Opinion News

Centralize to save schools

Mar 3, 2015 / 5:26 pm

School boards across the Okanagan and across the province know they’ll have to cut a combined $29 million out of their budgets this year, but say they...

Hunt allocation fair: minister

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:12 pm

By Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations After more than 10 years of review and negotiations, it’s time to put the...

Bulk water rate out of whack

Feb 26, 2015 / 5:28 pm

For about the same price you would pay for a bottle of water at a corner store, commercial water companies can extract one million litres of groundwater from...

Cash for teaching, not admin

Feb 26, 2015 / 3:43 pm

By Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education British Columbia has one of the best education systems in the world. Our students consistently rank near the top in...

Campaign spending contagion

Feb 26, 2015 / 1:50 pm

By Dermod Travis, IntegrityBC The returns are in, and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending isn't pretty. But first a quick peek at some of the...

Take the anger out of teaching

Feb 25, 2015 / 9:45 am

By Keith MacIntyre Last year, I ran for school trustee in Penticton, falling one position short of winning. Through the process, I met other trustees, the...

Corridor must be saved

Feb 24, 2015 / 4:40 pm

The surprise no vote – or rather non-vote – by residents of Lake Country against borrowing to fund purchase of the defunct CN Rail line through the...

More investment needed

Feb 23, 2015 / 5:07 pm

By Jock Finlayson, Business Council of British Columbia Economists have long worried about Canada’s sluggish productivity growth and the seemingly...

A closer look at BC budget

Feb 22, 2015 / 7:12 am

By Dermod Travis, IntegrityBC Government policies are normally designed to help citizens as they try to move up the economic ladder, not penalize them for...

Gouging at gas pumps

Feb 20, 2015 / 5:21 pm

Everyone loves to gripe about the price of gas. So we'll do it again. We've been enjoying relatively low fuel prices lately, but this week's jump to...

Ya gotta get elected first

Feb 19, 2015 / 5:30 pm

The opposition NDP had as many misses as it did hits when it introduced "legislation" Thursday in Victoria aimed at democratic reform. Of course, the...

Capitalism saved the world

Feb 18, 2015 / 9:28 am

By Mark Milke, Fraser Institute In a recent column from a Toronto journalist on communism and capitalism, the writer made an astonishing claim: While...

Surplus built on your back

Feb 18, 2015 / 8:53 am

By Paul Kershaw, Generation Squeeze As the 2014 fiscal year ends, the British Columbia government estimates that it will bank a $979 million surplus. Flush with...

Budget goodies have to wait

Feb 17, 2015 / 5:20 pm

When is a tax cut not a tax cut? When it's the "scheduled end" of a tax increase. The provincial government hiked income taxes on B.C.'s...

Arctic Apple nothing to fear

Feb 16, 2015 / 5:14 pm

Predictably, no sooner than Okanagan Specialty Fruits' Arctic Apple was approved for sale in the United States last week, howls of protest began to rise up....

Don't appease the extremists

Feb 16, 2015 / 3:22 pm

By Salim Mansur, Macdonald-Laurier Institute After the public outrage over the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, after the denunciations and piles of editorials...

Making a just transition

Feb 14, 2015 / 12:00 am

By Karen Cooling, Marc Lee, Shannon Daub and Jessie Singer The steady stream of bad news from Alberta's oil patch is a potent reminder of the boom-and-bust...

Roads not that dangerous

Feb 13, 2015 / 4:45 pm

A B.C. Coroners Service report issued this week paints a grim picture of carnage on our highways and young drivers ill-prepared to be behind the wheel. But a...

Claims deterring investment

Feb 13, 2015 / 9:49 am

By Ravina Bains and Taylor Jackson, The Fraser Institute More than 10,700 British Columbians were employed in the mining sector in 2013 with an average salary...

Why seniors get the breaks

Feb 13, 2015 / 9:20 am

By Paul Kershaw, Generation Squeeze We’re approaching the season when governments release their budgets, so it’s important to know how much...