Rich Coleman bid for Surrey mayoralty would face challenges: Dianne Watts

A Rich Coleman candidacy for mayor of Surrey would face challenges because he doesn’t live in the city and he was in provincial government during the casino money-laundering scandal, according to former mayor Dianne Watts. “I think that with the money-laundering report, he’s certainly got some challenges that he’s got to overcome, seeing that he was the minister for gaming,” said Watts, who served as mayor from 2005 to 2015, during an interview with Postmedia. Surrey’s current mayor, Linda Hepner, has announced that she won’t be seeking re-election on Oct. 20. Coleman, the B.C. Liberal MLA for Langley East, hasn’t announced that he is running, but hasn’t ruled out making… Read More

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Abraham Lincoln’s Warning

An American can always benefit from rereading the Declaration of Independence. But I suspect that this Fourth of July is better spent with that document’s best interpreter, Abraham Lincoln, beginning with words he uttered after worrying that his countrymen were losing touch with the core ideals of their political inheritance. “Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines in conflict with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence,” he declared in 1858, “if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions; if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in… Read More

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Ian Mulgrew: What the Dickens is going on with medicare?

Consider the health care experience of Marshal Van de Kamp, a former Metro Vancouver welder who injured one knee on a job insured by workers’ compensation and then the other playing football covered only by medicare. It is the tale of two systems — it was the best of care, it was the worst of care, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … His story was put forward in B.C. Supreme Court as an illustration of the arbitrary and inequitable nature of health care practices and the law that seeks to restrict access to private care for most while allowing others, such as some… Read More

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The Left and the Right Have Abandoned American Exceptionalism

Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot in common. They’re both courteous, charismatic and wonky. They’re both people of color who rose from modest means in part because their mothers fought to get them a decent education. They were both community organizers. And at tender ages they both challenged older, entrenched House Democrats, though Obama—in his 2000 race against Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush—lost. One difference lies in the way they talk about America. Obama consistently acknowledged America’s racist history. He would never have declared, as George W. Bush did in his second inaugural that, “From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on… Read More

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Vaughn Palmer: B.C. Liberals make party look worse with clumsy defence of money-laundering report

VICTORIA — As if the Dirty Money report did not do enough damage to the B.C. Liberal party brand, the former governing party made things worse for itself in the week after the release. First out of the gate in responding for the Liberals was Jas Johal, a rookie MLA whose distinguishing qualification was being on the sidelines during the 16 years of scandal and neglect documented in the report on casino money laundering. Jas Johal. Candidate mugshot for the B.C. Liberal party for the B.C. Election 2017. Handout/Brett Alexander [PNG Merlin Archive] ” data-medium-file=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/view-more-http-brettalexander-pass-us-liberalcandidates32.jpeg?w=300&h=225″ data-large-file=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/view-more-http-brettalexander-pass-us-liberalcandidates32.jpeg?w=640″ src=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/view-more-http-brettalexander-pass-us-liberalcandidates32.jpeg?w=300&h=225″ alt=”” width=”300″ height=”225″ srcset=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/view-more-http-brettalexander-pass-us-liberalcandidates32.jpeg?w=300&h=225 300w, https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/view-more-http-brettalexander-pass-us-liberalcandidates32.jpeg?w=600&h=450 600w, https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/view-more-http-brettalexander-pass-us-liberalcandidates32.jpeg?w=150&h=113 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px”>… Read More

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Breath test can’t be refused under new drunk-driving law

VICTORIA — By Christmas, sweeping changes to Canada’s impaired-driving laws will allow police to demand a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop. It’s one of the things about Bill C-46 that most concerns Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan. Under current law, police must have reasonable suspicion a driver has alcohol in their body before demanding a roadside breath test. When new legislation comes into force on Dec. 18, a driver who refuses to take a roadside breath test will face a criminal charge with penalties similar to an impaired-driving conviction. “The public should know, if there’s a breath demand made of you, you won’t have a chance to speak… Read More

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Does Trump Know What ICE Does?

The image suggested by President Trump’s tweets is dramatic. One can almost see the swarms of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, decked out in tactical gear, pouring out of armored personnel carriers and rappelling from helicopters. They sweep into towns and cities overrun by gang members, blowing through barricades and rounding up criminals like special operators taking out ISIS. You might think it would be weird for anything like that to be happening in the U.S. without it being huge news, and you’d be right. These images, like the presidential tweets that conjured them, are fantasy. The president’s statements about both ICE and MS-13 over the last few months have… Read More

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When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Famed black abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass posed this question before a large, mostly white crowd in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. It is “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim,” Douglass explained, adding that he felt much the same: “I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! … This Fourth [of] July is yours not mine.” A little over a decade later, however, African Americans like Douglass began making the glorious anniversary their own.… Read More

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His Brother’s Keeper

It was an early Sunday evening, July 2, 2017, and T. J. Smith, the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, wanted a plate of Maryland crabs. He plunked half a bushel onto the kitchen counter of his suburban home and began pulling ingredients from his cabinets and refrigerator. He let the crabs steam until their shells turned the color of fire. But before he could eat, Smith had to run two errands. He slid a dozen crabs into a brown paper bag for his mother, collected his 5-year-old son, and hopped into his police-issued Ford Explorer. The sun was drawing down over the Northwest Expressway, and as Smith cruised… Read More

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What Justice Kennedy’s Departure Means for Abortion Rights

In the summer of 1988, abortion-rights attorneys debated whether to appeal a major abortion case involving minors, Hodgson v. Minnesota, to the Supreme Court. Anti-abortion lawyers working with Americans United for Life knew exactly why the opposition hesitated: Anthony Kennedy, a 52-year-old Catholic appointed by Ronald Reagan, had recently taken his place on the Supreme Court. But instead of steadfastly opposing abortion, Kennedy quickly established his role as the Court’s swing vote on reproductive rights. With him gone, the future of legal abortion—and the activist movements surrounding it—is more uncertain than it has been in recent memory. Kennedy searched for a middle ground in the abortion wars. He voted to… Read More

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