Metro Vancouver

Services Like Uber Leave Metro Vancouver's Transit Plan in the Past

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The Vancouver Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation has an ambitious 30-year vision (starting with a 10-year plan) that would dramatically expand mass transit in Vancouver. Yet recent developments in personal transportation raise questions about long-term plans to build fixed point-to-point transit systems.

Calling the Fraser Institute "Anti-Tax" Is Overly Simplistic

Mark Milke | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Taxes are indeed needed to fund important government services, critical both to a well-functioning economy and more generally, civilization. But there is a point when a larger, more interventionist government, combined with a heavier tax burden, can stunt economic growth and social outcomes, or achieve those outcomes only at great additional cost.

B.C. Mayors Slam Kinder Morgan Over Unanswered Questions

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Kinder Morgan has come under fire from two Metro Vancouver mayors for failing to answer hundreds of questions about a proposed $5.4-billio...

Metro Vancouver Transit Tax Debate: Transparency Is Key For 'Yes' Side

Mike Klassen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

The Mayors' Council could break from past unsuccessful referenda by getting a Yes vote this spring. But they have to get to work now and most importantly, use openness to earn the voters' trust.

Metro Vancouver Transit Officer, Former Partner Charged With Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

They have been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Metro Vancouver Mayors Ramp Up Transit Tax 'Yes' Campaign

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A 0.5 per cent tax would be harmonized with the provincial sales tax.

Rejecting TransLink Referendum Won't Make Problems Disappear

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The Yes side may have great intellectual arguments, but the No side has one big emotional one. It's spelled T-r-a-n-s-L-i-n-k. And at the end of the day it may be the only one that counts.

4 Hit By Vehicles In Separate Incidents In Metro Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Police say a man is dead and three people are injured after all four were struck by vehicles in separate incidents around Metro Vancouver ...

Health Violations Close 222 Metro Vancouver Restaurants In 2014

CBC | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia

More than 200 restaurants in Metro Vancouver were forced to temporarily shut down in 2014 for violating Public Health Act regulations. Unsanitary co...

New B.C. Housing Development Gives Back To North Shore Rescue

Nic Paolella | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Nic Paolella

Marcon will be making a substantial donation to North Shore Rescue in a new program which pairs condo buyers with charitable giving. A portion of every home sold in Marcon's latest project in Lynn Valley called Mill House will go towards a larger corporate donation to the Tim Jones Legacy Fund.

Controversial Coal-Shipping Facility Approved For Surrey

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Port Metro Vancouver approved Thursday construction of a controversial coal-shipping facility on the Fraser River, over concerns from loca...

Air Quality Advisory Issued For Metro Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Wildfire smoke blowing in from outside Metro Vancouver has prompted an air quality advisory for the region and Fraser Valley area.Metro Va...

Surrey Man Dies In Transit Police Custody

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

SURREY, B.C. - The Independent Investigations Office has now taken over a probe into the death of a 41-year-old man who died while in the custody of T...

City of Vancouver Addicted To Debt

Charles Lammam | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

It's important to remember that the city, like the rest of us, has to pay interest on debt in addition to repaying the principal. With more money going to service past debt (interest plus principal), less is available for important municipal services such as garbage collection and policing. That means Vancouverites also "pay" for debt indirectly through reduced services.

Regional Carbon Tax For Metro Vancouver Is A Bad Idea

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

A carbon tax increases the cost of gasoline, diesel, and natural gas -- things that both households and businesses rely on, whether to operate their cars, heat their homes, or run their operations. For perspective, B.C.'s current tax of $30 per tonne of CO2 adds roughly seven cents per litre to the cost of gasoline.

Are Metro Vancouver Municipalities Really As Poor As They Claim?

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

Asking for more money is common among municipal officials. Despite soaring transfers from higher level governments, municipalities repeatedly claim they need more because their revenue sources lack growth potential. So how has municipal revenue actually performed over the last 10 years in Metro Vancouver?

Who Thinks Metro Vancouver's Incinerator Is Still A Good Idea?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

Metro Vancouver's plan to control the flow of recycling in the Lower Mainland and construct a $520 million garbage incinerator is taking hits from all angles and really begs the question: "Who actually thinks this is still a good idea?"

It's Not A Conflict Of Interest If It Happens In B.C.

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

When conflict of interest legislation is drafted to go out of its way to ensure that it won't actually find any conflicts of interest, it shouldn't come as a surprise if it rarely does. And that pretty well sums up the legislative reach of B.C.'s declawed Members' Conflict of Interest Act.

Metro Vancouver Garbage Plan Is Going To Burn All Of Us

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The only way this incinerator doesn't become a boondoggle for Metro Vancouver taxpayers is if BC Hydro ratepayers drastically overpay to purchase the electricity the incinerator will create.

Metro Vancouver Wants You To Pay For Burning Recycling

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

The Metro Vancouver regional authority wants to build a massive garbage incinerator at a yet-to-be-determined location that will purposefully pump more smog into the air and burn recycled goods like paper and plastic. And get this, taxpayers are going to have to foot the $470-million bill to breathe it all it all in.

My 10 Favourite Things About Living In Downtown Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

I grew up in Newton and recently moved to Surrey City Centre from North Delta. My Vancouver friends thought I committed geographic suicide. It's been over six months since I settled in the heart of downtown Surrey and I want everyone to know about my 10 favorite things about my new hood.

Metro Vancouver Needs To Stop Bullying Elected Councils

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a triumph for local democracy, the bully that is Metro Vancouver has been put in its proper place by a provincial judge. Metro Vancouver should save its taxpayers some money by forgoing an appeal in this case and accepting the fact that it doesn't always know best. Let's see a little more of this "collaborative federation," and a lot less bullying of elected councils.

You're Losing Your Shirt On These Publicly Funded Projects

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Too often, these Economic Action Plan projects seemed like giant lottery tickets, bought with our money, and failing to pay off. Government -- federal, provincial and local -- should stay out of the way, and let investors take the risk on these "easy" money economic development schemes.

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.

Road Pricing The Answer To B.C. Traffic Congestion?

CBC | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Metro Vancouver should implement a road pricing strategy to combat traffic congestion, according to a report released today by the B.C. Business Counc...