Margaret Macdiarmid

Pre-Approving Suppliers Won't Solve B.C.'s Transparency Problem

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

News that's guaranteed to cheer the hearts of a small number of B.C. companies is word that they've been added to a list of pre-qualified suppliers to the B.C. government. The lists are intended to offer all the appearances of open and transparent procurement. They can be anything but.

UBC Feud Casts Light On Who Sits On University, Agency Boards

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

When so many agencies that most see as local or regional are, in fact, controlled by the B.C. government it puts the very idea of local autonomy into doubt.

Who Else Was Involved in the B.C. Health Ministry Firings?

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Three years out and the public outrage over the 2012 health ministry firings shows no signs of abating and may be intensifying over recent disclosures that the government misled the public on the RCMP investigation that never was.

It's Time To Appoint Special Prosecutor On B.C. Health Care Firings

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Call it what you want bad damage control or poor deflection, but one thing is certain: the Ministry of Health's attempts to put those 2012 firings behind them aren't working out so well.

Health Minister SUED

CBC | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A researcher in Victoria is suing Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid and the province over their handling of a health data privacy breach last summer...

When It Comes To Fundraising, The BC Liberals Are Hypocrites

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Last year, the BC Liberal party was required to return $20,355 in prohibited donations it had collected, including $12,633 from Simon Fraser University, $300 from Vancouver-False Creek Liberal candidate Sam Sullivan's Global Civic Policy Society, and $850 from the Prince George Airport Authority. The NDP didn't report any donation returns in 2012. From 2006 to 2011, the Liberals had to return 22 prohibited donations it received from charities, while the NDP returned two. Such donations are prohibited under both the B.C. Election Act and federal legislation. The Liberals also reported remitting $4,920 to Elections BC in membership fees the party had collected in its 2011 filing, the same year Christy Clark was elected leader. It's an amount that represents an estimated 492 incomplete membership applications.

B.C. Parents Demand More Psychiatrists

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Amanda Todd's mother and a group of parents have met with Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid in an attempt to push the Liberal government ...

Money For Making Dying More Comfortable

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - If grief wasn't enough on learning his mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, there was more heartache for Stephen Roberts over his Mom's ...

B.C. Family Doctors Just Phone Call Away

Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Patients in B.C. will soon be able to consult their family doctors by phone in a new program announced Friday by the provincial health ministry and th...

Millions Affected By B.C. Privacy Breach

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The personal-health data of more than five million British Columbians has been accessed without proper authorization, and in the most serio...

2012 Tough Year For B.C. Information Rights

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

In B.C. and across Canada, the past 12 months have seen information rights make headlines on a regular basis. And usually not in a good way. At the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, much of our year was spent (once again) in sparring matches with the provincial government over access, transparency, and privacy issues.

Is B.C.'s New CareCard Another Technological Quagmire For Province?

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Despite the disastrous launch of the Integrated Case Management System earlier this year, the B.C. government is poised to unveil its next multimillion-dollar, can't-fail IT project: an ID card for everyone in the province. With ICBC in the middle of a labour dispute that finds corporation employees refusing training on the new card, the massive project is on hold, only weeks before its slated November launch.

B.C. Government Drags Heels On University Subsidiary Accountability

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The B.C. government sure does love secrecy for its educational institutions -- or at least their subsidiary companies. What the information and privacy commissioner said would be a relatively simple change to definitions was, according to a B.C. minister, a much bigger issue requiring consultations and even changes to other sections of the act. So, a year later, what has been done? In a word: nothing.

Trying To Bust Through B.C. Ministry of Health's Wall of Secrecy

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Citing a whole range of exceptions from legal privilege to law enforcement to personal privacy, the ministry refused to release any of the records we requested. This, despite the fact that our request should have little or nothing to do with lawyers or police! An RCMP investigation shouldn't mean that every record held by the ministry is automatically off-limits to FOI requests.

B.C. Nurses, Government Make A Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's nurses have reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government that includes a small wage increase.Health Mini...

Doctors Join Fight For Private Health Care

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of B.C. anesthesiologists is asking to join a constitutional challenge of the province's ban on private health care, but they insi...

Another B.C. Health Staffer Fired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - A fifth British Columbia government employee has been fired in connection with an ongoing investigation that involves the abuse of drug res...

Who's Snooping Your Medical Records?

CBC | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Four B.C. Ministry of Health employees have been fired and three have been suspended without pay while the RCMP investigate allegations the employees ...

What's Really Behind B.C.'s Bid To Privatize Booze?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government denies lobbyists are pushing a plan to privatize the province's Liquor Distribution Branch.NDP critic Shane Simpson sa...