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« Reply #120 on: March 05, 2020, 08:18:21 pm »
The former BC government did a lot of partnerships. Operation of BC provincial park campsites is contracted out. As far as "luxury camping" goes. Let them stay in hotels!

BC Parks suck compared to how they used to be before the campsites were contracted out. 

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« Reply #121 on: March 05, 2020, 10:21:18 pm »
BC Parks suck compared to how they used to be before the campsites were contracted out.

Yup. Remember free firewood?
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« Reply #122 on: March 06, 2020, 09:42:54 am »
Yup. Remember free firewood?

Free firewood is the last thing on the list. 

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« Reply #124 on: March 06, 2020, 07:23:10 pm »
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-if-alberta-taxed-like-other-provinces-it-would-have-a-huge-budget/

Wait.  Alberta has a $6.8B deficit ??!

Umm...  yes.  Poor fiscal management.  If their taxes were like any other province, theyíd be in surplus.   Instead, they close parks.

The ironic part is that it will probably drive more Albertans to use BC parks, which are paid for by BC taxpayers.  Thatíís ok Albertans...  Címon over...   just maybe donít whine about BC when youíre here...
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« Reply #125 on: March 06, 2020, 07:36:53 pm »
How can they complain about the Federal deficit?  Even Ontario is smaller per capita

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« Reply #126 on: March 06, 2020, 07:54:06 pm »
How can they complain about the Federal deficit?  Even Ontario is smaller per capita

1.  Cuz Trudeau or;
2.  Cuz Notley.

Or a combination.  Take your pick.

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Re: Alberta provincial election
« Reply #127 on: March 06, 2020, 08:25:46 pm »
Umm...  yes.  Poor fiscal management.  If their taxes were like any other province, theyíd be in surplus.   Instead, they close parks.

The ironic part is that it will probably drive more Albertans to use BC parks, which are paid for by BC taxpayers.  Thatíís ok Albertans...  Címon over...   just maybe donít whine about BC when youíre here...

BC parks are pretty much user pay. Up to $30 per night with no utilities. BC Parks reservation fee is $6 per night to a maximum of $18. Washington State uses the same reservation system and charges a flat rate of $8.
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« Reply #128 on: March 07, 2020, 01:10:52 am »
BC parks are pretty much user pay. Up to $30 per night with no utilities. BC Parks reservation fee is $6 per night to a maximum of $18. Washington State uses the same reservation system and charges a flat rate of $8.

Ok.  Good?

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« Reply #129 on: April 11, 2020, 12:00:08 am »
Itís not that Kenney is completely untrustworthy and the smarmiest politician in the country...    itís just that people want to hear from an actual expert.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6802953/kenney-online-backlash-dr-deena-hinshaw-trending-on-twitter/amp/
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« Reply #130 on: April 14, 2020, 05:37:17 pm »
Itís not that Kenney is completely untrustworthy and the smarmiest politician in the country...    itís just that people want to hear from an actual expert.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6802953/kenney-online-backlash-dr-deena-hinshaw-trending-on-twitter/amp/

It's not just that people want to hear from an expert. It's also that people don't appreciate Premier Pillsbury trying to score political points from this.

It's not very surprising that he would, of course.  He sees Trudeau and Trump getting popularity boosts as the crisis goes on, and he things "ok, how do I get some of that action?"

He sees Dr Hinshaw becoming a trusted, liked, and popular figure in the province, and he thinks "gee, I wish I was trusted, liked, and popular."  (It's not just Dr Hinshaw, either... I heard that Dr Henry here in BC has a Facebook fanclub dedicated to her shoe collection.  ??? )   Anyway, Kenney thinks "maybe if I was on TV delivering the COVID-19 news, maybe I'll get the same kind of boost that Trudeau and Trump and Dr Henry and Dr Hinshaw are getting! I'm a genius!"   Except that it just looks like a cynical ploy to boost his popularity.





I heard that Dr Hinshaw's periodic table dress was such a hit on social media that the Vancouver company that made it has put it back into production.  Anyway, people seem to really like her. It's not surprising that Kenney got jealous and tried to horn in on her turf.  Sad, but not surprising.




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Re: Alberta provincial election
« Reply #131 on: April 14, 2020, 10:28:32 pm »
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He sees Dr Hinshaw becoming a trusted, liked, and popular figure in the province, and he thinks "gee, I wish I was trusted, liked, and popular."  (It's not just Dr Hinshaw, either... I heard that Dr Henry here in BC has a Facebook fanclub dedicated to her shoe collection.  ??? )   Anyway, Kenney thinks "maybe if I was on TV delivering the COVID-19 news, maybe I'll get the same kind of boost that Trudeau and Trump and Dr Henry and Dr Hinshaw are getting! I'm a genius!"   Except that it just looks like a cynical ploy to boost his popularity.

The irony is, the way Henry and Dix seem to be working together is confidence inspiring and making the government look good.
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« Reply #132 on: April 14, 2020, 11:57:03 pm »
Politicians love being seen to be putting out fires.  If the can't been seen putting out fires, they'll settle for being photographed standing near a fire, holding a fire hose.

Kenney was also happy to be the guy announcing that Alberta is sharing its stockpile of ventilators and personal protection equipment with BC, Ontario, and Quebec.

In reality, Alberta's stockpile of PPE and ventilators exists because of sharp-eyed bureaucrats who acted way ahead of others:

https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/david-staples-masterminds-behind-albertas-medical-supplies-surge-to-meet-covid-19-crisis/

Maybe next time Kenney is advocating for cuts to the civil service, he will remember the time that Jitendra Prasad let him look like a national hero.

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« Reply #133 on: April 23, 2020, 02:48:27 pm »
It is ironic that the guy who thinks he knows more about public health than Doctor Tam flunked out of college as a Philosophy major.
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Re: Alberta provincial election
« Reply #134 on: April 24, 2020, 06:35:39 pm »
Alberta tar sands mine denied by Alberta Supreme Court.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/298222/Top-court-overturns-Albetra-oilsands-mine-approval

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In 2001, the band began talks with the province to preserve Moose Lake and a 10-kilometre buffer zone around it. Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice signed a letter of intent with the band in 2015 and three years later Fort McKay thought it had a deal, although it was never ratified.

But that year, the Alberta Energy Regulator approved Prosper Petroleum's 10,000-barrel-a-day mine that would have come within two kilometres of the lakeshore.

It argued before the Appeal Court that its mandate forbids it from considering issues of Indigenous consultation. Nor could it consider deals not yet in force.

Not good enough, said the court.

"The public interest mandate can and should encompass considerations of the effect of a project on Aboriginal Peoples," wrote Justices Barbara Veldhuis and Jo'Anne Strekaf. "To preclude such considerations entirely takes an unreasonably narrow view of what comprises the public interest."

Greckol added the regulator was also wrong to say that cumulative effects of development are beyond its purview.

"The Crown has long been on notice that the piecemeal approach to addressing (the band's) concerns through consultation on individual projects has not adequately considered the cumulative effects of development."

In a statement, Prosper CEO Brad Gardiner said the ruling reflects problems with Alberta's energy regulation.

"This decision reflects a failure of the regulatory framework for the energy industry and a failure of the Crown to address the concerns of Fort McKay First Nation. These issues need to be addressed by the government."