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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Pique'n Yer Interest

Re: “Don't fear the referendum

Party is not a basis for a democracy. The parties believe it is, which is why the first two referendums failed. In referendum three, the party list snout is stuck in every option, even tho the BC Citizens Assembly rejected party lists for voters lists. Likewise the BC CA rejected single member monopolies on representation, also intruded in every option. They are the politicians safe seat guarantees of jobs for life. That is what referendum three is about.
John Stuart Mill: Proportional Representation is Personal Representation.
The Angels Weep: H. G. Wells on Electoral Reform.
(Richard Lung:)
Peace-making Power-sharing;
Scientific Method of Elections.
Science is Ethics as Electics.
FAB STV: Four Averages Binomial Single Transferable Vote.
(in French) Modele Scientifique du Proces Electoral.

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Posted by Richard Lung on 10/25/2018 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Does Whistler need its own tent city?

Whistler has been home to ski bums camping out in the wild for years look at the abandoned Village of Parkhurst and all the tin cans and trash down the embankment that dates back to the 60s. I have found some interesting spam tins down there. You can't say this is a current problem when there are certain type of people who don't want to work and want to enjoy their surroundings and live free - the free spirits of this world. I'm sure most of them eventually grow up in the end and have responsibilities.

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Posted by Helen Raven on 09/22/2018 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Does Whistler need its own tent city?

Better tenting than renting. Fight neofeudalism by dihonouring the artificial constructs of divine right of ownership and dominion of land.

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Posted by Jimmy Bee on 09/21/2018 at 11:58 PM

Re: “The Liberal Party is falling well short of its promises to First Nations

Eoin Finn - have you ever looked at a map of Canada?

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 09/11/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “The Liberal Party is falling well short of its promises to First Nations

Goldsmith is completely useless, because she has done nothing to stop the tar sands tankers from transiting Vancouver harbour. A tar sands spill from these tankers down into Vancouver harbour will kill everything.

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Posted by Earl Richards on 09/10/2018 at 3:40 AM

Re: “The Liberal Party is falling well short of its promises to First Nations

If Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is opposed to the Woodfibre project, you would be hard-pressed to find any evidence of that in her constituency newsletters or in anything she has said publicly to date. That said - her objections are most welcome to those of us trying to protect Howe Sound

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Posted by Eoin Finn on 09/06/2018 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Back on the Bigfoot beat

Hi Scott. This is an opinion piece, so, as such, I offered my opinion. Hope that's OK with you.

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Posted by Brandon Barrett on 08/27/2018 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Back on the Bigfoot beat

The easiest way to get the truth out there is to NOT give ones "opinion" as you know the old saying "opinions are like... everyones got one " but to report the story with FACTS and EVIDENCE . Then people who are not in the know ,can get better informed before they make up their mind .. The discovery of the Sasquatch is so major and I believe ,the biggest discovery EVER that to start to properly inform everyone ...go to SASQUATCH GENOME PROJECT web site .Here is definitive proof - DNA no comments ,no options, nothing but FACTS , then if you want to make a comment against DNA you can provide your facts ? otherwise its MEANINGLESS and is the reason why the truth is not accepted ... personal opinions are pointless .... What FACTS do you have against Sasquatch ? ...exactly .... Your a reporter not a personal comment provider ...get your facts together then report them PERIOD ! Dr. Melba Ketchum PHD that spent five years doing the DNA research said after she isolated the genome and has proven the existence of the specie " we are not living in the world we think we are ,,,,bucket up "

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Posted by Scott Green on 08/24/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Whistler's prohibitive approach to smoking is dangerous

I personally confronted people flicking thier butts in the village. Its just plain gross and a fire hassard. I also noticed that most public ashtrays have been removed from village. Whats the solution...

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Posted by Bernie Duval on 08/17/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Whistler's prohibitive approach to smoking is dangerous

I really think it would be a good idea to have a sign at the entrance to Whistler near Function and at the bus depot that educates people on proper disposing of butts. Many people come from other countries or cities where it seems acceptable to discard butts on the street and out car windows and it's become habit to toss them in the street. Maybe just a friendly sign that educates people on how butts are not okay anywhere on the ground in Whistler would also help.

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Posted by LongSkis on 08/17/2018 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Whistler's prohibitive approach to smoking is dangerous

Intelligent comments

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Posted by Rick Clare on 08/16/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

Truly one the most innane arguments against this tax is that "Boomers" who (like me) fortuitously bought in back when the good times flowed like honey should be somehow insulated and protected from an environment that has long evolved to something entirely different, not just for them but everyone. Perhaps in their myopia, they can't see that the less opportune are hardly insulated either and no matter how awful it is out there, any property owner is comparatively dancing on a gold mine, while the rest are increasingly far from it. As well, the notion of "Tax exhaustion" is flat out ridiculous considering the fact that for decades tax burden has been in steady decline under a dominance of neo liberal public policy - directly resulting in the under funding and over stressed public assets that depend on it, such as public schooling!

In other words, whatever costs are proposed now amount only to a minuscule recovery of what we have all been stupidly avoiding for decades, apparently to the benefit of our personal hordes of wealth instead

There is one broadly applicable psychological explanation for such attitudes (universal to all but measurably more entrenched as a righteous entitlement as personal wealth increases) called "loss Aversion" along with the related "Endowment effect". Ultimately, it is an irrationality of risk. Al Capone called it " no body moves.... no body gets hurt" and from a communitarian stand point (but not an Ayn Rand stand point) it was bullshit then as it is now.…

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 07/01/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

To LETSBEFAIRND: that homeowners grant was always bad policyit should have been needs-based, like any good grant, not free money for the rich to have. 2. The BoC can encourage whatever it wants, people need to do wants best for them. The whole cultural thing is an embarrassing argumentpeople need to use their brains and do what they need to survive and thrive. All those seniors that may be house rich and cash poor, are way luckier than any millennial and their asset of owning a smartphone. To even compare the twoI shake my head. There are peer-reviewd studies that plainly state that by all measures, millennial work harder, have less, and their buying power and future prospects are much worse than any short-term instabilities any boomers ever went through. Look at the data and make your arguments based on it!

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Posted by DB on 06/29/2018 at 6:35 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

I can see the point of view that seniors can defer their taxes and the rich should pay but I think the conversation should be about what is fair? Two fundamental things to keep in mind when passing judgment in people who have worked hard to build up a nest egg.
1) if your principal residence is valued at over 1.2 million, you no longer qualify for the home owners grant on your annual property taxes, which is already a $800 plus hit on taxes,
2) the Bank of Canada has been encouraging Canadians for years now to reduce our personal debt. Which means making hard choices on what you purchase and invest in. In addition we need to remember that the Boomer and earlier generations grew up with the discipline and social norm of paying off your debts, unlike the attitude of millenials. So by asking a senior to defer taxes is like going against their cultural beliefs. That would be like saying to a gen z person that they should reduce the use of their smartphone.

I think we need to step back on all this school tax stuff and look at fair and equal taxation.

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Posted by letsbefairndp on 06/29/2018 at 9:22 AM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

Well I know it's hard to believe but I am one of those seniors who it would have been devastating for. As a single mom who was on a low fixed income I was going into debt year after year just to get by...that means to have food on the table and just pay bills. I had put my house on the market and could not sell it and watched as prices plummeted month after month. After a year I was lucky enough to be able to sell but of course at a much lower price. House assessment values are estimates to which my house sold well under...for David Eby to tax on assessment is paper money not reality. If that school tax is really needed then do that on one's actual income not on perceived wealth. That was just a wealth tax or an envy tax and nothing more.

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Posted by Barb Anderson on 06/28/2018 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

any house in the Lower Mainland worth a minimum if 3.5 million was an Expensive house when it was ORIGINALLY purchased. West Van value didn't spring up overnight and haven't wavered. Thee average Joe and Joanne have never been able to afford West Van. And its disingenuous, at best, to flout poverty if you live there.

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Posted by Kath Loften on 06/28/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

hey Dick Freeman when was tbd last carbon tax bill deluveted in your mail. facts count.

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Posted by Kath Loften on 06/28/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

maybe it's simply a sign of tax exhaustion? With the income taxes, sales taxes, carbon taxes, property taxes, etc... it's simply gotten completely out of control, and this new tax is the only one where people can actually confront those who are adding to our tax burdens

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Posted by Freeman Dick on 06/28/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Doug Ford and the petty politics of revenge

This article is a whinny piece of crap .. Thank God the Libreals aren't even a recognized political party anymore. All us dummys out there voting my have stopped the devastation of Ontarios financial well being . If it's not to late because the liberals are proven liars and cheats the books are probably so cooked it will take a month to cool them off to look at

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Posted by B C on 06/21/2018 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Hey, BC Parks: Tourists aren't more important than locals

Love this. I still don't understand how we as humans think we can impose a rule that would restrict an animal who belongs outdoors in it's most natural state from THE OUTDOORS.

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Posted by Katelyn Wilson on 06/08/2018 at 1:16 PM

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