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Protection Of B.C. Waterfront Areas Flawed: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. government lacks oversight of an environmental regulation meant to protect the areas that border rivers, lakes and streams, says t...

How B.C. Plans To Fill LNG Jobs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government has released a road map designed to attract and train the tens of thousands of workers that would be needed...

B.C. Speaker Pays Back $5K For Husband's Flight

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The Speaker of British Columbia's legislature offered an apology to taxpayers Tuesday while at the same time repaying the more than $5,...

B.C.'s Wild Pig Problem

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - If they've got any sense, these pigs should fly — or at least find a really good hiding place.The provincial government has declared open...

B.C. Govn't Issued Illegal Water Permits For Fracking: Lawsuit

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A pair of environmental groups allege the British Columbia government is skirting its own laws by allowing energy firms to spend years usi...

Is B.C. Government Recording Everything It Should?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - On a Tuesday morning last November, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford emerged from a meeting to an...

Are B.C. Teachers Preparing To Strike?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The long-standing animosities between British Columbia's unionized teachers and the Liberal government have surfaced again with the release...

B.C. Losing its Tax Advantage -- and Its People

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Our beautiful landscape, outdoorsy way of life, and mild weather can only overcome a certain amount of taxes. People are already beginning to vote with their feet, leaving our province for greener pastures -- another spin that will continue to speed up if the BC Liberals do not reverse course.

B.C.'s Budgetary Sleight Of Hand

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The funny thing about provincial budgets is that sometimes they tell you a lot more about a government's attitude than what the politicians might have intended when they first wrote the document.

B.C. Budget Quotes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Quotes on the B.C. budget:———"The budget in one or two words? I came up with three — a triple-b budget — boring, balanced budget....

B.C. Budget By The Numbers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Some highlights from B.C.'s 2014-2015 budget:— The budget projects surpluses of $184 million for 2014-15, $206 million for 2015-16, and $...

Budget Is 'Boring, Balanced,' Says De Jong

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Liberal government tabled a balanced budget Tuesday, delivering a fiscal blueprint that forecasts three years of surplus...

B.C.'s Appeal Over Class Sizes Is Orwellian 'Newspeak' In Action

Susan Lambert | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Lambert

Recent news stories detailing the number of teachers needed to be re-hired as a result of the finding of the legislative stripping of teachers' collective agreements as unconstitutional, is a stark picture of the duplicity and obfuscation characterizing this government's attitude toward public education since 2002. Their latest court appeal is not unexpected or even disappointing. After enduring the last dozen years, teachers have come to expect punitive attacks and deceit.

Social Workers Left B.C. Teen In 'No-Go Zone'

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's independent children's representative says threats of violence that include pointing guns and knives at social workers s...

Community-Health Workers Ratify Contract

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - More than 15,000 community-health employees, including home-support workers, alcohol and drug counsellors and staff at mental-health group ...

B.C. Teachers Ruling Is Written By Straight Shooter

Sandy Garossino | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Madame Justice Susan Griffin is known in the legal profession as a real straight shooter and one of B.C.'s most respected jurists, which makes the damning conclusions of her decision in the B.C. Teachers' Federation case all the more extraordinary. Judicial writing like this doesn't come along every day.

Transit Referendum Should Be Delayed To Avoid Cluster Fiasco

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

If the transit referendum was held at the same time as the municipal election, there is a real risk that people exercising their freedom of speech on one would be subject to severe penalties under the other. This is because the B.C. government has imposed draconian penalties (a year in jail, $10,000 fines) for those they define as "election advertising sponsors" in provincial election law.

B.C. Government Broke Own Law: Ombudsperson

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. government routinely missed legislated deadlines for providing benefits to some of the province's most vulnerable people, the ombu...

We'll Be Watching You, Christy: Teachers Federation

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's teachers say they'll be looking for signs next month that Premier Christy Clark's government is abiding by a B.C. Suprem...

B.C. Campaign Spending Limits Should Be Like Comparing Grocery Prices

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

When you compare prices at the supermarket you usually look at comparable products, for instance you don't compare the price of a head of lettuce with a can of baked beans. It should be the same way with government consultations.

How To Repair BC Ferries' Fiscal Rudder

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

Nearly 20 per cent of British Columbians live on the coast, generating over 35 per cent of the revenue to the provincial coffers. Yet when compared to the billions of dollars of investments the provincial government has made in the Lower Mainland alone in recent years, BC Ferries are woefully underfunded. As a consequence, people, businesses and economies that rely on the ferry service suffer.

This Could Be Worse Than Gracie's Finger

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In 1982, then Social Credit cabinet minister Grace McCarthy was suspected of using her influence to have her Little Mountain riding boundaries redrawn to include a sliver of a wealthy Vancouver neighbourhood. That sliver was forever known as Gracie's finger. Thirty-two years later, the B.C. government is proposing amendments that could make the controversy over Gracie's finger pale by comparison.

2013's Top 10 Stories for B.C. Small Businesses

Mike Klassen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

According to our monthly Business Barometer survey, B.C. small business confidence grew substantially this year. In February, B.C. ranked in sixth place among Canada's 10 provinces -- but by the end of November, we were sitting solidly in second place. With the New Year almost upon us, it is worthwhile to take a moment to reflect upon 2013's high and low points for small business.

Highway Safety Review Accelerates

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The B.C. government is stepping on the accelerator with a review of speed limits and other safety issues for provincial highways.A tw...

B.C.'s Second Crack At Chinese Apology

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's government is once again trying to correct some historical wrongs committed against the province's Chinese community.An ...