Dermod Travis
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Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC, a non-profit group dedicated to restore a bond between citizens and their elected officials. He has been the executive director of the Canada Tibet Committee from 2007 to 2011, and is the founder of PIRA Communications.

Travis is a former member of Quebec’s Estates General on the Situation and the Future of the French Language and its Comité d’examen sur la langue d’enseignement. He's given guest lectures at the Université de Montréal, Columbia University, Concordia University, Carleton University and McGill University.

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B.C.'s Housing Escalators: One Goes Up, One Goes Down

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:48 PM

While everyone's been furiously pointing fingers at each other over Vancouver's skyrocketing house prices, little attention has been paid to the other side of most real estate transactions: the pay stub.

You could be forgiven for thinking that a few politicians rely a bit too much...

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Who Else Was Involved in the B.C. Health Ministry Firings?

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:39 PM

On Sept. 6, 2012, B.C.'s health ministry fired four employees and suspended three others who were then fired on Oct. 24. One of those fired, University of Victoria PhD student Roderick MacIsaac, 46, committed suicide on Jan. 8, 2013.

Four of the employees (Malcolm Maclure, Ron Mattson,...

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B.C. Legislature Is Setting For Some Riveting Screenplays

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:08 AM

It may look like one at night, but the B.C. legislature isn't a movie set, even though some government staffers seem to be living out their own screenplays along the corridors of power.

This after former government staffer Tim Duncan blew the whistle last month...

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The Future of LNG? Sold to the Lowest Bidder in the Back Row

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 2:16 AM

You know that uneasy feeling you get in your gut when you realize you might be getting played? Well, May 20 could turn out to be one of those days for B.C.

World's apart -- literally and figuratively -- it was a busy day on the LNG...

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B.C. Election Campaign Spending Limits Are So High, They're Meaningless

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 1:48 AM

When the B.C. government tabled its legislation to amend the Election Act in March, it was probably hoping no one would notice. They were in for a bit of a shock.

While much of the focus has been on the provision which would give political parties the...

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Fallout From Local B.C. Elections Is Like A Comedy Skit

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Local elections across B.C. were supposed to be buried and done with last November, but some of the fallout from a few races is still coming home to roost and there are a few lessons to learn from it.

The top ones? Local elections are a perilous...

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Odd And Telling Political Donations In B.C.

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Children sing that "when you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are." By adulthood, most of us have given up on that idea and a few -- just to hedge their bets -- donate to political parties rather than testing their luck on a star. And...

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Whether You Voted (Or Not) In B.C. May No Longer Be A Secret

(5) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Hear the one about four political parties that walked into a Vancouver hotel with the chief electoral officer last September? Sorry, no punchline. But the parties had reason to chuckle.

Selflessly, the four proposed to the chief electoral officer, Dr. Keith Archer, and Elections B.C. that...

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B.C. Finance Ministry Fact Sheet Pulls Classic Bait And Switch

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 1:15 AM

When something changes from one week to the next for no apparent reason, it sparks some curiosity, as is the case with the B.C. finance ministry's "Keeping taxes low for B.C. families" fact sheet posted to its website only a week after the provincial budget.

It favours...

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Vancouver Campaign Spending Contagion Spreading Fast

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:14 PM

The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending in B.C. isn't pretty.

But first a quick peek at some of the spending by the "distant cousins" that seems to have been lost in the feeding frenzy over those candidate returns.

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B.C. Budget 2015 Pushes Dream Of White Picket Fence Further Out Of Reach

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Government policies are normally designed to help citizens as they try to move up the economic ladder, not penalize them for trying. And on that one count alone, this week's B.C. budget from Finance Minister Mike de Jong is an abject failure.

In its budget highlights, the...

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B.C. Open Government Went From 'Key Priority' To 'What's That?'

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 3:23 PM

A little more than four years ago, a candidate for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal party -- Christy Clark -- set out her plan to regain public trust through a series of open government initiatives that she committed to following through on if chosen by party members.
...

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B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Imagine, if you will, being enrolled in a clinical trial and researchers failing to inform you that you had a higher risk of death depending upon which of the two groups in the trial you were assigned to -- that renal failure or stroke were just two of the possible...

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Rejecting TransLink Referendum Won't Make Problems Disappear

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Depending upon your point of view, TransLink is either a wasteful, marginally competent transit authority or it's a wasteful, marginally competent transit authority.

At least both sides in Metro Vancouver's upcoming transit referendum seem to agree on that one point, even though they may express it differently.

In the...

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5 New Year's Resolutions For B.C.'s Politicians

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:56 PM

It's that time of year when B.C. politicians should start thinking about some new year's resolutions for a bit of political self-improvement. So, in the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.

1. Do the shuffle

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Dear Santa: Here Is What B.C. Wants For Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Dear Santa:

You probably don't get Christmas letters from an entire province, but this year we hope you'll think of adding B.C. to your magical journey. We know we're asking a lot of you, but B.C. could really use a plan B this Christmas.

You see it all...

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When It Comes To B.C. Local Elections, Standing Out Isn't A Good Thing

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 7:42 PM

For the last six weeks, deep in the B.C. legislature, eight MLAs have been toiling away at trying to set spending limits for municipal parties and their candidates in 2018, as well as third parties.

It's been an oddly quiet discussion, given that their recommendations might restore...

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B.C. Muncipal Elections: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Saturday was a good day for local democracy in B.C. As one person noted online: "First time in my life I've had to wait to vote in a local election....What the hell is going on?"

What was going on was that voters were coming out of the...

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Let's Go For Bragging Rights In B.C. Elections

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:40 PM

On Saturday, British Columbians will head to the polls to choose more than 2,000 local officials for councils, school boards, regional districts, parks boards and the Islands Trust.

Considering that local councils in B.C. spend more than $8 billion a year of our money, it's a bit of a paradox...

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B.C. Government And Pharma, Too Cozy For Comfort

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Make no mistake: drugs are big business, even the behind-the-counter kind.

Last year, the B.C. government spent $1.2 billion on PharmaCare. To put that sum in context: that's more money than the budgets of the ministries of Agriculture, Energy and Mines, Environment, International Trade, Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and...

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