Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee's legislative bureau chief.
He is the author of A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2015), which is based on a series he wrote for The Tyee about economic inequality.
Before joining The Tyee, Andrew worked for Victoria's alternative weekly Monday Magazine, where he wrote hundreds of stories on many topics, including poverty, land use and the environment. His work has been referred to in the B.C. legislature, Canadian House of Commons and senate. He won a 2006 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for news writing and was a finalist for a 2007 Western Magazine Award for best article in B.C. and the Yukon.
Andrew lives with his family in Victoria and is learning to play the Scottish small pipes. You can reach him here or at (250) 885-7662.
Stories by Andrew MacLeod
Government caucus researcher recorded meeting, legislature told.
Change to cost government $1 billion a year.
NDP critic describes increase as ‘Christy Clark giving back money she took away last year’ with bus pass clawback.
New version would prevent premier, cabinet from receiving pay from a political party.
Premier’s allegations of NDP ‘hacking’ reminded Linda Kayfish of events that led to her brother’s death.
On LNG, government admits ‘unforeseen headwinds have created challenging conditions.’
Strong economy and budget surpluses make time right for promised raise, says UVic prof.
Seventeen placements, lack of support, nightmarish final weeks.
New plan would raise carbon taxes, provide rebates for green projects.
New bulletin sets ‘restrictive’ limits on handmade pamphlets and other material.
Majority think economy strong, but one-third of British Columbians worried about their personal financial situation.
Oil company payments to party create ‘appearance of a conflict,’ says Democracy Watch co-founder.
Only three other provinces, none of Canada’s largest, still allow big money gifts.
Groups welcome ruling that act doesn’t apply to individuals’ homemade signs or T-shirts.
We’ve found good stories in them. Maybe you will, too.
Democracy Watch, which took the matter to court, may appeal.
‘The impacts in a lot of communities are very real,’ says lawyer Andrew Gage.
NDP’s Eby says strong laws on party payments needed: ‘They’ve just been so sketchy about this.’
Union picketing for 14 weeks while friends and neighbours cross the line.
Lawyer calls decision ‘disappointing,’ as low-income customers struggle to pay bills.
Ban would ‘put people back at the centre of our politics where they truly belong,’ says leader.
‘It’s not going to do anything to clean up BC politics,’ says NDP critic of the move.
Email told employees to consult ministry managers before providing evidence to Ombudsperson.
Fear of privatization and federal support for trade deal prompt protests across Canada.
Project’s foes call Clark’s decision a ‘surprise to absolutely no one’ and ‘simply deceitful.’
Even with flexibility, ‘people with very low incomes may never be able to catch up.’
Species on the decline in the province, significantly in central interior.
Government delayed signing CPP deal to consult with citizens. Here’s what they said.
Democracy Watch seeks judicial review of decisions that cleared premier on fundraising activities.
To clear her, conflict commissioner ‘didn’t even investigate,’ argues Democracy Watch.
Complainant Teresa McGee was ‘appalled’ by ads characterizing industry as ‘clean.’
Blogger reports claimed benefits included inter-company deals, large share of northeast natural gas revenues.
Communities outside Lower Mainland, Victoria struggling, says NDP.
For some reason, The Tyee didn’t fit into the premier’s schedule. Here’s my list of unanswered questions.
Records needed for workers to partake in review of 2012 firings, lawyers argued.
Move comes amid fears of high personal debt, and as feds tighten mortgage rules.
Maximus billed $489 million on contract that was to cost $324 million.
Delays block full participation in ombudsperson’s review, push records release past election.
BC NDP leader talks inequality, co-ops, forests and political change in year-end interview.
Two changes to ‘pan-Canadian framework’ allowed BC to participate, Clark says.
Despite industrial project approvals, PM may yet guide Canada through needed transition, says renowned anthropologist.
Clark ‘pleased’ with progress made by company, feds in gaining province’s approval.
On Kinder Morgan, PM says: ‘If I thought this project was unsafe for the B.C. coast, I would reject it.’
New Dems’ president fires back, says party fights for industry jobs.
Leader Weaver wants to test idea in a small town, measure impact on inequality.
Despite small gains in reducing poverty, ‘a lot of people are just holding on.’
Work lost as companies ‘hoard’ timber or ship logs to distant mills.
Trump’s ability to attract gobs of publicity, despite financial disadvantage, holds lessons for provincial politicians.
‘I don’t know what their interest in the movies was,’ says Ramsay Hamdi, fired with six others.
‘I don’t think they feel as threatened as they should be by the issue,’ says Dermod Travis.
Apotex involvement shows why BC needs campaign finance reform, says NDP.
BC Lib delegates support creating a legal framework to allow ride-sharing.
Delegates toast news that Woodfibre plant to proceed, but NDP wary.
Delays, lack of information criticized by lawyers for two workers, family.
Funder of lawsuit that could transform health care says most Canadians can’t afford such cases.
US group aims to limit competition from our wood in American market.
Advocacy group files petition for review by BC Supreme Court.
Coleman, BC Housing, council supported motel purchase to reduce homelessness.
Critics fear high fees these students pay mask gaps in provincial funding.
Horgan makes election pledge, declines to offer details on timeline, cost.
BC extends program for some youth who ‘age out.’
Clark vowed ‘eight new mines in operation by 2015.’ Success? Depends on how you count.
Naheed Nenshi wonders why province’s pipelines ‘bear all the sins of the carbon economy.’
Environmental assessment application for the project closed on Oct. 3.
Anti-poverty coalition suggests ways to give low-income ratepayers a break.
Province’s approval critical to federal expansion plans moving forward.
Federal plan for national carbon price lets BC freeze its current tax until 2020.
Finance minister notes ‘pretty strong support’ in public consultations.
Leader Andrew Weaver says candidate rejections are part of ‘maturing’ process.
Environmentalists immediately condemn decision: ‘Honestly, we expected better.’
At UBCM convention, discussion full of solutions follows housing minister’s question.
Growth belies rise in precarious work, falling wages, and increases in welfare case loads.
Oil and gas commission releases details on seven crude oil spills in 2015.
‘Debt-free BC’ 2013 campaign promise called unrealistic, simplistic.
Critics say trend contradicts industry claims of improving safety.
De Jong signals $500 million for housing, might raise welfare rates.
Success vastly exaggerated, based on government’s own press releases.
Three top federal members sacked after group letter attacks Weaver for opposing Israel boycott.
Former Liberal minister of agriculture resigned from party caucus on Aug. 15.
Commissioner says technical obstacles, time limits too great to probe Saanich-Gulf Island robocalls.
Private clinics’ constitutional challenge, starting Tuesday, aims to end ban on extra billing.
As province aims to shut down camp in court, tenter Norm Ruble offers a different view.
Even in crisis, many patients face long waits and lack of care, they say.
Refusal to fund legal costs in ombudsperson's probe unfair, says Rebecca Warburton.
In Sparwood, landowner and tenants agree on one point: BC's RTB needs to be fixed.
Richard McCandless calls on regulator to publicly probe Crown corp's books.
Utility says 'rate-smoothing' practice is 'transparent,' spreads costs out over longer period.
Meters made it possible for utility to unplug power remotely, says spokesperson.
Many places in North America already reduce rates for strapped low-income users.
Hydro costs push many low-income British Columbians to edge, say support experts.
Poorest rate payers plead for relief but ministry and corporation say no.
Ministry says Vancouver Island cuts are okay but citizen demands to see plans.
Decision draws 'not unexpected' criticism from Big Pharma, says health minister.
'Big and bold is the way to go,' says economist Marc Lee of solutions to BC's crisis.
Haywood Securities listed as a shareholder in firms registered in British Virgin Islands.
BC gov't deducted mother's EI support from her husband's disability assistance.
Move 'erodes the integrity' of Agricultural Land Reserve, says Popham.
NDP says latest measures do nothing to address BC's affordability crisis.
Province spent millions on tax breaks for Teslas, Porsches and BMWs.
Paul Fraser's response to freelancer Bob Mackin's questions 'troubling,' prof says.
Premier Clark says most minimum wage workers 'are living with their parents.'
Responsibility to regulate industry should be removed from ministry, finds scathing report.
Conflict may explain Premier's inaction on affordability, says NDP MLA.
In 2012, Christy Clark characterized leader payments as a 'car allowance.'
Ferry workers allege contract change led to 'stark decline in safety standards.'
Ferry workers allege contract change led to 'stark decline in safety standards.'
Union fighting to reverse 2010 ruling excluding chief engineers from bargaining unit.
Minister counters that 'rate-smoothing' accounts make sense due to 10-year plan for rate increases.
Politicians promote, and heavily subsidize, an option few can afford, says resource economist.
'If we don't cut down trees in BC, we have to take more money from your mom and dad.'
NDP leader's take: 'The BC Liberals voted no to taking big money out of politics.'
Newly published filings show party outraised NDP about $3 to $1.
New poll shows 'very strong' public support for pay raise, says BC Fed president.
David Scott, who lost his job in botched 2012 purge, returns as economic analyst.
George Gretes charged for 'willfully making false statements' to info and privacy commissioner.
Judi Tyabji Wilson, now premier's biographer, says conflict concerns over 2014 award were addressed.
While 'hard-working' residents struggle, gov't gives help to mining firms, leader says.
Either fix investigation 'deficiencies' or scrap the whole effort, counsel writes.
'Don't tell me I don't understand, because I do,' says Michelle Stilwell.
Former employees and a relative demand better access to docs, legal fee support.
'It's very clear we have two different economies in British Columbia,' says NDP's James.
Advocates pitch affordability program, but minister insists rates are modest.
Minister fires back, says BC meets legislated energy targets.
Mike de Jong vows province will 'find ways to ease the tax burden.'
Despite finance minister claim, low-earners with kids better off in Alberta or Quebec.
Critics call change a 'drop in the bucket'; minister agrees.
In January, utility said it would look 10 years out, now says 20-year forecast available after all.
'Success is not for quitters,' government says, despite global forces delaying LNG riches.
Commissioner's office may have reopened probe after senator alleges that Tories robocalled in 2008.
Steelworker boss dismisses gov't 'photo op,' offers better way to help workers.
With second-round consultations open, enviro groups see little 'leadership plan' progress.
'This is our victory,' says Vancouver byelection winner, while New Dems also take Coquitlam.
Not everyone 'warm and fuzzy' about pact, which protects 85 per cent of forest from logging.
Gavin Dew's bio 'not technically incorrect,' though frustrating, prof says.
One camper's story of choosing homelessness, and why he'd still prefer a home indoors.
A tight race, with Green's Keithley insisting he's got a shot: 'People always vote for shitheads.'
NDP's Mark dreams of minister role, while Greens' Fry keen to surprise in long-orange riding.
Gov't moves to disband camp of 100, many protesting housing 'inaction.'
Gov't must be 'careful about intervening,' says Mike de Jong, who has a stake in several properties.
'No grizzly-hunting Mormon from Vanderhoof is ever going to be premier,' says Dan Brooks.
Rebecca and Bill Warburton say they received a cash settlement, feel 'exonerated.'
BC's premier unshaken by grim trends for liquefied natural gas. A Tyee interview.
Senator makes unexpected allegation in court, says Lunn 'knew nothing about it.'
New Dem leader a proud scrapper with a small problem: 'People don't know who I am.'
As system evolves, some 18,000 people with disabilities, seniors may lose special access.
Advocate hopeful the case will be heard before 2017 provincial vote.
With many records unrelated, officials' claims are 'deeply misleading,' says NDP MLA.
Lawyer Mark Jetté will decide whether or not to lay criminal charges based on RCMP evidence.
Deputy's memo comes in wake of scathing report on BC gov't email deletions.
BC Ferries says new vessel on budget, while retired master calls it a 'colossal waste of money.'
Lawyer who represents 'quick wins' defendant withdrew to avoid perception of conflict.
Independent lawyer will decide whether or not to lay criminal charges based on RCMP evidence.
'We don't need it today,' says Horgan of $9-billion dam, pitching party's energy jobs plan.
Idea to offer tax breaks prompts debate on overproduction and hunger.
An epicentre for protest 20 years ago, old growth forest sees new conflict.
Spirited speeches, a Mulcair cameo, and fighting words for BC Libs at 2015 convention.
That's how much BC welfare recipients have to spend, advocates say. Here's her response.
'We took this action because of their voices,' says minister of volunteer patients.
Project bid closed in August, though minister says no final decision made.
Results of nationwide 'Student Vote' program bode well for Greens -- and future turnout.
Province reluctant to participate in federal Liberals' vow to expand CPP.
Union of BC municipalities folds on pilot project, says BC-wide plan needed for real change.
Deputy minister has questionable history of maintaining records, opposition charges.
NDP leader says report reveals 'a culture of delete, delete, delete.'
John Horgan predicts Canada's appetite for change will carry into 2017 provincial vote.
Lone leader cheers the 'post-Harper era,' but fails to make breakthrough.
UBC's Paul Kershaw: 'opportunistic' pitch to middle class skips over struggling young Canadians.
Running this election in Surrey-Newton, Sukh Dhaliwal pled guilty to three counts in 2014.
Cheryl Thomas quit after past social media posts came to light.
Liberal candidate initially agrees, later changes mind on issue raised at Fort Nelson debate.
As NDP plunges, pundits blast Mulcair's mild campaign. But strategists say there's more to come.
Figures used on handbill suggest Tories not a threat, but further surveys show otherwise.
Contrasting views on how to address challenges on display at Port Alberni debate.
Green, NDP and Liberal lay out their plans to move Canada out of a sci-tech 'dark age.'
Hoax website a bid to remind Canadians of the record, activist says.
Jo-Ann Roberts on challenging Murray Rankin: 'Are we in this to try and win it? Of course we are.'
Advocates ask what leaders will offer the 4.8 million Canadians struggling to make ends meet.
Observers say vision is needed. But campaign promises miss the big picture.
Federal health panel chair on what's wrong, how to fix it and why Harper didn't want to hear it.
Experts say hospital gridlock, drug coverage and more demand leaders' attention.
Advocate feels vindicated that gov't wrongly cited laws to hide unflattering reports.
BCGEU cites First Nation infringement and loss of habitat in motion against controversial dam.
Gary Allan's hunt for information on winter killing a 'frustrating exercise.'
Decision defies wishes of fired workers, while Ombuds' own concerns unresolved.
Only a broad public inquiry will provide answers public deserves, they say.
Support of opposition MLAs, ex-workers needed for successful investigation, says Jay Chalke.
Coroner denies claim it removed message from Roderick MacIsaac's laptop.
AG could block investigating cabinet, other top officials: NDP's James.
Critics cite potential conflicts as calls for independent public inquiry unheeded.
'They're not pro-union. They're not pro-Vancouver Island': fired book binder on BC Libs.
'It was no single thing. I've thought about it for a while.'
New appointee too closely tied to justice ministry, say critics.
Probe must be fully independent, letter states.
Public bodies can no longer withhold docs deemed 'out of scope' or 'non-responsive.'
Docs released through FOI show premier's campaign vow played key role.
Such decisions should be based on evidence, not politics, researcher says.
'We knew this project was already on thin ice,' says project opponent.
Rich Coleman touts BC's record, but his bold statements have weak foundations.
Government has said sorry, BC's premier insists. But critics say many more are owed.
BCLC analysis finds proposal would be a money loser for publicly owned company.
Nearly 850,000 Canadians visited food banks in one month last year.
Findings of second internal investigation sent to RCMP in April, gov't spokesperson says.
Gov't continues to rule out mandatory increase to the CPP.
Transportation minister says he takes seriously allegations made by his ex-assistant.
Failure to remove cleared employees an 'administrative oversight,' minister says.
It's Melanie Mark versus Diana Day in Mount Pleasant race.
Despite rejection from Lax Kw'alaams, Clark signs deal with Petronas-led development for northwest coast.
Gap between rich and poor grows, but solutions exist, says Tyee's author of 'A Better Place on Earth.'
'We know we need to do more,' says environment minister.
Auctioned prize 'atrocious' idea, says watchdog group.
'A lot of politics' around race to replace Jenny Kwan, sources say.
Party president says $2,000 charge related to new emphasis on fundraising.
In 2-1 decision, justices find the 'registration requirement is not terribly onerous.'
This year's cull wraps up short of target, though 'intent is the program will continue,' minister says.
Province claims important records 'don't even exist,' says MLA Carole James.
'It wasn't the coverage I needed,' says Victoria homeowner.
Province should have warned consumers, BC opposition says.
NDP far behind Liberals in money raised from individuals.
Warburton says 60,000 people who take medication will die prematurely.
Access to personal records could 'drive revenue,' claimed industry group.
'It is real hard to make ends meet on $10.25 an hour.'
'It wouldn't buy you a cup of coffee,' NDP critic says.
But number to benefit smaller than first estimated.
Municipal watchdog 'doesn't function well,' says opposition.
Some 1,200 health workers employed by private firms expect to lose jobs in coming months.
'I'm hungry most of the time,' says disability recipient.
'No policy holders were notified,' says NDP critic of settlement reached last year.
Minister once lobbied for Simon Fraser University.
'Food needs to be recognized as a right.'
Two years in, Mounties still waiting for instruction on how to proceed in health ministry scandal.
Gov't proud of surplus, but critics ask if 'tax cuts for the richest' reflect the right priorities.
Opposition MLA says he doesn't believe assessment was ever done.
It was a 'half hour of emptiness,' says Opposition.
Green politician 'thrilled' by ruling.
Surgeons on selection committee manipulated hiring, documents say.
MLA renews call for public inquiry.
'We can't continue to use technology that's 100 years old,' chair warns.
Province attacks ruling, claims it will drive up construction costs.
Driven to save the threatened broadcaster, Jo-Ann Roberts enters the ring.
But if habitat degradation continues, most parties agree it's unjustifiable.
Private citizen Marilyn Burgoon got court to accept case in December.
Plan to shoot wolves from helicopter angers conservationists.
Green MLA Weaver calls LNG promises 'a message of hope wrapped in hyperbole.'
Public paid for report full of holes, MLA writes Justice Ministry, demanding facts, names be unveiled.
Report finds errors in government investigation that led to firings of seven employees.
Long-awaited review into 'biggest ever human resources debacle' due today.
MLA's actions on Kwantlen University board have generated controversy.
Officials involved in debacle to handle release of report after all.
Dam's approval viewed as 'courageous' by some, a '$9-billion gamble' by others.
'We have become disheartened,' says Linda Kayfish, whose brother killed himself.
List of perks and presents includes hockey tickets, club memberships, a Chinese vase and more.
But Clark's 'off base' quip disappoints advocacy group.
Jack Woodward was counsel on landmark Tsilhqot'in decision.
Graham Whitmarsh cites concerns over review's independence.
Opposition says probe 'designed to protect the premier.'
Emails and letters shared with The Tyee by ex-deputy minister detail concerns.
New rules permitting longer hours (and colder beer) could affect prices, government warns.
Lisa Helps' narrow win marks generational shift in local politics.
In small Vancouver Island towns, zoning and building battles perennially dominate.
Emails reveal government wants to exempt sector from spill fund.
Lawyer Alana James had expected probe to reach senior officials, emails reveal.
'I feel like I'm not allowed to be a contributor to my own family,' Roy McMurter says.
'I thought it had been ruled out,' says NDP critic of proposal.
Finance minister says lower tax rate necessary because 'the market's changed.'
Gov't lawyer raised alarms about legality of contracts, locked horns with superior.
Kuldip Gill told to say risks of putting slots on BC Ferries beyond her 'area of expertise.'
Blindsided regulator detailed many concerns after transportation minister's public announcement.
'It's their right to get that support,' says lawyer representing three mothers and their kids.
Treaty commission chief says province needs to update thinking, language.
Intervening in teachers' court case makes biz coalition look anti-education, worries member.
Anti-smoking treatment pushed by premier generated safety warnings.
Government says it has laid the foundations for growth, which must be assessed over time.
Anybody could ask court to punish a group they think is acting 'detrimental to the public interest.'
'It is a provincial transportation system, and that's the end of the conversation.'
'I'm discouraged by what I found, not surprised,' says provincial commissioner.
While school system was paralyzed, Clark's team went golfing for dollars.
Is it bloated salaries or downloading from above that strains our local governments?
Not at all, says economist Iglika Ivanova, especially compared to GDP growth projections.
Skyrocketing prices also reduced gov't revenues over past decade, consultant finds.
Delivering budget update, Mike de Jong doesn't rule out legislating teachers back to work.
Pat Pimm's support of move to turn farmland into a rodeo not inappropriate, conflict commissioner finds.
British Columbians rally across the province to protest stalled negotiations.
Move sets a 'novel' precedent that increases secrecy, observers say.
Dan Brooks says his party won't tax BC 'to death,' nor neglect non-LNG industry -- unlike the Libs.
BC Hydro's huge hook up costs hurt business, he says.
Decision to retain Amrik Virk an 'indictment of the premier's judgement,' NDP says.
Port Hardy-Bella Coola route bore comparable traffic to Gulf Islands line.
Former Peace River Socred MLA says his Site C work is done.
It's too vague on poison use and doesn't factor in ecosystem complexity, says Bob Hayes.
Ousted candidate for party chair reveals fractures in the provincial party.
Conventioneers told to ignore 'holy trinity' of pundits, pollsters, political scientists.
Poverty policies among motions as party convenes this weekend.
Letter raised multiple strong objections to splitting Ag Land Reserve into two zones.
Letter raised multiple strong objections to splitting Ag Land Reserve into two zones.
Energy ministry denies NDP accusation government lied about ALR consultation.
Premier says economic growth will help parents like Jessica Sothcott, whose child support is deducted from her disability cheques.
'There ain't anything phoney about my life,' says new NDP leader, sharing his story.
Panel finds pros to $8-billion project, critiques BC Hydro's timetable.
'They're not doing it for farmers,' charges Vicky Husband.
New NDP leader will take a 'wait and see' approach to pipelines, Site C.
Ministry-funded non-profit flogs former fraudster's event.
'Re-engineering' tight student funding to fit industry demands narrows purpose of education, say critics.
'How many perks is Kelowna going to get?' transport critic asks.
Flurry of discussions among gov’t, BCLC and BC Ferries revealed via freedom of info request.
Newly released strategy outlines difficulties in counting wolves.
'Hard to overstate' impact of Brian Day's extra-billing challenge, doctors say.
Days before leadership election, a bout of nasty politicking recalls Cummins-era infighting.
Options abound even in East Kootenay, despite Bill Bennett's laugh line.
Gov't to allow 'flexibility' on how 90 per cent of Agricultural Land Reserve is used.
Association worried about policy that would allow trapping of mothers with pups, docs show.
Stalling shows government's 'discomfort' with what it intends to do, says NDP critic.
Province refuses to disclose latest wolf management plan, and whether poisoning is part of it.
Robert Hart was among seven people fired in 2012 as part of still-murky gov't investigation.
Audit findings mean Downtown Eastside housing, safe injection non-profit may face receivership: Coleman.
Gov’t counters its changes will protect rural ridings’ political power.
After May's election flop, leader candidates at least agree the party 'must be better prepared.'
Not many families at all, when MSP premiums and other fees are included.
Clark pans corp's advertising to British Columbians, something her government has done extensively.
Merrill Oakey's kids worry 'the only thing that's helping' their mother, and others like her, will soon be unaffordable.
Avoiding collapse requires planned positive change. Last in series Super Unequal BC.
Seven ways to de-concentrate wealth. And so it can happen, four ways to change how we elect. Latest in a series.
Steps to raise the poor and strengthen the middle in BC, and Canada, too. Latest in a series.
Visions of new currencies, new values, a new commons. Latest in series 'Super Unequal BC.'
Governments cut seniors' poverty but failed to support young, says UBC prof. Latest in Super Unequal BC series.
While owners sit on wealth, many struggle to find homes they can afford. Fifth in a series.
Why Paul Summerville begs to differ with his business friends (as does The Economist). Fourth in a series.
Jimmy Pattison 'just doesn't talk about that kind of thing.' This year his wealth grew by $1.25 billion. Third in a series on inequality solutions.
By the numbers. Part of a series on Super Unequal BC.
In province where inequality keeps outstripping Canada as a whole, 'a growing disconnect.' First in a series on Super Unequal BC.
Activists say direct action to stop the project is a last resort, but BC's north wonders: is the RCMP prepared?
Survey finds handlers of BC's largest file feel increasingly poorly directed, unsatisfied.
Payments to private contractor Maximus balloon since BC outsourced health records in 2004.
BC paid Deloitte $650K to look into data breaches, no need to compete.
NDP calls trip an 'abuse of public resources', though premier later met with Alberta counterpart.
Those in skills training sector say new program will hurt most marginalized in BC.
Ministers argue new Canada Job Grant is inflexible, excludes the unemployed.
Heyman, Horgan, Eby and Farnworth say they may vie to be next BC NDP honcho.
'That we fell short on election day is my responsibility,' owns BC NDP leader in exit speech.
Catch the UBCM dish on tax changes, trash talk and more in this reporter's notebook.
Without more provincial funds, there will be six weeks with no legal help for BC's most vulnerable.
Fines and jail time proposed for people who break BC's new local government election rules.
Major provincial projects are a reliable income source for a company mired in negative publicity.
Duo charged with conspiring to explode bombs outside BC legislature on Canada Day.
Government trims budget surplus and plans cuts amid shrinking expectations.
Ombudsperson details how her office fights to ensure government treats vulnerable people fairly.
On chat board, some med students see club for 'old rich boys and girls,' others see no big deal.
BC premier promises her team will 'accelerate' jobs plan and 'run a tight ship.'
Candidates can lie about their finances or omit details thanks to MLAs who nixed penalty.
Activists, First Nations leaders cheer province's clear stand against Northern Gateway proposal.
Last year she declared investments; this April she revealed none in her public statement.
Graduating from an Irish medical school, he'll finish training in UBC division his father heads.
Or can the NDP leader make a case to reinvent his party?
Meet the next BC MLAs. Half of Liberals are new, six fresh NDP faces.
Greens call such talk 'fear-mongering' as election day approaches.
Answer on economy vs. environment question largely ignored in BC's election.
BC gov't aimed to preserve pharma profits alleges notice of claim by terminated researcher.
Will the last decade of idle welfare rates and spiking homelessness continue after May 14?
One of several exciting races where voters are choosing between party politics as normal and a free voice.
Tight races reflect issues of the north: resources and who they benefit.
Greg Kyllo's company was penalized $375,000 for illegal habitat destruction in 2007.
Company assessed $375,000 penalty for clearing legally protected habitat.
Complex, 'crazy making' third party advertising restrictions sow confusion.
'Intense' three-way race among NDP, Liberal and Green candidates too close to predict.
Pacific Carbon Trust part of 'orchestrated campaign' to delay findings on offset issues: AG Doyle.
So who's behind them? Signs point strongly to a former caucus employee.
Employee says he was falsely ousted and RCMP have yet to contact him.
Minister Yap resigns, Clark apologizes, opposition slams scope of probe.
Controversy over leaked Liberal plan to win ethnic vote claims the job of Kim Haakstad, a longtime ally.
Enviros, other opponents say vast 'giveaway' looms with scant public input.
'Difficult decision' to trim stewardship funding until next year: minister.
Question posed by finance minister brings forth diverging opinions.
Three years after task force tackled municipal spending limits, no action on 31 items.
If NDP vs. Liberal race tightens, one scenario gives outsider candidates balance of power.
As NDP's lead shrinks in some polls, how realistic is a Liberal comeback victory?
Polls point to a majority, but how large? First of three roadmaps to BC's election day.
Leader Jane Sterk says party will get 'creative' in bid to win seats this May.
Come May 15, what should political winners do with their mandate? The Tyee sought a range of perspectives.
Roderick MacIsaac was three days from the end of a co-op term when let go.
NDP leader won office making promises on smart meters, raw logs, women's equality and much more.
NDP leader talks with The Tyee about ads, agendas, working with BC Liberals, and more.
BC's premier talks to The Tyee about wrestling the deficit, revolving aides, anti-smoking policies and more.
Province, health minister named in wrongful dismissal and defamation suit.
Poll shows citizens would approve hikes under certain circumstances.
'Right direction, but we need to keep going': researcher.
Force's license plate scanning system blasted by BC privacy commissioner.
BC gov't guide advises employers negotiating contracts.
Device that pegs your phone in a crowd reflects a 'massive invasion of privacy' says BC civil liberties director.
Declared threats at weekend's BC Liberal convention include unions, Conservatives and NDP 'tyranny.'
NDP MLA Fleming's message to Premier Clark joins chorus of protest against Northern Gateway at BC legislature.
Party insiders jockey to attract clients well ahead of provincial vote.
Budget's already squeezed before seeking 'efficiencies' says UBC spokesperson.
BC government's new action plan blasted by opposition as 'business as usual.'
Unions say new efficiencies, lower sick pay and overtime will fill the gap.
TYEE LIST #22: The new BC Liberal, defector from BC Cons, on scrapping health care and 'junk science' behind climate change.
BC Conservative leader says he expects to easily face down revolt this weekend.
Rochelle Bergman wants politicians to know 'nobody could live' on her disability payments.
Among pharma projects targeted by ministry probe is one assessing BC's smoking cessation program.
Fired or suspended employees were tied to projects designed to save public money.
Some new ministers held same portfolios at earlier times, but half are first termers.
Party's corporate donations spike, but still pale compared to Libs. What's the effect?
Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers union says proposal to log protected areas goes too far.
It looked like she’d make public a letter sent by all premiers to feds on drug prices, but now it’s secret.
Tight schedule has special committee hitting two communities a day this week.
WoodEx says province allows competitor Canfor, a big BC Liberal backer, to starve its Columbia Valley mill of timber.
Citizens' views on CETA -- affecting energy, environment, education, transport, health --won't be solicited.
Critics say MLA Bill Bennett's characterization of pro-ban side shows bias.
New president Chris Abbott vowed 'Do not vote for me if you are not prepared to fight.'
Alan Cassels, author of 'Seeking Sickness' on the disease screening industry, what it really catches, when to say no, and more.
Now up to premier, who earlier promised a ban, and cabinet to make final decision.
Changes to Animal Health Act, said to protect public, slammed by NDP, privacy commissioner.
Next on to do list: 'develop a vision' for BC's ferry service, says Lekstrom.
Emergency workers exposed to bodily fluids have better protections: Kendall.
Province's info and privacy chief criticizes three bills. 'Pattern' shuts out citizens, says watchdog group.
Proposed pharmaceutical legislation may reveal too much personal info says Denham.
Premier's promise to consult British Columbians wiped away as Harper's team 'sells' CETA agreement.
To feed struggling mills, Steelworkers support logging habitat reserves, other contentious measures.
Wins include surprise in three-way Chilliwack-Hope race. Forget merger says Cons' Cummins.
Leaked cabinet document pushes to lift protections, allow unsustainable cuts.
Inside MLA Stilwell's report urging eased policies for BC medical students abroad. (Her son is one of them.)
BC Libs weigh question, finding tangle of rights issues.
Tasked with advising health minister on policy, MLA did not disclose personal interest.
Development firm has designs on Delta farmland, says MLA Huntington.
NDP's Ralston blasts BC Libs' 'political love affair with Tories.'
Charles Jago says $1,000 in two payments was to play golf. BCTF charges bias.
Premier Clark emerges to blame van Dongen for strengthening NDP chances.
Abbotsford MLA startles legislature with attack on Clark. 'He'll lose to us,' Coleman fires back.
Pair of ridings once 'very safe' for BC Liberals now anything but, say analysts.
With several reviews yet to begin, NDP critic says delay shows Clark's 'not interested' in governing.
Ktunaxa vow to keep fighting despite approval, while NDP doubts ski resort will ever be built.
Christy Clark supporter Harry Bloy admits improperly sharing a reporter's message.
Premier claims BC's plan is delivering results, but NDP says she's manipulating the facts.
Enviro minister says BC's deciding what to do about excess cash collected from schools, hospitals.
Says premier is making it too easy for feds to offload health, justice costs onto province.
Thousands of those most affected rallied to decry class sizes, support teachers, and show they're paying attention.
Libs' deal with pharma firms failed to deliver savings; lower costs to be legislated.
After walkouts OK'd by Labour Relations, BC Libs move to outlaw teachers strike, allow some mediation.
Decision to legislate wage freeze on teachers will 'make matters worse' says BCTF's Lambert.
Budget surprise revealed after Lib insider Kinsella lobbied to privatize distribution.
'Great budget for the one per cent' says BC Fed's Sinclair, 'Unrealistic,' says NDP's Ralston, 'Smoke and mirrors': Cons' Cummins
Scathing report says failure to replant enough trees puts future harvests at risk.
No consensus emerging on what to do about 'cosmetic' insect poisons, says Bennett.
Which government asked for mounds of Enbridge pipeline info? And why can't we know?
Get real about engaging the public urges Matt Leighninger, in Whistler this Friday.
'Sanitized' proposal lacks details on labour, environment impacts: NDP's Gentner.
Cariboo North MLA alarmed government may lift 'constraints' in Land Use Plan.
Sweeping recommendations include limiting fare increases, upping gov't contributions.
'Radical foreign' oil sands foe Bill McKibben attended Toronto elementary school with Stephen Harper.
British Columbians indicating they couldn't afford prescriptions near double the national average: UBC study.
Suppliers of controversial anti-smoking products donated cash to BC Liberals.
Finance minister unveils web app that allows public to try tweaking spend and tax priorities.
And other financial disclosures newly made public by BC MLAs.
Report advised way to make more money yet carry fewer, FOI reveals.
BC's welfare system is 'designed to be uncomfortable.' Doesn't everyone deserve a break?
NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar on the grassroots, fixing foreign policy, helping the poor, and more.
New Dem leadership candidate Nathan Cullen on taxes, Enbridge, changing the voting system, and more.
Fuel surcharge a 'backdoor' way to get prohibited fare bump, says MLA Coons.
Committee now weighing diverse testimony on how toxic chemicals should be governed.
NDP says budget bump too small after damning report on Agricultural Land Reserve languished for year.
New Democrat leadership candidate on taxes, energy, Parliamentary representation, and more.
Premier more than doubles actual amount; mill closings nearly equal openings: MLA Macdonald.
Pioneering blogger Sean Holman broke stories, toppled politicians, won awards and can't make money.
NDP leader says province's negotiators are 'most willing to sell out municipalities.'
Diminished provincial funding for Michael Smith Foundation is 'a step back' says NDP's Dix.
Health Canada relies on studies funded by pesticide makers says Physicians for Environment founder Warren Bell.
NDP’s Dix urges Clark government to seize opportunity to drive down price it pays for generic drugs.
Transmission line projects go to Alberta firms with Texas owner, costing BC hundreds of jobs: union.
She's our 'number one salesperson,' but critics say her plan lacks substance, misses opportunities and won't create jobs.
Records acquired by Tyee reveal Transport Canada let Northern Adventure sail with 17 identified safety deficiencies and no evacuation plan.
BC's municipal leaders want to know if their hands will be tied.
Christy Clark was deputy minister of government that passed fixed vote date law.
Sickness stories are exaggerated, facility meets standards say owners.
Workers say illness is rampant at Endako Mines expansion camp, and they want an investigation.
Premier Clark's promise to pay for them may waste, not save, B.C. health care dollars.
French government strikes controversial varenicline off its list as Premier Clark puts it on PharmaCare's.
Premier rebuffs calls by NDP leader to fund groups participating in Missing Women's Inquiry.
Opposition accuses premier of playing games a few weeks before vote.
NDP denounce delay that keeps Liberals' choice in post.
Finance Minister Kevin Falcon asks to be judged on 'neutral' information campaign.
BC schools, hospitals must buy carbon offsets. Some underwrote gas giant's emissions controls.
Canada’s first Green MP celebrates with supporters in an airplane hanger full of hope.
Where she's running, ethics complaints were raised about Conservative-friendly tactics last election.
Too late for November contests, campaign finance reform may be six-year process.
NDP leader says his apology for act 12 years ago stands, trusts voters to accept it.
Motivating the left-wing base the way to beat the BC Liberals, he says.
'We've lost trust in the corporation.' Officers fighting to stay in union say it protects them when standing up for passenger safety.
We asked Dix, Farnworth and Horgan to tell us how they differ from each other.
Leadership candidates say their party has strong case to make, was too timid on economic issues last election.
New Dem leader hopefuls more committed to environment than BC Liberals, say eco-activists, noting perceptions of parties have flipped.
Says Colin Hansen, left out of Clark's cabinet. But lots of familiar faces are returning.
Province has yet to act on last year's task force recommendations 'at mercy' of incoming premier.
Party deciding whether to disqualify candidate for refusing to hand over Facebook, Twitter codes.
Project said to be delayed by Partnerships BC's private sector agenda.
Guaranteeing a 'united' Liberal party, she eyes Gordon Campbell's riding. 'We'll beat her,' vows NDP's Dix.
Some supporters see a free enterprise stalwart, others praise his role in pushing through taxpayer funded megaprojects.
Court documents confirm Clark never a target of investigation. Abbott still wants probe into taxpayers footing legal bills for Basi, Virk.
Money from natural gas, forestry, crown corporations falls below forecasted targets.
The Liberal leadership race is too close to call, but two changes give Abbott a better shot.
Whether to punish Kash Heed's exonerator for conflict was determined by, among others, a Liberal donor and former Liberal cabinet minister.
Government failed to track those who stopped applying, then didn't file tax returns.
Baby deaths report shakes up leadership race after scant focus on BC's impoverished.
As his fellow Lib leader candidates tip-toe around health reform issue.
None is talking up the carbon tax, and eco-activists don't yet see a champion to back.
Quick deadline good or bad for the party? That's a hot debate among New Dems.
Queen of Nanaimo crash stemmed from faulty fix say released records, contradicting official explanation.
NDP leader resigns after seven years, saying split in caucus was unfixable and some will 'see this as a win for the bullies.'
Broad labels don't seem to apply to diverse group of MLAs revolting against leader Carole James.
As NDP leader announces emergency caucus meeting, some see fate of the party hanging in the balance.
Veteran NDP MLA pushes for leadership convention 'as soon as possible.'
Jockeying for positions begins as hopefuls enter leadership race.
Province went from best to worst in evaluating pharmaceuticals, charges Canadian Health Coalition official.
Fired cabinet minister says government caucus has 'battered wife syndrome,' unloads on premier.
Law institute tells province more public consultation needed before accepting attackers' arguments.
The Crown corp. calls it good value for money, critics call it 'part of a pattern of wasted money.'
BC gov't seeks warrant to audit Brian Day's Cambie Surgeries Corp. for extra billing.
Premier announces the end of his run, throwing wide open the question of who will succeed him.
Campbell's cabinet shuffle concentrates power over water and land use into one office.
Opposition leader, other critics call it an ill-devised gambit to win back voters.
Cycling is hot politics at local levels; in the legislature, not so much.
Government outlets twice as diligent in checking IDs of underage drinkers, province's study finds.
NDP's 'strategy isn't working' says MLA ousted from caucus over critical statement.
After hinting $8 rate might rise, Coell clams up. One business group leader wants no minimum at all.
Esquimalt councilor says assuring adequate local government pay rates is a winner.
After just two years, expensive recruit leaves for Pulse Energy, run by BCIC board member.
Finance minister said businesses might pass on cost savings.
Cache Creek owners argued to province that recycling garbage is more green than burning it, and saves jobs.
Linda Johnson's job eliminated by politically appointed interim Elections BC chief.
The Green leader moved to Sidney for the friendly voters polling identified. But winning them over is taking finesse and hard work.
Nexterra claims its UBC and Victoria projects mark the cutting edge against climate change. Not everyone measures the benefits the same.
'Cookie cutter' claims lack facts, invoke obsolete rule, say poverty lawyers.
What now for the Peace River MLA who quit Libs? Conservatives aren't welcoming.
BC Ferries still mum about exposure level on Queen of Burnaby.
Kelowna firm's tech makes it easier for old buildings to tap the Earth for heating and cooling.
Advocate slams Libs, NDP for supporting new committee report on government transparency.
Tribunal ruled Henthorne 'heroic' but responsible for tragedy. He claims he was dumped for raising safety concerns.
Lawyer had billed $2.4 million to BC Hydro, gave to the BC Liberals.
Special prosecutor's actions on Dobell case and others are tainted, argue some, but de Jong won't 'try to rewrite history.'
As he advised Heed not be charged, Robertson knew his law firm had donated to the politician's campaign.
'No evidence' Heed was involved in dirty tricks campaign flyers.
As he shuts down debate in Leg over the tax, finance minister slams Elections BC for preventing government's mass mailing.
New Vancouver Coastal Health chair had urged minister to let publicly funded hospital buy services from private clinics.
Praised by premier for Site C dam help, former Socred leader from Peace River billed $206,743 last year.
BC Hydro billed ministry for Lekstrom's Olympic room after Tyee inquiry.
NDP critic says government should work to control costs on all prescriptions.
Solicitor General Kash Heed steps down citing investigation.
$142 million ruling in US shows province is too cozy with drug giant: Cassels.
Don't give government more powers to share personal info, Fraser tells committee.
Security guard may have lost a kidney because of workplace rules at Health Ministry.
BC Government wants to amend law to allow much more collection and sharing of personal data.
Locals would have to be able to buy their way to front of queue, too, says private clinic director.
While criminal charges are laid against officer, doomed ferry's captain loses chance to keep his job.
Sulphur dioxide levels at three times previous findings, says CRD report.
'It's a black hole' moans one attendee at education session hosted by pending registrar of lobbyists.
Capital Regional District protects surf beach and some forest, but thousands of hectares not included.
NDP slams province's eHealth oversight as three people face 16 charges.
BC's overall arts budget $15 million less than two years ago: ProArt Alliance.
Housing spending up, but Libs draw fire from health, education, environment sectors.
Plan to enable "universities to remove themselves from the government reporting entity" worries some student advocates.
Expect less from government, and faster environmental assessments: BC throne speech.
Controversial Victoria Harbour project has yet to be green lighted by feds, province.
That was the topic as MLAs heard from frustrated open government advocates.
Independent government tribunal had budget cut as appeals rose 46 per cent.
Province's emergency planning and reaction skills slammed by internal report.
Why give BC's collapsed runs a sustainable seal of approval, critics ask.
$746,646 paid to Courtyard Group was money well spent: VIHA official.
Chief worries about expanding Cache Creek dump. Decisions favour Liberal donors.
Emails indicate Minister Coleman was told just five days before BC's Lottery Corporation raised online gambling limits from $120 to $9,999.
Lead Tory at pension summit says system has 'gaps' but offers no clear path on reforms.
Expect more strikes and other battles over pensions if ministers can't craft real reform in Whitehorse this week.
Key MP says need is urgent, expresses concerns about labour's idea to double CPP.
Labour, BC Liberals, others jostle to put forth new retirement plans.
Leader James links economy with ecology, but some delegates not satisfied.
'Let's Go' story of transport depicts Aboriginal stereotypes, advised experts.
NDP say existing Waneta Dam contract cheaper; Libs say purchase gives capacity, certainty.
BC's premier pledged to cut 'senior executive ranks' by 20 per cent, but can offer no proof it happened. Tyee calculations raise doubts.
New report puts impact at zero so far, but another expert says 'more clever' counting yields rosier view.
Boss Hahn's $1 million salary twice the norm; board members set own pay 'without accountability'.
And government's new number, $4 billion, is based on a seven-year-old 'best case' scenario that hasn't panned out.
Controversial legislation assailed by civil liberties advocates, NDP.
Parties spar over whether the plan will allow BCers to get operations faster.
Chief says BC premier reneged on promise to have children's choir in Games opening ceremonies.
Influence applied to Victoria project revealed in released documents.
Search warrant targets tech contractor, health officials. NDP demands independent probe.
'Cuts to the arts will lead to cultural bankruptcy,' committee told.
'D' grade for women's equality given to province by group sparks debate in Legislature.
Reports reveal worries about fire preparedness as premier ushered in the public.
SFU hired lobbyists with BC Liberal ties to help make its case.
Municipal taxpayers' money flows to gain edges with provincial officials.
Other ministers revealed they invest in industries their decisions influence.
Campbell government opts to 'invest in climate unfriendly programs.'
During May's election Hansen learned revenues were hundreds of millions of dollars lower, but lacked a 'crystal ball'.
Labour-sponsored survey shows clashing visions over budgeting in tough economy.
Campbell says economic disaster and HST plans came after vote
Welcome to Chiu Yin Wong's nightmare, increasingly common.
Price seems way too high to NDP critic, who questions Lib donor tie.
StatsCan ties 2009 shortfall to rising expenses. Couldn't Libs see it coming?
Court allowed temporary shelters in Victoria parks, but officials still fighting it.
Health consultant helped former BC civil servant Penny Ballem find work in Ontario.
Glacier Media, with more than 30 papers, is poised to buy more.
Victoria harm reduction activists march, launch their own needle exchange.
Just one candidate for ministry's big computer upgrade.
Jeff Lee says his editors cleared him to take free-lance job, can't recall fee.
She's staying on, despite just fighting a campaign she says lacked vision.
Libs proud of loosened regs for private colleges, other industries. Costs too high, say critics.
Up 60 per cent since province outsourced health records to contractor in 2004.
Libs look like they're hiding info until election ends: ethics expert.
New StatsCan numbers likely mean bigger budget deficit or spending cuts: experts.
Delayed government report shows no real gains.
The party's leader on her ideas, her chances, facing 'hostility' and more.
BC Libs' Robin Adair is running in Saanich South.
Assaults, abuse blamed on workplace climate, cuts and staff shortages.
BC Libs created 'overly complex' maze that kept needy off rolls: ombudsman
James proposes business tax cuts to stimulate economic recovery.
Company hikes prices despite traffic drop, weak economy.
If you want to run for office, get ready for heavy vetting.
Two health worker unions file complaint against BC Nurses' Union.
Move leaves opposition candidates, watchdog with questions.
Watchdog wants Elections Canada to investigate.
Report alleges many problems, claims certifying ship was 'negligent.'
NDP asks why premier hasn't cited Beijing trip on conflict disclosure forms.
Secret strategy to control public debate as company went private.
1882 Act protects citizens' right of access to rivers, lakes, ocean inlets.
Health and education safe but other ministries trimmed, including environment, housing, aboriginal affairs.
Ministry's push to disband Therapeutics Initiative 'lacks substantive evidence.'
Wary support from some enviros. Too risky say Libs.
Upped ID requirements may have affected some close federal races.
Facing lawsuits, minister vows to defend public health care. The Copeman case raises questions.
What BC's Health Ministry learned from Kiwis about drugs, charging patients, and more.
Enviros worried that cabinet shuffle sends a signal priorities have changed.
PacifiCats get a look for Red Sea route. Brokers still flogging the vessels.
Memo shows 'culture of secrecy' says NDP critic.
UVic's Dennis Pilon serves up his reasons for changing the way BC elects.
Louder than previous models, they rattle some coastal residents' homes.
Savings sought as two German-built vessels sit idle many days.
Campbell government hosted closed meetings.
Heavy fuel use, noise, vibration and air-sucking propellers said to be problems.
Private contractor did no better than public effort it replaced: review.
Nine senior agrologists protest way ALR decisions are made.
Mysterious groups helped with minister's re-election bid.
A riding-by-riding look at pros and cons of voting 'anyone but Harper' in BC. (Not as simple as it seems.)
Saanich group wants 'erroneous' water project grant cancelled.
Trio of opponents may split vote against Conservative Gary Lunn.
In North Island, NDP and Tory foes split last two races by a hair. Here comes round three.
How private contracts inflated cost of welfare-to-work programs.
$8 million job training contract cancelled; work goes to B.C. competitor.
University owns piece of fish-farm vaccine-maker accused of poor practices. Last in a series.
At Microtek, a two-year history of concerns expressed. Second in a three-part special report.
Pathogens, chemicals, flowed out untreated. First of a three-part special report.
Chris Shaw, critic, author and now council candidate, on why the games are 'a corporate scam.'
Right of homeless to camp in parks is focus of landmark Victoria court case.
It's a global gold rush, and VANOC doesn't give B.C. firms any advantage.
'Backroom boy' key to Campbell success no stranger to controversy.
Premier fine with electing senators; critics say BC still loses.
Campbell's tax is an NDP wedge issue. But at what risk?
Group sues to find out how recipients of softwood deal's $450 million were chosen.
NDP leader Carole James tells The Tyee what it will take to win in 2009.
Bill 42: Oppal retreats halfway on ad ban, leaves ID rules untouched.
Panel wants BC's medicine buys to boost 'economic development' as well as health.
Health minister takes cue from panel stacked with pharma reps.
AG ignored many suggestions by electoral officer, plucked others from thin air.
Regulators found problems at US plant where Gardasil is made for BC.
AG calls tightened requirements a 'good move' but cites report that says opposite.
Diverse foes say Bill 42 would crimp free speech, hurt poor voters.
BC govt's claims for $39 million shots program challenged.
Richmond rejects call for 50 per cent raise.
Nature Conservancy's 'partnership' with oil giant Shell rankles donor.
Privatizer given $149 million contract without cost benefit analysis: auditor general.
Two-year study looks at welfare policies' effects on people.
Libs' audit lets high-flying P3 deal makers off hook: NDP.
Town of 10,000 sketched for controversial forest land release.
NDP critic raises concerns about timing, client privacy.
Minister ducked opposition to Jordan River development, say protesters.