Do we still need an Earth Day?
People often ask me about the differences between the U.S. and Canadian electoral systems. There are many, but one stands out as the most important. Individual candidates hardly matter in British Columbia elections. Canadians vote first of all for the party, its...read more
For more than three decades, some Comox Valley community organizations and elected officials have touted the need for a convention center. The Comox Valley lacks a facility that can accommodate the large numbers of people or trade show booths and equipment required by...read more
Andrew Gower, a partner and branch manager of Wedler Engineering LLP's Courtenay office recently wrote a letter to the editor about the proposed Comox No. 2 pump station. I wrote this letter in response. Neither were printed in the newspaper due to their length, but...read more
Those of us who study elections seriously have stumbled upon an alarming discovery about British Columbia politics: spending too much time in Victoria reduces your intelligence to the rough equivalent of a kumquat. You’ve probably noticed this, too. A candidate...read more
Vandals spray-painted the historical home of Hamilton Mack Laing, known as Shakesides, this week with what appears to be a lame version of tagging. Squiggles of red paint were carelessly sprayed on three sides of the building, and a circle with an upside down ’Y’ was...read more
Fresh out of college in 1982 at the age of 23, Richard Mackie came face-to-face on Newcastle Island with “Torchy” Smith, a B.C. government employee who roamed the province in search of abandoned buildings in provincial parks. It was his job that when he found one, he...read more
Reason No. 17 why there's still hope for humankind
While chatting with an Australian couple, the waitress at the Waikiki restaurant mentioned she had dropped out of college because she had accumulated too many school-related debts. The vacationing couple left her a $400 tip. The waitress, 22-year-old Cayla Chandara, left a thank-you note and flowers for the couple at their hotel.
The couple revisited the restaurant the next day and gave Chandara an even larger gift: an offer of more than $10,000 to pay off her debts and student loans.
There's some good news, and even better news on happiness
At what age were you (are you) the happiest?
The researchers believe a wave of optimism washes over people as they enter the workforce, and the sense of solace as they leave it.
Canadians are the third most sleepy people in the world
According to a new study, Canadians are the third most sleep-deprived country in the world. Among those who don’t get enough sleep, we’re tied with Americans, and just behind the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The medical director of Aviva, the insurance company that commissioned the study, blames the lack of sleep on too much screen time, and late-night television in particular.
The Washington Post reports that U.S. businesses lose about 1.2 million employee workdays and $411 billion in revenue every year due to the sleep deprivation of its workers. And dozy workers reduce the nation’s GDP by about 2.3 percent per year.
Lame Joke Du Jour
Easter Bunny jokes
Q. What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
A. A hot cross bunny.
Q. What do you get when you cross a bunny with a leek?
A. A bunion.
Q. How do you make a rabbit stew?
A. Make it wait for 3 hours!
Q. What’s the difference between the Easter Bunny and a lumberjack?
A. One chews and hops, the other hews and chops.
Q. What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
A. Bugs Bunny
Q. How do you catch a tame rabbit?
A. Tame way, unique up on it.
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Thought Du Jour
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
— Maya Angelou