In a $46.3-billion budget, $49.8 million is chump change, but the B.C. government's 84,346 credit card charges in 2015-16 do offer some insights into how the B.C. government spends on the run. While the number of charges is down from 102,418 in 2014-15, the dollar value is up from $45.1 million.
"I don't think that's disrespectful."
Bill Bennett made his remarks to reporters at a provincial mineral-exploration conference in Vancouver.
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His legacy includes Expo 86 and much more.
health ministry firings, multicultural outreach strategy and what some are calling deletegate -- they demand finesse and there's a definite pattern to how the government goes about it. Its damage control manual seems to come with instructions: mix and match to fit, use sparingly and only as required.
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There are those who execute contracts and those who award them.
Southeast Alaskans, anxious about B.C.'s mining boom along the Alaskan border, are pinning their hopes for stronger mine management on a treaty that dates back more than a century.
Long-held perceptions of Canada as a country with strict environmental standards and B.C. as a province that values natural beauty are taking a near-fatal beating in Southeast Alaska, where many now regard Canadians as bad neighbours who are unilaterally making decisions that could threaten the region's two major economic drivers.
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The underground mine, which has not yet received federal approval, will be close to the headwaters of the Unuk River, which flows from B.C. into Alaska. The Unuk is one of southeast Alaska's largest king (chinook) salmon rivers.
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"It's a totally different design in terms of the tailings storage facility itself."
In the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.
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VICTORIA - The British Columbia government has approved its most expensive mega project with the construction of an $8.8 billion dam on the Peace River that Premier Christy Clark says marks a historic...
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 "stuff your stockings with B.C. coal." "No matter wheth...
"Where are they going to park the cars? You're not going to park them in the middle of an avalanche zone."
VANCOUVER - British Columbia's government has yet to announce a final decision on the Site C hydroelectric dam but BC Hydro has informed officials in the Peace River Valley that construction could beg...
It is time for Premier Clark to stop the Jumbo Glacier Resort gravy train and bring accountability and sanity to the situation once and for all.
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VICTORIA - The proposed $7.9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River cleared major environmental hurdles Tuesday as the federal and British Columbia governments granted environmental certi...
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"One of the mysteries is why he has got his nose in it at all," said B.C. MLA Norm Macdonald, adding that people worry about publicly criticizing powerful minister Bill Bennett. "This is complete insider stuff. It's a remote corner of the province and they're getting away with stuff no one would get away with anywhere else... Everything about it feels like cronyism at its worst."
A Canadian diamond miner is donating $9.1 million for Alzheimer's research because his longtime friend — and former B.C. premier — Bill Bennett is living with the disease. Charles Fipke has given $3 m...
Does Site C make sense for the people of B.C.? There are five key reasons why it's not.
The next election is in 2017. You suspect that voters might want to see a little something for all the hype before then, so what to do? Well, take one of the proposed projects and slam the pedal to the metal. And by all accounts, that project is the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish.
Nearly half of Imperial Metal's donations were made after Christy Clark was sworn in as premier, while $45,720 of Mount Polley's donations came via six separate cheques issued in one week alone in March 2013. Guess bank charges weren't an issue for the company.
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VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into one of the largest gold and copper deposits...
In the last year, there have been government white papers, discussion papers, no papers but input welcome, questionnaires, and form consultations on everything from local elections to booze, electoral boundaries to area-based tree farm licences, and trustee laws to government apologies.
Opponents of the proposed Site C dam are hoping a report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, to be released Thursday, will emphasize potential environmental damage from the massive dam and persuade the federal and provincial governments that the project should be scrapped.
"Today's BC Liberals" may have taken a little inspiration during last year's election campaign from former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell when she bluntly stated in 1993 that "an election is no time to discuss serious issues." It's why British Columbians could be forgiven for thinking that they missed something during the campaign after seeing some of the legislation introduced during the current legislative session.
Despite the fact that the Tsilhqot'in and Secwepemc are opposed to the New Prosperity mine, the B.C. Liberal government continues to support the project. This is both profoundly troubling and inconsistent with their commitments to First Nations.
VICTORIA - A remote area of northwest British Columbia considered sacred by aboriginals and resource rich by mining companies has received a reprieve from potential coal-mining activities with a gover...
VANCOUVER - Some of B.C.'s biggest business leaders are urging the federal government to approve a controversial gold and copper mine, despite environmental concerns and a judicial review.The individu...
VANCOUVER - Before presenting his cabinet colleagues with a proposal to overhaul British Columbia's agricultural land reserve, Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm was admonished by the arm's length commissi...
VANCOUVER - A leaked cabinet document that proposes significant changes to British Columbia's Agricultural Land Reserve — millions of hectares of cherished farmland that have been largely protected fr...
VICTORIA - Governments on both sides of the Canada-United States border are preparing for what could become a decade of negotiations to rework the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty, a treaty Americans...