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U.S. imposes preliminary duties up to 24% on 'subsidized' Canadian softwood lumber

CBC News
Well, what to make of this? Hopefully our feckles.... fearless provincial government saw this coming, and prepared in some manner. Hopefully there's some monies stashed away for this eventuality. This was telegraphed ages ago, so if the BC government had never prepared for this, then we're dealing with a relatively inept government.
But we're not, right?

Marine Le Pen Is What Happens When You Try to Meet Racism in the Middle

The Intercept
I'll have to disagree with this article's premise (which is its title). It was never immigration. Immigration is a... satellite interest. On election day, few are thinking about that. And the few that are, are already probably voting National Front (or other such parties).
No, the failure lies in the governance of the previous governments, overall. Extreme candidates and parties are only ever looked toward by the populace when governments fail. And that's what's been happening in France for years, now. Growing unemployment rates can do that to a nation. Unemployment leads to downward pressure destroying any sense of calm in people, because jobs are people's identities, nowadays. You don't have a job? You're pretty much garbage in society, then.
And when extreme parties begin attacking the government on a stupid front like immigration, then people start listening, even though that premise is utterly wrong on many different levels.
Immigrants ra…

Justin Trudeau A 'Stunning Hypocrite,' Top Environmentalist Says

The Huffington Post Canada
Some pretty harsh words. And accurate, too.

What is the point of more pipelines? Their effect on the Canadian economy seems negligible, at best. At worst, they're sinkholes, employing some, but draining time, money, and manpower from other industries that'd be of more benefit to the Canadian economy as a whole.

At some point, the Canadian government's simply going to have to give up on the tar sands. They're a money pit. Canada's days as an oil-producing nation are long over. There's more money being spent on the tar sands then Canada's recouping, now. And the days when barrels of oil were selling at or over $100 per barrel are never coming back.

BC Liberals campaign ads

I've gotta say, they don't seem very effective. They pale in comparison the BC NDP's.

For one, whose bright idea was it to have Christy Clark address the audience, and then speak about commitment and principles? All she's done is make herself a target. If  it were up to me, I'd make certain the BC NDP ad with the $300,000 attack on it was played every other commercial break that the BC Liberals were using the Christy Clark monologues on. I'd juxtapose these ads as often as possible, just to hammer that point home. $300,000. Christy Clark. $300,000. Christy Clark.

And the BC Liberal attack ad going after John Horgan's record with the BC NDP governments in the nineties is a bit weak. Well, more than a bit weak. It's probably ineffectual. I have mostly good memories of the nineties. Things seemed better, then. There weren't many jobs, but it's easy enough to blame NAFTA for that. The BC NDP did the best they could with the hand they were dealt, and…

Climate change causes glacial river in Yukon to change direction

CBC News
This is interesting. A little concerning, too. But it's so far north from where I live that its impact probably won't be felt here. But, what about around here? What is happening around here that we're not witnessing? The behind-the-scenes events that we should be anticipating but aren't? Can we predict what can happen as our climate changes around us?

For instance, consider the climate around here. It's relatively temperate: four seasons. Snow in winter, sun in summer. Spring and Autumn are comfortable. However, last year, our climate was off, to say the least. We had arctic conditions for a brief period of time during the winter, and coastal conditions during the summer. Just strange, out of character developments that this area's never seen before.

Should we expect this to continue, or were these one-off developments that were so far out of the norm that they can't possibly happen again? It'd be nice to have answers.

The BC NDP

I'll be honest. I was impressed by the BC NDP's election ads. Seeing them during prime-time, too, was a huge change from the previous election.

The "Bought and Paid for" commercials? Simply gold.

I've seen some announcements that I like, too, which is promising. Scrapping interest on student loans, raising taxes on the highest earners.

I'd like to hear stronger pronouncements in other areas, though. Education, green technology, poverty. But I'm still willing to work with them.

Nearly 2 in 3 homeowners won't sell because of how much it costs to buy again: CIBC

CBC News

And we begin entering the end game when it comes to the housing market bubble.

"Fifty-four per cent said they don't think prices will drop and will keep rising forever." Er, that's an alarming statistic. Nothing is infinite in a market. At some point in the future, a million dollar home will become worthless. And then rebound to its natural price. And a great many people are going to lose a whole lot of (fictional) net worth.

At this point, it's any year now. Perhaps it's any month now.