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Paul Willcocks

Paul Willcocks is a journalist and former publisher of newspapers, and now an editor with The Tyee.

Twitter: @paulwillcocks

Stories by Paul Willcocks

opinion

It Didn’t Have to Happen This Way: Government Still Failing Vulnerable Youth

It’s time to make the treatment of kids in care a key election issue.

By Paul Willcocks, 10 Feb 2017


opinion

Six Reasons Trudeau’s Cash-for-Access Fundraisers Are Wrong

If participants aren’t buying special treatment, there’s no reason not to end the practice.

By Paul Willcocks, 29 Dec 2016


opinion

How Did Such an Unlikely Buyer End Up with an Arsenal of Restricted Weapons?

Canada is supposed to have tough gun laws.

By Paul Willcocks, 12 Dec 2016


news

Lanzinger Urges BC Fed Delegates to Work to Defeat Clark

‘Premier Poverty’ working for the rich while inequality grows, says president.

By Paul Willcocks, 28 Nov 2016


tyeenews

Why I Think Journalism Matters Now, More than Ever

It can make a difference. And you can support it, right here in BC.

By Paul Willcocks, 28 Nov 2016


mediacheck

OK Everybody, That Sucked. Now, Back to Work

The lessons citizens, parties and media need to learn from Trump’s victory.

By Paul Willcocks, 9 Nov 2016


mediacheck

The Darker Side to New Media Business Models

Information inequality a rising threat as traditional media fails and costly alternatives thrive.

By Paul Willcocks, 31 Oct 2016


opinion

The Sad Story of the Little Railway that Couldn’t

Public ownership of Vancouver Island’s E&N has produced rusting tracks and disappointment.

By Paul Willcocks, 11 Oct 2016


opinion

Reflections on an Urban Swim, and the Change One Person Can Make

Victoria’s Gorge waterway, once a dumping ground, takes on renewed life.

By Paul Willcocks, 1 Sep 2016


opinion

Christy Clark Gives Up Climate Change Battle

BC’s brief commitment to action ends with launch of ‘leadership plan’ that rejects expert panel’s advice.

By Paul Willcocks, 22 Aug 2016


opinion

BC’s Profound Moral Failure on Disability Rates

On Sept. 1, a tiny increase coupled with bus pass clawbacks will shame us all.

By Paul Willcocks, 15 Aug 2016


opinion

BC MLAs Join Top 10 Per Cent with Average Pay of $123,000

Top-ups to base salary boost income for more than two-thirds of our elected politicians.

By Paul Willcocks, 8 Aug 2016


mediacheck

Who Still Believes Postmedia Is Canadian-Controlled?

Latest debt-shedding move gives citizens the chance to press for a different future for Canada's papers.

By Paul Willcocks, 8 Jul 2016


opinion

School Board, Sell Your Mall? That's No Way to Fund Education

BC minister's proposal for Vancouver is dumb, cynical, and silly -- for at least five reasons.

By Paul Willcocks, 5 Jul 2016


opinion

Don't Believe Claims $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost Jobs

Both research and BC experience support NDP's plan to boost it over four years.

By Paul Willcocks, 30 Jun 2016


opinion

Why Young Workers Should Celebrate CPP Changes

Okay, all workers should care. But for the next gen, this pension upgrade was long overdue.

By Paul Willcocks, 23 Jun 2016


opinion

To Tackle Inequality, Start with BC's Two-Tier Education

It's hard to think of a single reason why we subsidize private schools while stiffing our public system.

By Paul Willcocks, 20 Jun 2016


mediacheck

Big Loser in Wente Plagiarism? Globe's Reputation

Columnist's cut-and-paste journalism draws lame response from management.

By Paul Willcocks, 26 Apr 2016


mediacheck

Why Gawker's First Contract Is a Blueprint for Unions

For young workers, Solidarity Forever needs a new chorus. Here's one way.

By Paul Willcocks, 7 Mar 2016


opinion

Christy Clark's Inequality Budget

Unfairness grows in BC's tax system, with families paying more and businesses less.

By Paul Willcocks, 19 Feb 2016


mediacheck

Postmedia Cuts Confirm Newspapers' Days Are Numbered

And no one's coming to the rescue. Let's talk about what comes next.

By Paul Willcocks, 20 Jan 2016


opinion

In BC, Help Out of Poverty... Unless You're on Income Assistance

In that case you're denied supports others in exactly the same financial situations get. Why?

By Paul Willcocks, 18 Jan 2016


opinion

The Sparwood 'Bogeyman' Who Slipped Through the Cracks

Little Kienan Hiebert's kidnapping was a gripping story. But so was his kidnapper's life.

By Paul Willcocks, 9 Dec 2015


opinion

BC Government Put Itself Above the Law with Email Deletions

Info and privacy watchdog's scathing report is about much more than openness.

By Paul Willcocks, 28 Oct 2015


mediacheck

Who, or What, Is Behind Postmedia's Election Endorsements?

When hedge funds own newspapers, it's difficult to know.

By Paul Willcocks, 19 Oct 2015


mediacheck

Forget Campaign Tours, Media Need New Election Approach

Politicians are tightly managed in 2015. So why tag along like it's 1984?

By Paul Willcocks, 17 Aug 2015


mediacheck

Who Will Listen to Richard Perry?

Furlong's 'nightmare' is over, but students' accusations were never tested.

By Paul Willcocks, 13 Apr 2015


opinion

Abbott's Removal Reveals Chaos with Treaty Process

Province has 'lost the plot' on important file.

By Paul Willcocks, 30 Mar 2015


mediacheck

Journalists: Never Befriend a Source

Columnist's athlete admission shows favourable coverage -- not good reporting.

By Paul Willcocks, 7 Mar 2015


mediacheck

As Postmedia Withers, Is a Newspaper-less Vancouver Imminent?

Reinvention, even survival, of local dailies seems less likely with each quarterly report.

By Paul Willcocks, 3 Feb 2015


opinion

BC's Sinister Drive to Recruit More Gamblers

Province's perversely parallel goal: raise amount each 'player' loses.

By Paul Willcocks, 11 Oct 2014


opinion

We Need to Talk about the Ice Bucket Challenge

Not judgmentally or uncritically, but wisely, on how giving can produce the greatest impact.

By Paul Willcocks, 6 Sep 2014


opinion

Think Political Donations Are Benign? You Must Be a Politician

Because nobody else, not corporations, unions nor the public, believes it.

By Paul Willcocks, 25 Aug 2014


opinion

The Weird Tale of the Deadbeat Cop, and the True Crime

The constable failed his kid, but here's how BC fails thousands more.

By Paul Willcocks, 11 Aug 2014


blogs

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

By Paul Willcocks, 21 Jun 2014


blogs

Leadership campaigns run big fraud risk

By Paul Willcocks, 9 Feb 2011


blogs

Dix sparks overdue debate about BC tax policy: Willcocks

By Paul Willcocks, 6 Feb 2011


blogs

Tax cut pledge gave Campbell not much bump, more bruises

By Paul Willcocks, 2 Nov 2010