Feb. 28, 2021

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02/28 – A proposal by the Chamber of Commerce to freeze commercial property taxes for this year sounds noble enough. City council is getting a staff report to determine the impact. Last year the city collected $32,115,302 in commercial/business taxes. The interim budget calls for a three-per-cent tax increase across the board, just under $1 million ($963,459). Good intent often comes with unintended consequences. That money doesn’t just disappear into thin air, it has to be made up elsewhere – either in higher taxes in other sectors or budget cuts. Balance sheets have two columns – income and outcome, and they have to balance. City councillors may wish for the wisdom of Solomon on March 17 when they decide. WHAT SAY YOU?

Decision to proceed with Site C was the right choice

02/27 – Premier John Horgan and his government were caught between a rock and a hard place. Abandoning the Site C hydro project would have cost $10 billion which could never be recovered. After an exhaustive independent study they came up with a $16 billion budget to complete the project. Getting the facts before leaping was the right thing to do. That made it a no-brainer to go ahead. With all the climate obsession these days, we are going to need a lot more electricity, something that Site C will deliver. WHAT SAY YOU?

02/26 – Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Toy maker Hasbro is neutering 70-year-old Mr. Potato Head and renaming him a gender-neutral Potato Head. Mr. Potato Head has been a supporting character in numerous Toy Story films. He/she/it isn’t the only thing to transform in recent years. Toymakers have been updating their classic brands to become more diverse, so Barbie has shed her classic blonde image and now comes in multiple skin tones and body shapes. Will this political correctness madness end? HAVE YOUR SAY

02.25 - Seniors 80-plus are about to get information of coronavirus vaccinations, but again human nature is kicking in with a “me-first” attitude to get to the head of the line. This was bound to happen, opening a can of worms about who is more essential and who is less essential. Everybody is essential in some form or other. Provincial health officials are the professionals looking at all aspects, we need to let them do their job instead of trying to shoulder our way to the front of the line. Getting a dependable supply of vaccine is more important than who gets it first. HAVE YOUR SAY

ANN RODGERS: The First Nations started it with their plaintive cry that some of their elders had tested positive. All band members immediately got given priority. FALSE: First Nations were prioritized due to close-quarters living conditions on reserves, and thus the higher risk of spreading.