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Nickel for your thoughts?

On an old episode of the popular comedy sitcom, The Simpsons, a young customer asks Apu, the convenience store clerk of Indian descent, “How much is your penny candy?”

Apu replies, “Surprisingly expensive.”

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Our opinion matters

This week the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia tabled their report in the House of Commons. The report will re-draw many of the federal electoral boundaries across British Columbia, including the boundary within the Robson Valley.

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Turning a blind eye

During a recent Crime Stoppers meeting, the RCMP members in attendance expressed their concern and frustration around the uncooperative nature of the public in general. It is often the case that people who have valuable information choose not to share it with police. The predominate attitude toward crime in general is that people prefer not to get involved unless they are directly effected. Such attitudes are understandable considering getting involved could mean the expenditure of valuable time, and may generate unwanted attention. There is also a safety issue to consider when opposing a criminal element within ones own neighbourhood or community.

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Canada leaves Kyoto behind

Canada’s exit from the Kyoto Protocol was official on Dec. 15, 2012, the first treaty in Canadian history to have been ratified and then quit. Those concerned with the environment see the decision as major defeat toward combating greenhouse gas emissions and threatens our country’s standing in the world. Yet, the protocol itself has fallen far short of the five per cent reduction of greenhouse gases it called for, instead the world has seen an increase of 58 percent of harmful emissions into our atmosphere.

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