RENT LAMENT

VANCOUVER COULD USE A LITTLE JIMMY McMILLAN. Jimmy ran for mayor of New York City in 2005 and 2009 as the founder and leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party. He didn’t win, but the passion and outrage of his message then captures the way most renters in Vancouver feel now.

BE DEAD ZONE

“WHY DOESN’T HE JUST KILL YOU?” Halima Alari* had no answer. But, being alive didn’t help. The man with the gavel just took it as more proof that Halima was a liar. It was enough for the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) judge to reject her claim to enter Canada as a refugee.

PAIN AGAIN

IT’S BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR ALBERTA. Premier Jason Kenney plans to cut his way to prosperity. Many thousands will feel the pain, but there will be little or no positive effect on the provincial economy. No more than there was in the past when conservative premiers like Ralph Klein, Alison Redford and Jim Prentice tried it.

OPINION

We all kinda knew that the Dud Ford government would not be good for the environment, but it’s worse that anybody thought. Not only did they cancel the cap and trade system that was in place, an action recently ruled illegal by an Ontario court, but a new report from Environmental Defence shows how badly they are failing us and the environment.