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An important travel advisory for provincial politicians headed to this week's Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Whistler: keep a close eye on your government issued credit cards.
In the last year, there have been government white papers, discussion papers, no papers but input welcome, questionnaires, and form consultations on everything from local elections to booze, electoral boundaries to area-based tree farm licences, and trustee laws to government apologies.
The Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals plan to significantly increase heavy oil tankers to Asia and both governments have promised "world-class" oil spill response on land and in the water. British Columbians are skeptical about this commitment. Stories like the sinking tug near Squamish are regularly in and out of the media reminding folks that nothing has been done. There is nothing "world-class" about the provincial-federal response to marine-based environmental concerns in the past.
Don't hold your breath hoping mayors and councillors will come home from this month's Union of B.C. Municipalities conference with a stack of cost-saving ideas and strategies. In 2011, cities in B.C. combined to bring in $7.87 billion in revenue. Regional districts added another $1.6 billion. Throw in TransLink and its $1.3 billion and you have a combined annual budget of $10.77 billion to run everything from Abbotsford to Zeballos. To put that into perspective, if local government were a provincial government ministry, it would be bigger than anything except health, and more than double the size of education.
B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix delivered a key address to hundreds of municipal politicians from around the province Thursday morning at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria. Dix's spe...
VICTORIA - NDP Leader Adrian Dix says if he's elected premier, he'll consider getting rid of British Columbia's balanced-budget legislation.Dix said Thursday he doesn't like the Liberal government's b...