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Vaughn Palmer: So far, so good on debt with Carole James at the helm

VICTORIA — While the New Democrats kept promises to spend more on child care, housing and other social programs this week, they mostly followed the lead of the previous B.C. 874 more words

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Vaughn Palmer: Hike in taxes, spending part of B.C. budgetary 'sweet talk'

VICTORIA — For the first budget of a new era, Finance Minister Carole James announced several billion dollars worth of tax increases Tuesday, offset by an almost equivalent number of billions in unallocated spending. 908 more words

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Vaughn Palmer: No matter what you step in ... cue B.C. budget for kids

VICTORIA — For the traditional day-before-the-budget media splash, Finance Minister Carole James summoned reporters to a child care centre in her Victoria riding Monday, a choice that was as apt politically as it was awash in munchkin cuteness. 877 more words

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The Last Continent: We can still preserve Antarctica's pristine, natural beauty

Postmedia columnist Daphne Bramham crosses the notoriously rough Drake Passage from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia — known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean — to Antarctica. 1,059 more words

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Love story Sunday #4

Happy or Sad? Read on to find out…

Zara and Cameron were at the airport. Zara was going to Sydney for 6 months. She thought back to when she had told Cameron that she would be going away for 6 months, Cameron had looked so heartbroken. 396 more words

Vaughn Palmer: Did Weaver's byelection messaging fail due to NDP ties?

VICTORIA — The Green party and leader Andrew Weaver mounted a vigorous campaign in the recent byelection in Kelowna West, seeking to add to their three-seat breakthrough last spring. 917 more words

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Ian Mulgrew: As population ages, 'predator spouses' come calling

The Real Housewives of Vancouver is one thing, but predator spouses?

Trevor Todd, a Vancouver lawyer who specializes in wills, estates and inheritance, says the phenomenon is disturbing and increasingly common as people live longer and accumulate more wealth. 805 more words

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