In the past two years, B.C. residents have found themselves having to dig into their pockets for an extra $5 if they want to buy a 24-case of Lucky Lager.
They’re paying more for a litany of other boozy drinks, too.
That’s according to a report from an unidentified consultant that was released by BC NDP candidate David Eby on Monday.
The study looked at 156 randomly-selected alcoholic drinks as part of its study.
It found that 153 products saw price hikes of anywhere between one and 64 per cent, while just two saw their prices go down.
Glenlivet Archive 21-Year-Old Scotch Whisky saw the most dramatic price hike, going from a pre-tax cost of $173.90 in 2015 to $285.99 this year.
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Meanwhile, the pre-tax cost for a 24-pack of Lucky Lager was $30.43 in 2015. This year, it’s $33.99.
Add in sales taxes of 15 per cent, and the after-tax cost went from $34.99 to $39.09 in two years.
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These pricing changes have come at the same time as a new liquor pricing model came into effect in B.C. in 2015.
The report said that the pricing model was intended to keep prices “the same.”
But that’s not happening, according to the study.
While liquor prices have gone up, government revenues from the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) have grown from $935.2 million in the fiscal year ended March 2015 to $1.03 billion in the following year.
Wine and sparkling wine are shown on display at a B.C. liquor store in Vancouver, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.
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“It’s a very clear relationship between higher prices and more revenue to government,” Eby told Global News.
“This is a hidden beer tax, that’s all it is.”
Meanwhile, industry operators say they haven’t exactly seen a windfall since 2015.
“We’re not making any more than we were two years ago, individual government stores aren’t making any more money than they were two years ago,” said Jeff Guignard of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees.
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For her part, BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark laughed off the study’s findings at a Tuesday news conference.
“You know, the NDP reports are probably about as reliable as their platform,” she said.
The consultant’s report noted that it’s “not possible to definitively conclude that the price increases were a direct result of the new liquor pricing model.”
But there’s no doubt that, for many products people can find in a B.C. liquor store, they’re having to fork out more than they were used to just a couple of years ago.
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Canada is turning the big 150, and Global News is celebrating the milestone with exclusive coverage and special interactive features.
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To celebrate 150 years of Canada, we need your help looking back at Canada’s last big birthday — Canada’s centennial in 1967.
The Canadian centennial was a year-long celebration in 1967 marking 100 years since Canada’s Confederation. The year was celebrated with special events, infrastructure projects, and of course, commemorative merchandise.
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From lapel pins to tableware, silver dollars to scarves, there’s likely a piece of vintage Centennial Canadiana tucked away in a closet — or maybe occupying a prominent spot in the living room. And we want to see it!
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An FBI employee went rogue, reportedly travelling to Syria to marry the man she was investigating.
Daniela Greene, 38, was a translator with top-secret clearance in Detroit, CNN reports. According to unsealed FBI documents, she began investigating German Denis Cusper, a rapper who became an Islamic State recruiter in January 2014.
Cusper, identified in the documents only as Individual A, had appeared in promotional videos where he praised Osama bin Laden, and threatened former president Barack Obama. Before becoming a recruiter, he was known as Deso Dogg, once opening for DMX.
During her investigation, the documents say she fell in love with Cusper. She then told the FBI she was travelling to Germany to see her family, but instead, snuck off to Syria.
She then told Cusper, “The FBI had an open investigation into his activities,” according to court records also obtained by USA Today.
But only a few weeks into her marriage, she had a change of heart, and returned to the U.S. to confess her crimes.
In December 2014, she pleaded guilty to making a false statement involving international terrorism, and spent two years in jail.
Despite calling her conduct “egregious,” and saying she deserved a “severe punishment,” prosecutors agreed to give her a lighter sentence because of her co-operation. CNN reports that longer sentences have been given to people who hadn’t even made it to Syria.
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The court records were kept secret, but quietly unsealed in May 2015. They were only uncovered by CNN recently.
“Daniela is a smart but naïve woman who got into something that was way over her head,” lawyer Shawn Moore told the Detroit Free Press.
Greene told CNN she was afraid of discussing the case publicly: “If I talk to you, my family will be in danger.”
The FBI said Greene’s case forced them to take steps to “identify and reduce security vulnerabilities. The FBI continues to strengthen protective measures in carrying out its vital work,” according to CNN.
Closing four Saskatchewan circuit court points could lead to more expensive travel and court proceeding delays, according to the province’s trial lawyers association’s president.
In April, the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court decided that circuit court points will close this year in Watrous, Carnduff, Big River and Southey. Judges travel to circuit court points to hold proceedings in communities that do not have a permanent provincial court office.
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This week, the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyer Association (STLA) responded to the measure through a news release that expressed concerns the move would add delays to “an already congested court system.”
“You take all the matters from one centre and you just dump it into another, on top of what’s already an existing busy schedule,” STLA president Jeffrey Deagle said in an interview Tuesday.
“You’re not opening up any more court times, you’re not opening up any more access to judges, you are simply adding more to the already existing queue that may be bulging at the seams in some locations.”
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The Chief Judge regularly reviews the province’s judicial resources, according to a spokesperson for the Courts of Saskatchewan. A number of factors are taken into consideration, including the number of appearances at a certain location and how far a circuit court point is from the next closest court location.
However, the STLA said the four locations were chosen without consultation. Deagle said the move could cause “individuals a lot more hardship” if they wish to take certain legal action.
“If they want to bring a small claims action and they could easily do it because their court point was only a few minutes way, they may not want to do it anymore because now they have to go through the extra expense of going hours away,” Deagle said.
“I think in some ways it does a disservice to our system of justice because it doesn’t allow timely and effective access to all the rural people especially.”
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The STLA’s response to the closures came days after they were announced because the group was communicating with its broad membership in order to be “on a common front” before a statement was made, according to Deagle.
Watrous’ court has already completed its final sitting, while Carnduff is set to hold its last court day on Thursday. Big River and Southey’s circuit court points will close later this year.
Okanagan residents are set to keep a closer eye on illegal dumping in the wilderness.
Non-profit group the Okanagan Forest Task Force is in the process of installing cameras to catch people in the act.
“We will be hiding them so you can’t see them but they can see you,” task force president Kane Blake said.
Blake took a Global Okanagan News crew up the Gillard Forest Service Road on the south slopes of Kelowna on Tuesday morning to show how much garbage has piled up in the forest.
“Today in the short time been here we found lots and lots of broken glass, an abundance of shotgun shells, we found live rounds as well burnt shingles,” Blake said. “There is a broken television beside me, there is a lawn chair over there, a newspaper from three days ago blowing around.”
The Okanagan Forest Task Force has collected 87,000 pounds of garbage from area forests between September 2016 and April 2017.
Blake says not only is the garbage an eyesore but it poses a safety hazard to people and wildlife.
“A little piece of glass, it can be a small inch by an inch, that is a little magnifying glass that on a hot day can start a fire,” Blake said.
“Deer don’t ask for this, bear don’t ask to walk through broken glass and nails.”
Fines for dumping garbage illegally can range depending on what is being dumped and where. A standard fine on Crown land is $57 but there are also legal ramifications involved because dumping can result in criminal charges.
Anyone who witnesses offenders dumping garbage illegally is asked to report it by calling the RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) line at 1-877-952-7277.
A French Canadian fruit picker has just arrived in Keremeos for the harvest season, but with nowhere to stay he’s pitched a tent along the banks of the Similkameen River.
Soon the unincorporated area of Crown land will be a temporary home to as many as 150 riverbed campers —; mostly transients but also a handful of fruit pickers.
“Most places they don’t [provide housing] so people have to stay at this campground,” said Olivier Gourde.
He’s referring to the orchardists who are not legally required to provide accommodation to Canadian workers, although they are required to provide housing for temporary foreign workers.
However many employers do allow Canadian workers to camp on their properties.
“The big conventional farms, they tend to neglect a lot of the employees and be too much into the money, money, money thing. So they want to save a lot of money and this is neglecting the quality of living of the employees basically,” Gourde said.
Some residents are expressing concern about the unsanctioned campground, citing issues with garbage, damage to the environment, the threat to at-risk species, and public health.
“There are no facilities here. There are no washrooms. There are no hand washing facilities. There is nowhere to cook a meal,” said resident Teresa Roesch.
Roesch said the problem has grown out of control.
“I think that the orchardists in the area, this problem stems directly from them not supporting their workers. They hire them but they don’t house them,” said Roesch.
The Village of Keremeos asked the province for a land tenure so it can enforce its parks bylaw which includes a ban on overnight camping.
“Right now the area is not within the village boundary so that makes it difficult for us,” said Mayor Manfred Bauer.
Bauer said he’s also advocated for years for improved living conditions for farm workers.
“I’ve lived here for 30 years and I would say it has incredibly improved in terms of providing amenities simply because the orchardists need the labour,” he said.
But Gourde said there still needs to be further protections.
“You think of the human right thing and there is still alot to be done,” he said.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said it could not comment during the election period.
It will be at least five years before parents may have to pay extra to enroll their non-Catholic children in the Catholic school system, thanks to the Saskatchewan government’s plan to invoke the notwithstanding clause.
On April 20, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled that the province can no longer fund non-Catholic children in Catholic schools.
Once the necessary legislation is passed, the notwithstanding clause will override the judge’s verdict for a five-year period.
This course of action appears sudden to Howard Leeson, who helped draft the clause 35 years ago.
“So we really don’t need to use it right away. If at the end of the court process you wanted to use it that’s an entirely different thing. My general feeling is it’s premature right now,” Leeson said.
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When the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA) launch their planned appeal, it would have delayed the implementation of the judge’s decision.
Leeson, who is a baptized Catholic, supports the verdict.
“I think it’s a genuine discrimination against other faiths, because at the moment they can take only 80 per cent of their funding,” Leeson explained.
“The court is not saying there can’t be funding to religious schools, it just has to be equal amongst the religions, and I think that’s a pretty good argument.”
Leeson anticipates the ruling will be upheld in an appeal, which he said would bring the “real crunch”.
Premier Wall said Monday that if his government is still in power in five years, and a decision hasn’t been reached, they will renew the notwithstanding clause.
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Education Minister Don Morgan said that the province will likely get involved in the SCSBA appeal. He defended the status quo of education funding because it has worked for over a century.
“There’s a lot of reasons why it works well. If a child has a problem in one school system it gives that student the opportunity to go to the other school system and have a fresh start, it allows some resources to be shared,” Morgan said.
Morgan said that there are no plans to change the education system in Saskatchewan, because no one has come forward advocating that change.
“We’re also hearing from people in the public school, saying if we brought 10,000 kids in we can’t absorb them. We don’t have the facilities to do that,” Morgan said.
Constitutional lawyer with MTL Aikens Khurrum Awan discusses the notwithstanding clause with Global News.
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Constitutional lawyer with MTL Aikens Khurrum Awan represented the public school system in the Theodore case. He believes using the notwithstanding clause sends the wrong message.
“Given the religious diversity of the province today where you have 35 per cent of the province’s population either being people of no religious affiliation, or religious affiliation other than Catholic or Protestant, that it was no longer open to the government to be selectively supporting the choice of some non-Catholic parents who are comfortable with a Catholic education,” Awan said.
“The idea of choice that the government is promoting is in itself discriminatory when you consider the religious and non-religious diversity of the province.”
Public Schools of Saskatchewan executive director Larry Huber said he is disappointed in the government’s choice to use the clause. Awan said his clients share a similar view.
“My clients in the public board are deeply concerned about the precedent that it sets. That’s a precedent, in our respectful opinion, exceeds the political interests of the day,” Awan said.
Meanwhile, the SCSBA said they are extraordinarily pleased that the government is giving parents breathing room with the clause.
Tom Fortosky with the SCSBA said they are investigating fundraising options to cover the cost of the appeal.
“We received a quote from our council on the cost of an appeal, and it’s approximately $125,000,” Fortosky said.
If the appeal goes to the Supreme Court of Canada, \ that appeal cost would likely double.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, has ousted its leader after a power struggle.
The Washington non-profit’s board of trustees unanimously asked for and received the resignation of Jim DeMint at a meeting Tuesday. The board chairman said in a pull-no-punches statement afterward that “significant and worsening management issues” led to the ouster.
“Heritage has never been about one individual, but rather the power of conservative ideas,” chairman Thomas Saunders III wrote in a statement. “Heritage is bigger than any one person.”
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DeMint, a former South Carolina senator, could not immediately be reached.
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Dozens of Republicans in Congress wrote a love-letter of sorts to DeMint on Monday. They praised him for serving as an inspirational conservative figure “even when confronted by overwhelming opposition, bitter criticism and nagging skepticism.”
Rep. Dave Brat, a Virginia Republican, called DeMint’s ouster “a tragedy.”
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“He’s just kind of an ideal person who understood the think-tank world and understands the timing and the strategy along with policy,” Brat said. “And to lose that, it’s incomprehensible. I don’t get it. At all. I don’t get it.”
Some board members called the decision a painful, but necessary, one.
Kay Cole James said it was “purely about management, organizational and structural issues” – not philosophical differences with DeMint.
James said Saunders expressed admiration for DeMint during an all-staff meeting late Tuesday to announce the leadership change. She added that DeMint had already left the building by then.
Heritage, which has 500,000 members, brought in about $92 million in revenue in 2015 and paid DeMint more than $1 million every year. That’s according to its most recent publicly available tax filings.
The non-profit has been a crucial ally of President Donald Trump and his still-young administration. The president thanked Heritage – and specifically DeMint – during his speech Friday to the National Rifle Association.
Yet the organization struggles with the same complex internal dynamics facing Republicans writ large: Heritage Action, its advocacy arm, was urging lawmakers to reject Congress’s omnibus spending bill even as the Trump administration was aggressively making the case for it on Tuesday.
The bill, Heritage argued, “woefully fails the test of fiscal responsibility and does not advance important conservative policies.”
Founder Ed Feulner will serve as president and chief executive officer during a search for DeMint’s replacement.
President Donald Trump’s supporters are accusing CNN of censorship for not airing an advertisement touting the president’s accomplishments, which the network said Tuesday it rejected because it was its own form of fake news.
The ad from Trump’s campaign – he became a declared candidate for reelection in 2020 on Jan. 19 – says that “America has rarely seen such success” and lists a series of actions from the first 100 days of his presidency.
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“You wouldn’t know it from watching the news. America is winning, and President Trump is making America great again,” the ad says. The faces of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CBS’ Scott Pelley are shown onscreen behind the phrase “fake news.”
CNN said it requested the campaign remove the “false graphic.”
“The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false and per policy will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted,” CNN tweeted in response.
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Michael Glassner, executive director of Trump’s campaign said that “CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech” because it doesn’t fit the network’s narrative.
The campaign is refusing to change its ad, which is running on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network. Trump’s team is spending $1.5 million to spread its message.
One of Trump’s campaign committees quickly dispatched a fundraising pitch tied to the ad flap. “Your support made it all possible,” the email says, before asking for contributions of $5 or more. “But the FAKE NEWS MEDIA refuses to tell the truth about our many achievements.”
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CNN has been a frequent target of Trump’s criticism, both during the campaign and during his young presidency. In tweets, he’s called CNN “fake news” and “unwatchable.” Criticizing media coverage has been in the Republican campaign playbook long before Trump even emerged.
Separately, the campaign changed its ad to remove an image of H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser. Although not illegal, the Department of Defence strongly discourages use of such officials in political advertising.
Associated Press correspondents Julie Bykowicz and Donna Cassata in Washington contributed to this report.
The government’s decision to scale back the provincial fine option program has some community-based organizations worried.
The fine option program allows people to pay traffic and parking tickets through hours of community service.
“We rely very heavily on fine options to come in with volunteers who are working off traffic and parking fine tickets,” Tracey Mazur, Habitat for Humanity’s acting CEO, said.
“Last year alone, the 2016/2017 year, it was over 1200 volunteer hours that we had from fine options and really what it equates to if we were paying minimum wage, which we don’t, is over $18,000 worth of wage payments,” she added.
By reducing the availability of the fine option program for people who have traffic violations, the government wants to save more than a million dollars. It argues less than half of those who register for the program actually complete it.
“They’re supposed to be held to task, but the way that the program works is that we’re not always made aware of those people that don’t complete,” Justice Minister Gordon Wyant said.
“There’s going to be some consequences to some [community-based organizations], but I think returning to the original intent of the program is appropriate. We are going to keep an eye on the effect and our community-based organizations. We do value the work that they do within the communities, but again, if people aren’t completing the work, then I’m not sure that the value to the province is there.”
People in the fine option program usually average 30 to 40 hours at Habitat for Humanity, Mazur said.
She also said it isn’t common for people to miss their shifts.
“We have forms that we fill out so the government and the John Howard Society can keep track, and we certainly submit those forms, but we’ve certainly had very low to no problems with that at all,” she said.
According to the John Howard Society, which manages fine options, more than 27,000 hours of community service helped pay off 1,300 fines in Regina alone last year.
Many of those volunteers actually return to help out after all fines are paid, Mazur said.
“When you look at what they’re looking at as a cost savings, it’s peanuts compared to what the community impact is,” Mazur said.