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Giving parties and candidates the right to encourage those who don’t bother voting – with specific messaging – could increase turnout. FOTOLIA

B.C.'s Bill 20 will combat apathy

Why are the BC Green Party, government watchdog IntegrityBC and the province’s privacy commissioner all opposing a change to the Elections Act that could actually improve dismal voter participation?

Premier-elect Rachel Notley. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Alberta holds few lessons for BC NDP

There’s a rush by journalists, pundits and party activists to find big lessons that the BC NDP should learn from Alberta’s astonishing political shift.

BC NDP nomination fee is outrageous

Here’s the big money question: Is the BC New Democratic Party deliberately trying to create internal dissent with a new $2,000 non-refundable “entry fee” in the upcoming Vancouver-Mount Pleasant byelection?

The Vancouver 420 protest held on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

Federal pot policy too outdated

Some common sense is needed on the medicinal marijuana business that is growing wild in Vancouver – not a dose of reefer madness.

Mike Duffy arrives at court for his trial. (QMI AGENCY)

Duffy trial echoes Basi-Virk case

“In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” - Hunter S. Thompson

Premier Christy Clark is deliberately picking battles. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C. premier is crazy like a fox

“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

Many liquor vendors believe supermarkets will take over their business. (FOTOLIA)

Path laid for B.C. supermarket liquor monopoly

Forget about alleged BC Liberal government “incompetence” handling impending April 1 liquor price increases, Sunday openings for government stores or anything else – it’s all a red herring.

B.C. wineries are bracing for price changes. (FILE PHOTO, QMI AGENCY)

Laws threaten $1B B.C. wine biz

A single black cloud hung over an otherwise sunny horizon as 25,000 people attended Vancouver International Wine Festival events last week.

The provincial government must start charging more for our water. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

B.C. selling out taxpayers

Have you ever paid $2.25 for a bottle of water? Of course - you can pay a lot more if you go to a Vancouver Canucks game, a concert, movie theatre or restaurant.

The attack resulted in severe bite wounds to the girl’s face and leg that sent her to hospital by ambulance.

Pit bull mauls Vancouver child

A six-year-old Vancouver girl was viciously attacked and wounded by a pit bull in Crab Park on Jan. 1.

The Supreme Court of Canada. (QMI AGENCY)

Canada’s surprisingly progressive PM

Stephen Harper has surprisingly become Canada’s most socially progressive prime minister - even though it’s against his will and personal beliefs.

A man walks past screens displaying a television news programme showing an image of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in Tokyo January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Time to turn off TV terrorism and stop ISIS publicity

After yet another gruesome video showing the beheading of a Japanese hostage Saturday by ISIS and new threats to Canada on Monday, it’s time to stop giving them free publicity — by turning off television terrorism.

Premier Christy Clark. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

B.C. faces U.S.-style school nightmare

Picture this education imbroglio - the Supreme Court rules that funding for kindergarten to Grade 12 students is inadequate and must be remedied immediately with an infusion of billions of tax dollars every single year - or else.

Owners of pit bulls say the dogs are warm and loving animals. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

B.C. pit bull owners bark back

Pit bull advocates are as fierce as the dog breed that has killed and maimed more people than any other by a wide margin.