Tom Barrett was born in Victoria and raised in Victoria and Vancouver. A writer and editor, Tom has worked in Vancouver, Victoria, and Ottawa for various publications, and is a sessional instructor at Kwantlen University's journalism program..
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It's a key question, given the swarm of public opinion reports on the horizon.
'Show me the numbers,' demands Insights West president, who says voters simply changed their minds.
May election results reveal a surprising new voter bloc for the party.
Many flubbed their May 14 election calls. Here's one who thinks he knows why.
Further election number crunching that suggests the centre-left vote split is myth.
Were they foiled by the '10-second Socred'? A look at several possibilities.
To decide, look at 13 lost New Democrat ridings where the Greens factored in.
Or did Christy Clark just run a better campaign, period?
But maybe one way to look at it is that polls don't drive democracy.
No one sprouted weird headlines like the Zalm. Last in our series.
Most BC surveys give NDP solid edge but several factors keep swing ridings in play.
And luxury resort stays, and non-existent dinners... latest in 'Some Honourable Members.'
Fighting Joe Martin and his MLA ilk. Latest in our 'Some Honourable Members' series.
Frank Calder's legacy far eclipsed a night in jail. Latest of 'Some Honourable Members.'
A possible clue to why Forum had NDP, Libs closest. And other notes.
One put the NDP 22 points ahead, another only four. What's going on?
Bill Bennett's worst birthday. Latest in our snapshots of BC political history.
In 2007, Gordon Campbell decided the province would lead the world and slash emissions. What happened?
Socred minister slipped on a rug. Latest in our 'Some Honourable Members' series.
Who was it? And why doesn't this happen more often? 'Some Honourable Members' gets rowdy.
And more hard truths about the use and abuse of modern opinion research.
Socred Bob McClelland paid the price. Our series of dubious BC political moments continues.
Wacky Bennett's monorail-mania. Latest in our look-back series 'Some Honourable Members'.
When he wasn't drunkenly clubbing foes. Third in our series 'Some Honourable Members.'
Socred Agnes Kripps hated 'that nasty little three-letter word.' First of 'Some Honourable Members,' our new daily series.
It's how we signify the official start of election campaign season, with all its rites and rules.
Wedge issues and fear politics win when voters stay home, pollsters say.
Libs and NDP sow fear of third parties siphoning votes. But political life is complicated.
Four election shockers that keep BC's New Dems up at night.
As Libs sling mud, NDP leader refuses to go negative. Will out of the box strategy box him in?
A brief, inherently dirty history, with video reminders of how low they can go.
As BC Liberals revisit their approach to a carbon neutral public sector, some advice they'll likely get.
Making hospitals and schools transfer tight dollars to corporations is no easy climate policy to sell.
Whatever its flaws, BC's quest for carbon neutrality is getting some things done in the public sector.
Not everyone's buying the math the government uses to make its claim.
Premier Clark inherited bold climate policies and strong pressures on all sides. What will she do?
Changing the way we build our cities is essential to stopping global warming, says 'Seven Rules' author Patrick Condon.
Those hacked Santa emails, Scrooge's hedge fund fantasy, and more.
Angus Reid and Ipsos Reid each say they predicted best.
NDP needed to sweep, not split, these 12 swing ridings
The numbers are all over the place. Who will get to brag about being right?
'Partisan scrabbling' ruining chance to educate voters: VTACC's Washbrook.
Economy and crime seem to obliterate other issues for BC voters. It's not that simple.
Canada has yet to allow hybrid ownership models operating in US and UK.
BC gov't sows fear by claiming 'crown copyright' on released documents, say critics.
Enviros worried that cabinet shuffle sends a signal priorities have changed.
Microblogging is shifting the business of reporting events.
'Responsible journalism' decision latest to loosen libel law in Canada.
Defence appeals ruling that case is about copyright, not a citizen's right to skewer with satire.
Making sense of conflicting poll numbers and methods.
Three years out, wealthy take smaller hit than low income BCers: study.
Primer: Parties' global warming stands going into byelection.
Your chance to learn and energize this Saturday in Vancouver and four more Canadian cities.
Dion and Campbell might have just sold it badly: pollster.
But trying to chase the real numbers can drive you bonkers.
On the table: how to dole out pollution offsets for big parts of Canada, US.
In search of a level playing field in the climate change numbers game.
BC's model built on complex variables.
'Gateway' will wipe out Libs' green goals: expert.
Their eco-footprint is more than double nation's poor: study.
The political bet driving NDP's 'Axe the Gas Tax.'
'Dry Spring' author on his tie to water, and his fluid search for solutions.
Stance against carbon tax steams BC enviros.
Secret, conflicting climate change actions hurt support.
At debate, Vision candidates play to rowdy crowd.
His carbon tax push is well timed, says pollster.
Bills still let govt. 'hand industry a blank cheque,' say critics.
Despite claims that rural folk drive more daily, BC's numbers say otherwise.
Who does it. Why free speechers are fighting it.
Finance Minister Taylor defends its fairness, rural or not.
Slam on BC's carbon tax by Canadian Taxpayers Fed doesn't add up.
BC's about to dive into a vast market that limits and trades emissions. How it will work (or not).
Advisor to premier claims it's world-class policy.
Hotshot eco-wonk Mark Jaccard, on what really works.
Army in fuzzy suits led by oil sands activist.
And will it make rich people greener?
Smart Growth BC takes on exurban sprawl.
Two environmentalists say current rules are a barrier to new thinking.
David Vogt wants to turn digital billboards into citizen media.
Labour left off premier's action team.
Report tries to bridge the gap between promises and policy.
FNs not consulted on new emissions target laws: Porter.
Business, labour, other 'key leaders' to huddle with premier's point man.
Activist scholar McChesney rallies growing movement.
Citizens gather Friday to open up the news.
Judge rules on climate film and 'balance' in the classroom.
NDP victor says 'great divide' on sovereignty no longer drives voters.
'Residents at mercy of ministry': ORCAP
Oil and gas biz, Gateway project said to be untouched.
Company unsure of Burnaby Mountain pipeline's exact location after protest last year.
Forestry strike spotlights 'suffering' side of BC.
One man's rise to fame as Conrad Black fell.
What BC MPs got up to in Parliament. Second of two.
What did BC's MPs get done this year? First of two.
New poll: Canada's media bosses bend news for profit say staffers.
Mark Jaccard's tough takes on global warming.
Rights groups seek to block 'illegitimate' security plan.
Economy jumps. Greenhouse gas levels dip. Weird.
People ready to sacrifice if they don't feel alone.
Critics claim $300 million will be wasted on BC 'clean energy' project.
Chief coroner pledged to track cases in 2004.
Okanagan paradise becoming 'a crater on the moon.'
BC Libs accused of 'stripping landowner rights'.
Oil and gas subsidies belie throne speech talk, enviros say.
Save lives and money, create regional police force: experts.
California's Governator sent motivator to BC.
What it will take to make good on premier's global warming promise.
Global warming tops polls, but how much heat do officials really feel?
Harcourt report too hot to handle, maybe for Grits, too.
BC pushed to match California global warming targets.
Estimate is by GVRD, but city, BC officials say 'butt out.'
After pulling plug in 2001, BC Liberals promise new projects.
And why this project will take a decade to get built.
Even reporters upset with Vancouver mayor’s response.
Thanks to YouTube, you may sample the sleaziest political ads.
On display: Tory clash between social conservatives and moderates.
Why was North America's power elite invited to Banff?
Once again, we buck the national voting trend.
BC's closest races and that 'spoiler' question.
Ignoring Hargrove, BC union leaders push the NDP.
Insiders say he's changed his image, not beliefs.
Candidates have denounced abortion and 'the gay agenda.' And vowed to 'change laws to reflect biblical values.'
Close races give all three major parties hope.
More muddled election math.
After decades, still an election issue.
Management ordered workers to watch tape many found offensive.
Lewd 'team building' party, caught on tape, further soured relations inside phone firm.
Company's labour dispute tactic may affect internet speech law.
Very close, sliced a certain way. New Democrats shouldn’t rush to blame the Greens, though.
Experts say media helps make up our minds, but so do Mom and Dad.
Deleted facts flagged as 'Technically correct, but politically problematic.'
Voter turnout, other factors could create ‘bit of a surprise.’
That’s how nearly half of British Columbians see the NDP leader. Is she doing enough to define herself for voters?
Only a deranged math nerd could like the new vote scheme those Citizens Assembly keeners picked for us.
B.C. is shaping up to be a three-way contest. Party strategists are sweating the tightest races in these ridings.
And other surprising election twists and turns.
The Greens will be lucky to win a seat in B.C. but may determine who wins several tight races. Call it the 'Nader scenario'.
The Conservative Leader's sound bite file on everything from taxes to Iraq, health care, gay marriage, nature, left wingers and more.
The Brenzinger debacle took B.C.'s political culture to a new low just as the Citizens Assembly ponders a new way of voting.
The most poll-driven election in memory has media and voters mesmerized. Don't be fooled, warns Angus Reid.
Just when you thought it was safe, here comes his kid.
People who ticket people are people, too. A new film even makes them heroes, sort of.