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Another Thing You Won’t See on CBC…

13 Nov

Statement from the Government of Canada regarding the repeal of (Australian) carbon tax

Our government knows that carbon taxes raise the price of everything, including gas, groceries, and electricity. Prime Minister Abbott has said that, in Australia, the repeal of the carbon tax will reduce the average household’s cost of living by (in Australian dollars) $550 a year, take $200 off household power bills and $70 off gas bills.

“Our government has reduced greenhouse gas emissions while protecting and creating Canadians jobs – greenhouse gas emissions are down since 2006, and we’ve created 1 million net new jobs since the recession – and we have done this without penalising Canadian families with a carbon tax.”

Now if we just fix BC…

via Michael Smith

 

QOTD…Useful Idiots…

1 Nov

Socialism is Our Future…

“How are youth supposed to get to their probation officers if there is no bus?”

How Indeed…

Coquitlam Now

Oh Noes…Kinder Morgan’s Oil Spill Cover Up…Wait…What?

28 Aug

Activists are outraged… A way of Life Ruined…

Oh the humanity… the land will “never” recover!

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These guys won’t make it to the big leagues of eco-facism until they learn photo-shop…

I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. The top of the Coquihalla Summit is the highest point of any pipeline in Canada. From the that point near the Summit, the pipeline descends over three hundred metres vertically in a very short distance. The age of the pipe and the steepness of the descent would surely increase the likelihood of a major spill,” said Hale.

Citing himself as an authority…Show me the bodies.

These guys are anti-oil and anti-enterprise – pipelines are the safest, cleanest and most environmentally sensitive way to move the petro-products that are used to make the iPhones and Macs they use to send this drivel.

Pipe Up

Socialized Medicine – Defying Economic Logic

15 Mar

The Odd Economics of Canadian Health Care

Canada’s health care system has become unworkable and uneconomic. Politicians of all stripes use the promise of “free” health care to buy votes. The majority of Canadians will complain about wait times, the lack of available doctors and shortages of drugs, treatments and hospitals. At the same time, many of these people use socialized health care as a way to define their “Canadianism”.

It takes a fair amount of willful ignorance to accept that reducing the supply of anything, in the face of rising demand, results in lower cost — but when it comes to health care, millions of Canadians do.

Penticton Western News

An Annual “Homeless Count”?

13 Mar

How elitist…

Early results of annual homeless count encouraging

“There was almost no one compared to 2005,” Graves said. “Last night, walking around in the rain, I only found two people out sleeping.”

Robertson says the federal government needs to step up with funding if the city and region are to meaningfully reduce homelessness.

Huh?

Job done Gregor – time to head back to the Tides Foundation…

Vancouver Sun

BC Hydro’s Billion Dollar Climate Bill…

8 Feb

Electricity monopoly BC Hydro is set to lose $1billion…

Neither party is, or should be particularly concerned about the climate.

Currently BC Hydro generates hydro electricity for about two cents/kw. Private electricity costs up to 19 cents/kw. BC Hydro is bound to purchase all private power at rates beneficial to the private operator — forever — and B.C. electricity users pay the subsidy.

Typically, higher volume consumption results in a discount. In BC Hydro’s case a premium is charged, and the premium goes to finance the impacts of the Climate Action Plan and the Clean Air Act. Coming soon we can expect “time of use” premiums charged for electricity use during peak use times.

Penticton Western News

The NDP are guided by the oxymoronic principle of “democratic socialism.”

11 Jan

B.C. needs to look at own fiscal issues

Some in B.C. will criticize Americans for their profligate spending, blaming George Bush and his wars, or Obama and his welfare state. With no wars to pay for, and a more responsible financial system in Canada, we in B.C. appear to have much less to worry about when in comes to our financial situation. We would be wrong.

The NDP are guided by the oxymoronic principle of “democratic socialism.” In staying true to their principles, the NDP will significantly increase both taxes on individuals and spending on programs.  The merit of each can be debated however based on the math alone, B.C. simply cannot afford either – and therefore cannot afford another bout of the NDP.

Penticton Western News

Environmentalists say they are alarmed…

2 Jan

Well that’s shocking…

BC environmentalists anti oilsands activists are concerned that an inactive oil drilling platform, being towed from one job to another, ran aground after being cut loose from its tugboats during a storm.

It ran aground in Alaska, it wasn’t in operation, and…

Ty Keltner, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, said there were no reports of a fuel spill,

Nevertheless what is essentially a barge, that were it not for safety concerns, would never have seen the shoreline, and has caused no environmental damage in Alaska, let alone BC, apparently, according to our pals at the Globe and Mail…is another reason to kill Northern Gateway…

Globe and Mail

Poor Adrian Dix – and he was doing so well…

22 Aug

Keeping his head down and his mouth shut is his best bet for becoming premier…

and now this…

“If we do nothing, then the decision of the B.C. government will be made by [Prime Minister] Stephen Harper. I don’t think that’s acceptable to British Columbians. I think the people of B.C. want people in B.C. to have a voice in that process and we intend to provide that,”

In the battle over who mis-understands Constitutional Law, Clark is well out in front, but Dix just made up some big ground…

His AG designate (apparently) happily displays his ignorance of reality…

Questions remain, however, on what the province could do to stop a project that appears to be under federal jurisdiction. When asked if B.C. could legally block Northern Gateway, Mr. Rankin suggested it’s possible, though there’s little case law to draw from.

Or none – because the Province can’t stop it.

BC Blue asks some cogent questions...
Globe and Mail

Christy Clark – The Predictable Result of On-Line Voting…

22 Aug

Martyn Brown – former BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s  chief of staff encapsulates the Christy Clark’s “Family First” plan…

“Unfortunately for B.C. Liberals, Premier Clark has steered her government along an erratic course. She has edged her way forward by bumping against public opinion and by scraping against each new hazard, and then veering away in whatever direction seems to be safest,” he writes.

He also nicely describes Clark’s infantile position on Northern Gateway

Ms. Clark chose to be “officially undecided, unofficially supportive and as invisible as possible” on the proposed $6-billion pipeline to ship oil-sands bitumen to the B.C. coast for shipment to Asia before she took her controversial stand.

When the BC Liberals went for a talk show host of a leader, elected by Internet voting – they got exactly what they deserved.

Globe and Mail

 

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