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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.
Meet B.C.'s New LNG Dance Partner,

Meet B.C.'s New LNG Dance Partner, Malaysia

To put it in a local context: the B.C. government is providing unprecedented tax breaks to what is effectively a foreign Crown corporation, where the prime minister is suspected of siphoning off US$700 million from one of its other Crown corporations to his personal bank accounts. Doesn't inspire confidence.
08/14/2015 03:07 EDT
B.C.'s Housing Escalators: One Goes Up, One Goes

B.C.'s Housing Escalators: One Goes Up, One Goes Down

While everyone's been furiously pointing fingers at each other over Vancouver's skyrocketing house prices, little attention has been paid to the other side of most real estate transactions: the pay stub.
07/02/2015 03:48 EDT
Who Else Was Involved in the B.C. Health Ministry

Who Else Was Involved in the B.C. Health Ministry Firings?

Three years out and the public outrage over the 2012 health ministry firings shows no signs of abating and may be intensifying over recent disclosures that the government misled the public on the RCMP investigation that never was.
06/18/2015 03:13 EDT
Odd And Telling Political Donations In

Odd And Telling Political Donations In B.C.

And the 2014 Award for Incredibly Bad Taste in Donations goes to Imperial Metals, owners of the Mount Polley mine. The spill may have been toxic, but Imperial's cash wasn't.
04/17/2015 02:54 EDT
B.C. Finance Ministry Fact Sheet Pulls Classic Bait And

B.C. Finance Ministry Fact Sheet Pulls Classic Bait And Switch

B.C. may very well have some of the lowest personal income tax rates in Canada, but that doesn't mean the lowest tax bill. So doing that "lowest personal income tax" thing is a cute trick, but at the end of the day it's a trick. And not a particularly empathetic one.
03/15/2015 01:15 EDT
When It Comes To B.C. Local Elections, Standing Out Isn't A Good

When It Comes To B.C. Local Elections, Standing Out Isn't A Good Thing

For the last six weeks, deep in the B.C. legislature, eight MLAs have been toiling away at trying to set spending limits for municipal parties and their candidates in 2018, as well as third parties. It's been an oddly quiet discussion, given that their recommendations might restore a modicum of faith in local democracy. Might.
12/01/2014 08:42 EST
B.C. Muncipal Elections: The Good, The Bad And The

B.C. Muncipal Elections: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Saturday was a good day for local democracy in B.C. As one person noted online: "First time in my life I've had to wait to vote in a local election....What the hell is going on?" What was going on was that voters were coming out of the woodwork by the thousands in towns and cities across B.C. and it seems that those who skipped 2011 had one thing on their mind this time.
11/17/2014 06:35 EST