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‘BC in the Balance’: The Tyee’s 2017 Election Reporting

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Welcome to the homepage for The Tyee’s 2017 “B.C. in the Balance” Reporting Project.

This page lists all Tyee feature stories relating to the 2017 B.C. election. Our election coverage is sponsored by our Tyee Builders — voluntary subscribers who support independent, fact-based journalism. Almost 1,000 readers pitched in $60,000+ to fund this project. Join them here.

In This Series

opinion

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BC Post-Secondary Before the Liberals — and After Them

Higher ed has changed dramatically, never more so than under Campbell and Clark.

By Crawford Kilian, Today


news

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Parents Doubt Restored Contracts Will Help Special Needs Kids

Deal to limit class size, provide support won’t be enough to meet needs, parents say.

By Katie Hyslop, Today


opinion

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Clark’s Failure on Housing Affordability Big Problem for BC Liberals

House prices on the rise again despite foreign buyer tax.

By Bill Tieleman, Yesterday


news

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‘Plenty of Work Left to Do’ on Candidate Diversity, says Weaver

‘We know this is a problem,’ leader says in response to Tyee report.

By Andrew MacLeod, Yesterday


opinion

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Please Advise! Which of These Blatantly Partisan Liberal Ads Did the Liberals Actually Pay For?

Not many, advises Doc Steve. And now they’ve been sued.

By Steve Burgess, Yesterday


news

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Precarious Work Plagues Higher Ed, Affecting Students Too, Say Workers

At CUPE town hall, speakers describe how waning job security seeps into the classroom.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Mar 2017


news

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BC Greens Lagging in Candidate Diversity

Less than one-third of candidates women, lower than Liberals, NDP.

By Andrew MacLeod, 20 Mar 2017


opinion

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Energy Megaprojects, and How They Aim to Seduce Us

‘Rigorous’ reviews that aren’t so inclusive. Sparkling clean pipelines. Smooth sailing tankers. Don’t be fooled.

By Ian Gill, 18 Mar 2017


opinion

Premier Christy Clark

Can Christy Clark Dance Away From Donation Scandal?

RCMP investigation brings damage control, but no real change.

By Dermod Travis, 17 Mar 2017


news

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Faculty Union Calls for More Money, Attention for Post-secondary Education

More than 18,000 British Columbians support call for college, university funding increase.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Mar 2017


news

Former premier Mike Harcourt

Harcourt Praises Horgan, Renews NDP Support

After splitting from party three years ago, former premier predicts close race.

By Andrew MacLeod, 16 Mar 2017


news

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Is Site C Really ‘Past the Point of No Return?’

Cancelling unneeded, expensive, high-risk dam still smart choice, former CEO, economist say.

By Zoë Ducklow, 15 Mar 2017


opinion

BC government ad

Spot the Difference: BC Liberal Campaign TV Spot, or Taxpayer-Funded ‘Government’ Ad?

Christy Clark spending millions on government-paid political propaganda.

By Bill Tieleman, 14 Mar 2017


opinion

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What $1 Million in Fossil Fuel Money Buys in BC Politics

So far, LNG industry hasn’t done much except fill BC Liberal coffers.

By Peter McCartney, 14 Mar 2017


news

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Horgan Unveils Plan to Open Government’s IT Work to BC Firms

Contract reform would let locals grab share from giant multinationals, NDP says.

By Andrew MacLeod, 14 Mar 2017


news

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United Nations Says Canada’s Largest Park Under Threat, Calls for Site C Review

Downstream impacts of BC’s mega-dam should be assessed: UNESCO report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Mar 2017


news

Premier Christy Clark

Political Donations Investigation Handed to RCMP

Elections BC cites coming election in calling in Mounties.

By Andrew MacLeod, 11 Mar 2017


news

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BC Boasts of Tech Sector Growth, But Doesn’t Insist on Local Jobs in Giant Projects

Why sign massive, long-term contracts with multinationals when government can ‘buy local,’ asks NDP critic?

By Andrew MacLeod, 10 Mar 2017


news

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Energy Industry Uses Money, Army of Lobbyists to Influence BC Government

Study finds sector reported almost 20,000 lobbying contacts in just six years.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Mar 2017


opinion

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BC Patients Will Feel the Pain of Federal Health Cuts, MSP Slashes

Clark’s Liberals don’t seem to have a plan for recouping money lost in Trudeau health-care cuts.

By Bill Tieleman, 7 Mar 2017


tyeenews

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Tyee Readers Not Impressed with BC Liberal Plan to Reduce MSP Premiums

We asked, you answered. Readers weigh in on our latest poll.

By Sharon J. Riley, 3 Mar 2017


opinion

Premier Christy Clark

Government’s Ad Spree Grabs Your Money to Promote BC Liberal Election Campaign

Auditor general, NDP have called for halt to taxpayer-funded partisan ads.

By Bill Tieleman, 28 Feb 2017


opinion

Raw logs

Raw Logs and Lost Jobs: How a Company’s ‘Value-Added’ Plans Mean More Log Exports

Government policies help companies export logs and jobs to other countries. Last of two.

By Ben Parfitt, 28 Feb 2017


news

David Eby

BC Liberals Spied on NDP Youth Meeting, Eby Charges

Government caucus researcher recorded meeting, legislature told.

By Andrew MacLeod, 28 Feb 2017


opinion

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Raw Logs and Lost Jobs: How the BC Government Has Sacrificed Forest Communities

Growing raw log exports mean almost 5,000 lost employment opportunities. First of two.

By Ben Parfitt, 27 Feb 2017


opinion

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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


opinion

Proposed new Steveston interchange and bridge

To Critics, Massey Bridge Is an Environmental and Planning Disaster

And something called the ‘human kebab zone’ is involved. Last of two.

By Daniel Wood, 24 Feb 2017


opinion

Massey Bridge

How BC Taxpayers Ended Up Paying for the $3.5-Billion Massey Bridge

A bridge over troubled waters, indeed. First of two.

By Daniel Wood, 23 Feb 2017


news

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MSP Premiums Cut in Pre-Election Budget

Change to cost government $1 billion a year.

By Andrew MacLeod, 21 Feb 2017


news

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Budget Shortchanges BC Kids And Youth, Say Critics

Increases not enough to dent child poverty, warns economist.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Feb 2017


news

Michelle Stilwell

BC Gov’t Hikes Disability Rates by $50, Maintains Freeze on Welfare

NDP critic describes increase as ‘Christy Clark giving back money she took away last year’ with bus pass clawback.

By Andrew MacLeod, 21 Feb 2017


opinion

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We Need a BC Budget that Truly Lifts All Boats

Years of tax cuts and deregulation have left many British Columbians drowning. We say, enough.

By Stephanie Smith, 20 Feb 2017


news

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NDP’s Horgan Reintroduces, Again, a Bill to Stop Wealthy Donors from ‘Buying’ Government

New version would prevent premier, cabinet from receiving pay from a political party.

By Andrew MacLeod, 17 Feb 2017


tyeenews

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Hey BC Voter! Together, Let’s Dive Deep on Site C

I spent all summer reporting on the megaproject, and still have so many questions. How about you?

By Zoë Ducklow, 16 Feb 2017


news

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‘You Just Don’t Care’: Sister of Fired Health Researcher Slams Clark

Premier’s allegations of NDP ‘hacking’ reminded Linda Kayfish of events that led to her brother’s death.

By Andrew MacLeod, 15 Feb 2017


news

Wendy Mah

Chronic Care Home Understaffing Hurting BC’s Seniors, Say Advocates

Groups want sector reform, increased support, on the election agenda.

By Linda Givetash, 15 Feb 2017


news

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Throne Speech Promises Tax Breaks after ‘Years of Sacrifice By All of Us’

On LNG, government admits ‘unforeseen headwinds have created challenging conditions.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 14 Feb 2017


opinion

Premier Christy Clark

Christy Clark’s World of ‘Alternative Facts’

Consider today’s throne speech promises in light of the premier’s past prevarications.

By Bill Tieleman, 14 Feb 2017


news

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Disability Rates Far Too Low for ‘Dignified Standard of Living,’ Report Finds

Strong economy and budget surpluses make time right for promised raise, says UVic prof.

By Andrew MacLeod, 10 Feb 2017


opinion

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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


news

Restaurant money

Sexism off the Menu: Seven Ways to Protect Servers from Abuse

End slavery to tips. Empower bartenders. Put teeth in workplace laws. And more ideas. Last in a series.

By Rachel Sanders, 9 Feb 2017


news

High hells, sore feet

Slaps, Gropes and Comments ‘Non-stop’

Forced to be ‘sexy’ at work, servers reveal the toll on body and soul. Second in a series.

By Rachel Sanders, 8 Feb 2017


news

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Inside BC’s Sexist Restaurant Industry

Steadily slipping ‘server’ minimum wage fuels harassment on job: researcher. Part one of three.

By Rachel Sanders, 7 Feb 2017


news

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Teen’s Suicide ‘Predictable’ After Years of Ministry Failures, Says Report

Seventeen placements, lack of support, nightmarish final weeks.

By Andrew MacLeod, 6 Feb 2017


mediacheck

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Getting BC Ministers to Talk about Struggling Kids Proved Impossible

The Tyee wanted to discuss supports for at-risk youth, but kept hitting brick wall.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Feb 2017


news

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Ministry Says Supports ‘Available’ to Youth Exiting Province’s Care. How Available?

A guide to options for at-risk young adults, and why advocates say they aren’t enough.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Feb 2017


news

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NDP’s John Horgan Unveils Climate Plan, Would Put an End to Liberals’ ‘Failure’

New plan would raise carbon taxes, provide rebates for green projects.

By Andrew MacLeod, 2 Feb 2017


news

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Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Elections BC Still ‘Stifling’ Campaign Discussions, Advocates Say

New bulletin sets ‘restrictive’ limits on handmade pamphlets and other material.

By Andrew MacLeod, 2 Feb 2017


news

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Poll Offers Hope, Fears For Both Main Parties

Majority think economy strong, but one-third of British Columbians worried about their personal financial situation.

By Andrew MacLeod, 1 Feb 2017


news

Premier Christy Clark

Groups Want Review of Clark’s Kinder Morgan Approval, Citing BC Liberal Donations

Oil company payments to party create ‘appearance of a conflict,’ says Democracy Watch co-founder.

By Andrew MacLeod, 31 Jan 2017


news

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BC MLAs’ Public Disclosures Aren’t Accessible Online – So, We’ve Posted Them

We’ve found good stories in them. Maybe you will, too.

By Andrew MacLeod, 26 Jan 2017


news

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Court Won’t Overturn Conflict Commissioner’s Ruling on Premier’s Fundraising

Democracy Watch, which took the matter to court, may appeal.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Jan 2017


opinion

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Clark’s Shots at Vindictive Trump Bring Big Risk for BC

Reckless premier risks trade retribution from thin-skinned president that could hurt business, workers.

By Bill Tieleman, 24 Jan 2017


news

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Premier Clark Gives Up Her BC Liberal Stipend, but Questions Remain

NDP’s Eby says strong laws on party payments needed: ‘They’ve just been so sketchy about this.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 24 Jan 2017


news

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BC Hydro Can’t Be Ordered to Make Power Cheaper for Poor, Commission Rules

Lawyer calls decision ‘disappointing,’ as low-income customers struggle to pay bills.

By Andrew MacLeod, 21 Jan 2017


news

John Horgan

NDP’s Horgan Again Vows to Ban Big Money, Says Rich Donors Too Powerful

Ban would ‘put people back at the centre of our politics where they truly belong,’ says leader.

By Andrew MacLeod, 19 Jan 2017


news

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Court Review of Clark’s Conflict of Interest Rulings Delayed

Democracy Watch seeks judicial review of decisions that cleared premier on fundraising activities.

By Andrew MacLeod, 5 Jan 2017


news

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At Least Two Complaints Made about LNG TV Ad Withdrawn by Government

Complainant Teresa McGee was ‘appalled’ by ads characterizing industry as ‘clean.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 4 Jan 2017


opinion

Lelu Island

Electoral Reform and BC LNG: Bold Predictions on Two Big Issues

Expect Petronas to approve Lelu Island project before May election, and Liberals to bail on voting change.

By Bill Tieleman, 27 Dec 2016


news

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Government Pulls LNG TV Ad Early After Claim of $20B in Benefits Challenged

Blogger reports claimed benefits included inter-company deals, large share of northeast natural gas revenues.

By Andrew MacLeod, 22 Dec 2016


news

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Number of British Columbians on EI, Welfare Jumps

Communities outside Lower Mainland, Victoria struggling, says NDP.

By Andrew MacLeod, 22 Dec 2016


opinion

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What I Would’ve Asked Christy Clark — If She Hadn’t Left Me Off Her Year-end Interview List

For some reason, The Tyee didn’t fit into the premier’s schedule. Here’s my list of unanswered questions.

By Andrew MacLeod, 19 Dec 2016


news

BC Legislature

Ministry Ordered to Release Records to Fired Health Workers in 60 Days

Records needed for workers to partake in review of 2012 firings, lawyers argued.

By Andrew MacLeod, 16 Dec 2016


news

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Number of British Columbians on EI, Welfare Jumps

Communities outside Lower Mainland, Victoria struggling, says NDP.

By Andrew MacLeod, 22 Dec 2016


opinion

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What I Would’ve Asked Christy Clark — If She Hadn’t Left Me Off Her Year-end Interview List

For some reason, The Tyee didn’t fit into the premier’s schedule. Here’s my list of unanswered questions.

By Andrew MacLeod, 19 Dec 2016


news

BC Legislature

Ministry Ordered to Release Records to Fired Health Workers in 60 Days

Records needed for workers to partake in review of 2012 firings, lawyers argued.

By Andrew MacLeod, 16 Dec 2016


news

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BC’s Interest-free Loan Offer for New Homebuyers ‘Bizarre,’ Says NDP Critic

Move comes amid fears of high personal debt, and as feds tighten mortgage rules.

By Andrew MacLeod, 15 Dec 2016


news

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MSP, PharmaCare Outsourcing Costs Soared 50 Per Cent Over ‘Fixed Fee’

Maximus billed $489 million on contract that was to cost $324 million.

By Andrew MacLeod, 15 Dec 2016


news

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Government Stalling FOI Requests from Fired Health Workers, Lawyers Say

Delays block full participation in ombudsperson’s review, push records release past election.

By Andrew MacLeod, 14 Dec 2016


news

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Time to Replace Out-of-Touch Government, John Horgan Says

BC NDP leader talks inequality, co-ops, forests and political change in year-end interview.

By Andrew MacLeod, 12 Dec 2016


opinion

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Will Kinder Morgan Surprise BC Liberals or NDP in May Election?

Both parties face risks if pipeline emerges as defining election issue.

By Bill Tieleman, 6 Dec 2016


news

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Politics, Poverty, Privatization and Globalization Big Issues for BC’s Union Movement

BC Fed delegates talk hot topics during five-day convention.

By Linda Givetash, 2 Dec 2016


news

BC Fed president Irene Lanzinger and secretary treasurer Aaron Ekman

BC Fed Launches Campaign to Elect NDP Government in May

Effort to focus on jobs, wages and public services and increasing voter turnout.

By Linda Givetash, 1 Dec 2016


news

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Horgan Makes Appeal to Workers: People of BC ‘Deserve Better’

NDP leader lays out series of election promises at BC Fed convention.

By Linda Givetash, 30 Nov 2016


news

Forest

Libs and NDP Won’t Stand Up to Forestry Donor, BC Greens Imply in Fundraiser Pitch

New Dems’ president fires back, says party fights for industry jobs.

By Andrew MacLeod, 29 Nov 2016


news

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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


news

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BC Greens Pitch a Five-Year Basic Income Pilot Project

Leader Weaver wants to test idea in a small town, measure impact on inequality.

By Andrew MacLeod, 26 Nov 2016


news

Children by lake

One in Five Kids in BC Is Poor, Report Finds

Despite small gains in reducing poverty, ‘a lot of people are just holding on.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 24 Nov 2016


opinion

Anchor Steve Darling

Journalists Jumping to BC Liberal Jobs a Problem for Media Credibility

Media’s corporate donations, reporters-turned-candidates and staff blur line between press and party.

By Bill Tieleman, 22 Nov 2016


news

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BC Forest Policy Killing Jobs in Small Communities, Say Critics

Work lost as companies ‘hoard’ timber or ship logs to distant mills.

By Andrew MacLeod, 21 Nov 2016


news

Christy Clark and cameras

‘Free Media’: Who’ll Earn More of It in BC’s Election?

Trump’s ability to attract gobs of publicity, despite financial disadvantage, holds lessons for provincial politicians.

By Andrew MacLeod, 16 Nov 2016


opinion

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Why Should British Columbians Pay Power Bills for LNG Industry?

New ‘eDrive’ policy means BC Hydro customers could pay billions to subsidize plants.

By Marvin Shaffer, 16 Nov 2016


opinion

President-elect Donald Trump

Canada’s New Democrats Can Learn from Trump - Or Lose

Trump won because he targeted working class voters. Will NDP finally do the same?

By Bill Tieleman, 15 Nov 2016


Canada, Not Just the NDP, Needs a Socialist Alternative

American election showed us the same old centrism just doesn’t cut it anymore.

By Cheri DiNovo