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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


Carole James’s Big Budget Problem

Deficits, tax increases or broken promises — the new government faces tough choices.

By Paul Willcocks, 4 Dec 2017


Why I’m Supporting the Rafe Mair Memorial Fund

In politics and media, Mair left a legacy that deserves a lasting recognition.

By Paul Willcocks, 8 Nov 2017


Rethinking the Websters

Thirty years in, it’s time to look at B.C.’s increasingly corporate journalism awards.

By Paul Willcocks, 20 Oct 2017


Horgan Got It Wrong on Political Finance Reform; Here’s the Solution

NDP broke promise and failed to get big money out of politics. This week he can make it right.

By Paul Willcocks, 2 Oct 2017


A New Blueprint for Organizing for Change

‘Engagement Organizing’ offers insights on effective campaigning for unions, parties and social activists.

By Paul Willcocks, 18 Sep 2017


Fair Tax System Down the Drain if Loopholes Aren’t Closed

Anti-tax lobby has distorted Canadian debate to the benefit of higher income earners.

By Paul Willcocks, 11 Sep 2017


Six Things to Know about the BC Liberal Leadership Race

A new sheriff’s in town, but big money will still rule the day.

By Paul Willcocks, 30 Aug 2017


Can Horgan Fix BC’s Broken Environmental Protection System?

Shawnigan Lake, Mount Polley show culture that reflects BC Liberals’ contempt for regulation, enforcement.

By Paul Willcocks, 14 Aug 2017


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


The Big Winner in BC’s Election? Citizens

Liberals federally and provincially the losers; Greens, NDP, MLAs and public share victory.

By Paul Willcocks, 1 Jun 2017


BC Politics Enters Its Game of Thrones Era

Intrigue and plotting, threats from without and within, after disruptive election.

By Paul Willcocks, 12 May 2017


What Just Happened in British Columbia? And What’s Ahead?

Tyee contributors weigh in on last night’s provincial election results.

By Crawford Kilian, Andrew Nikiforuk, Judith Sayers and Paul Willcocks, 10 May 2017


Election Night Sends BC Down Unmapped Road

Prospects high for Greens to decide who will form minority government.

By Paul Willcocks, 9 May 2017


Why This Election Should Be About Corruption

When 76 per cent of citizens believe government is bought and paid for, it’s time for change.

By Paul Willcocks, 13 Apr 2017


Failing to Meet Basic Standards, BC Liberals Abandon Seniors

Privatization, lack of investment and broken promises costly.

By Paul Willcocks, 27 Mar 2017


The BC Liberals’ Time-Bomb Budget

MSP reductions set up to avoid pre-election pain, but bad news for next year’s budget.

By Paul Willcocks, 27 Feb 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Who Will Listen to Richard Perry?

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

By Paul Willcocks, 13 Apr 2015


Abbott's Removal Reveals Chaos with Treaty Process

Province has 'lost the plot' on important file.

By Paul Willcocks, 30 Mar 2015


Journalists: Never Befriend a Source

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

By Paul Willcocks, 7 Mar 2015


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


BC's Sinister Drive to Recruit More Gamblers

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

By Paul Willcocks, 11 Oct 2014


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


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


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


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

By Paul Willcocks, 21 Jun 2014


Leadership campaigns run big fraud risk

By Paul Willcocks, 9 Feb 2011


Dix sparks overdue debate about BC tax policy: Willcocks

By Paul Willcocks, 6 Feb 2011


Tax cut pledge gave Campbell not much bump, more bruises

By Paul Willcocks, 2 Nov 2010