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Prime Minister has reversed his decision to procede with proportional representation. For more details see our "Electoral reform page"
A Plastic Ocean
Plastic Oceans Foundation is trying to make us aware by producing a film "A plastic ocean" showing massive problem that is affecting 600 marine species. This injested plastic is producing toxic chemicals which is of a concern for human and other animal health. Watch the film trailer.
Don’t give up on finding MDs
Can't find a doctor?
The main reason we have long wait times is that our training facilities don’t turn out enough physicians to meet demand.
B.C. needs to add about 450 additional doctors every year to keep up with our growing and aging population. But we graduate only 300.
Let's make this an election issue!
The province committed $132 million to a program called 'A GP for Me' during the 2013 election campaign. At that time, 200,000 British Columbians needed family doctors, an increase of about 25,000 over 2010. Negotiated with the Doctors of B.C., the program aimed to match all British Columbians with a family doctor by 2015.
However, Health Minister Terry Lake admitted last year the program wouldn’t meet its goal. Health Match B.C., a health-professional recruitment service funded by the province, has postings for 329 permanent family-doctor positions in B.C. Of those, Vancouver Island accounts for 57 postings, 11 in Victoria.
“Was it a very stretched target? Yes. There is not a jurisdiction that I know that’s been able to achieve it,” Lake said.
That makes it sound as if the whole exercise is beyond our capacity to plan. But doctors are not like truffles. We don’t send pigs to forage for them under trees. We train them at our universities. If we have too few, we must educate more.
It costs the government about $500,000 to educate a general practitioner. That means training 200 more doctors would cost about $100 million — not a huge amount for a ministry that spends $18 billion a year.
The province has already more than doubled the number of spaces for medical students, from 128 in 2003-04 to 288. Certainly, all those new doctors would have to be paid after they graduate, but paying general practitioners is a far cheaper way to treat people than looking after them in emergency wards. Read more by clicking on title.
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|BC Liberals have recieved received $560,000 in political donations from Kinder Morgan and various oil shippers over the last six years. Is the Premier in possible conflict of interest?
The British Columbia Supreme Court is being asked to reverse the provincial government's decision to approve a pipeline proposal over an alleged conflict of interest between the premier and the project's proponents.
Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network have applied for a judicial review of the environmental assessment certificate granted earlier this year by the province for Kinder Morgan Canada's $6.8-billion project.
Documents filed Tuesday in court say the approval process is tainted by $560,000 in political donations made over six years to B.C.'s Liberal party by Kinder Morgan and various oil shippers interested in using the pipeline.
Pipelines and fracked gas are not the pathway to Paris solutions; they are the path to increased wildfires, water shortages and other disasters. Read more by clicking on title.
Alberta tarsands produce 2 % GDP, while providing only 112,000 jobs.
The Leap Manifesto is non-partisan social and political initiative supporting the idea that we could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities. A leap to a non-polluting economy creates countless openings for similar multiple “wins.” We want a universal program to build energy efficient homes, and retrofit existing housing, ensuring that the lowest income communities and neighbourhoods will benefit first and receive job training and opportunities that reduce poverty over the long term. We want training and other resources for workers in carbon-intensive jobs, ensuring they are fully able to take part in the clean energy economy. Please visit their website
Take look at the list of election promises that Justin Trudeau made in 2015 . Please read more by clicking on title.
See Elizabeth May's to-do list.
The new Liberal government has indicated it will revamp "problematic elements" of C-51, for instance by ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the charter. It also plans to create a security-cleared committee of parliamentarians who could see any relevant information held by federal agencies. Please read more by clicking on title.
You-tube video:Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100%.
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