It seems with every passing day, there is a new story out about Vancouver's red-hot real estate market. As mayor, Vancouver's lack of affordable housing is one of the most complex challenges I've faced at City Hall.
"Heaven help us all if government does nothing and this real estate bubble pops because of off-shore factors... This inaction would make for a real made-in-B.C. recession, the effects of which the entire economy would be feeling for years."
B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.
This referendum isn't about TransLink's internal spending habits. It's on whether we want to fund public transit to the extent that it'll positively impact our generation and generations onward.
Saving is a simple concept in some sense. You do without now so that you can have something you need or want later. The incentive to save now is the later reward. But what is the reward that the B.C. Liberals have in store for us after "saving" taxpayers' money for the past 14 years?
While we scrimp and sacrifice and pay our taxes to ostensibly fund critical services like public safety, health and education; politicians line up to spend it on flashy ads designed to help them get more votes.
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.