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Doug Ward

Doug Ward is a Vancouver freelance writer, who was previously a reporter at The Vancouver Sun.

Stories by Doug Ward

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If Libs and Greens Ally, ‘It Will Be about Power and Ego,’ Say BC Activists

‘A majority of British Columbians voted for change,’ groups warn.

By Doug Ward, 16 May 2017


opinion

Why Christy Clark Attacks on NDP and Steelworkers Are ‘Fake News’

Attack ads an attempt to distract from BC Liberal fundraising scandals, says union.

By Doug Ward, 4 May 2017


news

Green Votes Could Hand Clark Victory, Warns Tzeporah Berman

NDP would be ‘a huge leap forward’ on climate change, environment, says activist.

By Doug Ward, 1 May 2017


culture

A Trip Down Trudeaumania Lane with Nardwuar the Human Serviette

He schooled PM Justin on his family's forgotten pop history, inspiring a record rebirth.

By Doug Ward, 30 Oct 2015


news

How the Liberals Won the Change Vote

Pundits weigh in: 'Justin Trudeau saw a gap, and he leapt into it.'

By Doug Ward, 21 Oct 2015


news

Liberals Take Vancouver Granville: 'We Did Something Amazing'

Jody Wilson-Raybould handily wins new riding, reflecting nation-wide red sweep.

By David P. Ball and Doug Ward, 20 Oct 2015


news

Leadnow Backs NDP in Vancouver Granville, Sparking Controversy

Liberal spokesperson calls endorsement 'puzzling' as polls put Grit candidate in front.

By Doug Ward, 16 Oct 2015


news

New Polls Give Libs Lead in Three Metro Van Swing Ridings

Key Island, Interior races mainly fought by NDP and Tories.

By Doug Ward, 15 Oct 2015


news

New Polls Pose Conundrum for Vancouver Granville Strategic Voters

One puts Liberal and New Dem in dead heat; another puts Lib far ahead.

By Doug Ward, 14 Oct 2015


news

In Vancouver Granville, Progressives Divided on Two Star Candidates

Despite efforts to 'vote together,' red and orange clash at the doorstep.

By Doug Ward, 2 Oct 2015


news

New Dems Face Rising Tory Support in BC Battlegrounds, Poll Shows

Leadnow-commissioned survey puts Libs ahead in 15 of 31 swing ridings across Canada.

By Doug Ward, 24 Sep 2015


news

NDP, Liberals Still Lead in Key BC Battlegrounds, but Tories Advancing

Insights West survey shows New Dems on top in four of seven polled ridings.

By Doug Ward, 17 Sep 2015


news

In Historically Unkind BC, Liberals Show Hint of Rebound

If Trudeau's grin seems extra wide in Vancouver today, a look at recent polls may explain why.

By Doug Ward, 10 Sep 2015


news

Tories in Trouble in Three BC Battlegrounds: Poll

Leadnow-commissioned survey offers new data for anti-Conservative strategic voters.

By Doug Ward, 21 Aug 2015


news

How Leadnow Will Push Strategic Voting to Defeat Tories

To avoid splits, organization asks supporters: 'Vote with your head, not just your heart.'

By Doug Ward, 11 Aug 2015


news

Secrets of Failure: Why the Transit Referendum Crashed

Experts say it was doomed by design, and a politically crafty premier.

By Doug Ward, 6 Jul 2015


culture

The Vancouver Crate Digger Mining Buried Music Gold

Kevin Howes has made a life's work of ferreting out lost classics, and giving them second life.

By Doug Ward, 23 May 2015


culture

On the Road Again: Willie Thrasher's Second Life

Rediscovered by record collectors, an Inuit songwriter returns to the stage.

By Doug Ward, 23 May 2015


news

Proud Planner: 'I Work for TransLink'

Sabrina Lau Texier once shirked from discussing her employer. Then came the transit vote.

By Doug Ward, 31 Mar 2015


news

What Drives TransLink's Biggest Hater?

Insights into Jordan Bateman, the meme maker opposed to the transit tax hike.

By Doug Ward, 9 Mar 2015


news

Are Students Key to 'Yes' Victory in Transit Vote?

They're a pro-transit generation for sure, though snail mail ballot could pose challenge.

By Doug Ward, 6 Feb 2015


news

How the City of Angels Fell Head Over Heels for Transit

On a visit to L.A., a Vancouverite revels in a transit-fuelled downtown revival.

By Doug Ward, 26 Jan 2015


news

Re-elected Mayor Robertson Vows 'We Can Do Better'

Vision Vancouver retains control of council, loses parks and school board. Tyee reports from the ground.

By Doug Ward, Katie Hyslop and Geoff Dembicki, 15 Nov 2014


news

Kirk LaPointe, Cipher Candidate

A journalist who never tipped his hand. A political unknown 'cautious' on policy. Who is this NPA leader?

By Doug Ward, 13 Nov 2014


news

Vision's Angry Voter Double Whammy

As COPE and Greens tap populist ire, one winner could be NPA, a party flush with cash from its rail baron president.

By Doug Ward, 10 Nov 2014


news

Is Visions' Union Controversy a Big Deal?

Councillor's appeal to labour donors either 'extraordinary' or 'non-issue', depending on who says.

By Doug Ward, 29 Oct 2014


news

Vancouver's House Price Crunch: Campaign Pledges and Pitfalls

On the trail as candidates tackle this election's hottest issue.

By Doug Ward, 28 Oct 2014


news

'We Were Seen as Quite Scary': PHS's Townsend

Mistakes were made, says soul-searching ex-director, but insights came too late.

By Doug Ward, 2 Apr 2014


news

'They Supported Me, and I Support the Portland'

Passionate former clients defend Downtown Eastside non-profit as audit reveals loose spending.

By Doug Ward, 21 Mar 2014


news

For Downtown Eastside, A Vision Beyond Main and Hastings

Can Vancouver protect its poorest while promoting growth in the inner city?

By Doug Ward, 12 Mar 2014


news

When to Tell the Boss 'No'

Dustin Burns could have died on the job because he didn't know his rights. Now, he shows other young workers how to stay safe.

By Doug Ward, 4 Sep 2013


blogs

Election shows public mood now shifts 'in a matter of hours': Geller

By Doug Ward, 14 May 2013


blogs

Polling firms have lost credibility, says Clark aide Pamela Martin

By Doug Ward, 14 May 2013


blogs

Early numbers 'show what we're seeing on the ground': Stockwell Day on Libs

By Doug Ward, 14 May 2013


blogs

Brad Bennett 'feeling confident' about BC Liberal chances

By Doug Ward, 14 May 2013


blogs

BC Libs to gather tonight at Wall Centre, owned by big Clark backer

By Doug Ward, 14 May 2013


blogs

NDP says policy 'dream' list leaked by Liberals is 'not a party platform'

By Doug Ward, 13 May 2013


news

The Rise and Fall of John Cummins' Conservatives

What was a hot political commodity is fading fast in election's waning days.

By Doug Ward, 12 May 2013


news

Mary Polak's Anti-Gay Past Explodes into View

Campaign manager says he quit after Polak failed to publicly disavow her '90s book ban crusade.

By Doug Ward, 8 May 2013


blogs

Liberal Polak's campaign manager quits over 'hateful attitudes' of some party supporters

By Doug Ward, 7 May 2013


news

BC Liberals' 12 Years of Tax Shifts, Explained

Gordon Campbell was swept in on tax cuts, hounded out on HST.

By Doug Ward, 6 May 2013


news

New Poll Gives Dix 'Insurmountable' 22-Point Lead

Heading into debate, Kinder Morgan controversy likely bolsters NDP says pollster.

By Doug Ward, 29 Apr 2013


blogs

Clark attacks Dix on Kinder Morgan position at leaders' debate

By Doug Ward, 26 Apr 2013


news

BC Election 2013 Hot Riding: Chilliwack

The New Democrats are now a factor in the formerly rock-solid Liberal heartland.

By Doug Ward, 19 Apr 2013


blogs

Top 10 BC ridings to watch, and why

By Doug Ward, 16 Apr 2013


blogs

Clark confident BC will choose 'security over risk' at platform unveiling

By Doug Ward, 15 Apr 2013


blogs

Five-year income tax freeze, BC Liberals pledge in platform

By Doug Ward, 15 Apr 2013


news

The Tyee's Top 10 Ridings to Watch

Swings, high profile contenders, and where BC history could be made.

By Doug Ward, 9 Apr 2013


news

BC's Era of Polarized Politics Is Over: Brown

Campbell's former chief of staff on his counterintuitive new ethos, Liberal authenticity and advice for the NDP.

By Doug Ward, 1 Apr 2013


blogs

Power to fix rising rents in private SROs lies with province, Vancouver councillor says

By Doug Ward, 26 Mar 2013


news

City Report Raises New Questions about DTES' Future

Study finds number of neighbourhood's social housing units actually on the rise.

By Doug Ward, 18 Mar 2013


blogs

How one BC candidate targets the young condo-dweller vote

By Doug Ward, 14 Mar 2013


news

A Social Media Campaign to Target False Creek's Condo Silos

BC NDP dot-commer Matt Toner wants Vancouver to be his next start-up.

By Doug Ward, 14 Mar 2013


blogs

Members of South Asian community say outreach plan could cost Liberal seats this May

By Doug Ward, 6 Mar 2013


news

Leaked Liberal Outreach Plan a 'Breach of Trust' for Some South Asians

Clark allies in the community warn fallout could cost swing seats this May.

By Doug Ward, 6 Mar 2013


blogs

Former chief of staff to Gordon Campbell calls on Clark to resign

By Doug Ward, 4 Mar 2013


news

Premier Clark, Born-Again Deficit-Killer

Liberal leader vows to balance budget in pre-campaign speech, through small tax hikes and LNG wealth.

By Doug Ward, 25 Feb 2013


blogs

At pre-election kick-off, Premier Clark pushes debt as key wedge issue

By Doug Ward, 23 Feb 2013


news

In False Creek, a Window into How Candidates Are Chosen

Sullivan vs. Mayencourt: Two old political hands battle for Liberal nod tonight.

By Doug Ward, 20 Feb 2013


news

Will Dix's NDP Revive 'Dying' Social Housing?

It's a question poverty activists want answered now, but party says specifics must follow the budget.

By Doug Ward, 8 Feb 2013


books

The 'Canada Party' Invasion of America Begins Here

Armed with a hot book and viral videos, Vancouver satirists Brian Calvert and Chris Cannon are poised to storm the US election gong show.

By Doug Ward, 10 Sep 2012