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Finance Minister Carole James released the 2016-17 Public Accounts showing the Province’s financial picture as of March 31, 2017. (File Photo)

NDP should be wary of big moves on housing

B.C.’s finance minister Carole James said the N.D.P. government is “looking at all options” to “fix the challenges” of the current housing market in Vancouver in an interview with Bloomberg in New York.

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Balloon ban is bonkers

The Vancouver Park Board will vote at their next meeting on Monday night on whether they will ban balloons in parks, community centres and any other areas within their jurisdiction.

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Please don’t let my kids grow up to be afraid of doorbells

Just as I was driving away from kindergarten drop-off this week and wondering how my wee ones would face the world, I turned up the radio to a story about millennials who were afraid of doorbells. I thought it was a joke: the juxtaposition was so stark.

Worldwide Coalition against Islam members are escorted to a bus by police after holding a rally at Calgary's City Hall in this June 25, 2017 file photo. The group is planning to attend a rally with other far-right organizations, in Vancouver this Saturday. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia Network)

Racist protest in Vancouver a sign we haven’t learned from history

After last week’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., many of us in Canada were shocked at the violence and grieving the death of the counter-protester but felt relieved that we were not in the States and talked about how much different things are here.

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Williams Lake fireworks fine should be bigger

Last weekend, a 34-year-old Williams Lake man celebrated the lifting of an evacuation order and being able to return home by setting off fireworks in what are still extremely hot, dry and fire-prone conditions. Thankfully, the RCMP were quickly alerted, arrested the intoxicated man and later fined him just over $1,000 for allegedly dropping, releas

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More common sense needed for allergy labelling

My youngest daughter has a severe soy allergy which means that reading ingredient lists has become a necessarily regular practice of mine. While Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations require food allergens and gluten to be clearly marked on prepackaged products, food sold in restaurants is exempt.

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Mayor's Day of Laughter proclamation is tone-deaf

While wildfires rage near 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, forcing people to leave their homes, Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson is busy proclaiming the official “Day of Laughter.”

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Keep animals out of the emergency room

I was in Chilliwack General Hospital this week for a foot infection. While I was in the waiting room, a man walked up to me with a basket. “Pet him,” he said. “Pardon?” I answered. “His name’s Rupert.” The man brought the basket closer to me and I could see there was a small black rabbit inside. Immediately I was quite confused. I didn’t think anim

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Online shopping makes for poorly stocked shelves

On Monday, I needed to buy a booster seat. My kids were going to spend the day with a friend and we needed something that would fit in between two other car seats in the back of a station wagon.