Yearly Archives: 2000

We’ll have our cake and eat it too: A call for tuition-free, corporate-free post-secondary education

Published in the Martlet (Victoria), 3 November 2000 An opinion piece appeared in last week’s paper supporting corporate involvement at UVic and suggesting free education is a pipe dream. “We pay about 20 per cent of our tuition costs,” the writer asserted. “Why is that not enough for some people?” I’ve got an answer, but … Continue reading »

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A tax on the poor

Letter to the Editor published in the Victoria Times Colonist, 13 October 2000 Kudos to city councilor David McLean for upholding Victoria’s prohibition on slot machines (“Victoria reconsiders slot prohibition,” TC, Oct. 13). Gambling is a losing game. It amounts to a tax on lower-income people who dream of security and success in a world … Continue reading »

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A more accurate history

Letter to the Editor of the Victoria Times Colonist, 5 April 2000 It’s always interesting when the powerful appropriate victim status from the powerless. In his letter of April 5 (“Gardom under attack for Vancouver quote”), D. Abercrombie suggests that the oppressive forces of “political correctness” are conspiring to remove the free-speech rights of the Canadian people. Lieutenant-Governor … Continue reading »

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The price of fuel and truckers’ militancy

Published in the Martlet (Victoria), 22 February 2000 Truckers across Canada are parking their rigs to protest rising fuel prices. The deep rumble of air horns lingers in the air from Parliament Hill to the Maritimes. After decades of declining real wages, rising prices have pushed these workers towards militancy. Stalling Toronto-area freeways, shutting down … Continue reading »

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Anti-NDP fearmongering

Letter to the Editor of the Victoria Times Colonist, 19 January 2000 I was both amused and repulsed by Les Leyne’s recent column, “NDP class clowns of 2000…” (January 18) Leyne pokes a colourful jab at a government and party in desperate need of renewal. He betrays, however, something more disturbing: his newspaper’s venomous, often … Continue reading »

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