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Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of November 15

Day 3..... couple more dislikes, yet still only a stoney (but seething!) silence from the Marrie Antoinettes of the Sea to Sky corridor. I guess the entirety of the robust statistical evidence is all mine!


" As evidence, the article notes that the share of national income (including capital gains) going to the richest 1 per cent of Americans has doubled since 1980 from 10 per cent to 20 per cent, the level it was in the first Gilded Age. The share going to the richest 0.01 per cent quadrupledfrom 1 per cent to almost 5 per cent, which is larger than it was in the 1880s. This concentration of income among the super-rich is happening in many countries, including Canada."

https://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details…


fascinating fact: Much of this multi decade "re-distribution of wealth" occurred during the great recession, indicating with force that at least for the top 10 percent, there essentially was no recession, just another glorious opportunity for more predation.

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 11/17/2018 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of November 15

huh. 4 "dislikes" so far yet not one of them has the sack to belly up and school me. I thought by now all the Terrence Corcoran and Comrade Black groupies would have compiled a significant statistically robust rebuttal by now, in defence of their sacred cow - the boogie man of re-distribution of wealth "rolling like a tsunami from the Left"..

oh wait. Perhaps that means they in fact have exactly zero statistically robust rebuttal?

That would be tragic. It would mean that modern day Canadian Conservatism is built entirely upon nothing more than smoke, mirrors and a broom stick jammed up the rear

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 11/16/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “On the mend

Great article.

My only quibble would be the subheading "grizzly hunt a contributing factor." It doesn't seem that the grizzly hunt was a problem; rather illegal/unreported conflict killing and poaching are.

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Posted by an.7 on 11/16/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Free WiFi now available in Whistler Village

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Posted by teleworm1 on 11/16/2018 at 2:14 AM

Re: “Landowner dispute behind Pemberton's Friendship Trail Bridge delay

This is not the 1st time the SLRD has screwed up this way!!! They falsely told the builders of Wedge that they had approval for a level rail crossing, the debacle with PortoCove underpass.... I'm sure there's many more & will be more to come till there is institutional reform!

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Posted by Myson Effa on 11/15/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Landowner dispute behind Pemberton's Friendship Trail Bridge delay

More evidence of all affected parties being Not Fully Consulted. Sad when the request for full disclosure to those affected doesnt get taken seriously. It happens at every level of government.

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Posted by Ruth Azacook Dick on 11/15/2018 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Landowner dispute behind Pemberton's Friendship Trail Bridge delay

Such open and caring community members

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Posted by Grant Lamont on 11/15/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of November 15

More general hilarity from the Pique letters to editor, this time from Perri Dom!

Perri, while there are numerous general errors throughout your complaint ( Global Warming as we know it is mostly a result of human activity, not "partly") there is one gargantuan one that cannot go without rebuttal, which is your characterization of recent tax initiatives:

"one of the greatest wealth-redistribution eras of our lifetimes, rolling like a great tsunami from the left. "


Ummmm.... no. Whatever nefarious communist plot you see brewing with nothing more than an accounting for a previously externalizer cost such as a carbon tax (which you neglect to mention will be progressive to the point of revenue neutral ) it literally is a fart in the wind compared to the decades long and statistically substantive "wealth re-distribution" that steadily and deliberately delivered by the barrel load to those who least need it, extracted from those who actually do.

There is no better directly analogous example than your sidesplittingly funny sense of injury at what amounts to a very minor attempt to address this inequity of costs, opportunity and need by the application of the property speculation tax, which while certainly is an "injury" to generally invulnerable wealthy speculators in their single minded drive to commodify basic housing needs into a growth investment vehicle, it is no injury at all to those who simply wish to find a roof over their heads without sticking their head in a noose of that debt you mention.

Thats right - the privilege of the very few to expand their investment portfolio's ever skyward at exponentially exploding rates is only one of many examples of the only "wealth re-distribution" of note, now well into its third decade and starting when Ronald Reagan leveraged the term "trickle down economics" to the now well known hoax that it is!

Whatever has been "trickling down" for decades has not remotely been matched by the flow that has been "Niagra Falls torrenting" up. All I can say if you find yourself so alarmed at any little hiccup in that pattern is you know as little of the historical record of wealth redistribution as you do about global warming.

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-006…

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 11/15/2018 at 11:29 AM

Re: “An ecology of democracy

Fuel the Debate

Held over reelection.
This is protocol.
Before Socrates story
this exclusive manhunt.
Understand democracy:
we want to govern ourselves,
and so we bring it down to citizens to vote.
Its not paupers have a say in dynamics.
Their vote is manipulated beyond belief.
Then we constitutional spread.
A growing majority
would not advise politicians.
Theyre meandered to.
Politics stole the gun.
We getting up real early,
do it weve spoken in Paris
and opened among us
inside the bird game.
Do we need all these politicians?
Could we have a governing body made of us?
Try rent on Wall Street.
I think its show me the money,
not where we govern us properly.
Politics buy their way in.
We mash down on democracy.
How would we choose the right to vote?
Theyre taken from our own ranks,
who we know represents us.
A world shake up please.
Reform council,
what do we do?

I think youd have to change the political landscape.
Nobody owes a dime
to be servants of the people.
Government takes care of them.
Every lawmaker has a pool.
Its campaign money
just to get your word out,
a government funded operation.
What makes a candidate run?
These are the people we want represent us.
Local communities vie production,
and we get bigger all the time.
I think you see the sacrifice
our leaders would have to make.
What better cover for character
no extravagance please.
This is about political clout
given broad measure self-sacrifice.
Am I speaking the system?
I wouldnt know where to begin
to paint the ills of democracy now,
the greatest show on earth.
Hand in your resignation
effective immediately no.
Lets give some time for change.
Every hopes on debate,
and wed need to fuel it more than sheep.
You got my whistle?
You spot my campaign funds?
Limit greed.

Posted by donnyduke7 on 11/14/2018 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Whistler Remembrance Day ceremony marks 100 years since the end of the First World War

Nice ceremony but requires a better sound system for the number of people attending. Set up was poor for size of crowd.

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Posted by GregE on 11/12/2018 at 7:25 AM

Re: “B.C. launches $10-a-day daycare project at 53 sites

Great news!

Posted by Sharon Elizabeth Gregson on 11/12/2018 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Whistler's new mayor, council officially sworn in

Congratulations to the new mayor of Whistler, Jack Crompton.
God's Blessings and Wisdom to you.

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Posted by PalleViking on 11/11/2018 at 10:25 PM

Re: “The second wave

In all the current hype around legalizing marihuana there will be people getting hurt. There is no conclusive study that psychedelics help with depression, PTSD, etc. Some say it helps and some say it does not. Each study has its own limitations. And in fact it may well be that it helps some people and hurts others. But the fact is that psychedelics (even marihuana let alone LSD) could trigger psychotic episodes and I can say that is true from firsthand experience. So before you run to get the psychedelics keep in mind that you can end up in a worse place than you are now. The problem is even more complicated by the fact that there are people that have borderline mood disorders they are not aware of. Some of those people can get in serious trouble with the psychedelics. The worse thing is that once they are triggered they may not come back to the previous state. This is nasty stuff people. It is estimated that 5-10% of pollution is at risk of this. So although your friends and neighbors do psychedelics all day long no problems, you may not be in luck. Be careful especially if you suspect you may have some problems!

Posted by John 1 on 11/10/2018 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Human behaviour is at the root of orca plight

Now orcas are being exploited by the fishing industry claiming that seals and sea lions must be killed to save the salmon!

Who is really responsible for devastating the fragile ocean food chain? Was it humans or wildlife? History would prove that it was humans. We all must mend the broken ocean food chain!

Who else do you kill besides the seals and sea lions? Do you kill all the other fish eaters such as herons, eagles, bears, dolphins, porpoises, and whales?

Humans have the choice to go to grocery stores and their gardens while wildlife does not have choices. Plant based fish products can replace wild fish as being done with other meat habits.

Salmon and other fish habitats have also been destroyed by whale watch companies also running fishing charters, human development, animal excrement from factory farming, slaughter house wastes (ex. Lifeforce found a former one in Victoria, BC dumping the bloodied wastes into a salmon stream), fish farming, logging, treating the oceans as a garbage dump, dumping human sewage into the water ways and oceans, oil spills and so on.

Time to give wildlife their "quota" since the growing human populations have plundered and devastated more than their share. In order to Save the Orcas emergency actions must be implemented immediately under the Species at Risk Acts! This must include minimum 5 year moratoriums on Commercial, Sport and First Nation fishing!

DFO previously recommended against a West Coast Seal Hunt because they are unsafe to eat due to high levels of PCBs, mercury, flame retardants, etc.. The older the seal or sea lion the more contamination and DFO thought eating baby pinnipeds would not be publicly supported!

Posted by Peter Hamilton on 11/10/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of November 8

At this point it is worth noting 2 things:

1) The majority of criticisms levelled at Pro Rep are logical fallacies. I have pointed out two glaring ones others have pointed out many similar. A logical fallacy is an incompetent heuristic. It is incompetent not because it is a heuristic which are often useful decision shortcuts even if crudely applied. It is incompetent if it is based on fallacy. It seems "logical" because it "makes sense" but it relies on the "sense" remaining critically unexamined.

example: Jordan Sturdy says "Special projects, transportation, local health care and education issues, economic development priorities and more are better managed and monitored when you have an accountable politician."

Offered as criticism of Proportional Representation, this only "makes sense" if you accept his implied premiss...... that there is no local popularly elected representative under Proportional Representation. This is flat out false, as any skeptical examination of Pro Rep will reveal, but the purveyor of any logical fallacy depends upon you, the reader, to not invest anything in any skeptical examination, to instead accept his implied terms of reference:

The utterly refutable premiss that Proportional Representation offers no "accountable politician". This is a classic Strawman Argument - an incompetent heuristic or if you prefer, a logical fallacy.
As noted, this is not the only logical fallacy. Any reasonable attempt at critical skepticism will reveal that the majority of not just Jordan's arguments but also the similarly written appeal by the Chamber of Commerce is littered with them as well.

Which leads to:

2) Heuristics are not uncommon in human discourse and decision making - quite the contrary, but there is a clear distinction of "reliability" between those that are competent and those that are not. Unfortunately, this is seldom apparent if you just let your "gut" decide which is which.

Here is an example of a competent heuristic:

If a pattern of incompetent heuristics is detected in any argument, their argument likely has no competency at all. If that is all they got, it is reasonable to suspect they got nothing. Can you find fault with this heuristic? Is it based on a fallacy?

In all likelihood, the purveyor of logical fallacy has got nothing. Or at least nothing they are willing to actually put on the table. So what exactly Jordan are you not willing to reveal as to why you really don't like Pro Rep?

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 11/10/2018 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Time to vote for change

Thank you for this article, which is clearly in favour of ProRep, even though not overly optimistic that it will actually passe.

Thank you also for your sense of humour coming through in expressions such as "setting the stage for a countrywide redesign of stop signs" and "Their hair-on-fire visions of doom and gloom if we vote against FPTP is enough for me to know it's probably a good idea."

Posted by newman on 11/09/2018 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Samurai Sushi owners sell to long-time staff

"It was important for us to sell it to staff," he explained. "It is nice to keep it local and have people that you know and trust operating the business."

Taking over operations will be 34-year-old Evan Choi and 36-year-old Takuya Ota, Samurai Sushi staff who have worked in the kitchen off and off for the past 10 years.

Probably meant to say: on and off

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Posted by Sabine Wimmer on 11/09/2018 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of November 8

A. Wilkinson argued for a new Citizens Assembly(CA) and said that STV, which the CA of 2004supported, is not on the ballot this time. Yes, the CA was a great initiative. Maybe it came about partly because of the 1996 election when the NDP won a majority with fewer votes than the Liberals - something that can easily happen with our current FPTP system. And never fear, that work has NOT been lost. We can vote for the STV for more populated areas of BC by opting for the Rural Urban option. As former CA member Lynn Hill and other CA alumni point out, any of the 3 pro rep options is better than FPTP.
I know some CA alumni have put in hundreds of hours over the years to share what they learned with the rest of us. To Lynn and others, THANK YOU!

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Posted by Jan Slakov on 11/09/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Time to vote for change

My apology, Jim. You are correct. I confused the 2005 referendum, the first prorep referendum, where 57.7% voted in favour of STV. Must have been time travelling when I wrote that last paragraph. I do not concur with your conclusion this time around is a sham. I do believe it was hijacked by AG Eby's overly-academic report that resulted in this Rubik's cube of choices. Details TBA. But it doesn't change my support for prorep.

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Posted by Maxedout on 11/09/2018 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of November 8

Lynn: Tank you for giving us your unique perspective as a member of the BC Citizens Assembly. The no-side is attempting to twist your decisions and your recommendation for a ProRep model called STV into a negative, by saying that the Citizens Assembly REJECTED MMP and DMP. It is a sad state of affairs that this polarisation and partisan politics are dominating the headlines. And I don't hesitate to say that this negative political culture is allowed to flourish under FPTP.

Of course moving to ProRep will not solve all the problems. However, it's a heck of a good step in the right direction to empower ordinary citizens vis-a-vis the political elites that feel entitled to have 100% of the power with less than a true majority.

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Posted by newman on 11/08/2018 at 8:03 PM

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