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. General Election: Let The Liberal Mudslinging Commence

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 3:57 PM

Splat. It would seem British Columbia's 41st general election is well underway.

News that someone may have hacked the B.C. Liberal party's website caused quite the uproar.

Charges, counter-charges, flurries of tweets, threats of lawsuits, privacy investigations, possible police investigations, it had...

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A Sad State Of Affairs In The B.C. Government

(7) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 11:27 AM

"When did our moral standards become so complicated?"

It was a question left hanging in a recent email to me from Linda Kayfish, the sister of Roderick MacIssac. MacIssac was one of eight health ministry workers fired in 2012. He later took his own life, as...

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B.C. Liberal Party Donors Far From Being A Grassroots Crowd

(17) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 11:38 AM

Mere hours before the New York Times went to press with its look at the B.C. Liberal party's ethical scorecard, the party chose to get its 2016 fundraising results out ahead of the storm.

One last chance at political counter-spin and what a...

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Trudeau Cash-For-Access Scandal A Bargain Compared To Christy Clark

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2017 | 6:04 PM

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has embarked on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians -- or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau and some federal cabinet ministers...

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There's Some Seriously Unfinished Business In B.C.

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 8:02 AM

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There's a bit of unfinished...

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New Year's Resolutions Every B.C. Politician Should Make

(2) Comments | Posted December 29, 2016 | 3:44 PM

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark takes part in a news conference during the First Ministers'€™ meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 9, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

The year is almost a wrap and -- safe to say -- 2016 was one for the...

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B.C.'s Propaganda Department Cranks Up Production

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2016 | 10:00 AM

It's official. After hitting send to more than 2,680 news releases this year, the B.C. government's Communications and Public Engagement Office is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for an excuse -- any excuse -- to trumpet the government's prowess.

If you're not on...

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B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 4:01 PM

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short.

Sorry, someone had to say it.
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B.C.'s Supreme Court Loss Its Latest In A Long Line Of Blowouts

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 2:01 PM

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants.

Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?

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The Pricey Cost Of B.C. Liberals' Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 2:39 PM

Just how far is the B.C. government willing to go to guard its secrets? A great distance, if the 2012 health ministry firings are any indication.

Four million documents linked to the firings have mysteriously materialized out of thin air for the latest investigation into the scandal,...

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Pre-Approving Suppliers Won't Solve B.C.'s Transparency Problem

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2016 | 12:54 PM

News that's guaranteed to cheer the hearts of a small number of B.C. companies is word that they've been added to a list of pre-qualified suppliers to the B.C. government.

The lists are intended to offer all the appearances of open and transparent procurement. They can be...

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No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political Programming

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 2:20 PM

Mute them, channel surf, hide them all you want, but there's no escaping them.

The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017...

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B.C. Accelerates Past Point Of No Return On Megaproject Overruns

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2016 | 3:39 PM

The point of no return. Works as a title for horror movies just as well as it does as a slogan for election-tailored megaprojects.

How do you get a project past the point of no return? Hit the accelerator.

Case in point: the mad dash to wrap up the Port...

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Why's The Private Sector Playing Taxpayers' Foreman In B.C.?

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 11:57 AM

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Massey Tunnel bridge replacement project. (Photo BC GOV/FLICKR)

In 2009 -- with the B.C. election fast approaching -- the B.C. government went on a full-court press to get the Port Mann/Highway 1 improvement project deal signed and past the point of no...

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Rising Costs And Stagnant Wages Leave B.C. Wallets In Sorry State

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2016 | 1:10 PM

It's National Payroll Week. Regrettably, celebrations do not include an extra paycheque.

British Columbians may even be wondering what there is to celebrate at all.

According to the Canadian Payroll Association's survey of employed Canadians released in advance of...

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Public Car Insurers Justify Jacking Up Rates With Fudged Facts

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2016 | 1:16 PM

It's here somewhere...

Licence and car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that's in Quebec.

Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that's in Manitoba.

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

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 4:04 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 | 11:38 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

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 7:03 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

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 4:28 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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