek, Fairview Slopes, and Point Grey offer leasehold town homes and detached houses. You might also see listings for leasehold properties on Vancouver Island in James Bay and other areas. However, it's important to understand the financing implications of a leasehold property before making an offer.
Those who don't outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can't or shouldn't do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, "No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country." But in failing to act on global warming, many leaders are putting jobs and economic prosperity at risk, according to recent studies.
Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard didn't win her final match at Wimbledon, but she still served up lessons worth noting by everyone, especially leaders.
As social media has become more prevalent, people have come to expect immediate information and real, consumer driven conversations. This has forced the traditional news landscape to evolve, prompting much discussion about the relevancy of newspapers, TV, and radio. But does traditional media even have a place in today's culture of 140 characters or less?
Nothing is normal or weird. Never focus on what the norm is or what is standard procedure. Rules are there for interpretation, unless they accompany jail time. Keep every solution open as an option. Never rule out a possibility because you've put options into "boxes". Unwrap every option like it's Christmas morning.
China has pursued this technology leadership goal for 20 years. Back in the 1990s, it began importing technology from Germany, the Siemens Velaro model; from France, the Alstom New Pendolinos. And, guess what? The Zefiro 250 type, made right here in Canada by Bombardier. In 2008, investment in high-speed rail projects shot up to $88 billion with plans to open 42 new lines.
Our strategy, "A Space for us All," is not about abandoning our traditional audiences for digital ones, it is about abandoning bricks and mortar in favour of content and programming.
If the government doesn't like the idea of removing withdrawal minimums, they should at least peg minimum RRIF withdrawals to current government bond yields. Forcing someone at age 72 to take out 7.48 per cent when they're only earning 2.5 per cent is simply not fair.
The news is filled with Eco-Armageddon as each new study reveals that the polar ice is melting even faster, polar bears are starving, there are garbage gyres in the ocean, and sunblock is destroying coral reef. Is green living a worthwhile pursuit or are we really just wasting our time?
On Sunday I drove through the village of Nantes, 11 kilometres to the northwest of Lac-Mégantic. This is where the fateful train began its out-of-control journey, a massive weapon rolling inexorably towards the heart of a community. I could see very clearly how the rail bed sloped downwards on its way out of Nantes, allowing the train in question to build up speed from the simple effect of gravity. How could this have been allowed to happen? To put it bluntly: it was a failure to take the proper safety measures to prevent the train from ever moving by itself. It was also a failure to understand the explosive nature of the crude oil being carried by the train.
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Health Canada should be talking to our nation's hemp farmers, helping them to start harvesting and using the valuable resins they're now throwing away. This is our best source for cheap and effective cannabis medicines, with whatever potency, cannabinoid mix and psychoactive effect desired.
Every nation, including Canada, dreams of building the next Silicon Valley. However, this means more than just copying what makes Silicon Valley great. It also means leveraging existing advantages that are prevalent nationally and building the right processes and ecosystem, while taking into account the differences that make nations unique.
When was the last time you heard Canada's Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt mention the words "high-speed rail" or its commonly used acronym "HSR," in any public speech or announcement? Think hard, and keep thinking, but don't hold your breath while you think.