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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 09.06.2015 | 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.

B.C. To Hunt Wolves By Helicopter To Save Endangered Caribou

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Government-contracted hunters were in helicopters over two regions of British Columbia on Thursday as the province launched a controversia...

Namu, B.C.: The Province Needs To Do More

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

For years British Columbians and Canadians have demanded that our governments do something about marine waste. The fish cannery in Namu, B.C. is the latest of many slow-moving environmental disasters.

LNG Pipelines Won't Carry Oil, Bitumen: B.C.

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - A proposed network of pipelines from natural gas fields in British Columbia's northeast to liquefied natural gas export plants in the north...

2015 Resolutions For B.C.'s Government, As Suggested By You

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 01.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is wrapping up 2014 as one of Canada's least popular premiers. So that got us thinking: What could she and the rest of t...

B.C. Adults Must Now Pay For High School Upgrades

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is calling on the B.C. government to reverse a decision that will abolish funding for some adult students.Adult...

'Stuff Your Stockings With B.C. Coal': Province's Holiday Advice

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Someone on the B.C. government media team is working extra hard on pushing the holiday spirit. Case in point: a news release that advises you to "stuf...