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."

Public Car Insurers Justify Jacking Up Rates With Fudged Facts

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

ICBC applying for basic rate increase of 4.9 per cent. According to its release, the number of crashes across B.C. "jumped by 15 per cent in two years from 260,000 in 2013 to 300,000 in 2015." Why 2013 and not some other year, say 2007? The numbers wouldn't fit the narrative.

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.

Refugee Who Experienced ICBC's Prosecution 'Wrath' Awarded $400K

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia

A former officer "pursued" the woman "with a vengeance," the judge ruled.

Bragging On Social Media Leads To ICBC Fraud Busts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia


Top 6 ICBC Fraudsters Of 2015

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Oh, boy.

Cyclist In Deadly Crash May Have Been Impaired: ICBC

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Ross Chafe was killed by an alleged impaired driver on May 31, 2015.

Forget The Bonus, The Real Money Is In Severance Pay

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Former chief administrator Penny Ballem, 65, will receive $556,000 as a parting gift for the hastily arranged exit. News that undoubtedly warmed the cockles of the hearts of residents across Vancouver when they learned of it.

ICBC Rate Hike Could Be Blamed On Fraudsters: Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"While the number of crashes is relatively unchanged, ICBC is also reporting more crashes with multiple injuries than ever before, with more cases being potentially fraudulent."

B.C. Budget 2015 Pushes Dream Of White Picket Fence Further Out Of Reach

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

But what's really killing off the economic hopes of most British Columbians is the incessant nickel-and-diming by a government that lacks the political will to set personal income tax rates at a level where the tax burden is shared fairly among everyone in B.C.

ICBC Releases Top Fraud Files Of 2014

The Huffington Post B.C. | Montana Cumming | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

For instance, a travel blog revealed holes in a woman’s claim.

ICBC Blocking Thousands Of Drivers For Unpaid Port Mann Tolls

CBC | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A record 25,000 drivers have unpaid tolls on the Port Mann bridge.

Coquitlam Man Going To Jail For Keying Cars

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. man who keyed more than a hundred vehicles in the Lower Mainland will be spending time in jail for the vandalism. Soo Yo Kim, 37, was sente...

Pastafarian Loses B.C. Driver's Licence Over Holy Colander

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Surrey man has officially lost his driver’s license after the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) rejected a photo of him wearing a p...

ICBC Wants To Hike Basic Rates

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is aiming to hike basic insurance rates by 5.2 per cent.Spokesman Adam Grossman says in a wr...

B.C. Man Fights To Wear Colander In Driver's Licence Pic

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. man is fighting for his right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's licence photo, arguing that it is his religious freedom to d...

Your Refunds Are (Finally) In The Mail: ICBC

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Four months after B.C.'s public auto insurer identified a multimillion-dollar billing error, cheques are being mailed to customers reimbur...

RCMP Will No longer Ticket Chinese Drivers' Licences

CBC | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

RCMP in B.C. have reached an agreement with ICBC to stop ticketing drivers from China who temporarily using their drivers' licences while in the provi...

ICBC Refund Cheques Will Be In the Mail

Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

ICBC customers who want to find out if the public auto insurer owes them money will have to wait for a letter in the mail. ICBC will be informing ...

ICBC Database Error Overcharged 240,000 Customers

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia says that it will be informing customers within the next 90 days whether they have been bill...

Chinese Drivers' Licences Questioned By B.C. RCMP

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Thousands of Chinese drivers in Richmond may be using illegal licences from China, says RCMP in the Vancouver suburb. The force says it can't verif...

Too Many Struggling To Get By In A 'Have' Province

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Halifax or Vancouver? Ask most folk which city boasts the higher median family income and chances are they'll say Vancouver. They couldn't be more wrong.

ICBC Chair Resigns Unexpectedly

CBC | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The chair of ICBC's board of directors Paul Taylor has stepped down unexpectedly, just a year and half after he was appointed. In a news release, th...

Vancouver's Most Dangerous Mall Parking Lot Is..

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Following the tragic death of a two-year-old Pitt Meadows boy who was hit by a car in a mall parking lot, ICBC has released a report that outlines cra...

The Cliché That's Costing B.C. Big Time

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whether BC Liberal or NDP, governments have grown reliant on the cash flowing from ICBC and BC Hydro ratepayers. Any suggestion of reduction is met with ministerial shrugs and the talking point: "How would we fund health and other services without that money? Should we raise taxes?" Yet, the ignored solution can be found in another cliché: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.