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    October 2015


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    Focus_2015-10_October.jpgOctober 2015 Focus.pdf

     

    4 Leslie Campbell | WHEN SPIN DOCTORS MAKE POLICY
    The provincial LNG fiction-writing exercise has some lessons towards October 19.

     

    10 Cheryl Thomas | WHY YOUR VOTE COUNTS
    Halting the decay of our democracy isn’t difficult. It starts with valuing your vote.

     

    12 David Broadland | AN ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE
    There’s no scientific case for sewage treatment in Victoria, but the community faces a billion-dollar price tag anyway. Where do the candidates stand?

     

    16 Judith Lavoie | MURRAY RANKIN V. CANADA
    Rankin acted on behalf of an American mining corporation in its successful bid to sue Canada using NAFTA.

     

    18 Briony Penn | LEGISLATED VOTER SUPRESSION
    The Unfair Election Act is coming soon—very soon—to a polling station near you.

     

    20 Liz McArthur | CANNABIS COWBOYS
    Why are marijuana dispensaries the growth business in Victoria?

     

    22 Katherine Palmer Gordon | A CHANGE OF FOCUS
    As she leaves us, our correspondent reflects on a decade of First Nations treaty negotiations, court rulings and attempts at reconciliation.

     

    24 Aaren Madden | A SERIES OF SMALL ABSTRACTIONS
    Rod Charlesworth celebrates both place and paint.

     

    38 John Threlfall | THE VIEW FROM HERE
    Geographic and cultural history combine in a bold new play about one of Victoria’s most infamous locations.

     

    40 Amy Reiswig | THE REAL THING
    Briony Penn’s new biography of beloved BC conservation hero Ian McTaggart Cowan.

     

    42 Gene Miller | SPARE CHANGE
    That $90 extra million on the bridge could have transformed Victoria.

     

    44 Maleea Acker | SALMON RESURGENCE
    Thanks in part to volunteers like Dorothy Chambers, coho salmon are thriving in Colquitz River—but for how long?

     

    46 Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic | THE PROBLEM WITH SITTING ON YOUR BALLOT
    Low voter turnout in 2011 allowed a small minority of Canadians to elect a majority government.

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