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 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.