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Changing Our Electoral System Would Renew Democracy (in Opinion): Our current first-past-the-post system fosters a 'get nowhere' dynamic that winner-take-all voting brings: an endless cycle of 'strategic voting' campaigns, while millions of voters in 'safe' ridings are ignored by political parties.  Related Stories While NDP Fiddles with Electoral Reform, O...
Health Ministry Firings Review an 'Accountability Gong Show,' Says NDP (in News): Report finds errors in government investigation that led to firings of seven employees.  Related Stories Key Health Ministry Advisor Was Surprised Firings Targeted Just 'Low Level People': Emails (in News) Long-Awaited Review into 'Biggest Ever Human Resources Debacle' Due Today (in News) For...
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Emails Obtained in FOI Show BC Attorney General Warned by Independent Bar Owners “Happy Hour” Would Hike Booze Prices, Reduce Competition: Happy Hour in Paris - seems much better! - Bill Tieleman photo Liquor law changes force some bars to hike prices, emails to province reveal. Bill Tieleman’s 24 Hours Vancouver/ The Tyee column Tuesday December 9, 2014 By Bill Tieleman "This is very dangerous -- $2 drinks? There is no way...
Governments push fear, flu shots despite dropping efficacy, dubious death claims: Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets flu shots Vaccines provide 'moderate' protection,' studies show.So why are they pushed on the public? Bill Tieleman’s 24 Hours Vancouver / The Tyee columnTuesday December 2, 2014By Bill Tieleman"Scaring people justifies evidence-free policies."        ...
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Families of victims in Pakistan school attack describe horror and despair : Families of students killed in the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar speak of the unspeakable.read more
B.C. wine to line grocery shelves in spring 2015: "Supporting B.C.'s economy and local wine producers through the promotion and sales of made-in-B.C. products is a driving force for government,” says Attorney General.read more
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Real Canadian Superstore once again in the spotlight after denying customers redemption of points: I’m really starting to wonder what kind of a company Loblaws is after a recent experience where I and other customers were told we could not redeem our points on the PC plus card. Time for another grocery shopping rant. … Continue reading →
Kiewit-General “committed willful and serious safety violations” in Washington state accident, fined $150,000: I noticed some interesting and heavy activity yesterday on my blog, from a US source using Level 3 Communications out of Maryland, U.S. – a company that interestingly enough, was spun off from Kiewit Diversified Group, a subsidiary of Peter … Continue reading →
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Minding the Ps and Qs: B.C. Place casino gets a new name and financing: B.C. Place casino’s logo A grassy hill and grove of trees that stood beside B.C. Place Stadium’s west plaza until just after November’s civic election are long gone. So is the hill that they stood upon and so is some of that plaza. Crews from construction company EllisDon/Tishman are busy build...
The Liberal odd couple: he’s co-operating with police, but she’s not: In a Dec. 18 email to BC Liberal Party members, executive director Laura Miller signed-off with this shout-out to Santa Claus: Miller and Faist (Twitter). “For his can-do, entrepreneurial attitude. I betcha he’s a BC Liberal. If he was NDP, kids would never receive their toys. They’d be too bus...
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Study: ‘It’s hard to beat gasoline’ on Air Quality: I saw this on Planetizen and couldn’t resist the video Now, we don’t have much ethanol around here, and the electricity we use is mostly  from existing hydro. So some of these results from the US don’t exactly translate here. So if you can afford a Tesla, go right ahead and don’t worry about tho...
Why are Roads different to Transit?: One of the twitter responses I got to my last post Now I must admit that even when I was with Translink – many years ago now – I was not required to do much about the Major Road Network (MRN). It exists because the province was going to download some provincial highways and bridges to the munici...
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A crime family depends on its enablers - rerun: The bulk of this item was written in 2010 and it was moved to the top a year later. I've done a little editing to recognize the political environment of 2014 but not much has changed, in the article and in BC politics. Indeed, the winners kept winning and most of our fellow citizens barely notic...
Lies my energy minister told me: October 15, I listened to Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett provide detailed assurance that, unlike budgets of numerous BC megaprojects that suffered runaway costs, the $7.9 billion Site C dam budget was final, fully reviewed by specialists and reliable because it included a contingency well...
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Site C: I was a bit surprised by Minister Bennett’s statement that I was 100% wrong  when I suggested in a CBC radio interview that BC Hydro didn’t need to start on Site C right away.  He emphatically disputed the suggestion that the decision and start of construction on Site C  could be deferred three t...
Latest poverty stats show BC still has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada: The latest poverty statistics are finally here after waiting over 6 months to see the state of poverty in British Columbia, and the data once again shows that BC has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada. Using the Low Income Cut-Off – After Tax (LICO-AT) as the poverty line, 1 in 10 British...
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Not the kind of port reform we were hoping for: Just when you thought public input into major resource export proposals couldn’t be undermined any more than it already has, you get something like Bill C-43. This omnibus bill, which was introduced this fall and is likely to go to a vote any day now, could give port authorities like Port Metro ...
Does the MLA for Burnaby North know something we don't about Kinder Morgan?: In case you hadn't heard, the B.C. government has five conditions for any company proposing to transport heavy oil to the coast. The first condition is “Successful completion of the environmental review process.” Under the equivalency agreement signed by the BC Liberals in 2010, the province acce...
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Quick thoughts on Site C half an hour before the annoucement: My hope is that the government passes on the projectGive the track record of large dam projects in the last decade, it would see that cost overruns seem to be almost inevitable.    The Muskrat Falls project in Labrador looks like it will come in at $10.5 billion instead of the initial $6.9 billio...
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2014 Area F Year End Report: Yesterday, Cariboo RD Area 'F' Director Joan Sorley reported out on her activities in 2014 including:* WL Community Forest* Mt Polley* Mental Health* Potential creation of Noise BylawView the full report here~SF
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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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Youth file misleading advertising complaint against VCH: From this morning’s press conference. ——— Vancouver – Three young patient advocates fighting to keep the Pine Free Youth Clinic open have retained a lawyer to file a complaint about a poster distributed by Vancouver Coastal Health. They say the poster is misleading, compromising their ability to ...
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Westside-Kelowna By-Election Maps: As everybody that has any interest in British Columbia politics is aware, Premier Christy Clark is running in Westside-Kelowna in a by-election. The only question is how much of a margin she is going to win by and what the turnout is going to be, but suffice to say the BC Liberals will be sparin...
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What went right and what went wrong at Public Eye?: That's the question the Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism 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 ...
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Exclusive: Russia buys Vancouver landmark in hostile takeover : Russian clowns outside Science World in 2010 (Sochi 2014) The Russians are coming (back), the Russians are coming (back). Four years after Science World was temporarily transformed into Sochi World during the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Russian Federation government is set to buy the Vancouve...
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THE BIG NEW TRANSIT PLAN: 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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Living Life in the Present: I just got back from a trip in British Columbia’s wine country, followed up by a party-every-day experience in New Orleans — not that you’d know any of that by following me here or on social media. More than ever, I’m just living life in the present — meaning the best I can give right now is an a...

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