Rich Coleman

B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.

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.

B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. may still see an LNG plant, but as for that $1 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion prosperity fund the only step left is to call time of death. There's an upside for the government. The public never bought the hype in the first place.

Is B.C. Forgetting About Its Renters?

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

With so much of the attention focused on Victoria's tent city and Vancouver's skyrocketing home prices in the housing debate, one group is left hollering, "Hey, what about us?" That group is all of the Province's renters, and it's a group worth listening to.

It Seems Political Donations Buy Big Results For B.C. Industries

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

According to Martyn Brown, "No corporation, no industry, no union gives the level of money that they give to politicians without expecting special consideration in return, and they do get it." Here's a sampling of what "special considerations" might mean.

B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political Spin

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Canadians have come to expect that politicians will take a few liberties with facts as they spin issues to suit their purpose. A master practitioner of the art form is the B.C. government, with spin that can be light in the accuracy department.

Have Donations To B.C. Liberals And NDP Crossed The Line?

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

The 2015 political donations were out this week and they contained some numbers that should cause a bit of unease. It's not just the 2015 amounts that are of interest, it's the running totals as well. Since 2005, the B.C. Liberal party has raised more than $107.8 million -- $70.2 million of that from businesses and corporations.

B.C. Liberals Have Mastered The Art Of Returning Donors' Favours

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Just thumb through the party's 2009 donor list for a sense of how widespread the practice of awarding contracts to friends has become. Back then, someone must have woke up on New Year's Day with one hell of a hangover -- not from the night before -- but from the bank balance in the B.C. Liberal party's account.

Saskatchewan Vows Review After Homeless Men Given Tickets To B.C.

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2016 | Canada Alberta

The social services minister had already ordered a review to see if the policy was followed correctly in this particular case.

Are Christy Clark's Travel Expenses Soaring Sky-High?

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

News that Premier Christy Clark has spent $500,000 on private jets since assuming office has -- not surprisingly -- raised a few eyebrows. It's a story that has as much to do with the symbolism as it does with the dollars. A political condition that the government seems increasingly tone deaf to as of late.

B.C. Swears It Didn't Throw Shade At Alberta

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"I don't think that's disrespectful."

Those Booted From Homeless Camp Should Be Grateful: B.C. Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"Why are you complaining? You should actually be celebrating today.''

The B.C. Liberals Could Easily Win The Next Election

Rafe Mair | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

If the Liberals can make the case in 2017 that they've been good stewards of the public purse and that business is good, it won't matter that they have actually done neither.

B.C.'s Economy Doesn't Stack Up To The Rest Of Canada

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Business
Dermod Travis

Take a gander at the government's economic report cards and one thing becomes readily apparent: an almost virtual absence of inter-provincial comparisons. There's a good reason for that. Compared to Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, B.C. doesn't always stack up so well.

B.C. Rent Control Hike Would Hurt Tenants: NDP

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The B.C. NDP is criticizing the province's Liberal party for a proposal that would hike the percentage by which landlords can increase their tenants' ...

Ouch! B.C. MP Mocks Adrian Dix

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her Liberal party are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their comeback election victory over the Opposition NDP. ...

Chocolate Shop Part of Vancouver Non-Profit's Downfall

The Globe and Mail | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Inventive but money-losing social enterprises plus complicated real-estate ventures drove PHS Community Services into a deficit that prompted the prov...

LNG VS. Greenhouse Gas Reduction

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Like the underground shale gas that Premier Christy Clark says will pave the way to a debt-free future, British Columbia appears caught bet...

LNG Investments Coming From Asia?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia

BEIJING, China - B.C.'s Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman, believes firm announcements about offshore investment in the province's fle...

What Are Asia's Concerns?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

DAEGU, South Korea - The availability of skilled labour and the price of liquefied natural gas have become the major topics of concern among investors...

PavCo's Great Casino Caper

Sandy Garossino | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Riddle me this, Batman: if the formerly bankrupt Edgewater Casino's size and earning potential is capped at current levels, how is it going to manage the costs associated with a massive construction project on prime Vancouver real estate? We're all going to need Bruce Wayne's balance sheet--because the answer is that B.C. and Vancouver tax dollars will get this done through a series of obscure subsidies that will never be returned.

Relocation Costs BC Taxpayers $400,000

The Huffington Post Canada | Mark Hasiuk | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia

According to documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, BC Housing, an arm of the provincial housing ministry, paid nearly $...

NDP Would Kill LNG: B.C. Liberals

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An NDP candidate's comments and Liberal attempts to use them to suggest an Adrian Dix government would scupper the province's sprint towar...

Liberals Pledge To Probe Ethnic Vote Draft

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark accepted the resignation Friday of one of her closest advisers as the political fall-out over a leaked strategy aimed...

Minister Sounds Off On Smart Meters

CBC | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Energy Minister Rich Coleman says nothing is off the table when it comes to smart meters. Speaking at the Vancouver Board of Trade o...