Vaughn Palmer: Despite political baggage, Kevin Falcon as B.C. Liberal leader would be a relentless foe for the NDP

VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark was still working on ways to cling to power following the 2017 election when her longtime rival Kevin Falcon volunteered his take on why her B.C. Liberals had squandered their legislative majority in that year’s campaign. “The B.C. Liberals really got hammered, particularly in the Lower Mainland,” the former cabinet ministertold […]

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Ian Mulgrew: Coleman lambasted for misleading testimony as money-laundering inquiry wraps up

Rich Coleman, the influential, ex-Liberal cabinet minister roasted at the hearings that launched B.C.’s money-laundering inquiry, has had the final say. Commissioner Austin Cullen ended his hearings on Friday, after two years of investigation, by watching Coleman — the final witness — be grilled to clarify earlier testimony. For nearly 90 minutes, Coleman was raked […]

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Is This the End?

The announcement seemed to catch everyone off guard: Early Thursday afternoon, the government told Americans that if they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they did not need to wear a mask—indoors or outside, in groups small or large. People who have gotten their shots, Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said at a White House press […]

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The Fight to Preserve Greenwood

When Brenda Nails-Alford received the letter informing her that her ancestors were survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, she had to reread it five times. The massacre was a two-day onslaught of racial violence that is believed to have killed hundreds of people and laid waste to the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood—which included […]

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Vaughn Palmer: Seat redistribution is a wake-up call for B.C. Liberals

VICTORIA — When the New Democrats moved this week to redraw provincial electoral districts to accommodate an increasingly urban population, the B.C. Liberals reacted angrily at the prospect of losing some rural, northern and Interior strongholds. The proposed shift would further erode representation for the North, the Kootenays and other geographically dispersed parts of the province, […]

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Biden’s ‘Historic’ Funding of Black Colleges

The rich have grown richer and the poor poorer during the pandemic, and institutions of higher education have been no exception. Colleges that primarily serve students who are an unexpected expense away from leaving school bore the brunt of the crisis. Community-college enrollments were down 9.5 percent last fall; historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) […]

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