Opinion

ERIC MACKENZIE, 24 HOURS

Something always contradictory about the PNE

Almost time once again to rejoice in tiny sugared pastries, rides with Biblical names like The Beast and The Revelation, and spending half the rent to win a free stuffed animal — the PNE returns on Saturday.

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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

Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark is introduced before speaking at an Economic Club of Canada luncheon at the Hilton Toronto hotel on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Matthew Sherwood for Postmedia Network)

Donations will always be milked in politics

British Columbia will finally end corporate, union and foreign political donations after the BC Liberals allowed the province to become the “wild west of political cash,” according to The New York Times.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is looking for a new team to play with next season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

NFL, NBA offseason eclipsing rest of sports

If you’ve tuned in to any of the numerous American talking heads sports shows on TV or radio this summer – widely available north of the border – you may have noticed something somewhat curious: non-stop offseason coverage of the NFL and NBA.

John Horgan. (Carmine Marinelli/Vancouver 24hours File Photo)

So-called 'dismal decade' economy never was

Now that B.C. New Democrat Premier John Horgan has taken office, expect to hear a lot from the surly B.C. Liberal opposition about how horrible the 1990s economy was when the NDP were last in power.

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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.