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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.

Ask Victorians Before Gouging Drivers With More Gas Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Todd Stone, B.C.'s minister of transportation, has apparently told the Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC) that he will approve their long-standing request for a two cents per litre gas tax hike in the Victoria region. The VRTC wants the tax, which would generate $6.6 million, for bus improvements.

Trudeau Hands B.C. $470 Million For Transit Projects

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Premier Christy Clark said the new funding will help fight climate change in Metro Vancouver.

BC Transit Audit Shows Need For Efficiency, Not Higher Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The long-awaited BC Transit provincial review went public earlier this month. To no one's surprise, the audit found several ways BC Transit has been wasting your tax money, and how poor they are at managing the millions of dollars of assets with which we entrust them.

Prince George, B.C. Offering Free Transit On Election Day

CBC | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The unanimous decision was made in less than a few minutes.

Surrey Light Rail Part Of Tories' $700-Million Promise

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Candidate Dianne Watts, the city's former mayor, said light-rail transit will spur economic growth as congestion is eased.

Three of the B.C. Government's Favourite Words: Out Of Scope

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It just got messy. Independent public inquiry kind of messy.

Drunk Passengers' Vomit, Urine Land On B.C. Bus Driver

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia


Future Of Car-Sharing Depends On Yes Vote In Vancouver Transit Referendum

Nathalie Baudoin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Nathalie Baudoin

Gone are the days of silver bullet solutions. A personal car is great for many situations, but not for every trip; there are better tools available. The upcoming transit referendum is offering all of us an opportunity to vote for a better toolbox.

Metro Vancouver Transit Officer, Former Partner Charged With Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

They have been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Metro Vancouver Mayors Ramp Up Transit Tax 'Yes' Campaign

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A 0.5 per cent tax would be harmonized with the provincial sales tax.

Surrey Transit Police Shooting Raises Questions About Gun Policy

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

SURREY, B.C. - The death of a distraught man in a grocery store in Surrey, B.C., is prompting renewed scrutiny of police training and the jurisdiction...

PST Hike Proposed For Metro Vancouver To Pay For Transit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Metro Vancouver residents will soon know if there will be a regional referendum asking them to approve tax increases for new and improved t...

BC Transit's $90M Hydrogen Bus Fleet To Be Sold Off

CBC | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Hydrogen buses that were once lauded as the future of clean transportation in B.C.are being replaced by old-fashioned diesel power. The 20 vehicles...

TransLink Should Focus On Restoring Public Faith In The Organization

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.

She Says Transit Poll Date Not Set In Stone

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says the timing for a referendum concerning Metro Vancouver's transportation system is open for discussion.In Vancouv...

Transit Referendum Coming

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's transportation minister says he's preparing to introduce legislation that paves the way for a Vancouver-area transit-fun...

'Dumbest Public Policy Award' Is A Compliment

Eric Doherty | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eric Doherty

Given that a time-consuming legal review will be required before a border toll can be implemented, it almost certainly won't be on the November ballot. But given the climate crisis, it is essential that we provide ways for people to get around and avoid burning so much fossil fuel. Taxes on high-carbon fuels to provide better low-carbon transit is one of the better ways to accomplish this, and a border toll is an effective mechanism to reduce carbon tax avoidance.

Transit Harassment On The Rise

CBC | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Transit police say sexual harassment on buses and SkyTrains is on the rise, and they are trying to find ways to encourage more women to come forward a...

Drunk Teen Mob May Spoil Free NYE Bus Rides

CP | Sheri Regnier, Trail Times, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

TRAIL, B.C. - The third nasty incident in three years has B.C. Transit reviewing its program of Free New Year's Eve bus service around Trail, B.C.Meri...

Another Bitter Year Brewing For B.C. Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Once the champagne is drunk, the noisemakers go silent, the balloons pop and the New Year's kisses end, 2013 will bring one nasty hangover for cash-strapped B.C. taxpayers. Taxes, fees and levies from all levels of government are set to go up, leaving even less of your hard-earned money in your pocket.

B.C. Bus Riders 'Kidnapped'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada British Columbia

A Kamloops bus driver has been accused of "kidnapping" passengers after a YouTube video showed passenger locked inside a public transit bus. The on...

Days Numbered for Transit Deadbeats

CBC | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Transit Police plan to start cracking down harder on fare evaders starting Tuesday, as new legislation comes into effect giving TransLink the pow...