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

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:34 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 | 8:42 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 | 6:35 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 | 2:40 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 | 9:09 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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It's Time To Appoint Special Prosecutor On B.C. Health Care Firings

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Call it what you want bad damage control or poor deflection, but one thing is certain: the Ministry of Health's attempts to put those 2012 firings behind them aren't working out so well.

Despite the ministry's efforts, there are a few indisputable facts: seven firings,

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Christy Clark's India Trade Mission Weighed Down By Puzzling Delegates

(42) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Despite the fall sitting of the legislature, Premier Christy Clark and two cabinet ministers are off selling B.C. in India and the Far East this week. And those two trade missions couldn't be more different.

Accompanied by 25 senior executives from the industry, Forests, Lands and Natural...

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Ministerial Accountability In B.C. Slip Slidin' Away

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 3:02 AM

Batten down the hatches, because this fall it's not just the threat of extreme weather British Columbians need to worry about; MLAs are returning to Victoria for a rare fall sitting of the legislature as well. And if the spring sitting was any indication, don't hold your breath hoping for...

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What B.C.'s Proposed Woodfibre LNG Plant Means

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Imagine: You've just come off a surprise election victory after promising voters a $100 billion "Prosperity Fund" courtesy of royalties and taxes from an industry that doesn't yet exist in B.C. and based on tax rates that still haven't been set.

The next election is in 2017....

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Conflict Commissioner's Opinion On Pat Pimm Misses Mark By Country Mile

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:49 PM

In a 40-page opinion released last week, B.C. Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser pretty well cleared former Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm of any wrongdoing with respect to his obligations under the Members' Conflict of Interest Act, despite the odd "tsk, tsk" here and there.

Pimm had...

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What's Behind The Malaise With B.C.'s Local Elections?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Taken aback by complete strangers walking up to you this summer to shake hands? Well, that's because they're back: Candidates on the hustings for a city hall near you.

And despite their enthusiasm, it's not a passion shared by most voters if past elections are any indication....

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What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 7:24 PM

B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine...

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The Alberta Billionaire, A B.C. Mine And Clark's Liberals

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 4:21 PM

This weekend, the Vancouver Sun reported that Alberta billionaire Murray Edwards helped organize a $1 million fundraiser for the B.C. Liberal party at the Calgary Petroleum Club last year. Rapidly becoming a household name in B.C., Edwards of course is the controlling shareholder of Imperial Metals, which operates...

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Why B.C. Government's Purchase Card Records Are So Illuminating

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:04 PM

Call it the Orange Juice Syndrome. Bev Oda, former federal minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, knows it well. Her $16 glass of orange juice at the Savoy Hotel in London in 2011 was the tipping point that precipitated her downfall as a cabinet minister and an MP.

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Troubling Isn't The Word For It, Minister De Jong

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:29 PM

If cabinet ministers had theme songs, B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong's would likely be "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," because when there's a misstep in government it's a safe bet he'll be troubled by it.

In 2010, as solicitor general, Mr. de Jong was troubled...

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Meet B.C.'s Ford Nation

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:52 PM

In a recent Huffington Post commentary (More Canadians Should Act Like the Shirtless Jogger), Danielle S. McLaughlin writes that "Like it or not, our elected leaders should expect to be asked hard questions -- and they should be ready to answer those questions, because in a democracy, we...

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It's Time To Call Tech Support For The Elections BC Database

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Companies rarely complain when you underestimate their political donations, particularly if the amounts already look bad. But when you miss their donations to a party altogether it can cause some grief, particularly if it's an association of strong-minded individuals from across the political spectrum.

Which is why - if you...

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Why B.C.'s Murky Political Lobbying Industry Is So Troubling

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 7:31 PM

Last year, 12,281 registered lobbyists roamed the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. -- a city that sees itself as the most powerful in the world.

Comparatively, one would imagine that British Columbia might have a few hundred or so at most. Yet, astonishingly, there were...

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Financial Reporting Season Opens At City Halls Across B.C.

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 6:54 PM

It's that time of year again, when local governments across B.C. grit their teeth and post their annual statements of financial information for all and sundry. Depending upon your perspective, they're either a veritable treasure trove of news stories or a minefield of PR disasters waiting to happen.

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Is Anyone Really Listening To B.C. Government Consultations?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:17 PM

On one hand you can't fault the B.C. government for trying, but on the other hand their enthusiasm for consulting British Columbians on public policy and pending legislation seems a little wanting. Gung-ho it's not.

In the last year, there have been government white papers, discussion papers, no papers but...

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