Killing the messengers

Snowden Interview

"It is the role of a good journalist to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there’s always a bad reaction.” – Julian Assange What do NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, investigative journalist Gary Webb and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have in common? If you said they’re all recent subjects of Hollywood thrillers (Snowden, Kill the Messenger and The Fourth Estate) starring … [Read more...]

A nation of opportunity

Exams

With mid-term exams taking place for university students across Canada recently, now more than ever, thousands of Canada’s youth are looking towards their futures and the opportunities that lie ahead. We’re greatly privileged to live in a nation rich in opportunity. Opportunity is there for all of us who demonstrate creativity, work hard and who wish to overcome challenges. Many people around the world don’t have … [Read more...]

Je Suis Charlie

Image by Lucille Clerk

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” – George Orwell. I’m a journalist. I’m not a particularly important journalist. I don’t report on the Federal Budget or get invited to Stephen Harper’s press conferences. I haven’t uncovered any scandals or exposed a great cover up or probably made much of a difference in anyone’s life though my writing. I’m … [Read more...]

Regional people not in touch with nature?

Pipeline

Earlier this year, Sun Peaks mayor Al Raine travelled to Whistler to represent Sun Peaks at the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference. One of the hot-button issues discussed was Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. Unlike the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would run through northern B.C., the Trans Mountain Pipeline will pass right by Sun Peaks. The current proposal even includes a terminal and a … [Read more...]

Unfunded liabilities

Pension

There’s a foreseeable threat to the financial well-being of Canadians. It is representative of failings found throughout our political system, our economic system, and even among our voting public. This threat comes in the form of unfunded liabilities — those obligations that have no funds set aside to pay for their future costs. According to a 2014 report by The Fraser Institute on Canadian Government Debt, there … [Read more...]