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Sean Holman

Sean Holman is a journalism instructor at the University of Victoria and was the founding editor of the pioneering online investigative political news service, Public Eye. A former syndicated columnist, Holman also worked as a legislative reporter for 24 Hours Vancouver and The Vancouver Sun. In 2004, Holman won the Jack Webster Award for a five-month investigation into what became known as the Doug Walls affair. In addition to teaching, he hosts a talk show on CFAX 1070, Victoria's most listened to radio station, and provides a weekly political commentary for Vancouver's News 1130. A former government communications advisor, his coverage has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Times Colonist and Dow Jones News Service.

Reporting beat: Politics

Connection to B.C.: Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Holman believes the most important issue facing British Columbians today is "The declining condition of civil society and the structural lack of democracy within our parliamentary form of government." His favourite place in the province is wherever his wife is.

Twitter: @publiceyeonline

Stories by Sean Holman

opinion

Is Harper a Cause or Symptom of Our Ailing Democracy?

Two recent reads reach different conclusions.

By Sean Holman, 30 Mar 2015


mediacheck

Dear Government Spin Doctor: A Journalist's Final Warning

One last shot at the tyranny of the talking point.

By Sean Holman, 23 Feb 2015


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It's Your Right to Know, but Government Won't Be Much Help

Fortunately, there are two guys who actually want to teach us how to access information.

By Sean Holman, 14 Jan 2015


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Curse of Alternative Media: 'All Requests Are Not Equal'

Thanks to access to information, a glimpse inside the federal spin doctor machine.

By Sean Holman, 19 Nov 2014


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Help Put the Spotlight on Government Secrecy

Enraged by redacted FOIs? Baffled by backroom deals? Hashtag it #cdnfoi.

By Sean Holman, 26 Sep 2014


news

Mt. Polley Debacle: BC Miles behind US on Mine Danger Info

Public here barred from records freely available in US to help avert disasters.

By Sean Holman, 8 Sep 2014


mediacheck

What Do Canadians Value? The Government No Longer Knows

In another blow to data collection, feds abandon survey that seeks to understand us.

By Sean Holman, 27 May 2014


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Postmedia Decapitates Parliament Bureau: A Tipping Point?

The more investigative reporters sacked, the less incentive the rest have to probe.

By Sean Holman, 10 Feb 2014


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Why Are Canadians Flipping Past Politics?

It's the (Ikea) monkey on media's back. How to make the public care about government?

By Sean Holman, 29 Jan 2014


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Where Is Media Hunger for Government Transparency?

Time to demand it. Because when reporters become repeaters, we all suffer.

By Sean Holman, 28 Nov 2013


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Sean Holman's Unknowable Country

Veteran muckraker's new monthly column maps the boundaries of accountability in Canada.

By Sean Holman, 28 Oct 2013


mediacheck

Video Games Have Much to Teach Journalists

Columns of text can't compete with interactive, outcome-driven ways of engaging.

By Sean Holman, 22 Mar 2013


opinion

Meet Christy Clark's Inner Circle

Clark. Haakstad. McDonald. Mentzelopoulos. Millar. White. The power six behind BC's premier.

By Sean Holman, 24 Oct 2011


opinion

Christy Clark: Portrait of Power at Risk

Attacked from inside her caucus, the premier hasn't built vital support from everyday British Columbians. What went wrong?

By Sean Holman, 21 Oct 2011


mediacheck

Perils of BC's New Freedom of Info Policy

Revised FOI approach may look good on surface, but dig deeper and it's bad news.

By Sean Holman, 31 Aug 2011


blogs

BC Libs polling members on potential name change

By Sean Holman, 20 Jul 2011


blogs

How much Web traffic does $5 million buy?

By Sean Holman, 14 Jul 2011


news

Clark Backer Registers to Lobby BC Gov't on Carbon Capture

Jay Hill, former Harper whip, registers to rep a top donor to premier's campaign, Westcoast Energy.

By Sean Holman, 7 Jul 2011


blogs

Joy MacPhail and Jenny Kwan go their separate ways

By Sean Holman, 2 Dec 2010


news

James vs. Simpson: Notable New Dems Choose Sides

As high profile BC NDP voices weigh in on the rift, a scorecard to keep track.

By Sean Holman, 10 Oct 2010


news

Two More Go Directly from Gov't to Petro Biz

NDP's Horgan wants to slow revolving door between regulators and regulated.

By Sean Holman, 6 Oct 2010


blogs

Outsourcing firm Accenture recommends more health authority outsourcing

By Sean Holman, 22 Sep 2010


news

Fast Path from Gov't into Oil and Gas Industry Ires NDP Critic

Ministry tight-lipped on why it cleared bureaucrat to work for EOG Resources.

By Sean Holman, 16 Sep 2010


blogs

More cold water on BC’s bid to sell IPP ‘renewable’ energy to California

By Sean Holman, 13 Jul 2010


news

California's Big 'No' to British Columbia

Lobbying effort to get 'renewable energy' approval from state's politicians came up empty.

By Sean Holman, 8 Jul 2010


news

Sun, Province to Promote Governments' Homeless Message

CanWest newspapers co-sponsor government-run public relations centre in Downtown Eastside during Olympics.

By Sean Holman, 27 Jan 2010


blogs

Campbell planning for one-meter sea level rise

By Sean Holman, 5 Jan 2010


blogs

Tory candidate takes credit for millions given to Grit BC riding

By Sean Holman, 20 Oct 2009


blogs

Ministry says more staff will 'accelerate' town wildfire plans

By Sean Holman, 2 Oct 2009


news

As BC Burns, Many Towns Lack Fire Protection Plans

Local officials say they need more staff, money and legal assurances to do the job.

By Sean Holman, 25 Sep 2009


blogs

Defeat was inevitable in neither circumstance: Holman

By Sean Holman, 13 May 2009


blogs

Mayor Robertson's last-minute endorsement

By Sean Holman, 12 May 2009


blogs

Tory MP to vote NDP, predicts BC Conservative resurgence

By Sean Holman, 11 May 2009


news

BC Gov't 'Spin Machine' Costs Us

How much? Seven times the budget for filling FOIs.

By Sean Holman, 8 May 2009


blogs

North Van chamber features Yamamoto in newspaper ad

By Sean Holman, 6 May 2009


blogs

Debate: Sterk swings, misses pay-raise softball

By Sean Holman, 3 May 2009


blogs

New Democrat MLA says he was asked to join Liberals

By Sean Holman, 30 Apr 2009


blogs

Big Four pay big money to BC Liberals

By Sean Holman, 29 Apr 2009


blogs

Why attend a BC Liberal fundraiser? A credit union VP explains

By Sean Holman, 29 Apr 2009


blogs

Campbell calls not in public interest: Deputy AG

By Sean Holman, 22 Apr 2009


blogs

Steelworkers dump PowerUp: 'We're pulling our support'

By Sean Holman, 21 Apr 2009


blogs

BC-STV poll pushes against 'Glen Clark's failed administration'

By Sean Holman, 21 Apr 2009


blogs

Government advisor recognized as 'wood advocate'

By Sean Holman, 5 Mar 2009


blogs

Royals stripped of crowns during visit to BC Legislature

By Sean Holman, 3 Mar 2009


blogs

Premier Campbell takes on gang violence

By Sean Holman, 11 Feb 2009


blogs

Kinsella won’t be investigated: RCMP

By Sean Holman, 15 Jan 2009


opinion

Long after Deaths, Why Children's Ministry Never Got Fixed

Kids at risk as infighting stalls 62 action items almost three years old.

By Sean Holman, 8 Jan 2009


blogs

BC Lottery meetings with Kinsella shrouded in mystery

By Sean Holman, 18 Dec 2008


blogs

E-mails show Kinsella contacted lottery corp.

By Sean Holman, 11 Dec 2008


blogs

Former bureaucrat on gambling industry payroll

By Sean Holman, 27 Nov 2008


news

Money Tied to Gambling Interests Poured into BC Liberal Coffers

Total may top $250,000. Gaming industry rep denies he solicited contributions.

By Sean Holman, 27 Nov 2008


blogs

BC Lib backroomer Kinsella’s free favours for gaming industry

By Sean Holman, 6 Nov 2008


blogs

Kinsella met with Les as ‘consultant’ for insurance giant ING

By Sean Holman, 31 Oct 2008


blogs

BC's broken lobbyist act needs fixing – but when?

By Sean Holman, 9 Oct 2008


blogs

BC's registrar refuses to investigate complaints about lobbyists

By Sean Holman, 8 Oct 2008


blogs

NDP want RCMP to probe Kinsella

By Sean Holman, 3 Oct 2008


blogs

Kinsella was paid to lobby Les, executive says

By Sean Holman, 2 Oct 2008


news

Kinsella Was Paid to Lobby Les, Executive Says

Patrick Kinsella, chair of BC Liberal election campaigns, has denied lobbying and is not registered.

By Sean Holman, 2 Oct 2008


blogs

Kinsella scheduled repeated meetings with then minister Les

By Sean Holman, 25 Sep 2008


blogs

NDP's James wants answers: Did gov't drop child protection reforms?

By Sean Holman, 19 Sep 2008


blogs

Sherry Charlie reforms dropped: BC youth watchdog

By Sean Holman, 18 Sep 2008


blogs

BC government kept kids in unsafe homes: Watchdog

By Sean Holman, 17 Sep 2008


news

Gov't Kept Kids in Unsafe Homes Says Watchdog

Children left to live with known abusers; probe planned.

By Sean Holman, 17 Sep 2008


blogs

Mayencourt, Liberals fight over Insite video

By Sean Holman and Irwin Loy, 10 Sep 2008


blogs

Brar won't run again in Surrey-Panorama Ridge

By Sean Holman, 10 Sep 2008


news

BC's Liberals Deserve Prize for Climate of Secrecy

Give Campbell's global warming team a Code of Silence Award!

By Sean Holman, 1 May 2008


mediacheck

BC's Political Blogosphere

Sean Holman spills the dirt and URLs.

By Sean Holman, 31 Jul 2007


opinion

Balanced budget is a bit of a bore

It's been promised for three years, and now we've got it. What's next? Trouble with the "vision thing."

By Sean Holman, 16 Feb 2004