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Dispelling Some Myths About The Site C Dam Project

Blair King | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

British Columbia just finished a provincial election and one of the big issues was the Site C dam. During the election, a lot of myths were spread about the project. In this post, I'd like to dispel some of the most egregious of these myths.

B.C. Needs A Premier Who Will Represent The People

Raffi Cavoukian | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Raffi Cavoukian

The so-called B.C. Liberals aren't liberal. They try to run government like a business. B.C. is the only province without a poverty reduction plan. Not a word on this from the corporate premier. Clark likes to brag about BC's strong economy, but she won't address the gross inequality in our province or the record number of children in poverty.

Let's Talk About The Social Deficit Created By BC Liberals

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

I am tired of hearing about people dying every single day from overdoses while we still don't have a solid long term plan-a year after declaring a state of emergency. I'm tired of watching friends and family struggle more and more every year while costs of living skyrocket and wages remain stagnate. I am tired of fundraising endlessly to cover basic supplies at my sons school and watching other schools go without because they cant fundraise enough.

Foreign Money Is Quite At Home In B.C. Politics

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. politics already has its dark money donations that are difficult to trace back to an actual donor. But the free for all when it comes to political fundraising in the province has given rise to another murky practice: raising campaign cash from some dark corners of the world.

The 10 Biggest Deceptions Of Christy Clark

Sarah Miller | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

As the provincial election is fast approaching it can be hard to keep up with or remember all the deceptions of Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals. So let's take a look at 10 of the biggest ones.

Highs And Lows Of The 2017 B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If last year's provincial budget could be described as "petty" after Finance Minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities -- only to claw most of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program -- this year's budget could best be described as "petulant."

Voters Can't Settle For Lack Of Transparency Around BC Hydro

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

We're now three months from the provincial election. The government doesn't seem to want to talk in-depth about BC Hydro, so it will be up to the voters to press it as an issue. What are the parties' plans to get BC Hydro out of debt? How much will they increase our rates? How will they bring costs under control?

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Premier Christy Clark has already taken off the table the one thing that leaves Canada's three other public auto insurers in decent financial shape: no-fault insurance. Makes one wonder who is so strongly opposed to the idea? Likely, a group that does well with the current regime. Lawyers spring to mind.

Site C Dam Project Forces 3rd-Generation Farmers From Their Home

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Ken and Arlene Boon must be out of their home by May 31.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 anything but.

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 05.19.2017 | 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 05.06.2017 | 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 04.21.2017 | 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 04.16.2017 | Canada British Columbia

#savethePrincetonBCcat

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

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada British Columbia

Power went out for 6,000 customers.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.16.2017 | 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.