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

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

According to the Canadian Payroll Association's survey of employed Canadians released in advance of this week's festivities, 53 per cent of British Columbians reported that "it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay cheque was delayed by even a single week."

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 was met with the expected cynicism.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

What B.C. Hydro is Hiding In Its Misleading Site C Poll

DeSmog Canada | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

B.C. Hydro must have been counting on nobody taking a close look at the questions they asked respondents in a recent public survey about the site C dam, because not only are they misleading, they also tell another story entirely.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

According to Martyn Brown, "No corporation, no industry, no union gives the level of money that they give to politicians without expecting special consideration in return, and they do get it." Here's a sampling of what "special considerations" might mean.

B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political Spin

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

B.C. Government Scandals Hint At Systemic Misconduct

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

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 dozen individuals."

Meet The Scandalous Companies Working For BC Hydro

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Left out of its December release -- announcing the awarding of the $1.75 billion contract -- was any mention of collusion and bid-rigging by Korean-based Samsung C&T; the ongoing investigation by a Spanish magistrate and anti-corruption prosecutors into "allegations of misappropriation of public funds, falsifying documents and money laundering" at Acciona; and liquidity issues at Petrowest.

Cat Stuck On Hydro Pole Saved In 140 Characters Or Less

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia

#savethePrincetonBCcat

Someone's Idea Of A Fun Wednesday Is Sawing Down Hydro Poles

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Power went out for 6,000 customers.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Just thumb through the party's 2009 donor list for a sense of how widespread the practice of awarding contracts to friends has become. Back then, someone must have woke up on New Year's Day with one hell of a hangover -- not from the night before -- but from the bank balance in the B.C. Liberal party's account.

Woman Killed As Windstorm Pummels B.C. Coast

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Careful out there.

BC Hydro Applies To Increase Rates

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Hydro President and CEO Jessica McDonald said the increase is included in the 10-year plan.

Balancing The B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 ...

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Make no mistake, there's a price to pay when B.C. Hydro becomes a political arm of government. The intertwining of self-interests gets complicated, while the interests of ratepayers can take a backseat to political interests.

B.C. Can't Take Another Four Years Of Christy Clark

Sarah Miller | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

The people of B.C. are waking up, big time. I'm sure this scares the hell out of Clark, who might finally be coming to the realization that every scandal, misstep or moronic statement can't be fixed with a smiling photo op in a hard hat.

What Is B.C.'s Energy Future After The Paris Climate Agreement?

Blair King | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

In Paris Canada agreed to drop our greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. To achieve this goal Canada will need to cut fossil fuels out of our transportation and home heating energy budgets by the middle of this century. Fossil fuels represent 60 per cent of B.C.'s current energy needs.

BC Hydro Hid Millions In Spending From Regulator: NDP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"...it is a terrible message to send when you have BC Hydro behaving in this way."

Heavy Storm Knocks Out Power To Thousands In B.C.

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Sigh.

B.C. To Sign Massive Site C Dam Construction Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The contract is expected to create 1,500 jobs at its peak.

Thousands Lose Power As Heavy Winds Hit B.C.

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Victoria, Duncan, Abbotsford and Chilliwack were hit particularly hard.

Patronage Heaven, Keeping It In The Family

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Lip service to local autonomy.

Heavy Rain Now Follows Wicked Storm That Pounded B.C.

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The downpour could overwhelm debris-clogged drains, adding to the woes of the estimated 60,000 customers still waiting for power.

Dispelling Some Myths About British Columbia's Energy Picture

Blair King | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Anyone who tells you that we don't need the new power from a project like the Site C dam doesn't understand British Columbia's energy picture.