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B.C.'s Protracted Peer Review Promise Bears A Closer Look

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

Buried among a spate of bad news announcements that the B.C. government released over the Christmas holidays was an update on a province-wide system for peer reviews of medical scans. The system was to have been operational by 2014, but still isn't in place at three of five health authorities and won't be until mid-2016 at the earliest.

B.C.'s Economy Doesn't Stack Up To The Rest Of Canada

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Business
Dermod Travis

Take a gander at the government's economic report cards and one thing becomes readily apparent: an almost virtual absence of inter-provincial comparisons. There's a good reason for that. Compared to Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, B.C. doesn't always stack up so well.

B.C. Pre-Budget Holds Good, Bad And Ugly Ideas For Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The bipartisan legislative committee was asked by Finance Minister Michael de Jong to travel the province and make recommendations for the 2016-17 B.C. budget. Unfortunately, the committee fell into the usual trap of recommending billions in new spending requests put in by dozens of special interest groups.

B.C. Trade Missions Fail To Deliver The Bang For The Buck

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Trade missions aren't cheap, they set the B.C. government back $767,000 in 2014 and that doesn't include the bill for local governments, universities and other agencies.

The Reckless Rush to Sign the Port Mann Bridge Deal

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

You would think Ben Franklin was working in public procurement when he coined the phrase "take time for all things: great haste makes great waste." It's one possible explanation for why the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 improvement project more than doubled in price from its original estimate of $1.5 billion to $3.2 billion.

Rape Kit Inaccessibility Blocking Justice For Victims

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Squamish, B.C. councillor Susan Chapelle is devoting herself to removing hurdles in the justice system for sexual assault victims.

Forget The Bonus, The Real Money Is In Severance Pay

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Former chief administrator Penny Ballem, 65, will receive $556,000 as a parting gift for the hastily arranged exit. News that undoubtedly warmed the cockles of the hearts of residents across Vancouver when they learned of it.

Parents Are The Ones Actually Funding Public Schools

Sarah Miller | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Parent advisory councils are now expected to cover everything from sex ed, earthquake supplies, recess/sports/music/gym equipment, classroom supplies, technology, sound systems for assemblies, library books, year end activities, field trips, playgrounds and more.

Bridge Or Highway Considered To Replace Sunshine Coast Ferries

CP | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The current ferry trip is 45 kilometres.

Cost Overruns Don't Prevent B.C. Gov't From Hiring Same Companies

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Something is amiss when infrastructure projects routinely overshoot their original estimates by millions -- and sometimes -- billions of dollars in B.C.

Take A Stick And Whack B.C. Carrot Rewards

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

What long-term health benefits would occur if government built $7.5 million in school playgrounds? Or spent $7.5 million cutting waitlists for surgery? Or made sure people had timely access to family physicians? Or improved rural or aboriginal drinking water quality to reduce the dozens of boil water advisories in effect across B.C. right now? Or any of a hundred other ideas.

B.C. Government Continues to Attack Mom Rather Than Fix Their Broken System

Sarah Miller | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

What do you do, and who do you turn to when the people charged with protecting children end up causing far more emotional and physical trauma then you could ever imagine?

Meet B.C.'s New LNG Dance Partner, Malaysia

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

To put it in a local context: the B.C. government is providing unprecedented tax breaks to what is effectively a foreign Crown corporation, where the prime minister is suspected of siphoning off US$700 million from one of its other Crown corporations to his personal bank accounts. Doesn't inspire confidence.

B.C. Government's Credit Card Charges Are Enlightening

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

While the charges themselves are a drop in the bucket of a $44.4 billion budget, sometimes they offer a peak at a ministry's attitudes or priorities.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Three years out and the public outrage over the 2012 health ministry firings shows no signs of abating and may be intensifying over recent disclosures that the government misled the public on the RCMP investigation that never was.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

'I Left The Cesspool That Is The B.C. Government'

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia

According to Tim Duncan, a Liberal research director said: "It's like the West Wing. You do whatever it takes to win."

What Everyone Needs to Know About B.C.'s Bill 11

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Our government would love nothing more then for all of us to turn a blind eye to yet anther bill that will strip rights from students, teachers, and parents and help give our education minister more power and control over a system he knows little about.

Top 10 Reasons B.C. Needs A New Government

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

These are all issues that every citizen can relate to and some of them, if not addressed soon, could be the downfall of our province.

Premier Christy Clark Has Left Us No Choice

Lizanne Foster | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

What choices can I make as an individual taxpayer with the money you say you have saved me? I can't provide a better public transportation system. I can't provide more doctors or more nurses. I can't ensure our elderly are cared for.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

But what's really killing off the economic hopes of most British Columbians is the incessant nickel-and-diming by a government that lacks the political will to set personal income tax rates at a level where the tax burden is shared fairly among everyone in B.C.

B.C. Budget Balanced, But LNG Boom Nowhere To Be Seen

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Finance Minister Mike de Jong's budget projects a surplus of $284 million.

B.C. Pays $5.5 Million For Controversial First Nations Burial Site

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The amount is broken down as $850,000 for the land and $4.6 million for the private owner, who had started to build a retirement home on the property.

It's time To Implement Mount Polley Report Recommendations

Adam Olsen | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

At this moment in time, all we really know is that the status quo in our mining industry cannot go on.

RCMP Warned Gov't Budget Cuts Would Affect Highway Of Tears Probe

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens — the commanding officer for the province — sent a memo to the province's director of police services outlining the potential impact of the cuts.