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After 10 Year Freeze, New NDP Government Raises Welfare Rates

front thumb for John Horgan, just sworn in


$100 bump to income assistance coming this September. Advocates say it’s still not enough. Read more »

By Katie Hyslop, Today


BC wildfire

Wildfires: Should BC Do More to Help Homeowners ‘Stay and Defend’?

It’s risky, but many saved their property by not evacuating. The Tl’etinqox First Nation fought side by side with firefighters.

By Zoë Ducklow, Today



Ten Civil Liberties and Human Rights Priorities for BC’s New Government

The BCCLA will be tracking these to-dos in coming months.

By Josh Paterson, Today


Minister of children and family development, Katrine Conroy

What Child and Youth Advocates Want from BC’s New Government

Every ministry’s plate is piled high. But for those that serve kids, there’s a long list of to-dos.

By Katie Hyslop, Today

Recent Stories



The Story Behind the ‘South Pacific Island of Rubbish’

From pristine paradise to rubbish dump: the same Pacific island, 23 years apart.

By Jennifer Lavers and Alexander Bond, Yesterday



Tyee Poll: Which of BC’s New Ministers Has the Biggest Job Ahead?

Tell us what you think.

By Tyee Staff, Yesterday



‘It’s Insulting’: BC Liberals Issue Mining Permits in Tsilhqot’in Territory as Wildfires Rage

Outgoing government made the decision on July 14.

By Carol Linnitt, Yesterday


John Horgan cabinet

BC’s New Premier John Horgan Unveils Gender-Balanced Cabinet

Experienced MLAs Carole James, Adrian Dix and David Eby awarded senior positions.

By Andrew MacLeod, 18 Jul 2017



The Oil Party Is Over, Trudeau — Even Canada’s Energy Firms Know It

Why are corporations more candid about industry’s realities than our prime minister?

By Ross Belot, 18 Jul 2017


Vancouver school bathroom sink

A $5 Billion Mess: BC’s School Maintenance Bills Pile Up

‘It’s not a crisis yet, but it will be if we don’t do anything about it.’

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Jul 2017


Trump anguish

When Politics Is Harmful to Your Health

People of all political stripes experience anxiety and alienation — the question is how we address it.

By Crawford Kilian, 18 Jul 2017


Charlie Angus

Why Charlie Angus Would Rock as Federal NDP Leader

Former punk rocker walks the talk — and speaks clearly and frankly about how his party can win.

By Bill Tieleman, 18 Jul 2017



Site C Dam Late for Key Milestones, Report Reveals

Project already behind schedule when Christy Clark claimed delaying families’ evictions would cost $600 million.

By Sarah K. Cox, 17 Jul 2017



What It’s Like to Grow up LGBTQ2S+ in British Columbia

Things are better than they were, but province still has far to go to support queer youth.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Jul 2017



Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

By William E. Rees, 17 Jul 2017



Mount Polley Disaster Brought Quick Government PR Response, Documents Show

Three-year-old FOI request reveals early belief laws broken and co-ordination with mine owner.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 14 Jul 2017



Where Will the Next Wildfire Hit? No Matter Where, We’re Not Prepared

Little changed after Fort Mac blaze, despite the fact extreme events are the new normal.

By Ed Struzik, 14 Jul 2017


John Horgan and Andrew Weaver handshake

How NDP and Greens Could Unite to Improve Workers’ Lives

Divisions on union certification are already clear. But don’t assume they’ll spoil the alliance.

By Paul Willcocks, 14 Jul 2017


Homeless advocate Judy Graves

Running for Council, Judy Graves Vows to Bring Back the ‘Dream’ of Vancouver

Vision has ‘lost interest’ in homelessness, says longtime advocate and OneCity Vancouver candidate.

By Stefania Seccia, 13 Jul 2017



Canada Can No Longer Trust U.S. With Sensitive Intelligence, Warns Former CIA Officer

Trump’s Russia ties mean Canada must guard secrets without angering ally, experts say.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 13 Jul 2017


‘Game of Thrones’

TV, What Is It Good For? (Small Talk, of Course)

It’s certainly no reflection of our politics or, as Game of Throners would hopefully agree, our values.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Jul 2017



On Hellishly Scary Climate Change Reporting, and How to Do It Better

That 7,200-word doomsday article circulating the web lacked something crucial: solutions.

By James Wilt, 13 Jul 2017



How Much Will It Cost to Cover the Liberals’ Site C Gambling Debt?

Whether the project goes ahead or is cancelled, British Columbians are on the hook for billions.

By Richard McCandless, 13 Jul 2017



Please Advise! Does Horgan Have the Whole Hiring a Government Thing Figured Out Yet?

Yes, those precarious positions are filling up faster than a summer carnival, says Dr. Steve.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Jul 2017



Vancouver Fix? Peg Its Minimum Wage to Housing Costs

Instead of wooing tech jobs, support service workers with this ‘Slowest City’ idea.

By David Beers and Patrick M. Condon, 12 Jul 2017



For Hong Kong Public Housing, It Takes a Village

Lessons in community building and development from the history of Hong Kong’s efforts.

By Christopher Cheung, 12 Jul 2017



New Threat Deer Disease Could Spread to Humans, Demands Urgent Response, Says Expert

Game farming organization downplays risks.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jul 2017



At ‘BigHeart Bannock,’ Resilience and Resistance in Food Made Well

With her new café, Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat empowers her community for generations to come.

By Emilee Gilpin, 11 Jul 2017



BC’s Wildfire Summers Are Here to Stay

This year’s infernos aren’t an aberration — and we’d better learn how to reduce the damage done.

By Crawford Kilian, 11 Jul 2017


Sarah Blyth, Chris Ewart and Ann Livingstone of the Overdose Prevention Society

Drug Overdoses Kill Four a Day in BC, and Inaction and Apathy Are to Blame

Those addicted to drugs ‘can’t just stop,’ explain two advocates on the front lines.

By Bill Tieleman, 11 Jul 2017

Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

By William E. Rees


Which cabinet minister has the biggest job ahead?

  • Children and Family Development?
  • Education?
  • Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources?
  • Environment and Climate Change Strategy?
  • Finance?
  • Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource?
  • Health?
  • Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation?
  • Labour?
  • Mental Health and Addictions?
  • Municipal Affairs and Housing?
  • Social Development and Poverty Reduction?
  • Transportation and Infrastructure?

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