MP proposes tax changes to give Bern more independence Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 Despite their very individual identities and often laws, the 26 Swiss cantons do like to band together to help each other out financially. A system of redistribution or equalization pushes money from the more prosperous cantons to those who might be struggling. One of the cantons that benefits is Bern, where Swiss People’s Party MP Rudolf Joder has proposed changing the tax system to make Bern more independent. He thinks Bern needs to solve its own problems. WRS’s Tony Ganzer spoke with University of Lausanne professor Andreas Ladner about the redistribution system and what he thinks of this proposal in Bern:
Lawmakers spar over initiative to regulate top salaries Friday, 28 September, 2012 The National Council yesterday voted against limiting how much top company bosses can earn each year. Lawmakers were deciding on a popular initiative from the Young Socialists that argued the highest wage paid in a firm must be no more than 12 times the lowest. It was no surprise 110 of 169 lawmakers recommended voters reject the initiative but the debate still fired up both sides of the political spectrum as WRS’s Tony Ganzer reports from Bern:
Bern clears streets of begging rings involving kids Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 The city of Bern says it has been successful in its campaign to clear the streets of begging rings involving children. It has published an account of its Agora campaign in the hope that other cities can also tackle the problem. WRS’s Vincent Landon has more on the campaign:
Dig It! Cool and secret gardens in Bern, part 1 Friday, 9 September, 2011 Eva Bruhin, a British-trained garden designer living in Bern, shows Hester Macdonald ’round her favourite cool shady gardens less than a five-minute walk from the train station. If you have half an hour to spare, grab a drink and come and enjoy them—they’re all open to the public, free of charge, and a delightful surprise.
Waking the sleepy streets of Bern Tuesday, 10 August, 2010 The Bern Buskers feature 34 groups from around the world singing, dancing and performing through the streets of the capital. Alex Helmick talks to Stef Reber, the Artistic Co-director of the Bern Buskers:
Bern unveils new Bear Park Friday, 23 October, 2009 Imagining Bern without its bears is difficult for most Bern residents. The tradition of keeping live bears in the city started in 1513 as a sign of man’s domination over the wild. Half a millennium later Bern is trying to tag a different image to this tradition, by building the bears a species-suitable environment in the form of a modern new bear park. Unfortunately it’s cost them CHF 23.6 million, CHF 9 million more than expected. WRS video journalist Amy Wong spent a morning checking out the bears’ new digs.
Spring fever in Bern's museums Saturday, 21 March, 2009 The city of Bern welcomed in spring by staying up late to go museum-hopping. The 7th annual Bern Museum Night took place and drew over 30,000 people, despite the freezing temperatures. WRS video journalist Amy Wong dressed warmly and went out to get cultured.
Celebrating onions in Bern Tuesday, 25 November, 2008 Onions are one of the oldest vegetables known to humankind. Used in almost every culture and in every type of cooking, it often gets overlooked. But not in Bern. The Onion Market (Zibelemärit) is Bern’s longest-standing tradition. Every fourth Monday of November thousands come to enjoy the festivities. WRS video journalist Amy Wong endured numerous confetti attacks throughout the festival.
Stir It Up: Know your onions Tuesday, 18 November, 2008 As the famous Bern Onion Festival approaches, Anne Glusker looks at ways to use this remarkable and ubiquitous bulb.
Pedaling around Bern on the "Crazy Taxi" Friday, 15 August, 2008 Bern might have the reputation for being a dull, administrative city. But WRS’s Jordan Davis introduces us to a guy he ran into on his way to a parliamentary session. And his name says it all: Crazy David.
Inside Track on Bern Sunday, 18 May, 2008 Amid the winding streets and tourist attractions of the capital city, you’ll find some hip bars, innovative clubs and directional fashion stores, not to mention a fast-developing underground culture.