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VIEW: BC enviro minister wrong on Park Amendment Act

Last weekend, people across B.C. gathered in our provincial parks to celebrate Parks Day and to send a strong message to the B.C. government -- the fight to keep these special places protected from industry is far from over. Read more…

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BC government chided for failing to archive huge backlog of documents

With apologies to Cool Hand Luke, what we've got here is a failure to archive.

That is the conclusion of a July 22 report by B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who wrote that 33,000 boxes of government documents are languishing in storage, waiting to be archived. Read more…

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Favoured Vision Park Board candidate resigns after pro-masturbation video surfaces

Trish Kelly, favoured Park Board candidate for Vision Vancouver, withdrew from the municipal election race today in a Vision statement. Read more…

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VIEW: Are conservative think tanks aiming their big guns at Vancouver city hall?

Are the Fraser Institute and the Manning Centre doing their bit to campaign for a conservative takeover of Vancouver City Hall? Read more…

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BC debt hits new record high as Public Accounts released

British Columbia’s debt reached a new record high $60.693 billion on March 31 and contractual obligations are nearing $100 billion. Read more…

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VIEW: 'Troubling' isn't the word for it, Mr. de Jong

If cabinet ministers had theme songs, Finance Minister Mike de Jong's would likely be "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," because when there's a misstep in government it's a safe bet he'll be troubled by it. Read more…

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First Nations challenge federal Enbridge decision in court

Heiltsuk and Kitasoo-Xaixais First Nations have filed a court challenge to the federal government’s decision to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Read more…

Sayers: How Tsilhqot'in decision puts both treaty process, load on courts, at risk

Hupacasath First Nation member, lawyer and Tyee National Pool contributor Judith Sayers has posted an analysis about why the recent Tsilhqot'in decision trumps treaty negotiations in British Columbia by proving how costly yet largely unproductive they have been for First Nations over the past quarter-century. But she warns that if courts become the new avenue for title claims, they will "definitely grind to a halt." Read more…

VIEW: BC politicians must address rise in precarious temp work

Temporary employment (including contract, seasonal, casual and temp agency work) is on the rise in British Columbia, accounting for 40 per cent of post-recession job creation (2009-2013), and growing more rapidly than permanent jobs. But we should think twice about this type of job growth. Read more…

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Vancouver joins growing list of districts cancelling summer school

The B.C. Labour Relations Board may have deemed remedial summer school essential, but their restrictions have made it essentially impossible to deliver for school districts like Vancouver, which announced the cancellation of its summer school program today. Read more…

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Mediation ruled out for BC teacher dispute

The BC Teachers' Federation announced today that mediation to end the ongoing teacher contract dispute is out of the question, at least for now. Read more…

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Supersonic FOI response from US airports, compared to glacial BC

Because it's a private entity, YVR isn't covered by access to information laws, but some of its American customers are. Their quick responses to a Canadian journalist's freedom of information requests are a welcome breath of fresh air. Read more…

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BC administrators want a negotiated teacher deal, too

Principals and vice-principals voices have been conspicuously absent from public dialogue on the strike, but that doesn't mean they don't want a negotiated settlement, too. Read more…

BC Conservative smear letter writers remain unknown, lawsuit considered

The authors of two anonymous letters sent to members to smear leadership contestant Rick Peterson ahead of the April vote remain unknown, said British Columbia Conservative Party president Tom Birch ahead of a board meeting this weekend. Read more…

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Police dogs seriously bite in BC, report finds

Police dogs are the number one source of injury caused by police forces in B.C., according to a new report released today by Pivot Legal Society. On average, every other day a person is bitten by a police dog in the province. Read more…

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VIEW: BC Lib gov't is stacking the deck against urban regions

A built-in bias, constitutionally enabled, is going to get worse, skewing the politics of this province and loading the dice against the interests of the urban regions of B.C., unless our voices are raised -- and soon. By the time the consequences become clear, it may be too late. Read more…

High natural gas transport costs 'a constraint' to LNG: IEA

In a special report on global energy prospects, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) warns that expectations for a robust liquefied natural gas industry may fall apart due to bad economics and high transportation costs. Read more…

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Lodge would need to pay full cost of connecting up front: BC Hydro

BC Hydro is open to working with Bell 2 Lodge to connect it to the electricity grid, but it also needs to protect its existing customers, said a spokesperson for the publicly owned utility. Read more…

VIEW: Pipeline 'nation-building' argument is just plain wrong

On pipelines, the analogies being drawn to nation-building are dead wrong. Read more…

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VIEW: Clark's pension costs taxpayers $76,000 a year, but disability rate increase not 'affordable'

Premier Christy Clark scores top marks for hypocrisy in explaining why British Columbians on disability benefits, and their children, should live in poverty. Read more…

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