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Monte Paulsen

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Monte Paulsen is a certified energy advisor. He helps homeowners and homebuilders save money and cut carbon emissions. He works in collaboration with City Green Solutions.

Monte wrote for The Tyee between 2005 and 2010. While at The Tyee he reported on affordable housing and green building. Links to his work can be found below.

He has also written for numerous newspapers and magazines including Canadian Geographic, Vancouver Magazine and The Walrus.

And he is a co-author of Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave (Warner Books, 2002).

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Stories by Monte Paulsen

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EU to push for binding carbon agreement

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Feb 2011


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UBC biomass plant to provide 6 per cent of campus power

By Monte Paulsen, 24 Feb 2011


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What is the best way to build a wall?

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Feb 2011


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Money-losing carbon tax must be fixed: CCPA, Sierra Club

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Feb 2011


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Solar power could meet energy needs in 20 years: Kurzweil

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Feb 2011


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Wind power prices drop to coal power levels: Bloomberg

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Feb 2011


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US invests another $53 billion in high-speed rail, Canadian study a year overdue

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Feb 2011


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Solar power cheaper than gas power in California

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Feb 2011


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Obama calls for green building to save energy, create jobs

By Monte Paulsen, 3 Feb 2011


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Streetcars to roll back into New Orleans

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Feb 2011


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A Tyee Series

Low-Energy Homes Mean Thousands of New Jobs

In Europe, that is, where Passivhaus principles are going into building codes. Could B.C. do it?

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Jan 2011


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Vancouver approves green building targets

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Jan 2011


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A Tyee Series

In Snowy Whistler, a House with No Furnace

Canada's first Passivhaus points to the future of green building with wood. Second of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Jan 2011


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A Tyee Series

Step Inside the Real Home of the Future: Passivhaus

Canadians helped invent a house so efficient you could heat it with a hair dryer. Then we forgot about it. First of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Jan 2011


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Six reasons parking is the dumbest thing you subsidize: Grist

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Jan 2011


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War on Bikes, redux: Oregon lawmaker seeks to ban kids from bicycles

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Jan 2011


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Suzuki tops Guardian's 'eco power' list

By Monte Paulsen, 17 Jan 2011


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Low-carbon energy investments topped $243 billion in 2010: Bloomberg

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Jan 2011


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Green building to support 7.9 million American jobs

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Jan 2011


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Green building systems growing abroad

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Jan 2011


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A Tyee Series

How Do They Decide a Building Is 'Green'?

The Tyee Guide to green building certification systems in Canada. Third in a series.

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Jan 2011


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Top green building trends for 2011

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Jan 2011


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A Tyee Series

Green Homes For Less

Three affordable homes that could change that way you think about green building. Second in a series.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Jan 2011


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A Tyee Series

Five Myths About Green Building

Green doesn't have to mean expensive, exotic or uncomfortable. First in a series.

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Jan 2011


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A Tyee Series

Idea #9: Nanocellulose, the Next Big Wood Product

Will invisible fibers help rescue BC's disappearing mill towns?

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Dec 2010


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Barbie's carbon footprint: 3 cups of oil

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Dec 2010


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Business Council urges BC Liberals to abandon Campbell's climate policies

By Monte Paulsen, 15 Dec 2010


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Eight BC communities call for greener building standards

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Dec 2010


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Tar sands refinery among first megaprojects to face new US greenhouse gas rules

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Dec 2010


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Charest blasts Harper on climate

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Dec 2010


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Top ministers tackle details in Cancun

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Dec 2010


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Island nations face 'extinction'

By Monte Paulsen, 3 Dec 2010


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2010 among hottest years on record

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Dec 2010


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Japan sinks Kyoto

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Dec 2010


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Canada wins three 'Fossil of the Day' awards in Cancun

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Dec 2010


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Why Cancun matters: Levi

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Nov 2010


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BC rainforests store more carbon than Cancun counterparts

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Nov 2010


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Scientists call for WWII-style rationing of carbon

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Nov 2010


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Environment vs climate: Which will China choose?

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Nov 2010


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'Nature doesn't do bailouts': Hari

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Nov 2010


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US blames China, Canada blames UN, ahead of Cancun climate talks

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Nov 2010


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Greenpeace scales Mexican oil rig, Radiohead calls for giant Viking

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Nov 2010


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Carbon emissions to set new record in 2010

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Nov 2010


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BC outlines plans for cap-and-trade

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Nov 2010


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Pioneering U.S. carbon exchange to close

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Nov 2010


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California to proceed with cap-and-trade in 2012

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Nov 2010


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Far right warms to carbon tax

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Oct 2010


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Giveaways hinder EU carbon market: NYT

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Oct 2010


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Denman Island parkland preserved through carbon offsets

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Oct 2010


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Metro mayors nix property tax for transit

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Oct 2010


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Harper government acknowledges climate change in new report

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Oct 2010


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Get Rolling on Streetcars, Say Gathered Experts

They reduce carbon, promote healthy development, and tourists love them, Translink is told.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Oct 2010


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NWT considers carbon tax

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Sep 2010


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A Tyee Series

A Daring Détente in the Boreal Forest

In Canada's vast north woods, a cease-fire in the war over certified timber.

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Sep 2010


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Canadian business to lobby Harper on homelessness

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Sep 2010


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BC carbon tax now 'revenue negative': Lee

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Sep 2010


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'LEED is a laggard, rather than a leader': SFI CEO

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Sep 2010


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Carbon pricing will create jobs: report

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Sep 2010


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Metro streetcar strategy starts to roll

By Monte Paulsen, 17 Sep 2010


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Canadians talk green but fly cheap

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Sep 2010


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Pedal peddle: Could carbon credits fund bike-sharing?

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Sep 2010


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BHP Billiton calls for carbon tax in Australia

By Monte Paulsen, 15 Sep 2010


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Catalyst seeks to slash union wages

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Sep 2010


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Campbell must sell HST, show 'nerve': Mason

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Sep 2010


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UBC researcher wins award for sewage-to-fertilizer technology

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Sep 2010


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Ikea buys German wind farms

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Sep 2010


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A Tyee Series

How to Revive Co-ops? Band Them Together

If each co-operative housing project was part of a larger whole, their residents, and finances, would be more secure. Last of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Jul 2010


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A Tyee Series

Government Money Is There to Revive Co-op Housing

But the province has diverted a key pool of federal funds away from building family housing. Third of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Jul 2010


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A Tyee Series

How about Owning Just Part of Your Home?

Shared equity co-ops could give ordinary earners a stake in Vancouver's crazy housing market. Second of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Jul 2010


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A Tyee Series

Affordable Homes: Is a Co-op in Your Future?

Housing co-operatives used to fill a gap between ownership and rental, but few are built today. How to fix that. First in a series of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Jul 2010


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Canada short changes mental health care: Kirby

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Jun 2010


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Mental Illness Leads to Homelessness in BC

Research finds high percentage of long-term homeless suffer schizophrenia, were abused as children.

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Jun 2010


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Lekstrom quits BC Liberals over HST

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Jun 2010


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Capt. Kirk to save BC salmon

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Jun 2010


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Three quarters of British Columbians would vote to abolish HST: poll

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Jun 2010


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NDP pushes renters' rights bills

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Jun 2010


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Giving voice(mail) to the homeless

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Apr 2010


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New West enacts Canada’s first living wage law

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Apr 2010


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House has right to documents: Milliken

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Apr 2010


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'New' NPA to consider name change

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Apr 2010


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BC voters support local campaign spending limits: Survey

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Apr 2010


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Vancouver to cough up another $32 million for Olympic Village housing

By Monte Paulsen, 20 Apr 2010


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BC to proceed with Site C dam

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Apr 2010


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Province extends funding for three Vancouver shelters

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Apr 2010


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Designers Challenged to Get Creative About Housing Homeless

This Thursday, take part in Architecture For Humanity's 'superchallenge' to find quick, affordable and green housing solutions for the city's growing homeless population.

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Apr 2010


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A Tyee Series

Homeless Housing For Less

Proposals to build free or low-cost homeless housing said to be 'stalled' by the province. Last of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Apr 2010


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A Tyee Series

Is this Canada's Most Affordable Green Home?

How Victoria designer Keith Dewey transformed eight used shipping containers into an airy residence. Second of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Apr 2010


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Aboriginal homeless threaten tent city if shelter closes

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Apr 2010


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A Tyee Series

Green and Affordable Homes, Out of the Box

Shipping containers hold the potential to revolutionize urban housing. First of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Apr 2010


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Vancouver homelessness up 12 per cent since 2008

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Apr 2010


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Vancouver counts its homeless today

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Mar 2010


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Take corporate and union money out of local politics: Vision

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Mar 2010


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A Tyee Series

Will Green Building Council Kill Green Forestry?

Some critics say LEED's pending new rules could do just that. As the decision nears, the debate between competing eco-certifiers is nervous and angry. Last of five this week.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Mar 2010


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Vision to reconsider corporate and union donations

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Mar 2010


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A Tyee Series

LEED Accused of 'Conspiracy to Monopolize'

Corporate group says US Green Building Council and eco-certifier FSC keep too much North American timber out of green market. Fourth in a series of five this week.

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Mar 2010


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A Tyee Series

Wood War Sprawls to IRS, Fortune 500

Can an industry-created nonprofit meet test for a public-interest charity?

By Monte Paulsen, 17 Mar 2010


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A Tyee Series

Eco Group's Trade Complaint Targets US Wood Certifier

ForestEthics charges that SFI's 'vague' standards mislead consumers. Second of five parts this week.

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Mar 2010


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A Tyee Series

Future of 'Green' Wood Hangs on US Decision

New LEED rules poised to remake market for environmental forest products, Canadian timber. First of five parts this week.

By Monte Paulsen, 15 Mar 2010


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Emery smokes up with Olympics visitors, runs through family stash

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Feb 2010


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What's Driving Olympics Homeless Protesters

As housing prices soared, social housing went unbuilt for years. As a result, shelter is hot politics in Vancouver.

By Monte Paulsen and Geoff Dembicki, 16 Feb 2010


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Five B.C. firms to supply Olympic carbon credits

By Monte Paulsen, 15 Feb 2010


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Layton has prostate cancer, vows to continue as leader

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Feb 2010


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Robertson calls for post-Olympic homeless count

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Feb 2010


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Grits still tied with Tories: Ekos

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Jan 2010


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My socks don’t match. Am I world class?

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Jan 2010


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'We're Just Getting Started': Facebook Activist

Christopher White, founder of Facebook group that sparked weekend rallies, on his cyber-allies, his politics, Michael Ignatieff, and more. A Tyee interview.

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Jan 2010


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'We are not an apathetic people': Facebook group founder

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Jan 2010


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Ignatieff to speak at anti-prorogation rally

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Jan 2010


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Parliament must vote to prorogue: NDP

By Monte Paulsen, 20 Jan 2010


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Shutdown sinks Tories to Grit territory

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Jan 2010


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Dippers to join Facebook rallies

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Jan 2010


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Layton to Harper: Recall Parliament

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Jan 2010


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$50 Million Private Plan to Help Homeless Unveiled

Street to Home's funds should be added to existing government commitments: NDP.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Jan 2010


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Prorogation Provokes Online Uprising

Fast-growing Facebook group is organizing rallies nationwide.

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Jan 2010


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Banks to control 23 BC newspapers

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Jan 2010


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Harper's lead plummets to 5 points: Ekos

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Jan 2010


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BC Conservatives buoyed by Wildrose success

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Jan 2010


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New homeless shelter won't close gap

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Jan 2010


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23,000 join Facebook group against prorogation

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Jan 2010


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A Tyee Series

The Trouble with Tracey

One year ago she burned to death in her shopping cart. What's been done to save the next Tracey from a similar fate?

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Dec 2009


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Vancouver planning more homeless shelters

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Dec 2009


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Vancouver police won't force homeless into shelters: Chief Chu

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Dec 2009


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Homeless apprehensions could begin this weekend

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Dec 2009


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'Let Donolo Let Iggy Be Iggy!'

Listening in on BC's Grits this weekend, as they gathered in Whistler to drink and argue about how to revive their falling party.

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Nov 2009


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A Tyee Series

Welcome to the 'Burbs, Meet the New Homeless

Their ranks are growing in cities like Surrey, as the working poor slip their grip.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Nov 2009


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Talk 1410 gone, Brindle vows return

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Nov 2009


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Tories win Quebec byelection, retake Nova Scotia

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Nov 2009


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NDP to vote against HST 'bribe' funds: Layton

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Nov 2009


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Green candidate 'not an environmental activist'

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Nov 2009


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Liberal candidate Lee 'ashamed' of Harper stance on climate change

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Nov 2009


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Layton and Donnelly Woo the HST Haters

New Dems' by-election strategy is to pin the much maligned tax on Harper.

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Nov 2009


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The Curious Case of the Missing Tory

We tried to interview Diana Dilworth, who wants to win the New West-Coquitlam by-election. We really did try.

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Nov 2009


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A Tyee Series

A Beacon for Ending Homelessness

How the province transformed a Hastings Street hotel from hell to haven. Second in our Homeless Report Card 2010 series.

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Oct 2009


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Elizabeth May elected to Parliament... in William Deverell novel

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Oct 2009


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Suburban affordability fueling Metro real estate recovery: analyst

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Oct 2009


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Is BC ready to regulate Tweets?

By Monte Paulsen, 20 Oct 2009


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Homelessness costs BC taxpayers up to $1 billion a year

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Oct 2009


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A Tyee Series

A Homeless Report Card for British Columbia

The Tyee asked experts to assess progress on the issue, and assign some grades.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Oct 2009


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Campbell hints at further cuts to education and health care

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Oct 2009


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Campbell vows local election reform

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Oct 2009


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Tax cases 'undermine partnership' with province: James

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Oct 2009


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UBCM to consider local campaign finance reform

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Sep 2009


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UBCM urges province to support tax-starved mill towns

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Sep 2009


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Milltown Tax Mutiny

As pulp mills withhold taxes from tiny communities, BC's municipal officials brace for legal ruling.

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Sep 2009


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Tories widen lead over Grits: poll

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Sep 2009


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BC Preparing New Law to Apprehend Homeless

Act would violate Charter warn civil liberties advocates.

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Sep 2009


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BC Key to Harper's Dream of Majority

Five tight battleground ridings are poised to tip towards Tories.

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Sep 2009


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Why I'm Moving to British Columbia: Green Leader

Elizabeth May admits her party lacked an election strategy last time, vows a new approach.

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Sep 2009


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Iggy’s preferred ballot question: Who can lead Canada into recovery?

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Sep 2009


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Iggy won't force election until Grits rise in polls: Marshall

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Jun 2009


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A Tyee Series

Rail Fix: Two Tracks to Langley

If BC is to join the new era of train travel, it must plan for passenger rail on a regional basis, and protect potential new rail corridors. Last of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Jun 2009


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A Tyee Series

Ottawa Halts Vancouver Train

As if ignoring high-speed and discouraging US rail investment were not enough, the Harper government now blocks even slow-speed rail. Third of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 29 May 2009


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A Tyee Series

Obama's Billions Bypass BC

A decade of disinterest has cost Vancouver passengers the benefit of U.S. billions targeted for track improvements north of Seattle. Second of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 28 May 2009


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A Tyee Series

The Myth of High-Speed Rail for BC

No key player -- not Obama, Harper, Campbell or Washington State -- is on board with high-speed rail to Vancouver. Part one of four.

By Monte Paulsen, 27 May 2009


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Campbell and cabinet win third term

By Monte Paulsen, 12 May 2009


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Follow Election Results on Tyee's Twitter and The Hook

Breaking news and analysis, up to the minute.

By David Beers and Monte Paulsen, 12 May 2009


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Can the Greens win a seat this year?

By Monte Paulsen, 11 May 2009


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Liberals likely to win 52 seats, NDP 33: Kennedy Stewart

By Monte Paulsen, 8 May 2009


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Two top ecologists to vote NDP

By Monte Paulsen, 6 May 2009


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Liberals slip to 51 seats in SFU prof's projection

By Monte Paulsen, 6 May 2009


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Premier never in danger: Police

By Monte Paulsen, 5 May 2009


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BC Liberals lead NDP by 11 points: Environics

By Monte Paulsen, 5 May 2009


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Debate: Sterk plugs seven Green ridings

By Monte Paulsen, 3 May 2009


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Iggy to Harper: ‘You have failed us. And if you can’t unite Canadians... we can’

By Monte Paulsen, 2 May 2009


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Liberals to fix another Tory economic mess: Chrétien

By Monte Paulsen, 1 May 2009


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Big Red Machine gets shiny new engine

By Monte Paulsen, 1 May 2009


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‘I am the creature of the Liberal Party’: Ignatieff

By Monte Paulsen, 1 May 2009


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'We don’t concede any riding... That’s the rule': Ignatieff

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Apr 2009


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No more 'leader-appointed candidates': John Turner

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Apr 2009


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Stewart still predicting another BC Liberals majority

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Apr 2009


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Van Dongen resigns over speeding tickets, remains a candidate

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Apr 2009


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BC Liberals to win 56 seats, NDP 29: Kennedy Stewart

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Apr 2009


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Conservation voters endorse 'Anybody but Carole'

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Apr 2009


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Who Is Gordon Campbell 3.0?

Chatting with the polished puzzle who seeks a third term as BC's premier.

By Monte Paulsen, 20 Apr 2009


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Suzuki attacks NDP plan to axe carbon tax: Globe

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Apr 2009


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Campbell hammers economic themes, heads to Dawson Creek

By Monte Paulsen, 15 Apr 2009


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Trail Mix: Could BC's carbon tax become the ballot question?

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Apr 2009


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Would Tory TV bailout hasten Canwest collapse?

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Apr 2009


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'No finish line' for Canwest cuts: Skulsky

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Apr 2009


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A Tyee Series

Six Seats the BC Liberals Will Fight Hard to Keep

Boundary-Similkameen, Kootenay East, and ones in Surrey, Coquitlam and Vancouver.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Apr 2009


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Greens to run full slate, narrowing NDP chances

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Apr 2009


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BC Liberals to run Thornthwaite in North Van-Seymour: Public Eye

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Apr 2009


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Vancouver plan would house 550 homeless by end of year

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Apr 2009


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Kash Heed to run in Fraserview: Sun

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Apr 2009


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A Tyee Series

To Win, New Dems Must Pry Loose These Six Seats

Comox Valley, Saanich South, Stikine, North Van-Lonsdale and two in Burnaby.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Apr 2009


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A Tyee Series

Why the NDP Has a Shot

BC Liberals hold more safe seats, but 'green suburban swingers' could lift New Dems into power.

By Monte Paulsen, 3 Apr 2009


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A Tyee Series

Do It Yourself Home Lauded by Housing Minister Coleman

He also sees 'shared equity' as a way to make houses more affordable.

By Monte Paulsen, 31 Mar 2009


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A Tyee Series

Rennie's Remedy: Taller, Cheaper

Condo king says cut unit costs by adding floors, capping developer profits.

By Monte Paulsen, 17 Mar 2009


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A Tyee Series

Basement Suites in the Sky

Lock-off suites could help young families own condos and create rental housing for singles.

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Mar 2009


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A Tyee Series

'We Need Rental, Today': Toderian

Vancouver's planning boss on the downturn, fixing the rental unit shortage, and a key charter change.

By Monte Paulsen, 3 Mar 2009


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A Tyee Series

No Money Down Mortgages Still a Good Idea? This One Works

Helping renters buy homes, leave social housing, makes space for others.

By Monte Paulsen, 24 Feb 2009


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A Tyee Series

Homes that Cost Less than Rental

How a Toronto developer creates 'cost-effective' condos sold to families making as low as $32,000.

By Monte Paulsen, 17 Feb 2009


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A Tyee Series

Affordable Housing: Five Myths

Betting on 'market correction'? Home prices would have to plunge 55 per cent to fit average family income.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Feb 2009


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A Tyee Series

Fixing the Crazy Cost of Housing

Ordinary people in BC can no longer afford ordinary homes. First in a series searching for solutions.

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Feb 2009


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Harper to spend $2 billion on social housing: Star

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Jan 2009


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Fear the NDP, not this 'recession for sissies': Rob Macdonald

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Jan 2009


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Historic hotel reopens to serve Vancouver's homeless

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Jan 2009


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Encana gas hit by fourth explosion

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Jan 2009


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Nova Scotia poised to elect NDP government?

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Dec 2008


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Global warming? No worries. Just duct tape the glaciers.

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Dec 2008


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'Stop Gap Housing' Idea Could Make Big Dent in Homelessness

Vancouver mayor 'definitely interested' in temporary villages for hundreds.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Dec 2008


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Robertson puts HEAT on Vancouver homelessness

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Dec 2008


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A Tyee Series

50 Ways to Help the Homeless

A practical guide to what the experts say can, and must, be done. Second of two.

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Dec 2008


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A Tyee Series

How to End Homelessness

Can Vancouver's new mayor deliver on his promise to house everyone? Yes we can. First of two.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Dec 2008


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Parliament is suspended, budget due Jan. 26

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Dec 2008


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'Separation, Alberta-style': Harper

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Dec 2008


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The purloined papers: Louie confronts Global; aide refutes Lee's story

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Nov 2008


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City lacked authority to hold Olympic loan meeting in secret: Pivot

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Nov 2008


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Vancouver civic parties agree more often than not: Think City

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Nov 2008


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'I'd be asking for a criminal investigation': Larry Campbell

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Nov 2008


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CFO forced out after warning city about Olympic Village cost: Mason

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Nov 2008


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Vision promotes 'Housing First,' NPA proposes pre-fab homes

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Nov 2008


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'B.C. Lee and I have been set up': Ladner

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Nov 2008


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Ladner, Robertson disclose partial donor lists

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Nov 2008


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Whistler-Blackcomb ranks 2nd on Outside list; Fernie takes sixth

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Nov 2008


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‘I am prepared to lose this election to save this project’: Ladner

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Nov 2008


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Public does not need to know about $100 million loan: city

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Nov 2008


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'No Risk to Taxpayer' Vows Olympic Village Builder

City claims taxpayers' interests trump public's right to know about $100 million loan.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Nov 2008


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'No risk to taxpayers' in $100 million loan: Millennium

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Nov 2008


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Robertson calls on Ladner to disclose Olympic Village loan

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Nov 2008


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Progress Housing Homeless? Ladner, Activists Wildly Disagree

Crunching the numbers behind the claims in Vancouver.

By Monte Paulsen, 31 Oct 2008


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Vancouver plays Whack-a-Mole with homeless campers

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Oct 2008


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Bill Clinton praises Gordon Campbell's carbon tax as 'economic generator'

By Monte Paulsen, 17 Oct 2008


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The Tyee.ca and 24 Hours to co-sponsor housing debate at St. Andrew’s-Wesley

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Oct 2008


opinion

Election's Big Winners and Losers

These get our votes. Please add your own.

By David Beers and Monte Paulsen, 15 Oct 2008


opinion

What Did Voters Say Today?

Catch our fresh election night analysis on The Hook.

By David Beers and Monte Paulsen, 14 Oct 2008


blogs

Ladner and Robertson ducked questions in Courier debate

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Oct 2008


blogs

Tory MPs met with RCMP officers who commissioned anti-Insite research

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Oct 2008


news

RCMP Quietly Funded Study Critical of Insite Effort

Tory minister cited report in effort to close safe injection clinic.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Oct 2008


blogs

RCMP paid for study Clement cited in Conservative effort to close Insite

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Oct 2008


news

Turning Down Dion

NDP candidate Michael Byers on why he chose a tough riding, and declined to run elsewhere for the Liberals.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Oct 2008


blogs

NDP tied with Tories in BC: Ekos poll

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Oct 2008


blogs

Five things British Columbians need to know about Sarah Palin

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Oct 2008


blogs

Harper misrepresented climate change in French debate: Pembina

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Oct 2008


blogs

Greens to run in Vancouver by-elections on Oct. 29

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Oct 2008


blogs

Ladner rejects plan to house homeless in empty hotels

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Oct 2008


blogs

Activists offer plan to quickly house Downtown Eastside's homeless

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Sep 2008


blogs

Fraser Institute alum wrote Harper's plagiarized speech on Iraq

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Sep 2008


blogs

Video: Sarah Palin blessed by Kenyan witch-hunter

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Sep 2008


blogs

Layton appeals directly to 'people disappointed with Mr. Dion'

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Sep 2008


blogs

UBCM asks province for more than 150 changes to legislation

By Monte Paulsen, 26 Sep 2008


blogs

Coquihalla tolls gone as Campbell girds for 2009 election

By Monte Paulsen and Geoff Dembicki, 26 Sep 2008


blogs

Groups say BC’s bioenergy plan will worsen global warming

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Sep 2008


blogs

BC Green leader praises Campbell's carbon tax

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Sep 2008


blogs

Suspend Shell Canada's drilling in the Klappan: UBCM

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Sep 2008


blogs

No bike parking at UBCM site where pols talk carbon

By Monte Paulsen, 24 Sep 2008


blogs

BC will refund carbon taxes to municipalities: Campbell

By Monte Paulsen, 24 Sep 2008


blogs

Exempt north from carbon tax: UBCM

By Monte Paulsen and Geoff Dembicki, 24 Sep 2008


blogs

UBCM would exempt rural areas from carbon tax

By Geoff Dembicki and Monte Paulsen, 24 Sep 2008


blogs

Housing concerns rising in BC cities: poll

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Sep 2008


blogs

Do not call list may hamper independent campaigns

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Sep 2008


blogs

Homelessness, carbon tax, foresty are hot issues at UBCM

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Sep 2008


blogs

May: Canadians need to know Harper attacked health care

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Sep 2008


news

Harper Evolved? May Doubts It

Riding the campaign train with Green leader.

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Sep 2008


blogs

Vision Vancouer nomination battle goes to recount after high turnout

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Sep 2008


blogs

Greens overtake Bloc; Tories at 39 per cent: Angus Reid

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Sep 2008


blogs

'The most diverse team ever assembled by the NPA': Ladner

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Sep 2008


blogs

Late on 9-11, Ladner attacks Robertson over Rotary debate

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Sep 2008


blogs

Boing Boing's Doctorow endorses NDPer in Montreal

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Sep 2008


blogs

Canwest drops suit against Tyee

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Sep 2008


news

Canwest No Longer Suing Tyee

Media giant drops libel suit for Mair column.

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Sep 2008


blogs

Five from the fish-wrappers

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Sep 2008


news

Layton Leads (on Facebook)

Tyee helps track buzz in the online world of 'social media.'

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Sep 2008


blogs

Layton leads on Facebook; Harper ahead on Technorati

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Sep 2008


blogs

COPE's Louis to oppose Vision deal

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Sep 2008


blogs

Vision and COPE cut 8-2 council deal; Greens get parks board slot

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Sep 2008


tyeenews

Get on The Hook!

The Tyee's new politics superblog launches today. Nice timing, eh?

By Monte Paulsen and David Beers, 8 Sep 2008


blogs

Strange bedfellows: Stephen Harper and Carole James

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Sep 2008


blogs

COPE-Vision deal ‘looking quite positive’: Woodsworth

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Sep 2008


news

Canada's First 'Community Court': Can It Help Addicts?

Goal is fast justice, better options for offenders.

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Sep 2008


blogs

Quick: How many ridings in BC?

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Sep 2008


news

Michael Geller, New Blood for NPA

Vancouver's reigning party stumbled, says developer who seeks one of its council slots.

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Aug 2008


news

Dhaliwal's Bid for Vision Slot Marks Political Shift

Indo-Canadian wants 'to bridge communities' in Vancouver.

By Monte Paulsen, 25 Aug 2008


news

Hanging Out in Beijing

BC activist Nicole Rycroft on why she dangled a 'Free Tibet' banner -- and herself -- from atop a Beijing billboard.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Aug 2008


news

Candidates Stampede to Vision

Already, 28 contenders vie to join slate for Vancouver election.

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Aug 2008


news

Mayor Sam's Unspent Cash

Will Vancouver mayor disclose his war chest?

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Jun 2008


news

It's Gregor Robertson's Vision

He leads fired up party into Vancouver civic race. Can he mend COPE rift?

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Jun 2008


news

De Genova to Boost Louie?

Al De Genova to throw second-ballot support to another Vision Vancouver candidate. 'No deals' all say.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Jun 2008


news

Ladner Seizes NPA Crown

After 15 years on council, Mayor Sullivan turns out fewer than a thousand supporters.

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Jun 2008


news

Ladner's Fiery Final Push

Calls Mayor Sullivan a 'divisive' wielder of fear with slim support.

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Jun 2008


news

Sailing at Highway Speeds

High-tech 'flying yachts' will soon break the 50-knot barrier.

By Monte Paulsen, 30 May 2008


news

Watch the Debate Online

VIDEO: De Genova, Louie, and Robertson spar at May 21 debate hosted by The Tyee and 24 Hours.

By Monte Paulsen, 22 May 2008


news

Hot Button Bill: Libs Rush to Change Election Laws

Diverse foes say Bill 42 would crimp free speech, hurt poor voters.

By Andrew MacLeod and Monte Paulsen, 12 May 2008


opinion

A Welfare 'Savings' Boomerang

Campbell's cuts ended up costing BC taxpayers billions, studies suggest.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 May 2008


news

BC's Homeless Death Toll: 56 or More in Two Years

Tally of homeless deaths released to Tyee by chief coroner.

By Monte Paulsen and Tom Sandborn, 17 Apr 2008


news

VANOC Antes up for Shelter

Street youth grant is 'chump change': critic.

By Monte Paulsen, 15 Apr 2008


news

Ladner Takes On Sullivan

Mayor Sam changed the game. Now everyone wants to play.

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Apr 2008


news

We Tried to Count the Homeless

Why today's homeless number is an undercount.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Apr 2008


news

Vision's Three Would-Be Kings

Vying to run for mayor are a mixed bunch with diverse slices of Vancouver.

By Monte Paulsen, 3 Apr 2008


news

COPE's Cadman 'Likely' to Run for Mayor

Predicts split left will hand Sullivan another term.

By Monte Paulsen, 2 Apr 2008


news

Vision Braces for Voter Crush

Party to hold confab for 10,000 in hall that seats 700.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Apr 2008


news

Minister Nixes Probe into Mayor's Non-Profit

Nanitch Society made $5,136 donation to Vancouver's NPA.

By Monte Paulsen, 27 Mar 2008


news

BC's Worst Drug Hotel Is About to Empty Out

The violent hell of Backpackers Inn. Where does it move next?

By Monte Paulsen, 20 Mar 2008


news

Evicted and Shuffled into SROs

Hot real estate market uprooting working class tenants in Vancouver.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Mar 2008


news

Harper Budget Stiffs Homeless

Ignores Vancouver mayor's idea to boost rentals.

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Feb 2008


news

Homeless Hell Hole Below Science World

'Worst' of many 'really rough spots' says city's outreach worker.

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Feb 2008


news

Unspent Millions in Housing Fund

Most of small payout from $250 million goes to burn facility.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Feb 2008


news

Bad Numbers for 'Civil City'

Vancouver's citizen security project way off its goals.

By Monte Paulsen, 24 Jan 2008


opinion

Can Obama Keep Hope Alive?

Now the knives are really out.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Jan 2008


news

A Tyee Series

Idea #12: Zone for Affordable Housing

BC has far too few affordable homes. Whistler has none. Councillor Tim Wake warns: "Plan early, or react later."

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Jan 2008


news

Mayor Sam Says He Was Defamed

Sullivan's lawyer sent accusatory letter to councillor opponent.

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Dec 2007


news

Province to Look at Sullivan Donation

Mayor evades media as BC registrar investigates Nanitch Policy Society.

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Dec 2007


news

10,000 Homeless in BC

Abbotsford tops list of boomtowns plagued by poverty.

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Nov 2007


news

Sullivan's Society Hides NPA Donors

Nanitch's other directors claim no knowledge of $5,136 gift to Non-Partisan Association.

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Nov 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Vision Discloses Interim Fundraising

Developers made largest donations, unions gave less than three per cent.

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Nov 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Coleman 'Committed' to 12 Towers

Housing minister pledges that if Vancouver fast tracks permits, province will provide money to build more than 1,100 new homes.

By Monte Paulsen, 9 Nov 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Vision Pushes Ban on Big Campaign Cash Sources

Council to debate ban on corporate and union donations.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Nov 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver Election Spending Out of Control

Prone to fraud, few limits, and a whopping $30 spent per vote. A Tyee special report.

By Monte Paulsen, 31 Oct 2007


news

Homeless in Suburbia

Why shelters outside of Vancouver are filling up.

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Oct 2007


news

Christian Activists Join Homeless Fight in Vancouver

Main Street squat heads to court.

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Oct 2007


news

A Tyee Series

No New Homes in Premier's Homelessness Plan

Coleman challenges cities to "step up."

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Oct 2007


news

Panel Rejects BC Mine Project Worth $8 Billion

Northgate's Kemess North mine would turn lake into toxic dump.

By Monte Paulsen, 18 Sep 2007


news

Endless Summer (Strike)

Ten other cities have settled with civic workers. Why can't Vancouver?

By Monte Paulsen, 16 Aug 2007


news

Coleman's Gambit

Riverview and Little Mountain sales a risky bid during a housing crisis.

By Monte Paulsen, 31 Jul 2007


news

If Strike Hits Cities, It'll Stink

Trash pick-up, festivals, Olympics prep and economy will suffer.

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Jul 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver Losing SROs Faster than It Can Replace Them

Based on figures in city's own report.

By Monte Paulsen, 10 Jul 2007


Vancouver Drops Olympics Housing Pledge

Promise was 'non-binding' NPA votes.

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Jun 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Olympic Partners Said to 'Fudge' Housing Claims

Critics, and a Tyee review, cast doubt on figure of 1,109 'new units.'

By Monte Paulsen, 28 Jun 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Homeless Solution Up for Vote

Vancouver councillors mull 'supportive housing' plan.

By Monte Paulsen, 6 Jun 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Dobell Homeless Plan Stalled

Charities-driven housing plan has yet to produce.

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Jun 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Province's Boasts of 'New' Homeless Units Don't Add Up

Projects don't replace lost SRO rooms.

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Jun 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Homeless to Housed in One Day

BC's new way of finding people shelter will fail if new housing isn't built.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Jun 2007


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver's SROs: 'Zero Vacancy'

Vanishing old hotels were last refuge for most at risk.

By Monte Paulsen, 29 May 2007


news

A Tyee Series

More Homeless than Athletes in 2010

Can Vancouver's Olympic pride be saved? First in a series.

By Monte Paulsen, 28 May 2007


news

Shovelling with Mayor Sam

Stalled homeless units finally jarred loose. Pols scramble for credit.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 May 2007


news

Inside BC's Mining Boom

Why billions are pouring in for copper, coal, uranium.

By Monte Paulsen, 17 May 2007


news

Squinting to Confirm a New 'Earth'

Does exoplanet Gliese 581 c exist? Could it support life? UBC team key to finding out.

By Monte Paulsen, 11 May 2007


news

Report Slams Run-up to Olympics

Coalition cites broken pledges on housing, green goals.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 May 2007


Province Snaps Up Poverty Hotels

Plan to protect housing catches insiders off guard.

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Apr 2007


artsculture

The Greatest 'No' on Earth

'Five Ring Circus' focuses on rising anti-Olympic protest.

By Monte Paulsen, 1 Mar 2007


news

Poverty Hotel Buying Binge

Fast turnover of SRA hotels has Vancouver housing activists 'on red alert.' A Tyee special report.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Feb 2007


news

Activists Plan 'Safe Site' for Drug Smokers

Billed as way to get addicts 'off streets, out of view.'

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Feb 2007


opinion

Seven Solutions to Homelessness

Each is working somewhere else, and will save money and lives here.

By Monte Paulsen, 8 Jan 2007


news

Mayor Sullivan's Big Ambitions

He wants a 'Civil City' but critics see devil in details.

By Monte Paulsen, 21 Dec 2006


news

Study Finds 30,000 Vancouver Students in Overcrowded Classes

'Worst in province' for secondary schools, says union.

By Monte Paulsen, 11 Dec 2006


news

Soldiers on US Borders: What Could Go Wrong?

Start with the killing of Esequiel Hernandez Jr.

By Monte Paulsen, 18 May 2006


mediacheck

Globe Defends Polling Techniques

Number, content of questions without bias says paper's managing editor.

By Monte Paulsen, 17 May 2005


mediacheck

Globe and Mail Poll Called 'Unethical' by Expert

Portrayed as authoritative, the sensitively timed survey said to be highly biased in approach.

By Monte Paulsen, 16 May 2005


news

No Shows Common for BC Liberal Candidates

Halfway through the election, BC Liberal candidates have ducked debates in about half of BC’s ridings.

By Monte Paulsen, 3 May 2005


news

Company Grabs Mining Rights to Premier’s Land

Campbell’s waterfront home swept up in rush to exploit the Libs’ loosened mining laws.

By Monte Paulsen, 19 Apr 2005


news

Tahltan Resistance to Mining, Drilling Grows

Iskut band joins Telegraph Creek protest and rebuffs Shell execs.

By Monte Paulsen, 7 Mar 2005


news

'We Can't Eat Oil, Gas and Minerals'

A TYEE SPECIAL REPORT: PART II Revolt against pro-business Tahltan chief shines light on ambitious development plans in B.C.'s north.

By Monte Paulsen, 23 Feb 2005


news

The Seizure at Telegraph Creek

TYEE SPECIAL REPORT: PART 1 Tahltan elders decry ‘sell out’, oppose successful chief, call for slower development.

By Monte Paulsen, 22 Feb 2005


Just Seeing Neighbourly

Residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside took cameras into their own hands to challenge perceptions.

By Monte Paulsen, 5 Apr 2004


opinion

Martin, Man of Mystery

Paul Martin has had his eye on the Prime Minister's Office for decades. Yet no one seems to know what he'll do with it.

By Monte Paulsen, 29 Jan 2004


opinion

Age of Oil is Over

And ending fast, within 50 years or less. Besides war, what's our response?

By Monte Paulsen, 4 Dec 2003