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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Here's An Idea - B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 3:04 PM

Another megaproject, another chance to dole out direct award contracts.

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction.

The list provided...

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Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing Market

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 10:38 AM

It takes a certain skill set to try and fix a problem and possibly botch it up even more, but the B.C. government is certainly testing the idea as it flails about hoping to cool Vancouver's red-hot housing market.

For months the government had been in denial...

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B.C. Officials Racked Up $49.8 Million In Credit Card Charges

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 6:03 PM

In a $46.3-billion budget, $49.8 million is chump change, but the B.C. government's 84,346 credit card charges in 2015-16 do offer some insights into how the B.C. government spends on the run.

While the number of charges is down from 102,418 in 2014-15, the dollar value is...

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B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

(8) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 3:28 PM

It seems like only yesterday that British Columbians were being told that the province was on the cusp of LNG riches. In fact, it almost was.

Last October, Finance Minister Mike de Jong predicted: "We are poised to see the final steps...

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Want A B.C. Government Appointment? Befriend The Liberals

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 1:28 PM

Another vacancy in a public boardroom and another B.C. Liberal party supporter ready and willing to fill it.

News that Frank Carson -- a partner at Victoria law firm Cox, Taylor -- was appointed chair of B.C. Transit's board of directors last week...

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Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

(6) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 3:54 PM

With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and...

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The Figures Behind B.C. Hydro's Site C Dam

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 5:26 PM

The B.C. government has placed two bets over the Site C project: one that B.C. Hydro can keep construction costs to $8.8 billion, and, two, that it can find customers for the power.

Left to cover the ante? Taxpayers.

The government...

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Is B.C. Forgetting About Its Renters?

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 6:55 PM

With so much of the attention focused on Victoria's tent city and Vancouver's skyrocketing home prices in the housing debate, one group is left hollering, "Hey, what about us?"

Last Sunday, The Province newspaper published "Squeezed out: Renters losing homes as Lower Mainland owners cash...

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It Seems Political Donations Buy Big Results For B.C. Industries

(8) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Former chief of staff to then-Premier Gordon Campbell, Martyn Brown, made some refreshingly candid comments about B.C.'s political financing culture on Voice of B.C. the other day.

"For the Liberals, the housing industry, construction industry, real estate, the liquor industry, energy industry, certainly the mining...

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Latest Manifestation Of Political Mindset Should Worry British Columbians

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 11:00 AM

The headlines were emphatic: "Quick wins amounted to little for NDP"; "Quick wins report lands with a dull thud."

But behind the headlines something unsettling: a window into a culture of seeming impunity, where players are told anything goes, do whatever it takes...

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B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political Spin

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:44 AM

Canadians have come to expect that politicians will take a few liberties with facts as they spin issues to suit their purpose.

A master practitioner of the art form is the B.C. government, with spin that can be light in the accuracy department.

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B.C. Government Scandals Hint At Systemic Misconduct

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 4:36 PM

Call it the elephant in the room quote.

Last July, whistleblower Alana James made a startling claim in an interview with the Vancouver Sun about allegations of corruption leveled at the B.C. Ministry of Health: "This was not about one ministry and less than a...

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Meet The Scandalous Companies Working For BC Hydro

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:34 PM

Another month, another Site C contract, and once again with one of those almost -- but not quite -- Canadian companies.

On April 6, Canadian Press quoted Premier Christy Clark as stating "Montreal-based Voith Hydro Inc. will design, supply and install six turbines, six generators...

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Have Donations To B.C. Liberals And NDP Crossed The Line?

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 9:14 AM

The 2015 political donations were out this week and they contained some numbers that should cause a bit of unease. It's not just the 2015 amounts that are of interest, it's the running totals as well.

Since 2005, the B.C. Liberal party has raised more than $107.8 million --...

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Local Governments Have A Problem With Transparency

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 10:46 AM

No one could be blamed for wanting to scream "go to your rooms" at some local council meetings across B.C.

Seven of eight Nanaimo city councillors want their mayor, Bill McKay, to quit. Last month, Grand Forks council went to court to force a...

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B.C. Liberals Have Mastered The Art Of Returning Donors' Favours

(9) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 3:29 PM

News this month that the Interior Health Authority had reached a 20-year agreement to outsource laundry services to Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service is the latest in a long string of odd coincidences involving companies that donate to the B.C. Liberal party and companies that do well by the...

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Are Christy Clark's Travel Expenses Soaring Sky-High?

(43) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 2:11 PM

News that Premier Christy Clark has spent $500,000 on private jets since assuming office has -- not surprisingly -- raised a few eyebrows.

It's a story that has as much to do with the symbolism as it does with the dollars. A political condition...

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Balancing The B.C. Budget

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 4:26 PM

Petty. One word that springs to mind after last week's B.C. budget.

At best, it's a lip service budget. Tweak here, tweak there, but devoid of any real purpose.

To be sure, some were tossed a chicken wing.

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Are B.C. Liberals And B.C. Hydro In Opposition?

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 3:52 PM

One of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that's exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300 million hydro bill deferment plan for 13 mines owned by...

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Lobbying Is A Profession In Need Of A Makeover

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:47 AM

Last month, lobbyists gathered in Vancouver for The Future of Lobbying, a one-day conference put on by B.C.'s Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists, Simon Fraser Institute's Governance Studies and Public Affairs Association of Canada (B.C. Chapter).

Hate to be the bearer of bad news,...

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