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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.

BC Liberal Laurie Throness posing for a portrait at the Chilliwack Museum in the Chilliwack-Hope riding. (Mark Yuen/Postmedia Network)

Throness and his big stone thingy

The biggest news in B.C. politics? Forget the new budget, the controversy about the new Speaker of the Legislature, and the Throne Speech. The real story is Laurie Throness and his big stone thingy.

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Public School: 2+2= ‘snowflake’

Critics of home schooling argue the quality of education received is below the standard of that delivered by the public school system. Allow me to acquiesce one point. Not all home-schooled students are stellar intellects.

Tolls on bridges is smart, but unpopular, policy for governments, argues Steve Burgess. (Tom Braid/Postmedia Network/Files)

Bridge tolls are smart policy

The body politic is supposed to be like a family. Politicians are supposed to be the parents. The children want ice cream for breakfast. The adults say no.

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War gets Trump-brand refresh

After Donald Trump’s Charlottesville equivocating, he is desperate for a distraction. So he’s rebranding his predecessors’ war in Afghanistan, which was supposed to curb terrorism, but has the opposite effect.