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PM Spawns Literary Genre: The Political Horror Story (in Culture): Brook Jeffrey's book adds to 'Harperlit' canon.  Related StoriesTwo Canadian Rogues in the Spanish Civil War (in Culture)
It's the Pill or Nil for Many Health Care Plans (in News): Canadian contraception coverage stuck in 1969.  Related Stories Medical Pot Growers Stumped by Strict Licensing Process (in News) Private Guards Outnumber Border Services Officers in Major Cities (in News) Will BC Cover Pricey Hep C 'Miracle' Treatment? (in News)
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“…the contractor who built the wall — Peter Kiewit and Sons — used parts in the retaining wall that do not meet ministry standards….”: A wise man once told me that the best thing for any organization to do when facing a potentially explosive public relations issue was to ” tell the truth, tell it all, and tell it damn quick.” First the issues … Continue reading →
Denial, deflect, discredit.: When I published the photos of the conditions of just three retaining walls on the Sea to Sky Highway last year, the Ministry of Transportation said the issue was merely cosmetic, and that the walls are inspected annually.  Then the … Continue reading →
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'Chaos' at Nepal airport, says Montreal woman stranded by massive earthquake: TORONTO — A Montreal woman stranded in Nepal by Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake says there's chaos at the airport as foreigners try to leave the stricken country. Emilie-Anne Leroux says she was...read more
Clean Bandit ends tour at Commodore: British Electronic group, Clean Bandit took the stage at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday evening. Here are some photo highlights if you missed the night. Unfortunately, their West coast portion...read more
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Federal Political Party Support in BC January to April 2015: EKOS has been polling consistently since mid January and with large enough national samples to allow for results in BC of around 500 respondents which is large enough to start to mean somethingIn the last three months support for the NDP and Conservatives are up in BC while for the Liberals it is...
Federal Proportional Representation in Canada - is it likely?: Elections in Canada with the first past the post system means that MPs can be elected with less than a third of the vote and a party can form a majority government with only the support of around 40% of the voters.    The system is not doing a very good job of translating the will of the public i...
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Time for Senator Mike Duffy to Seek a Guilty Plea Bargain?: Mike Duffy  It worked for Basi and Virk, sparing the BC political duo jail time in BC Rail corruption caseBill Tieleman’s 24 Hours Vancouver / The TyeecolumnTuesday April 14, 2015By Bill Tieleman "In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thie...
No Pre or Post-Election Coalition Government in Sight for NDP and Liberals: NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in happier times - Star photo It's risky, unwieldy and neither party wants it.Bill Tieleman’s 24 Hours Vancouver / The TyeecolumnTuesday April 7, 2015 By Bill Tieleman "Coalitions, though successful, have always found this: that their tri...
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The Dangers of Fracking: And come to that the dangers of commenting on press articles on line. Recently I posted something using Disqus: it was in response to an article in a Squamish newspaper about the proposed LNG plant. Oddly, nothing in the article, or in the response to that time spoke to the source of the gas. Tha...
James Moore Gets a Surprise Delivery: A link to this video arrived in my email this morning. I am not sure that the direct confrontation achieves very much, but the speech by the former commander of the Kitsilano Coast Guard station is telling. Just to nitpick a bit more, the Marathassa was not a “grain tanker” (whatever that is) a...
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Hard hitting journalism by Black Press: Mount Polley Mine meeting important to attend, by Ken Wilson, Williams Lake Tribune (Black Press), Apr 17, 2015Over the years companies, governments, and those in-between have created some major public relations gaffs (sic) by not addressing bad situations in time, hoping the publicity would di...
Do you care?: This item was first published here July, 2009:Radio talk shows are often wastelands of puffery, babble and prejudice. Well conducted programs, with knowledgeable listeners, occasionally break through with moments of simple passion.One of those occurred recently on Bill Good's CKNW show. A Vanco...
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Doubling contribution limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts exposes true intent of a bad policy: Last week, federal finance minister Joe Oliver re-affirmed that his government seeks to double the annual limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), from $5,500 to $11,000. This is a terrible idea. When the TFSA was first introduced, the claim at the time was that the policy was intended to supp...
Balanced Budget Legislation – another zombie policy returns from the dead: Ah, here we go again – when seeking to assert credibility as sound fiscal managers, governments reach for the tired gimmick of “balanced budget legislation” (BBL). It’s not about good economics. Nor about good public policy. Just crass politics. And now the federal government is once again dangli...
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An open letter to minister James Moore: The general manager of the Jericho Sailing Centre is accusing Coast Guard brass of straight-out lying to the public. Here's Mike Cotter's open letter to minister James Moore. Dear Mr. Moore: Since the April 8 bunker C fuel spill in English Bay, 3km directly north of the Jericho Sailing Centre, I ...
What do you do to prevent more oil spills?: One week ago Vancouver residents woke up to the news that a grain freighter at anchor had leaked bunker fuel into English Bay. No reason to panic, right? Conditions were sunny and calm, there was hardly a breeze: a golden opportunity for the federal government to demonstrate its “world-leading” ...
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Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Apr 27 - May 1st: Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile Municipal Councils' and the Board of Education for School District #27 will be meeting next week as follows:Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Monday, April 27th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:* Committee Reco...
CRD Board Mtg - Apr 24th: Present: Chair Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb, Campsall and Alternate Director S. Hart (Area H)Staff:J. Bell - CAOS. Reid - CFOA. Johnston - Corporate OfficerK. Moores - Mgr of Development ServicesMeeting cal...
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Exclusive: TransLink staff plan a day out for golf: There is a Translink in Belfast and a TransLink in Metro Vancouver. By coincidence, golf will be on their minds May 28. The Belfast Translink’s website says the public bus and rail company will be transporting golf fans to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal Coun...
The T in TED doesn’t stand for transparency: They say it’s all about Technology, Entertainment and Design and the TED 2015 conference, themed Truth and Dare, is the second of a three-year commitment to Vancouver. Says the TED website: “This week in Vancouver, thinkers, dreamers and mavericks meet at TED2015 to talk about our world — and wha...
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Battleground Surrey: Political will and reforms needed to fix problems: As Surrey approaches one of the most important elections in last few decades media, commentators and general public are highly concentrated on search for a solution of numerous problems facing city’s transformation from suburban to urban. Top of the list is reserved for issues of crime, transport...
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What lessons were learned from Public Eye?: That's the question the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting asked me following my decision to suspend Public Eye's daily reporting. In an article published by the centre and J-Source.ca I provide some of the answers, revealing the secrets of its success and why it was difficult t...
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A Godless World?: This is an interactive site. The Name of the Game is ENGAGEMENT. Don't be Shy. Tell us what you think. Post your comments.
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Alex Tsakumis: Clark has offered no leadership in BCTF dispute: [PNG Merlin Archive] In the 1770s, the Queen consort of France was at the height of her popularity. Her beauty and charm were without equal and, being initially greeted with rapture reserved for worthy royalty, the euphoria was boundless. Indeed, Marie Antoinette, at that point, could do no wro...
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Why I’m Voting No in the Transit Referendum: On the rare occasion when I am asked by any level of government as to whether I would like to pay more tax, I say ‘no’. Thanks for giving us the choice, folks. That’s not the only reason I’m voting ‘no’ in the upcoming transportation referendum in Vancouver, though. I also happen to think that sm...

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