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NDP slams BC Liberals on BC Place in Question Period

On a day when the BC Liberal government wanted to talk about the tax regime for B.C.'s nascent liquefied natural gas industry, the opposition relied on an old Question Period standby: the controversial BC Place Stadium roof. Read more…

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VIEW: Are newspapers really hard up? Myths muddy media ownership debate

"Media myths increasingly surround us in today's ever more mediated world, few of which have proved more persistent than the well-worn canard about newspapers dying." Read more…

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As Site C dam gets environmental approval, a local journalist's case against

Today the B.C. government gave the environmental go-ahead to the $7.9-billion Site C dam project that would flood the fertile, food-producing Peace River valley in northeastern B.C. Read more…

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'Habitat banking': BC's newest buzzword?

"Habitat banking" may become the new buzzword as British Columbia’s government seeks to turn more land over to oil, gas and mining industries. Read more…

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32 organizations oppose opening non-profits to 'public interest' court challenges

Nearly three dozen organizations are asking the British Columbia government to abandon a plan to allow any member of the public to challenge in court a non-profit they believe is acting against the public interest. Read more…

Incoming Public Service boss held key Health Ministry post amid controversial firings and rehirings

A senior bureaucrat from the troubled Ministry of Health will succeed Lynda Tarras as head of the Public Service Agency later this fall, The Tyee has learned. Read more…

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    BC Fed president Jim Sinclair will not seek re-election

    Today Jim Sinclair, longtime president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, announced on Facebook that he would not run for re-election during the union’s November convention. Read more…

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    VIEW: LNG isn't BC's only economic option

    Monday's throne speech offered British Columbians a seemingly simple choice: either choose LNG as the path to prosperity, or choose economic decline. Without developing LNG, the Lieutenant Governor implied, we are “choosing to tell our children they should expect nothing from us but a bill to pay.” I wish I were exaggerating. Read more…

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    LNG a chance, not a windfall, says BC throne speech

    In today's speech from the throne the British Columbia government dialed down the expectations of the benefits from exporting liquefied natural gas. Read more…

    Postmedia could soon own almost every English newspaper in Canada. What could possibly go wrong?

    Postmedia has struck a $316 million deal to buy 175 of Quebecor’s English-language newspapers, specialty publications and digital properties, including the Sun chain of papers, according to a report in the Globe and Mail this morning. Read more…

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    VIEW: Voting for your principles is 'strategic voting'

    Members of the House of Commons returned to Ottawa last week, and as many observers have noted, this marks the beginning of the run up to the 2015 federal election. This also marks the beginning of a discussion among Canadian progressives about how to defeat Stephen Harper and elect a government that will implement progressive change. Read more…

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      Petition opposes BC's 'potential muzzling' of non-profits

      A Lower Mainland man has launched a petition asking British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong to abandon a proposal that would open non-profit societies to attack. Read more…

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      More troubles for BC's big LNG plans

      Malaysia's state-owned oil corporation Petronas may pull the plug on its $10-billion proposed liquefied natural gas project in Prince Rupert. Read more…

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      Tirade at Tyee by immigration minister's top aide analyzed tweet by tweet

      Scarcely had new Tyee reader-funded Parliament Hill reporter Jeremy Nuttall unpacked his bags in Ottawa when he became the focus of a multi-tweet blast from Chris Day, the chief of staff to Canada's Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. Read more…

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      Government slow to respond to FOIs? No need to tell Bob Mackin

      Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's latest report finds Premier Christy Clark's administration is having a tough time responding to freedom of information requests on time. It comes as no surprise to regular requesters like yours truly. Read more…

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      Converting ferries to LNG will save money, reduce fares: CEO

      Converting two Spirit Class vessels to run on liquefied natural gas will pay for itself fairly quickly, then reduce fares across the ferry system, said BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan. Read more…

      BC gov't takes 'step backwards' on information requests, report title hints

      The Information and Privacy Commissioner's report card on the British Columbia government's responses to access to information requests won't be out until tomorrow, but it's already clear from the title what she found: "A Step Backwards." Read more…

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      Will Scottish independence bid spur talk of Irish reunification?

      A majority of Scots decided in the Sept. 18 referendum that they were better together with the United Kingdom than on their own.

      Conor Murphy, a Member of Parliament for Armagh and Newry, dreams of the day citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland get to vote on reunification. Read more…

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      Tyee Builders: Want a pair of tickets to the 2014 Land Awards, MC'd by David Beers?

      For the second year in a row, The Tyee's own David Beers is MC'ing the Real Estate Foundation of BC's Land Awards, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky Builder. Read more…

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      Canada's booming cleantech sector is changing capitalism, analyst argues

      The more than 800 companies that make up Canada’s clean technology industry, right now the fastest growing sector of the economy, represent an emerging form of environmentally aware capitalism, argues the country’s top cleantech analyst. Read more…