Metro Vancouver

My 10 Favourite Things About Living In Downtown Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 03.29.2014 | 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 03.23.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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...

Fat City Hall Paycheques Leave Taxpayers in the Lurch

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

At least 30 officials in the communities that make up Metro Vancouver earn a minimum six-figure salary that puts them among the top one per cent of all income earners in Canada. It takes a lot of kahunas for some of these same civic officials to claim that their cupboards are bare when the cookie jar is overflowing for themselves.

Metro Vancouver, TransLink Make Case Against Regional Policing

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

While TransLink's habitual tax increases, never-ending budget deficits and lack of direct accountability have been well documented over the past several years, Metro Vancouver has slid somewhat under the radar. This lack of accountability to taxpayers has been a problem at Metro Vancouver for a long time, fostered by staffers playing political games and local politicians distracted by their elected duties at their various city halls.

B.C. Taxpayers Feel Pain of Politicians Going Green

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Regional politicians seem more concerned than ever with looking green — all while sucking more green out of taxpayers' pockets. Whether it is the $783 million sewage treatment plant in Greater Victoria, the $450 million waste incinerator in Metro Vancouver or the $3 billion subway line to Vancouver's University of British Columbia campus, these projects are nowhere near as environmentally green as politicians claim them to be.

Crackdown On Bad Dogs In Vancouver

CBC | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Metro Vancouver is getting tough on aggressive dogs in regional parks. A committee will be considering recommendations such as heftier fi...

Wreck Beach Seeks Anti-Ogling Bylaw

CBC | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada British Columbia

A group representing Vancouver's best-known nude beach is asking Metro Vancouver to ban noisy water craft and their ogling occupants from coming withi...

Four Shooting Deaths In Four Days In Metro Vancouver

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - The job of probing a rash of shooting deaths in Metro Vancouver may have just begun, but the man in charge of the investigations says he's...