B.C.'s Local Election Reforms Do Nothing for Democracy

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

No matter how well-intentioned the B.C. government's first round of electoral reforms may be, they are -- for the most part -- cosmetic in nature when contrasted against the public's very real loss of confidence in local democracy. Without meaningful electoral finance reform including election spending and contribution limits, candidacy for local government will -- by and large -- remain the purview of the affluent and well-connected.

Sechelt Strike Ends

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

SECHELT, B.C. - A nearly month-long civic strike has ended in the Sunshine Coast community of Sechelt, B.C.The BC Government and Service Employees Uni...

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.

Sechelt On Strike

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

SECHELT, B.C. - Civic workers employed by the District of Sechelt, on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, expect to be on the picket line by the end of the day.Sev...

Legal Marijuana Grow Ops Get Boost In B.C.

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2012 | Canada Politics

SECHELT, B.C. - Councillors in a rural community on the Sunshine Coast, north of Vancouver, have given second reading to a proposed bylaw allowing med...

Legal Pot Grow Ops Coming To Canada?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2012 | Canada Politics

SECHELT, B.C. - A community along British Columbia's Sunshine Coast is considering whether to implement special zoning for medical marijuana, allowing...