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.
It will irk NDP partisans seeing their newly crowned Alberta premier mingling with those they traditionally oppose. But Notley's speech made it clear she plans to work closely with other provinces and the PM, in addition to First Nations, union and local government leaders to benefit her province.
You see, standardized test results don't paint a full picture. And neither do my words here. You'll just have to come see for yourself.
Seeing that declining figures don't seem to effect the government's ability to fund our corrections system, I fail to see how our province is unable to provide our children with at least the national average for our public schools.
With cuts to the number of school psychologists, waiting lists got longer and longer. And when choices had to be made between you and a student exhibiting violent behaviour in the classroom, your suspected reading disability was seen as less urgent. After all, you were funny and kind, not violent.
The 2014 financial reports from B.C.'s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.
And the 2014 Award for Incredibly Bad Taste in Donations goes to Imperial Metals, owners of the Mount Polley mine. The spill may have been toxic, but Imperial's cash wasn't.
The only problem with our public school system in B.C. is that we have a government that is unwilling to fund it properly.
April brought a fresh new proclamation for B.C.: get out and see the glaciers before they are forever confined to history.
It is commendable that your government has balanced three consecutive provincial budgets, but British Columbians (and our children in particular) are hardly better off because of it.
Why do I think the Yes side can win? Of the dozens of conversations I have had about the congestion tax, the opposition to voting yes is surprisingly soft. I am convinced that most voters are seeking a reason to back the tax.
If you are a voter who has been feeling like your family's needs have been ignored given the BC Liberals' choices for the past 14 years, consider joining the recall effort.
Two moms and five kids tried to use a playground at a North Vancouver French private school around 4 p.m. The principal asked them to leave because the school grounds are off-limits to the public until 5:30 p.m. The playground was built from money fundraised by neighbourhood parents. If children cannot play in a playground that their parents fundraised for, where can they go?
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.
In the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.