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Paul’s Voice: Power of the printed word

On a trek back to her hometown for a visit with her folks, my partner found an interesting read. At the renovated Club 50 Activity Centre, they found a worn, nearly 100-year-old treasured artifact: pages from the 1918 Kincaid Star. Now for the record, I’m a bit amazed this village was ever populated enough to warrant a newspaper, yet somehow comforted by the idea. The echo from those old headlines eerily resonates today in these uneasy economic times where US too-big-to-fail monopolies are wiping out small businesses and main street, and Trump is taking aim at BC softwood lumber...

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Paul’s Voice: Thank you, Donald

When John Cabot witnessed the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in 1497 he saw so many fish — the sheer numbers were hard to comprehend. Cabot wrote that the waters were so “swarming with fish that they could be taken using baskets let down and weighted with a stone. Fisheries boomed for 500 years, but by 1992 it ended. The Grand Banks cod fishery was decimated and the Canadian government was forced to close it entirely, putting 30,000 fishers out of work. In 1995, fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly coined the phrase “shifting baseline syndrome.” He described it this way: “Each...

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Paul’s Voice: The 2/1000ths of 1%

The Earth’s total land mass is 148,939,063 sq-km which is roughly 29%. Canada claims 9,984,670 sq-km of that or 7%. The regions Okanagan Life serves amount to 30,000 sq-km or a miniscule 2/1000ths of 1% of the planet. On that tiny note, I’d like to congratulate and thank all the cities, regional districts and towns for the people that create and design our communities with dedication, excellence and beauty. Just as important are the local land developers, engineers and designers that imagine, dream and create cool neighbourhoods for our sliver of the world. We dedicate this issue to your...

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Paul’s Voice: Let the rainbows shine

I try to be a more tolerant, loving and empathic person in spite of my human neurological deficits, irrational beliefs, memory failures, optical illusions and knew-it-all-along bias. However, I know I cannot succeed if my brain dwells on the negative—even when the negative is overwhelming me. While truth has never been compulsory for politicians or multinational CEOs, most Canadians err on the side of caution and tend to apologize (many times over) for their exaggerations. It is a Canadian thing. Meanwhile, Americans chortle with glee after telling citizens (and civilization) orange-faced lie after lie. But even more lies proliferate...

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