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Weekly Commentary

Rain is good

Rain is good

Aug 24, 2009 / 5:00 am

Sure, we feel sorry for our fellow Canadians across the country who have had cold summers (some have been especially hard hit with nasty floods). Almost every...

Eyes front

Eyes front

Aug 17, 2009 / 11:59 am

The effects of starvation were clear. Eyes bulging, hollowed out cheeks, rib cages pushing through dried out skin, bloated stomachs. Some were crouched, too...

No rain on these parades

Aug 12, 2009 / 9:59 am

Does it bug you seeing public buildings spray painted by 'bad' kids? Do you get irritated that these kids have no fear because "there are no consequences for...

If youre handed a lemon...

If you""re handed a lemon...

Aug 3, 2009 / 5:00 am

Ready for a riddle? Okay, here goes. What turns blue on the inside and red on the outside after being eaten? Can't get it? Okay, it's a pine tree, after being...

Recession? Its over

Recession? It""s over

Jul 27, 2009 / 8:40 am

I'm not kidding. The recession is over. Now I realize some of you may be saying, "Hey, who gave Stockwell Day the right to say the recession is over?" Strictly...

Ring of fire...again

Ring of fire...again

Jul 22, 2009 / 5:00 am

If you believe the worst can bring out the best then you get to see it proven all over again. Saturday afternoon, there we were, enjoying our visiting grandkids...

Home again

Home again

Jul 13, 2009 / 12:37 pm

Today I was pleased to announce that our government begins a national campaign to encourage Canadians to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit...

Music to our ears

Music to our ears

Jul 6, 2009 / 12:32 pm

Here's some items that will perk you up. Stuff that shows we must be doing some things right, right here in BC. First, at the start of almost every meeting I...

My second home

My second home

Jun 29, 2009 / 11:17 am

"Welcome to your second home". That heartfelt declaration came from the mouth of a local Jordanian police officer doubling as personal tour guide. The location...

From Russia with jet lag

From Russia with jet lag

Jun 22, 2009 / 10:45 am

June 22nd, 2009 - It's around 4:00 a.m. on Monday in Moscow as I tap out this column to you. I have been up for about an hour, absolutely wide awake, wondering...

Faint election calls please

Faint election calls please

Jun 15, 2009 / 10:45 am

That's right. I'm asking you as my constituents to give me a call or an e-mail if you're itchin' for a federal election. So far I don't have any takers. Even...

Death and taxes

Death and taxes

Jun 8, 2009 / 11:00 am

Faint hope. That's the layman's term for what a first-degree killer can demand after serving only 15 years of a life sentence for murdering somebody in cold...

EI EI...oh

Jun 1, 2009 / 11:01 am

People are being laid off around the country as a result of the global economic downturn. Being without a job when all you want to do is work is agonizing....

Con Air takes flight

""Con Air"" takes flight

May 25, 2009 / 5:00 am

The long arm of the law just got a little longer. Criminals who think they can avoid arrest just by skipping to another province are in for a surprise. Most law...

Are violent protests healthy?

May 18, 2009 / 11:57 am

Escaping the artificial climate of Ottawa and breathing in the fresh air of home is vital for one's sanity. This past week, in and around Parliament, there has...

At home and abroad

May 11, 2009 / 4:46 pm

The annual lobster attack hit us again this year. That's right, the Lions Club in Logan Lake once again hosted the amazing Lobster dinner in the arena. Ticket...

Markets up...who knew?

Markets up...who knew?

May 4, 2009 / 10:30 am

I know, I know, I have a habit of grinding away on what I see as the apparent genetic paranoia of national and international media who fear being accused of...

Signs of (economic) spring?

Signs of (economic) spring?

Apr 27, 2009 / 5:00 am

For many parts of Canada it's been one of the colder and more prolonged winters on record. Here in the Okanagan and Nicola Valleys we've had our moments of...

What downturn?

What downturn?

Apr 20, 2009 / 11:00 am

What downturn? That was the question I was asking myself as we held meetings in a number of cities in China last week. The main purpose of the trip was to...

Okanagan College / China

Apr 13, 2009 / 3:01 pm

Thanks to a whole lot of cooperation and hard work from people at all levels we continue to win big! When we sat down not long ago with President Jim Hamilton,...

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