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When Contractors Exceed Expectations – On-Side Restorations

When Contractors Exceed Expectations – On-Side Restorations

  “The reward of a thing well done is having done it.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” (Pearl S. Buck) We owners here at Marina Estates have had to deal with our fair-share of negligent strata councils, incompetent property management, building envelop repairs, huge levies and a great deal of inconvenience...

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Fear Not Social Media

Fear Not Social Media

  “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” (Potter Stewart) “We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.” (John Stuart Mill)   We now live in a world connected through the Internet, social-media and other technologies where the principles of democracy, freedom of speech,...

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How Can We Kill Creatures That Cry?

How Can We Kill Creatures That Cry?

  “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” (Gandhi) “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” (Einstein) We tend to (conveniently) convince ourselves that certain animals, below some sort of arbitrarily chosen phylogenetic level, are less conscious, less...

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Squamish Arts Community – Building a Better Squamish

Squamish Arts Community – Building a Better Squamish

  “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” (John C. Maxwell) “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” (Martin Luther King, Jr) Ever since the Squamish Chief published the story “Four resign from SAC board”, the writing was on the wall...

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Why Auli Parviainen is Wrong for Squamish

 “It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.” (Albert Einstein)   “Honesty in politics is much like oxygen. The higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes.” (Unknown)     Check out Squamish Politics – Round Two for a response to some of the activities around the 2014 Municipal elections. We have all heard the politician jokes. They...

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What’s the Point of a Moral Crusade if Nothing Changes?

“Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn’t the will to do what is right” (Solzhenitsyn) “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe — the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” (Kant)   Some of my friends have known me long enough to know that once in a while I can take a very strong stand against something I consider to be wrong. Sometimes I...

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