Metro Vancouver

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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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...

It's Time To Stop Paying Extra For Inconvenience

Gordon Harris | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Gordon Harris

Today, close to 70 per cent of all Canadians live in suburbs. Most bought homes early in their adult life. Most raised families. And many are now living alone or with an aging spouse in houses designed for four to six people. The kids have grown and left, so nearby schools are unsupportable, too. Even the strip malls are failing as old neighbourhoods hollow out -- as young buyers head to ever-more distant points in search of the latest "cheap" development.

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...

Troubling Rumblings Around B.C.'s Agricultural Land Commission

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Bill Bennett, minister responsible for the B.C. government's core review, is trying his darndest lately to reassure British Columbians that the government "has no plans to dismantle" the Agricultural Land Commission and that much of the speculation was simply the result of government "brainstorming." That's nice. Doesn't mean much in government-speak, but it sounds comforting. It's what comes next that should be of concern. In an interview with the Globe and Mail on Tuesday, Bennett confirmed that the Commission would, however, be subject to the government's core review.

Too many politicians in the municipal kitchen

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Who knew? Count 'em all up and B.C. has 1,660 elected officials sitting on 250 local councils and school boards across the province. That works out to one for every 2,000 registered voters. It's also a lot of paycheques. Some of the lucky ones get to collect two paycheques, if they happen to be chosen to sit on a regional district. The two biggies of course being Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District.

Typhoon: Metro Vancouver Rallies

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Even amid fears for the safety of his own family in the Philippines, Pastor Levi Estores tries to encourage members of his congregation in...

Community Newspaper Shakeup

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The owners of two community-newspaper chains in British Columbia have agreed to swap six publications that serve more than 190,000 residen...

TransLink Needs Reorganization, Says Delta Mayor

CBC | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Metro Vancouver's mayors are meeting with B.C.'s Transportation Minister Todd Stone today, and the issue of TransLink funding is expected to be at the...

Why a Rush To Incinerate Garbage May Burn Metro Vancouver

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Garbage -- or to use the more politically correct term, waste -- is big business. Really big. It can also be a messy business, particularly when politicians get involved. So no big surprise that the left hand doesn't seem to care what the right hand is doing at Metro Vancouver when it comes to regional waste management.

Vancouver is Pricey and it's About to Get a Whole Lot Pricier

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

A billion here, a billion there, it adds up. That's the problem with shopping lists. The municipalities that make up Metro Vancouver are facing the same predicament as they try to choose between the bare necessities, luxuries and how you're going to pay for it all. While some of these projects may be sold to the public as "self-supported" that's just political-speak for "you're still picking up the tab." Whether it's through tolls or tipping fees, they're just euphemisms for picking your pocket.

Metro Vancouver Under Fire Over Alleged Sewage Leak

CBC | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Lawyers for the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District made their first appearance in provincial court yesterday, after the federal governme...