Infected at Birth

150 years ago, on August 2, 1862, the townsite of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria. But while Victorians get ready to don their party hats, a new book by Tom Swanky presents evidence that the circumstances surrounding that birth are nothing to celebrate.  Originally published in Focus, July/August 2012. Most written

By |2012-08-17T21:07:31+00:00August 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Forced Drugging of Seniors Still Increasing

Ombudsperson, BCCLA and Greens criticize BC’s draconian laws. I WAS READING THE CORONER'S REPORT on Kathleen Palamarek and something didn’t seem right. I’d been following her story since 2006. This was a diminutive, timid, 88-year-old nursing home resident with dementia and a heart condition, who’d been somewhat controversially diagnosed with dementia-related psychosis. She’d died of

By |2012-04-16T18:33:22+00:00April 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Dispatches from the Urban Meter Wars

Resistance to BC Hydro’s smart meters still seems strong, but it’s hard to tell who’s winning. A BC Hydro rep gave a presentation at a recent meeting about energy conservation initiatives. Unbidden, he began by letting us know, “One thing we’re not going to discuss today is smart meters.” Since I was filling in for

By |2011-12-21T18:39:41+00:00November 11th, 2011|0 Comments

Getting a Read on Smart Meters

Smart meters won’t endanger health or privacy, and will conserve energy, reduce theft, and produce cost savings. Or so BC Hydro tells us. But is there a hidden agenda driving what may be a billion-dollar boondoggle?   One exchange at BC Hydro’s tense public meeting in Victoria in March was emblematic of the debates about smart

By |2011-12-02T00:17:28+00:00September 2nd, 2011|0 Comments
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