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The Pricey Cost Of B.C. Liberals' Secrets

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Just how far is the B.C. government willing to go to guard its secrets? A great distance, if the 2012 health ministry firings are any indication. Four million documents linked to the firings have mysteriously materialized out of thin air for the latest investigation into the scandal, this one by B.C. ombudsperson Jay Chalke.

Taxpayers Should Keep Hissing For Savings From TransLink Mayors

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing." Mayors forgot that axiom last year when they spent millions trying to convince taxpayers to hand over a new sales tax to TransLink -- an agency widely reviled for its wasteful spending.

Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and give this idea more than a quick once-over.

Trudeau Hands B.C. $470 Million For Transit Projects

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Premier Christy Clark said the new funding will help fight climate change in Metro Vancouver.

BC Transit Audit Shows Need For Efficiency, Not Higher Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The long-awaited BC Transit provincial review went public earlier this month. To no one's surprise, the audit found several ways BC Transit has been wasting your tax money, and how poor they are at managing the millions of dollars of assets with which we entrust them.

The Problems With TransLink Mayors' Road Pricing Plan

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The road pricing debate has taken two forms in the Lower Mainland, both of which should worry taxpayers. The first idea, suggested by Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, is to put a $1 toll on every bridge in the region. However, the math simply doesn't work.

Translink Hires New CEO From Seattle

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Kevin Desmond was picked after an international search.

5 Months After The NO Vote, TransLink Questions Remain

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Peter Fassbender hasn't addressed a core concern for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, expressed during the campaign that sent the TransLink sales tax down to landslide defeat: TransLink is still broken, still lacking the public's confidence.

B.C. Transit Sex Offender Convicted Of 2 More Assaults

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Jason Taylor has been handed a nine-month jail sentence.

Patronage Heaven, Keeping It In The Family

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Lip service to local autonomy.

Bus' Excruciating Nine-Point Turn Includes Crash Into Pole

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's painful to watch.

Forget The Bonus, The Real Money Is In Severance Pay

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Former chief administrator Penny Ballem, 65, will receive $556,000 as a parting gift for the hastily arranged exit. News that undoubtedly warmed the cockles of the hearts of residents across Vancouver when they learned of it.

UBC Feud Casts Light On Who Sits On University, Agency Boards

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

When so many agencies that most see as local or regional are, in fact, controlled by the B.C. government it puts the very idea of local autonomy into doubt.

Traffic, Commuter Mayhem Caused By.. A Road Bump

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A literal bump in the road caused a mountain of trouble.

B.C. Government's Credit Card Charges Are Enlightening

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

While the charges themselves are a drop in the bucket of a $44.4 billion budget, sometimes they offer a peak at a ministry's attitudes or priorities.

100-Year-Old Woman Says B.C. Bus Driver Left Her Stranded

CBC | Posted 07.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"I simply felt frustrated — completely blocked. It was just another door that closed in my life."

TransLink CEO Job Listing Reveals Big Fat Pay Package

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The annual bonus alone could add up to $95,000.

Look To Existing Budgets And Not New Taxes To Fund Transit Expansion In Metro Vancouver

Charles Lammam | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

It's time for municipal governments to rethink the assumption that more revenue is needed to fund transit expansion. Savings can be found within current spending envelopes, given the dramatic increases in spending by municipalities and TransLink over the last decade.

Tax Super-Luxury Vehicles To Raise Money For TransLink

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Gabriel Yiu

In B.C., a 12 per cent sales tax plus three per cent luxury vehicle surtax means there is still quite a bit of room to move up. If the province implements a five to eight per cent super-luxury vehicle surtax, the revenue collected should be able to cover the 0.5 per cent sales tax that was rejected.

TransLink Cuts Executive Positions, Replaces CEO

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"We expect TransLink, moving forward, to do a better job at how they use taxpayer dollars," said the B.C. transportation minister.

What Should Happen Next at TransLink

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

No more poodles on poles, no more $40,000 TVs, no more leasing empty buildings, no more TransLink vanity projects.

Well, Here's A Plan B For Funding TransLink

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"61% of voters in the Metro Vancouver population said no to improving transit. Let's do it ourselves."

Metro Vancouver Rejects Transit Tax For More Services

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia

About 62 per cent voted no.

TransLink To Pay Passenger $90,000 For Back-Breaking Bus Ride

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada British Columbia

A 60-year-old Langley resident was commuting to his job in Delta in 2010 when his bus hit a bump, throwing him into the air and breaking his vertebra in his lower back when he landed.

Transit Vote's Yes Campaign Spent Almost $6 Million

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

But one critic calls the spending "outrageous" and a "waste of taxpayer money."