Category: Politics

Q&A: National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on cannabis legalization

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, a former detective with the Vancouver police, sat down with Postmedia News to discuss how legalization will affect the Canadian Armed Forces and the broader impacts it will have on Canadian society: Q: What are your main concerns about cannabis use within the Armed Forces? A: We have put a common-sense policy in place…

Needles, needles everywhere. Ideas for ridding Vancouver of them? Not so many.

More bins for used needles, more park rangers, more cleanups of parks to eliminate the risk of people and pets getting stabbed by discarded hypodermic needles. These are oft-repeated proposals by candidates for Vancouver city council and the parks board who know Vancouverites are demanding cleaner, safer, parks and streets. Nearly 1,000 discarded needles are collected daily from the city’s…

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘Certainly Looks That Way’

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2), and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) Today in 5 Lines President Donald Trump said he believes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Earlier in the day, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that he will not participate in next week’s investment conference in Saudi Arabia, as the investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi continues. The…

B.C. Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger won’t seek third term

B.C. Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger has announced she will not seek a third term as leader of British Columbia’s largest organization representing workers. Lanzinger says in a news release she will not run for another two-year term when the federation holds its convention next month in Vancouver. The 63-year-old, who also served two terms as the federation’s secretary-treasurer…

B.C. Greens and NDP government strike deal on speculation tax

VICTORIA — B.C.’s NDP government has struck a deal with its power-sharing partners, the B.C. Greens, to tweak the new speculation tax and assure its passage into law. Finance Minister Carole James and Green Leader Andrew Weaver announced the deal at the legislature on Thursday, ending any possibility the Greens and Opposition Liberals could join to change or defeat the…

Heidi Cruz Didn’t Plan for This

A whole new world—that is what Ted Cruz wanted to give her. It was the spring of 2001, and Heidi Nelson was planning her nuptials to the man she’d met just over a year earlier. On Christmas break from Harvard Business School, she’d encountered the cocky and cerebral Cruz in Austin, Texas, where they were both working on George W.…