Archives for category: British Columbia

 
If you spend your time pushing a broken wagon up a hill don’t expect a ride down

In honor of #InternationalDayofpeoplewithdisability Christy Clark should repeal her odious bus pass policy

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, protesters say B.C. isn’t doing enough

Christy Clark says province close to endorsing Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
Christy Clark Says Feds Are ‘Very Close’ To Meeting Her Conditions For Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval

meaning #FirstNation rights ignored.

 
Christy Clark wants to lift ban on setting oil spills on fire, toxic chemical dispersants

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What the B.C. Liberals new home buying scam actually looks like

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B.C. Liberals should end unethical payments to Premier Clark

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POLL: 70% of BC Public Support Pausing Site C Dam Construction
Clark vows to ‘get past point of no return’

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One in Five Kids in BC Is Poor, Report Finds
Despite small gains in reducing poverty, ‘a lot of people are just holding on.’

How Christy can even sleep at night knowing that we have one of the highest poverty rates in Canada — and we are the ONLY province without a poverty reduction plan — is beyond my comprehension

We are talking about a government that spent $514 million on a stadium roof, gave $1 million to Clark’s church, sold publicly owned land for far less than appraisers said it was worth (costing taxpayers the loss of $43 million, according to the NDP), offers some of the best tax breaks for corporations in Canada and just sold a ferry that recently had $15 million of upgrades for a reported $1.8 million (to a former B.C. Ferries manager, no less).

We like to think of ourselves as a caring, civilized society, but in fact we have been tolerating and sustaining shameful levels of child and family poverty for decades
 
Christy Clark pledges new loan program for first-time buyers means more young people can afford a home in B.C.

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“It’s good politics, but bad policy”, explains Michael Prince, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria
Opinion: B.C.’s new first-time homebuyer loans are a bad idea

Top 9 Scandals Of Christy Clark, B.C. Liberal Party
9. YogaGate
8. B.C. taxpayers lose $43 million in land deal
7. Child labour laws
6. Christy’s LNG fiasco
5. Christy’s ethnic vote plan
4. Education crisis
3. Religious connections
2. The Nestlé controversy
1. Health care firings

 
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The government can’t fire eight health researchers and claim Health Minister and Head of Public Service doesn’t know why.
B.C. health researcher firing scandal timeline
Christy Clark’s office involved in controversial firing of health researchers, claims NDP

Child care costs MORE than a mortgage payment!
What does child care actually cost in Canada?

The notion that media corporations donate to governing party would be considered betrayal of journalism
5 Seriously Disturbing B.C. Political Donations

 
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Clark will tell you she “balanced the budget”. She did it by refusing to support those who need it most.
Opinion: B.C.’s balanced budgets paid for by Liberals’ social services deficit

‘It’s embarrassing’: Experts, politicians weigh in on NYT article exposing B.C. political cash

Revealed: Inside the B.C. Government’s Site C Spin Machine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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B.C.’s glorious Okanagan Valley has been named the world’s second best wine region to visit by readers of USA Today and travel and lifestyle website 10Best.
http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-region-to-visit/

 
 

Here are places to visit:

(let me know if I miss a place I should add to the list)

 

Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna
http://www.summerhill.bc.ca/
http://www.tourismkelowna.com/listings/Summerhill-Pyramid-Winery/34/

As you are probably aware, the Okanagan is known for its wine. So why not grab your nearest and dearest, and celebrate your special day surrounded by delicious grapes and breathtaking landscapes?

Merridale Estate Cidery, Cobble Hill
Located up island from Victoria, this gorgeous space has beautiful orchards and an elegant, rustic feel. Why not treat guests to a cider tasting tour while you’re there?

http://www.merridalecider.com/

Thompson Rivers University Horticulture Gardens, Kamloops

The gardens have a lovely array of colourful plants and flowers that are constantly re-blooming. The ceremony space is largely shaded by tall trees, providing a cool and comfortable atmosphere for your vows.
http://www.tru.ca/visit/tours/garden.html

Gardens and Horticulture Tours in Kamloops, British Columbia

Sparkling Hill Resort, Kelowna
http://www.sparklinghill.com/

http://www.lodgingcompany.com/r28-u11963/b3771_sparkling_hill_resort.html

This resort’s terrace, which overlooks Okanagan Lake, is a surefire winner for your big day.

Mount Robson Mountain River Lodge, Mount Robson
http://mtrobson.com/

http://mtrobson.com/accommodations/cabins/
If you’re looking for a small, intimate venue with only a handful of guests, consider this adorable place.

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Green Water Resort, Pemberton
http://www.greenwaterresort.com/

Huble Homestead, Prince George
http://www.hublehomestead.ca/
This 100-year-old historic site, located about 45 minutes north of Prince George

Logpile Lodge, Smithers
http://www.logpilelodge.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Garibaldi Lake
One of the most spectacular lakes in southwestern British Columbia, the turquoise coloured lake features a scenic glacier backdrop. The nine kilometre uphill hike is long and gruelling at times, but the reward makes the effort worthwhile. The best time to hike this trail is mid to late July when you can go through Taylor Meadows to see the colourful wildflowers in bloom before looping down to the lake. — Vancouver Trails

Located 37 km (23 mi) north of Squamish and 19 km (12 mi) south of Whistler. The lake lies within Garibaldi Provincial Park, which features mountains, glaciers, trails, forests, flowers, meadows, waterfalls. The park is a wildlife protected area. The trails in the area are promoted as being among the most beautiful on earth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garibaldi_Lake

 

It’s a beautiful volcanic lake hiding out in Canada:

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More pictures at Vancouver Trails – Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Book a cabin at nearby Elfin Lake Campgrounds and bask in the beautiful mountain views at nighttime, or wander over to Taylor Meadow to see the alpine flowers in full bloom during summertime

Camping at Elfin Lakes
http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/elfin-lakes/camping/
Taylor Meadows near Black Tusk
http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/black-tusk/camping/

 
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In April 2013, the British Columbia Humanist Association commissioned a poll from Justatson Marketing Intelligence to probe the province’s religiosity and support for secular values. The results show that two-thirds of the province is not religious and one in five do not believe in a “higher power.”

http://bchumanist.ca/news/110-bc-religious-and-secular-attitudes-poll

 

 

Two-Thirds of British Columbians are non-religious.

Thirty per cent of British Columbians are atheist or agnostic.

Sixty-eight per cent never attend religious services.

Seventy-five per cent of Vancouver is non-religious.

Nearly 67 per cent of men are non-religious.

Almost 62 per cent of women are non-religious.

Most British Columbians want to keep religion and politics separate — despite what Christy Clark says.

Most disagree that schools should practise a specific religion.

Twenty-three per cent think the federal government has gone too far with mixing religion and government.

Most agree schools should teach world religions.

Most think schools should explore spirituality.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Duffey Lake Provincial Park along Duffey Lake Road

Forget the Sea To Sky — this is the scenic mountain drive you should take! Drive east from Pemberton, nearly midway to Lillooet (another great place to stop if you’re in for a longer adventure), until you hit Duffey Lake Provincial Park.

Centered around the picturesque Duffey Lake, the park is a great place for kayaking canoeing (careful of strong winds on the water, though), as well as viewing wildlife. Also be sure to snap a photo of the majestic Mt. Rohr.

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Duffey Lake Provincial Park along Duffey Lake Road

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Crowsnest along Highway 3

Starting at Hope and heading east to Grand Forks to the western edge of the Kootenays, this gorgeous expanse of highway will take you through amazing views of the Cascade Mountains and Manning Provincial Park. If you’re looking for an overnight trip, consider southern Okanagan’s Princeton or Osoyoos.

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Nicola Valley (Empire Of Grass)

Nicola Valley’s rolling grasslands (part of it specifically known as the Empire Of Grass) will take your breath away. Located along Highway 5A near Kamloops and Merritt, Nicola Valley’s history dates back to the 1870s when miners recognized the rolling grasslands for their ranch potential. The Nicola Ranch is still located there.

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Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park

Located on Vancouver Island 25 kilometres west of Qualicum Beach, Cathedral Grove is an enchanting look at giant Douglas fir trees – some more than 800 years old (one tree measures more than nine metres in circumference!).

You’ll also find groves of ancient Western red cedar and pretty views of nearby Cameron Lake.

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Fraser Canyon along Trans-Canada Highway

Perhaps there’s no greater road trip for the sake of a road trip than the Fraser Canyon and its seven tunnels, which were built in the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. Bask in the majestic rocky views along your drive and if you feel like stopping, consider the historic town of Yale, which was home to an estimated 30,000 gold miners during the 1858 gold rush.

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The Enchanted Forest in the Monashee Mountains
If you want something special for the little ones in your life, consider this family friendly attraction on the Trans Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Sicamous.

Opened in the 1960s, The Enchanted Forest boasts an afternoon of fairy tale exploration with over 350 folk art figurines. Plus, you’ll find the tallest tree house in B.C. (pictured).

Adding to the magic is the fact that the park is located in an old growth forest in the Monashee mountains.

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It can be easy to forget how vast, big, and versatile British Columbia is. We’re a large and beautiful province with a lot to offer … and narrowing it down can be overwhelming.

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Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
Off of Highway 5 north of Hope, these abandoned tunnels were built in the early 1900s as part of a Canadian Pacific Railway route to connect the Kootenay Region with the B.C. coast.

The Othello tunnels are a straight line of tunnels built through the Coquihalla Gorge, built in 1914.

Explore the tunnels and head along the hiking route to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail.

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Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Located a short drive up the Sea To Sky Highway in Squamish, Shannon Falls is the third highest falls in B.C.

Have a picnic, take a hike, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, head into nearby Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.

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