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Green · Be­ing a sun­lit rain-forest in­te­ri­or from some­where on the north slope of Keats Is­land ...
Voting Green · We’re hav­ing a provin­cial elec­tion and electoral-reform ref­er­en­dum, both this Tues­day May 12. I’ll be vot­ing for the Green Par­ty, and for sin­gle trans­fer­able vote ...
Went Camping · In Cana­da and the US, the first Mon­day in Septem­ber is a hol­i­day (“Labour Day”) and then the kids start school on Tues­day. This year, we spent the long week­end at cam­p. It was en­tire­ly tra­di­tion­al and very good. Here­with na­ture shots and camp­fire tales, some mu­si­cal ...
Vince Ready · [This piece is about a nasty teachers’ strike here in BC, and prob­a­bly on­ly of lo­cal in­ter­est.] So if Vince can pro­nounce the bar­gain­ing pro­cess dead and cook up a pro­pos­al that looks like it’s go­ing to end the fight, and do it in like 24 hours, why the ^#!%$ didn’t they hire him six months ago!? To Vince: Bill ’em for $100K for the day. To the gov­ern­men­t: Pay the bil­l. To the BCTF: In­sist on cov­er­ing half of it (Oh, and for gosh sakes climb down, you’re win­ning; stall on ac­cept­ing the deal and your pub­lic sup­port will be in sin­gle dig­its in fif­teen min­utes). [Up­date: The teach­ers are are go­ing back, thank good­ness. Yes, there’s a re­al chance the Camp­bell gov­ern­ment will try to welsh on the class-size part of the deal, they ap­par­ent­ly think that starv­ing the public-education sys­tem of mon­ey is good gov­er­nance; then again, they won the last elec­tion. But, hav­ing fold­ed their tent and gone back to work, the teach­ers are go­ing to be in a strong po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion next time push comes to shove.]
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