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Dermod Travis

Executive Director, IntegrityBC

Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC, a non-profit group dedicated to restore a bond between citizens and their elected officials. He has been the executive director of the Canada Tibet Committee from 2007 to 2011, and is the founder of PIRA Communications.

Travis is a former member of Quebec’s Estates General on the Situation and the Future of the French Language and its Comité d’examen sur la langue d’enseignement. He's given guest lectures at the Université de Montréal, Columbia University, Concordia University, Carleton University and McGill University.
The Pricey Cost Of B.C. Liberals'

The Pricey Cost Of B.C. Liberals' Secrets

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.
11/07/2016 02:39 EST
Pre-Approving Suppliers Won't Solve B.C.'s Transparency

Pre-Approving Suppliers Won't Solve B.C.'s Transparency Problem

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.
10/28/2016 11:54 EDT
No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political

No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political Programming

The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017 election. The B.C. Liberal party -- who clearly have money to burn -- is getting in on the act as well with mood-setting political ads.
10/18/2016 01:20 EDT
Why's The Private Sector Playing Taxpayers' Foreman In

Why's The Private Sector Playing Taxpayers' Foreman In B.C.?

How did B.C. end up in the peculiar situation of having to rely on the private sector to oversee private sector construction companies working on public sector infrastructure projects, potentially signing off on billions of tax dollars in cost overruns along the way?
09/27/2016 10:57 EDT
Rising Costs And Stagnant Wages Leave B.C. Wallets In Sorry

Rising Costs And Stagnant Wages Leave B.C. Wallets In Sorry State

According to the Canadian Payroll Association's survey of employed Canadians released in advance of this week's festivities, 53 per cent of British Columbians reported that "it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay cheque was delayed by even a single week."
09/15/2016 12:10 EDT
Public Car Insurers Justify Jacking Up Rates With Fudged

Public Car Insurers Justify Jacking Up Rates With Fudged Facts

ICBC applying for basic rate increase of 4.9 per cent. According to its release, the number of crashes across B.C. "jumped by 15 per cent in two years from 260,000 in 2013 to 300,000 in 2015." Why 2013 and not some other year, say 2007? The numbers wouldn't fit the narrative.
09/06/2016 12:16 EDT
Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts

Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction. The contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.
08/26/2016 03:04 EDT
Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing

Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing Market

For months the government had been in denial over the issue: overblown, isolated to a few neighbourhoods, it said. Since then its approach has gone from "the market will correct itself," to a "bold action plan," to legislating a retroactive 15 per cent tax on foreign ownership.
08/15/2016 10:38 EDT
B.C. Officials Racked Up $49.8 Million In Credit Card

B.C. Officials Racked Up $49.8 Million In Credit Card Charges

In a $46.3-billion budget, $49.8 million is chump change, but the B.C. government's 84,346 credit card charges in 2015-16 do offer some insights into how the B.C. government spends on the run. While the number of charges is down from 102,418 in 2014-15, the dollar value is up from $45.1 million.
08/02/2016 06:03 EDT
B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After

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

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.
07/25/2016 03:28 EDT
Want A B.C. Government Appointment? Befriend The

Want A B.C. Government Appointment? Befriend The Liberals

Another vacancy in a public boardroom and another B.C. Liberal party supporter ready and willing to fill it. News that Frank Carson -- a partner at Victoria law firm Cox, Taylor -- was appointed chair of B.C. Transit's board of directors last week was met with the expected cynicism.
07/14/2016 01:28 EDT
Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement

Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

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.
07/04/2016 03:54 EDT
The Figures Behind B.C. Hydro's Site C

The Figures Behind B.C. Hydro's Site C Dam

The B.C. government has placed two bets over the Site C project: one that B.C. Hydro can keep construction costs to $8.8 billion, and, two, that it can find customers for the power. Left to cover the ante? Taxpayers.
06/24/2016 05:26 EDT
Is B.C. Forgetting About Its

Is B.C. Forgetting About Its Renters?

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.
06/17/2016 06:55 EDT
It Seems Political Donations Buy Big Results For B.C.

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

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.
06/09/2016 04:09 EDT
B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political

B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political Spin

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.
05/18/2016 10:44 EDT
B.C. Government Scandals Hint At Systemic

B.C. Government Scandals Hint At Systemic Misconduct

Last July, whistleblower Alana James made a startling claim in an interview with the Vancouver Sun about allegations of corruption leveled at the B.C. Ministry of Health: "This was not about one ministry and less than a dozen individuals."
05/05/2016 04:36 EDT
Meet The Scandalous Companies Working For BC

Meet The Scandalous Companies Working For BC Hydro

Left out of its December release -- announcing the awarding of the $1.75 billion contract -- was any mention of collusion and bid-rigging by Korean-based Samsung C&T; the ongoing investigation by a Spanish magistrate and anti-corruption prosecutors into "allegations of misappropriation of public funds, falsifying documents and money laundering" at Acciona; and liquidity issues at Petrowest.
04/20/2016 02:34 EDT