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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – Page B10
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-- Given what president-elect Donald Trump has said about his energy strategy - he favours coal and wants to end federal subsidies to the cleanenergy industry - does it still make sense to invest in wind, solar and other alternative sources of power?  FULL STORY arrow
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The unbearable tightness of my calves space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 – Page A13
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-- I almost quit running the other day.It was two Fridays ago, the day one of my heroes, Canadian marathoner Brian Maxwell, fell over and died of a heart attack outside the post office of his adopted home of Marin County, California. He was 51.  FULL STORY arrow
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Cascadia: where Canadians live better than we knew space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 – Page A19
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-- Last year, I wrote about the effort of a small environmental organization based in Seattle to create a quality-of-life index that will rival, or at least act as an alternative to, economic indexes such as the gross domestic product (GDP) and the Dow Jones industrial average.  FULL STORY arrow
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Layton and the politics of division space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 – Page A17
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-- It's hard not to be impressed by an Anglo politician who orders lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Chinese.Most politicians mangle Canada's two official languages, but don't even drop a toe into multicultural linguistic waters --probably a good thing -- but I watched in awe as NDP leader Jack Layton ordered dim sum in Chinese and the waiter appeared to understand what he was talking about. He did not, for example, inadvertently bring 37 bowls of rice.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 – Page A17
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-- Out here in Canada's third solitude -- that is, Vancouver -- I have been struck by a significant contrast.While the serious East is gripped in a tale of corruption in high places, Vancouver is wringing its collective hands because it's not having enough fun.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, February 3, 2004 – Page A15
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-- These days, it's fashionable for all politicians to sound tough on crime. Even members of the Birkenstock Party growl convincingly, although they do like to talk about ''getting at the root causes,'' which, as far as I can tell is code for more money for government-sponsored day care.  FULL STORY arrow
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Something wicked is coming for the Liberals space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 – Page A15
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-- Readers of a certain age will remember Something Wicked This Way Comes, the novel by science-fiction master Ray Bradbury. Published in 1962, when we were most impressionable, it tells the story of a sinister carnival that comes to town and destroys the lives of its residents by playing on their lusts and fears. Dark stuff.  FULL STORY arrow
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Re: Gordon Campbell's deck chair space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 6, 2004 – Page A13
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-- If I were Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, I'd find somewhere else to spend the Christmas holidays.Obviously, the Hawaii project is doomed.Last year, the Premier was convicted of driving under the influence while enjoying (alas, too much) his annual Maui vacation. This year, during his more sober respite, the RCMP raided the offices of the ministerial assistants of two of his cabinet members. As part of the investigation, the RCMP also talked to some top Liberal heavyweights, such as Mark Marissen, Prime Minister Paul Martin's B.C. campaign chairman and husband of Deputy Premier and Education Minister Christy Clark; Ms. Clark's brother, Bruce, who's chief fundraiser for the federal B.C. Liberals, and Erik Bornman, who runs communications for the federal B.C. Liberals.  FULL STORY arrow
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I have seen the future and it works space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 – Page A21
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-- It's not every day you have a mind-expanding experience walking through the mall, but it recently happened to me.I was heading to lunch in Pacific Centre Mall, visions of sushi dancing in my head, when I stopped to listen to a group of school kids sing Christmas songs.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 – Page A21
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-- He won't officially be prime minister for a few days, but when Paul Martin came to Vancouver last week, he was definitely the boss.The main item on the agenda was a fundraiser, which was enthusiastically attended by 1,500 Liberals and Liberal wannabes who came to tug their forelocks and get close to the power. It is the kind of thing we on the rim of the nation expect from our prime ministers: They come to town when they want something -- money, usually.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver is No. 2, with a bullet space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 – Page A19
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-- When the Vancouver Board of Trade reported last month that Vancouver's property crime rate is the second worst in North America, behind only Miami, I wasn't surprised.I've been living in my own private Miami since moving here from Big Bad Toronto, 15 years ago. Within months, my car was broken into, and all the rejected contents were left neatly stacked beside it. Since then, my home has been sacked twice, and just a few months ago, my car, a newer, theft-resistant model, was broken into and completely cleaned out.  FULL STORY arrow
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Life at the edge: too many killers space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, November 11, 2003 – Page A23
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-- The poet T. S. Eliot was wrong. April is not the cruellest month; November is. No matter where you live in Canada, November offers relentless rain, frosts, snow, wind and darkness. The 11th month is not much good for anything, except for snapping out of summer-induced reveries or the false uplift in spirits that comes with Indian summer. November is a reliable bummer.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 – Page A21
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-- A significant moment in Canadian history happened this month, and hardly anyone noticed.No, I'm not talking about Dalton McGuinty's triumph in Ontario, although congratulations are in order. Way to go, Dalton . . . although perhaps condolences are more appropriate.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why are the Canucks scoring B.C. lottery bucks? space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, October 14, 2003 – Page A23
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-- Iam not sure if British Columbia Solicitor-General Rich Coleman woke up one morning and said to himself: ''I've got a great idea. Let's find a new way to give more hard-earned B.C. millions to an American billionaire!''  FULL STORY arrow
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The real deal on the new deal for cities space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 – Page A21
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-- Are you ready for the transformation of Winnipeg from one of the coldest cities in Canada to the coolest? What's going on in Winnipeg right now makes it the city to watch, and Mayor Glen Murray the man to watch for cities struggling with mounting problems and a shortage of ready cash -- which is all of them.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sex, drugs and potholes of good intentions space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 – Page A21
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THE WEST -- ''Run your own massage parlour/escort service from the comfort of your own home, and make mucho dinero! And it's all perfectly legal!''Don't click that mouse. The above message is not spam. It's merely the latest news from Vancouver, your alien outpost by the bay.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, September 1, 2003 – Page A11
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-- Welcome to British Columbia, home of the highest gas prices in Canada.Gas is right on the edge of the buck-a-litre cliff. The price at my neighbourhood Petro-Canada is ''only'' 91.9 a litre, but apparently it's up to 98.3 on Saltspring Island. Of course, that's not really a hardship in the Gulf Islands, as VW vans run quite nicely on patchouli oil.  FULL STORY arrow
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Stalked by an inferno space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, August 25, 2003 – Page A11
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-- British Columbia is burning.It's the worst fire season in 50 years. So says the Premier, who declared a state of emergency Aug. 2, and it only gets hotter.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto's 19th nervous breakdown space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, August 4, 2003 – Page A11
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-- While Toronto was desperately trying to stage something other than a world-class epidemic the other night, Vancouver was enjoying its own world-class event.Sure, Geezerstock was a success, as 450,000 people turned out to remind the world and themselves that Toronto is, SARS aside, a world-class destination. But that same evening, 350,000 Vancouverites took advantage of world-class July weather, hung out at the beach and watched a jaw-dropping display of fireworks in the first of four instalments of the HSBC Celebration of Light. It was a success, too. The fireworks were swell.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, July 28, 2003 – Page A11
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-- It ain't easy being pink.Just ask the rookie left-wing politicians elected to Vancouver's City Council and the Park Board in last November's civic election.After years of preaching in the wilderness, eating locusts and rending their garments, now they have to dress up, pretend they know what they're doing, and strive for positive media coverage.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada, where are you now Alberta needs you? space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, July 21, 2003 – Page A11
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-- I wonder if Canadians really understand what's at stake, pardon the pun, in the mad-cow crisis.Despite the efforts of Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, or perhaps because of them, the crisis hasn't grabbed the nation's attention the way the end of the cod fishery did on the East Coast. In its heyday, the cod fishery was worth about a quarter of a billion dollars a year. The beef industry is worth $7.8-billion, $4-billion to Alberta alone. And now, because one cow, origin still unknown, tested positive for mad-cow disease back in May, the entire industry is threatened.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, July 14, 2003 – Page A15
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-- I wonder if Anne McLellan ever feels liked getting stoned. I wouldn't blame her, especially after last week.Somehow, this nice person from Edmonton got stuck with the marijuana file.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, July 7, 2003 – Page A11
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-- The leaders in my city are about to spend $55 million on a bobsled run.My city, of course, is Vancouver, as of last week, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. And by the time the last national anthem has been played, some time in February, 2010, we'll have spent $4.5 billion -- never mind $55 million -- to make the whole thing happen.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, July 2, 2003 – Page A13
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-- If you're a conservative or fundamentalist Christian, June must have been one tough month. You probably feel like free lunch for the lions.First, Ottawa throws in the towel on gay marriage, and faster than you can say ''I do,'' more than 200 gay marriages are performed in Toronto. Oh, and Vancouver's Anglican bishop insists on blessing gay unions, even though his boss, the Archbishop of Canterbury, keeps dropping hints that all this is causing him to feel ''sadness and disquiet.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Saving the world's most scenic welfare case space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 – Page A17
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-- Call it irony. Call it poetic justice. Whatever you call it, it's a remarkable story.Brian Peckford, former premier of Newfoundland, the man who reversed the fortunes of his chronically have-not province by fighting for an Atlantic Accord that gave Newfoundland the benefits of offshore-oil development, has fire in his eye once again.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 18, 2003 – Page A21
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-- The grizzly bear is one of Mother Nature's most awe-inspiring creations. A newborn grizzly is about the size of a rat, but a full-grown male can reach more than three metres tall and weigh more than 450 kilograms.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 11, 2003 – Page A21
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-- They can't fire Rafe Mair, can they?Yes, Virginia, they can. Go to Rafe's spot on the AM dial, CKNW 980, the same spot he's been in for 19 years, and Vancouver's favourite blowhard is gone. Backup blowhard Peter Warren is on the air, manfully pinch-conducting Rafe's orchestra of call-in cranks as they saw away through standards from the repertoire -- as this is written, it's the ever popular welfare-bums-should-get-a-job lament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pearls, gossip and good works space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 4, 2003 – Page A17
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-- The ladies of the club have organized their last function.On May 8, the Junior League of Greater Vancouver held their gala Final Celebration, then folded (neatly) after 75 years of doing good.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 28, 2003 – Page A17
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-- Don't look now, but the Indians are in the process of getting Vancouver back, 4.3 hectares at a time.This month, the B.C. Court of Appeal decreed that the chunk of Kitsilano behind the Molson brewery and under the Burrard Street Bridge should be designated reserve land.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 – Page A17
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-- There's a persistent rumour circulating that B.C. voters could have two Campbells to choose from in the next provincial election, now just under two years away (but who's counting?). The first Campbell is Gordon, the current premier. The second could be Larry, the current rookie mayor of Vancouver, who, after about six months in office, is no doubt ready to be premier.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, May 14, 2003 – Page A15
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-- I watched a pro work a room Monday night. The pro was Paul Martin, the room a town-hall meeting in Vancouver, sponsored by the Canada West Foundation.The atmosphere was respectful, as we were in the presence -- with respect to John Manley and Sheila Copps -- of Canada's next prime minister. And in Vancouver, we're always interested when prime ministers come to town. It's like getting a visit from British royalty -- fun but pointless.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 7, 2003 – Page A17
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-- Smoking activist Rene Levesque was detained yesterday after he tried to smoke a cigarette in the last fast-food outlet in the Lower Mainland.Mr. Levesque, 23, chanting ''Death before detention,'' was escorted from the Tim Hortons at Pender and Howe. The store is scheduled to close by the end of the week. Tim Hortons is pulling out of Vancouver after refusing to sell only soy-based products sauteed in olive oil in compliance with provincial legislation.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 30, 2003 – Page A19
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-- An affair of the heart, not of the head. That's how Roger Gibbins, the consummate westerner, describes the case for Alberta in Confederation.Mr. Gibbins is the president and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, a Calgary-based think tank. The foundation has just released a poll revealing that most Albertans believe the affair is mainly a case of unrequited love.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wake up and smell the coffee space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 23, 2003 – Page A15
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-- Four Haida guys are having a sweat in the sauna at the rec centre in Masset, a 700-person village in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Somebody has a great idea for the empty store on the main drag, and HaidaBucks is born.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 16, 2003 – Page A15
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-- I'm in no danger of being overcome by delight in the wake of the federalist victory in Quebec. In fact, I'm still afraid to come out from under my desk in case I get decapitated by incoming invective from a new and virulent strain of separatist: the Albertan.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 – Page A15
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-- Let's say you're Ralph Klein. As John Lennon might say, imagine.Anyway, in the heat of battle, you call the Kyoto accord ''the goofiest, most devastating thing that was ever conceived and has ever been contemplated by a Canadian government in the history of this country.''  FULL STORY arrow
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In defence of a public utility: a shocking coalition space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 2, 2003 – Page A17
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-- The privatization of power is one of those ideas that seem to have little support from the people but entrance provincial governments.You'd think that, after the various disasters afflicting Ontario and California, to name only a couple, the provinces would pull the plug on the idea. But with no appreciation for irony, yesterday, April Fools' Day, Victoria handed over B.C. Hydro's customer service, human resources, financial services, purchasing and IT to a private consulting company in return for a 10-year management contract worth $1.45-billion.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 26, 2003 – Page A19
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-- The United States -- or anyone else, for that matter -- may have no idea where Jean Chretien stands on the war against Iraq. But they know where Ralph Klein does. In a stunning foray into foreign affairs last week, the Alberta Premier sent a letter to U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci thanking Washington for ''its leadership in the war on terrorism and tyranny.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Life in a soggy backwater space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 – Page A23
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-- That annual survey of the world's best cities is out again and, for the second year running, Vancouver is No. 2, a fraction behind Zurich.While it's great being No. 2, Vancouver has done better -- in 2001, Mercer Human Resource Consulting pronounced us the best city in the world, somewhat to the surprise of your average Vancouverite. It was enough, however, to goad London Evening Standard columnist Valentine Low to wonder how ''a soggy backwater stuck on Canada's western edge like an ill-considered afterthought'' could place first while his great metropolis finished 40th.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 5, 2003 – Page A17
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-- It was kinda sweet. A throwback to a time that never really existed, although that doesn't prevent us from remembering it because it's better than a lot of our real memories.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 – Page A17
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-- It was time to take a stand on the 2010 Winter Olympic bid when the guy from the leaky condo coalition bought radio time and urged us all to reject the idea because the government should be renovating his condo instead of constructing multimillion-dollar courses for the luge (lugeways, perhaps?).  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, February 19, 2003 – Page A27
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-- I was standing in line this morning, waiting to pay $4.50 for a cuppa coffee, when the Beatles started barking in 4/4 time about the taxman. You know, the guy who sings: ''If you drive a car, I'll tax the street If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet . . .''  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, February 12, 2003 – Page A19
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-- You'd think, midway through the largest mandate in B.C. history, that the provincial Liberals would be striding into this spring session and pounding the ''new era'' down the throats of their tiny opposition, which will be even tinier when NDP MLA Jenny Kwan goes on maternity leave.  FULL STORY arrow
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What's lost in pursuit of safety space
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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 – Page A17
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-- One of the occupational hazards of being a columnist is that you're supposed to say something enlightening when bad things happens to good people.Frankly, in the wake of the weekend's shuttle and avalanche disasters, it's difficult to do anything but stand back and marvel at the effusion of information, analysis and commentary, all giving shape to the discussion with such awesome precision. No wonder civilians perceive us as an ''it,'' a monolith authorized to tell them what to think.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 – Page A15
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-- If there's one place that defines Vancouver for its admirers, it's Stanley Park.Other urban parks are larger, including Vancouver's own Pacific Spirit Park, and some, such as New York's Central Park, are more storied. But few who have strolled the seawall disagree: Lord Stanley's park is something special.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, January 22, 2003 – Page A19
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-- Three days before Christmas, two dogs viciously mauled Shenica White, a 14-year-old Vancouver girl, as she was walking a friend home from a slumber party. If someone hadn't come to her rescue, the mastiff-rottweiler crosses would have killed her. But they did so much damage to her face, she will remain disfigured for the rest of her life.  FULL STORY arrow
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Misery can strike a premier, too space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, January 15, 2003 – Page A17
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-- Hello, my name is Paul, and I'm an alcoholic. I had my last drink 21 years, 13 days, and 35 minutes ago, as I write. And -- this might be of some interest to Gordon Campbell -- they've been the best years of my life.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, January 8, 2003 – Page A13
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-- There's a story going around that Justice Minister Anne McLellan and Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal are considering running for the Liberal leadership so the West is represented in the race. Ho ho, that's a good one. As if the Liberals have ever cared about the West.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, January 1, 2003 – Page A11
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-- As the new year dawns in British Columbia, allow me to propose a resolution on behalf of the soggy, groggy citizenry: This is the year we'll get the province's economy out of the soup.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 – Page A23
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-- In keeping with the season, let's call it the miracle on Hastings Street.The protracted sleepover ringing Vancouver's abandoned Woodward's department store finally ended Saturday, and the participants -- an assortment of homeless people and sympathizers -- dispersed peacefully.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, December 4, 2002 – Page A25
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-- I'm glad I live in a country that frowns on the practice of female circumcision. While some argue the health benefits of male circumcision, female circumcision has zero health benefits, and the way it's practised in some backwaters, it can be fatal. Some fundamentalists think it's a good way to preserve the chastity of young women, but it's easy to assign them to the same obscurity reserved for members of the Flat Earth Society.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 – Page A23
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-- You have to wonder about the mental choreography required to be an advocate of the Kyoto Protocol while wheeling around in a gas-devouring, pollution-generating SUV.But that's exactly what such Kyoto stalwarts as federal Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal and Saskatchewan Liberal Leader David Karwacki have been caught doing. And we're not talking SUV-lite either -- both have opted for the ultimate heavy-metal rides -- Mr. Dhaliwal has a three-tonne, 345-horsepower Caddie Escalade and Mr. Karwacki despoils the environment in a Yukon Denali, which weighs in at 2,520 kilos and gets the gas mileage of a Sherman tank.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 – Page A19
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-- If you're still counting, the millennium did not begin on Jan. 1, 2000, or Jan. 1, 2001. It begins on Dec. 2, 2002, when Larry Campbell and his new team take over Vancouver's City Hall.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 – Page A31
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-- If you believe the politicians running for City Hall this Saturday, the most important issue in Vancouver is safe injection sites for heroin addicts.There are at least 5,000 heroin addicts in Vancouver, which means that the other 1,995,000 are not heroin addicts. You'd think we'd worry about stuff people worry about when they're not wondering where their next fix is coming from, like taxes and traffic.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, November 6, 2002 – Page A21
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-- Most British Columbians are content to stand back and marvel -- or gape in horror -- at local politics. Yet there is no shortage of ready candidates. The Nov. 16 Vancouver civic election features 118 people on the ballot for various posts; this doesn't include the 20-odd municipalities in the Lower Mainland. Add them up, and you have as many people running as you usually have voting.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, October 30, 2002 – Page A21
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-- It's not a pretty sight. But then again, it never was.The Woodward's building, all red-brick facade with an eight-storey west-facing windowless wall, was built at a time when department stores looked liked retail factories, not theme parks.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 – Page A21
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-- Read this column. It will change your life.I'm doing something that, as far as I can tell, no one else is doing.I'm driving the speed limit. No qualifiers, just going 50 when the sign says 50.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 – Page A17
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-- When we talk of Canada these days, it's mostly about dividing up the spoils. We're all divorcing each other. Just the other day, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein was muttering about seceding from Canada over Kyoto. Quebec has been leaving for so long, our arms are sore from waving goodbye.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, October 9, 2002 – Page A17
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-- After a decade of dull, Vancouver is set for what promises to be the most exciting civic election in years. On Nov. 16, Vancouverites can choose Lady Macbeth, the Better Business Bureau or Mayor Da Vinci.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, October 2, 2002 – Page A15
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-- You'll be relieved to know that Ralph Klein says he's not separating from the rest of Canada after all. Instead, he's going on TV, which is in itself fairly scary.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, September 25, 2002 – Page A19
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-- A couple of guys named Gordon are trying to make British Columbia more democratic.There are those who scorn the notion that Gordon Campbell (current Liberal leader and Premier) and Gordon Gibson (former Liberal leader and ''senior fellow'' at the right-wing Fraser Institute) are champions of democracy.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, September 18, 2002 – Page A15
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-- It's tough to understand the fuss about reality TV when the real thing is much more interesting. Vancouver's downtown east side, for instance, offers an opportunity that has, so far, eluded even the most imaginative reality-TV producer.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, September 11, 2002 – Page A11
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-- There's a giant speed bump on the road to a successful 2010 Winter Olympic bid for Vancouver and Whistler. To be precise, the road itself is the obstacle.We learned at the end of last month that Vancouver was on the short list of contending cities, along with Salzburg, Bern and Pyeongchang, South Korea. In its bid, the Vancouver committee glossed over the special problem of the Sea-to-Sky Highway, 65 kilometres of scenic but scary two-lane road between Horseshoe Bay, just outside Vancouver, and Whistler.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, September 4, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Memo to self: You know you're getting old when you start writing columns that begin ''I will never forget . . .,'' especially if you've already forgotten where you parked the car this morning.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Friday, August 30, 2002 – Page A4
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-- So Glen Clark is, in his own words, ''clear and clean.'' Good for him. Now that the former premier and principal figure in Casinogate is ready to go back to work as a middle manager for the guy who really runs British Columbia, Jimmy Pattison, the rest of us are left to go ''hmmm.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 – Page A13
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-- In the 19th century, thousands of people died of a terrible disease, a plague brought by immigrants from another land. The local people had no immunity to this disease, and there was a fear that they would be wiped out altogether. Citing their concern to preserve a record of the culture, collectors from among the immigrants looted burial grounds, gathered up the coffins and shipped them to faraway museums, where the contents could be studied and displayed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Cap Rouge II and the blame game space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 – Page A13
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-- It didn't take long for the people to drown. But dealing with it could take years.Just days after the tall ships left hundreds of thousands enthralled by their visit to Steveston, the quaint fishing village on Vancouver's edge, the decidedly less elegant seiner Cap Rouge II capsized only a few kilometres out in the Georgia Strait.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 – Page A13
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-- I have seen the future and it is round and red, like a big juicy tomato. And it is green and leafy, like a robust head of romaine lettuce. Green like the colour of money, an increasingly scarce commodity in the newest have-not province.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Liberty. It's a word you don't often hear, unless you're south of the border, where it's a common element of speech, right up there with ''God.'' Here, we'd rather talk about rights and, although one of the rights occasionally defended is ''freedom of expression,'' in polite Canadian circles the idea of personal liberty has acquired an unpleasant odour, like Rush Limbaugh's after-shave.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 – Page A13
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-- Jack Layton and Paul Martin are the two golden boys of Canadian politics. In the collective mind of the Toronto media, at least, Mr. Layton, a Toronto city councillor, is emerging as the candidate to beat in the race to replace federal NDP Leader Alexa McDonough. And Mr. Martin has been the prime minister-in-waiting for a long, long time.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, July 17, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Jews in Vancouver were already feeling a justifiably heightened fear of anti-Semitism after Sept. 11. They can't be feeling any better as Toronto's media and police argue whether the weekend murder of David Rosenzweig, son of Holocaust survivors, was a hate crime.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 – Page A13
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-- I am the Invisible British Columbian, in the minority of the minority. And my opinion has been ignored. What am I talking about? That stupid referendum on B.C. treaty negotiations, of course.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, July 3, 2002 – Page A13
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-- At a time when some of America's biggest public companies have been caught fiddling with billions, a former B.C. premier has just weathered a 136-day trial for allowing his neighbour to help build a deck at the lake.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 26, 2002 – Page A15
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-- For the past decade, Vancouver has been caught in the grip of a gangland war that reads like the script for one of the Godfather movies or The Untouchables.More than 50 gangsters have been murdered, most of them gunned down by assassins who don't seem particularly scrupulous about time or location. One was shot dead in rush-hour traffic, another at his friend's wedding. The groom was injured too: collateral damage. Another was killed in plain view of 300 people on the floor of a crowded nightclub. No witnesses. One man was killed in an ambush while walking a dog; he was a victim of mistaken identity.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 19, 2002 – Page A17
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-- Civil disobedience -- or should I say uncivil disobedience? -- is out of control in British Columbia.The Premier can't go out in public. Literally. On Friday, Gordon Campbell tried to open an exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the now obligatory mob of righteously indignant protesters that turns up wherever he does made such a fuss he had to cancel. Presumably, their wrath was ignited by the fact that such a notorious philistine dared showed his face at the opening of an art exhibit, especially one featuring the work of Our Lady of the Left, Frida Kahlo, wife of Diego Rivera and, for a brief period, mistress of Leon Trotsky. Come to think of it, it was sort of an odd place for the least liberal Liberal premier in history to turn up.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 12, 2002 – Page A15
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-- It's hard, when you get old, not to feel like a leftover. The party's over, the guests have gone home. Somebody's putting food into plastic containers and trying to make room in an overcrowded fridge. You're the stuff in the Tupperware, and you feel lucky if you don't get chucked.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 – Page A17
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-- It's hard to explain to an Easterner the grip that salmon holds on the collective consciousness of West Coast inhabitants. In Vancouver, a good restaurant can't just serve salmon or even sockeye salmon; it will let you know whether it's farmed or wild sockeye salmon, or coho, chinook, chum or pink.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 – Page A17
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-- Once you get over the fact that they're full of dead people, cemeteries can be lovely places. Take Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery. I'm not sure what it says about our largest city, but it's one of the nicest places in town. A Frommer's Guide praises it for ''one of the finest tree collections in North America'' and whenever I'm in town, it's a great place to go for a run and see the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie King and Glenn Gould, thinking thoughts of the quick and the dead. Well, in my case, not so quick. But I'm not sure what I think about living in a cemetery.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 15, 2002 – Page A19
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-- It's the eve of the anniversary of the B.C. Liberals' stunning election victory of one year ago, and everybody's exhausted.Premier Gordon Campbell and his cabinet are exhausted after authoring 54 or 55 (it's hard to keep track; they sprout faster than dandelions) pieces of legislation that will irrevocably alter life in British Columbia. And if they weren't tired enough, they've launched a universally unpopular referendum on aboriginal treaty rights, just for something to do.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 8, 2002 – Page A21
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-- Poor little Daniel Sedin. At 21, in his second year on the job, he only makes $1.025-million (U.S.). That's because little Daniel had the misfortune of being drafted into the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks, who play in a Canadian city that can't really afford a pro hockey team.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Deep thinkers across the nation are shaking their wattles over a poll revealing that Canadians can't tell left from right, at least when it comes to politics.According to the latest Compas survey, only 47 per cent know whether the Canadian Alliance is left or right of the NDP. But, really, is that such a bad thing? I defy anyone to sort out the Svend Robinsons from the Stockwell Days in a way that makes sense.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 – Page A19
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-- It's a very Left Coast kind of idea. A non-profit organization called NEW (Northwest Environment Watch) is proposing that we measure human progress differently. Instead of obsessing about the GDP or the Dow, we measure quality of life or human contentment: the Happiness Quotient.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 17, 2002 – Page A21
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-- Sometimes, it's the little things.Like the insidious song virus: Neil Sedaka's Breaking Up is Hard to Do turns up in your head after 40 years in the grooveyard of golden oldies. Or the news that Jean Chretien spent more than twice as much time vacationing at hot spots than he did in Western Canada, at least according to the logs of the Challenger jets he uses to get around.  FULL STORY arrow
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What B.C. badly needs is good PR space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Today's column will be of interest to: 1) wonks; and 2) people interested in real democracy.Here in British Columbia, we don't have many of either. Oh, we have a few wonks, found debating furiously on the Op-Ed page of the Victoria Times-Colonist, but most people get their politics from Rafe Mair, and his appeal is starting to wane as his audience is getting on a bit and can't always remember where to find him on the radio.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, April 3, 2002 – Page A11
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-- The cruelty of children is one of life's nasty surprises. You encounter it at least twice in your life -- when you're a child, and when your own children experience brutality or betrayal at the hands of their companions.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 27, 2002 – Page A17
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-- Welcome to British Columbia. Allow me to introduce myself: I'm the spirit of the B.C. ''Liberal'' Party. And I guess I run things around here. Actually, with 77 out of 79 seats, there's no guesswork involved.  FULL STORY arrow
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Big baby: Helpless in Seattle space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 20, 2002 – Page A21
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-- Poor little A-73. She's only 2 and she's lost, perhaps cast out by her relatives. Her mother has died, and she's a long way from home. Every day, she hangs around a ferry dock near Seattle, looking for companionship.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 13, 2002 – Page A19
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-- If you're wondering what effect the Bank of Canada's interest rate cuts have had, there's no need to look any further than Vancouver.This city has gone nuts. February was the hottest month for real estate since April of 1994, with sales up 69 per cent over this time last year.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Is British Columbia ungovernable, or what? This is a question I've been asking myself since I moved here 13 years ago, and I must say I've seen no evidence to the contrary. Take the mounting fury over offshore oil and gas exploration. Please.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why B.C. protest fizzled space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, February 27, 2002 – Page A17
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-- Twenty thousand people turned up at the B.C. Legislature on Saturday to protest against the actions of the Campbell government. It was big, noisy, colourful and pointless.I offer the following observations:  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. Liberals share their pain and try to raise Lazarus space
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 – Page A19
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-- All the fun has gone out of budget day.In the good old days, we'd all get thrown into the lockup and emerge breathless with big news about deficits and taxes, while the analysts would stand around in the hall practising their spin moves.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 – Page A23
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-- You hope it isn't true, but you fear it is. As the macabre search of a suburban Vancouver pig farm unfolds, it becomes increasingly likely that the largest serial murder case in the city's history was handled as a bunch of disconnected missing-persons cases for too long. Far too long.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Wednesday, February 6, 2002 – Page A17
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-- Maybe I should get a life, but one of my favourite events of the year is the release of the Vancouver International Airport bird cull report. That's bird cull, not bird call or bird kill, although the latter is a good deal more accurate.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 29, 2002 – Page A15
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-- It's barely Week Three in B.C.'s labour war and we're having a hard time keeping up.The war began when the Campbell government said it would cut 11,700 jobs out of the public service. It then announced it would pass a law imposing a contract on teachers and making it illegal for them to stay away from school. On the weekend, it did just that, passing Bill 27, a number that will, no doubt, go down in infamy, along with an ensuing sequence of infamous numbers. Yesterday, legislation be damned, 45,000 teachers took a non-statutory holiday.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 22, 2002 – Page A15
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-- British Columbia is still reeling in the wake of Black Thursday, in which the Campbell government said it was hacking 11,700 ''FTEs'' (full-time equivalents) out of what was already one of the leaner civil services in the country. So far, the announcement has generated more ink than blood.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 – Page A15
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-- Unless you're a card-carrying member of Friends of Medicare, you probably believe that Canada's health-care system is broken and needs to be fixed. You probably think this because hardly a day goes by without a warning from a major local hospital telling patients to stay away because Emergency has a 45-person waiting list. Or because another guy just died waiting for heart bypass surgery. Or 40 per cent of your provincial budget goes to pay for medical care and it's still not enough.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 8, 2002 – Page A13
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-- The last time we tried to build a freeway in Vancouver, Three Dog Night's Joy to the World was No. 1 on the Top 100. The year was 1971. The idea was to build a six-lane highway through East Vancouver, linking Highway 1 with downtown. Not a great idea, perhaps, especially if you lived in East Vancouver. So we dropped it.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 – Page A11
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-- British Columbians wanted a change in government, and Gordon Campbell has exceeded all expectations in delivering change. So much so that people want him to stop, or at least slow down.  FULL STORY arrow
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By PAUL SULLIVAN
Monday, January 22, 2001 – Page A13
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-- It was the strangest thing.Like advance notice from Thor, the lights went out over downtown Vancouver for about an hour on the eve of the big California blackout.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 5, 2000 – Page A15
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-- You knew it would come to this.First they wanted our water.Then they took our rock musicians and comedians.Now they want our grizzly bears.You know who ''they'' are. Our American cousins. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to be specific. They don't have any grizzlies of their own left. Once, they had as many as 100,000; now there are barely 1,000 -- so, of course, they want some of ours.  FULL STORY arrow
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