• The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course European History #24
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    The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course European History #24

    Hi I’m John Green and this is Crash Course European History. So we’re going to turn our attention now to the Industrial Revolution, one of the most significant developments in human history. Like, imagine with me that it’s 1820. I got this idea from the economist Robert Gordon by the way. You live in, say, England. You probably work in agriculture. When you walk to town, you’re either pulling your own cart, or if you’re lucky you have a horse. You have no running water or electricity. When you wash your few items of clothing, you do so by hand. You cook over a fire. You think of time not…

  • Assessing the BC Assessment Amendment Act
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    Assessing the BC Assessment Amendment Act

    Madame Speaker: Recognizing the Member from Saanich North and the Islands. I’m pleased to rise today and speak to Bill 42, the Assessment Amendment Act. This bill is designed to stop major industrial sites from facing unreasonable assessment increases to their tax bill when the local government changes its official community plan and designates a property for a different use in the future. Properties are assessed for their highest and best use. Without this amendment, the new designation may result in an industrial operator operating under the previous use. They could face an enormous increase in their taxes based on the change in the assessed value. They might find it…