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By: David Charbonneau

David will be posting his columns every week on Thursday. He has eclectic interests ranging from social and political issues to science. He is a retired Electronics Instructor from Thompson Rivers University, former president of the Faculty Association, and curriculum writer. He now paints acrylic on canvas for Thompson Studio.

The trouble with Steven Galloway

December 8, 2016 - 12:30pm

KAMLOOPS — Award-winning Kamloops author Steven Galloway has problems of his own making. They could have been avoided.

Galloway was raised in Kamloops and attended the University College of the Cariboo in the 1990s before it became Thompson Rivers University; where I taught for twenty years.

Galloway is best known for his 2008 novel The Cellist of Sarajevo which sold 700,000 copies, was translated into twenty languages, and had film options. His career took off and he became chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia on July 1, 2015.

Thank you, Mr. Trump, for killing the TPP

December 1, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — It’s a rare thing when the views of president-elect Trump and Canadian activists align as in their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump has vowed to kill the deal the day he is sworn in.

However, the source of loathing couldn’t be more different. Canada is a trading nation and we depend on the flow of goods for jobs. Trump wants to set up barriers to trade and regards such deals as “job-killing.”

Bad law stifles freedom of the press

November 24, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — They should have called it the Suppression of Freedom of the Press Act. Instead, the Harper Government called it the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. It was supposed to prevent cyberbullying.

It was used to spy on reporter Patrick Lagacé and find out who his sources were. The only way that whistleblowers are going to reveal corruption is if they remain anonymous. Once whistleblowers know that their identity can be revealed, they are less likely to talk to reporters.

The high cost of failure to rehabilitate sex offenders

November 10, 2016 - 9:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:25am

NO ONE WANTS a sex offender living in their neighbourhood because they are a menace to society. The assumption is that they are incurable; that their impulses are so strong that they are certain to reoffend. But what if that assumption is wrong?

If offenders could be rehabilitated, communities would be safer but it would take a change in policy. The policies of the Harper government ensure that communities remain endangered.

Is spending on B.C. education really at ‘record levels?’

November 3, 2016 - 10:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:26am

THE BC LIBERALS claim in a fact sheet that spending on education is at record levels. A reality check shows otherwise. Sure, spending is up if you consider only dollar amounts. When inflation is factored in, a different outcome emerges: there is no increase at all.

For example, from 2009 to 2013 B.C. education spending increased by 5.6 per cent which is almost exactly the rate of inflation. Across Canada, spending is actually increasing. It’s up by 12.3 per cent according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Their assessment of the BC Liberals’ claim is blunt:

CTF doesn’t speak for this Canadian taxpayer

October 27, 2016 - 10:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:27am

GIVEN THE AMOUNT of media attention that the Canadian Taxpayers Federation gets, you would think that their members would be legion. But no, there are only five.

While there are thousands of donors, they have no say in the running of the CTF. Sensitive to the charge that they are an Astroturf organization –a fake grassroots group– CTF spokesman Scott Hennig responded with Setting the record straight: how the CTF is governed.

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