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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

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NDP to Raise Concerns with Elections BC about ‘Mishandled’ Ballots

Chief electoral officer says issue in Richmond-Queensborough district was addressed.

By Andrew MacLeod, 5 Jun 2017


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Liberal or NDP Government? We Should Know By Wednesday

Polls show public wants NDP-Green alliance and referendum on electoral change.

By Andrew MacLeod, 27 May 2017


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It’s Official: Liberals 43, NDP 41, Greens 3

Clark says she plans to govern; Horgan says New Democrats, Greens finding common ground; Weaver hints at deal by next Wednesday.

By Andrew MacLeod, 24 May 2017


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Liberal ‘Gerrymandering’ Handed Them Election Win: Analyst

BC Liberals told electoral boundary commission to protect sparsely populated ridings in party strongholds.

By Andrew MacLeod, 17 May 2017


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BC Vote Doesn’t Change Support for Kinder Morgan, Says Ottawa

But election outcome carries a warning for Justin Trudeau, analysts say.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 16 May 2017


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If Libs and Greens Ally, ‘It Will Be about Power and Ego,’ Say BC Activists

‘A majority of British Columbians voted for change,’ groups warn.

By Doug Ward, 16 May 2017


opinion

Andrew Weaver and John Horgan

Time for a ‘Red-Green Alliance’ to Oust Clark

Greens will pay big price if they ignore policy conflicts and prop up the BC Liberals.

By Bill Tieleman, 16 May 2017


opinion

Andrew Weaver

If Weaver Chooses to Ally with BC Liberals, Here’s Why

Six reasons the Green leader might just decide it’s OK to prop up the party most people voted against.

By David Beers, 12 May 2017


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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


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Greens Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen

Two New Green MLAs Speak: ‘We’re Very Serious about Doing What’s Right for our Province’

Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen share hopes for new era of BC politics.

By Andrew MacLeod, 12 May 2017


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Perils for All Three Parties in Minority Government Deals

Clark faces challenge in new caucus of MLAs from ‘the places that used to elect Socreds.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 11 May 2017


opinion

Andrew Weaver

Please Advise! Is This British Columbia’s Political Twilight Zone?

It is neither Heaven nor Hell but in between, the fate of the wishy-washy, says spin doctor Steve.

By Steve Burgess, 11 May 2017


opinion

John Horgan

Clark Is Done; NDP and Greens Now Need to Deliver the Change BC Voted For

Even if results shift, power will remain in hands of John Horgan and Andrew Weaver.

By Bill Tieleman, 11 May 2017


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PHOTOS: See BC’s Election Night Seesaw

The cheering, breath-holding, and nail-biting in images from both the Liberal and NDP camps.

By Christopher Cheung, 10 May 2017


opinion

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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


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Christy Clark Tried to Trump British Columbians

So clearly a friend of the wealthy, she posed populist and scorned news media.

By David Beers, 9 May 2017


opinion

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Election Night Sends BC Down Unmapped Road

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

By Paul Willcocks, 9 May 2017


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The Most Nail Biting Finish in Memory, Updated

Will Greens hold balance of power? Reports from Green, Liberal and NDP campaign parties.

By Tyee Staff, 9 May 2017


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Who’s Winning? Check Out Tyee’s Election Map

Green surge? NDP takeover? More of the same? We’re tracking it live.

By Tyee Staff, 9 May 2017


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Answering Your Final Questions about Site C

On the politics, finances, effect on electricity rates and more. Last in a reader-engaged series.

By Zoë Ducklow, 8 May 2017


opinion

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Christy Clark’s Club: Big Donors and Rainmakers

BC’s ‘Wild West’ approach to political contributions, influence and people with money. Last in a series.

By Tyee Staff, 8 May 2017


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Wage Theft and Workplace Abuse: Report Shows Need for Employment Standards Overhaul

Where the parties stand on measures to curb employer abuse.

By Rachel Sanders, 8 May 2017


opinion

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Where Great Bear Rainforest Protection Is a Lie

How the Clark government let donors plunder Phillips Arm while calling it a rare grizzly bear ‘jewel.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 May 2017


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It’s Clark’s Turn to Lose Job, Says Wrongfully Fired Health Researcher

‘She’s a horrible person and she shouldn’t be running this province.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 7 May 2017


opinion

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Why Weaver Sends Such Friendly Signals about the BC Liberals

The Green leader makes it seem personal. More likely it’s strategically political.

By David Beers, 7 May 2017


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Answering Your Final Questions about Site C

On the politics, finances, effect on electricity rates and more. Last in a reader-engaged series.

By Zoë Ducklow, 8 May 2017


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Who’s Getting Site C Contracts? And How Much Have They Given the BC Liberals?

We looked at 51 companies offering services to BC Hydro for the dam.

By Christopher Pollon, 6 May 2017


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Where Is Homelessness on the Ballot?

BC Liberal, NDP and Greens challenged to address growing and record-breaking crisis.

By Stefania Seccia, 6 May 2017


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British Columbians Care about Health Care, So What Are Parties Promising?

A quick summary of each party’s platform on a key issue.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 6 May 2017


opinion

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Krieger’s View

A BC cartoonist’s take on election day.

By Bob Krieger, 5 May 2017


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How Paul Doroshenko Went from Boosting BC Liberals to Suing Them

After pitching in on three campaigns, lawyer hates what he sees on TV. A Tyee interview.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 5 May 2017


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Don’t Expect End to Fundraising Free-For-All Under Clark, Says Critic

Current system helps Liberals despite public unease.

By Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic, 5 May 2017


opinion

Premier Christy Clark

Lip Service Won’t Protect BC Land or Water from Catastrophic Spills

So far, government has failed to guard the province with effective response plan.

By Christianne Wilhelmson, 5 May 2017


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Christy Clark Isn’t Being Honest about the Housing Crisis

Speculation, not lack of supply, is driving home prices hopelessly out of reach.

By Geoff Dembicki, 5 May 2017


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Traffic Congestion: A Key Voters Issue this Election

Six steps to better transportation in Metro Vancouver. Drive them home to your candidates.

By Elizabeth Model, Gavin McGarrigle, Peter Ladner and Timothy David, 5 May 2017


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Where the Parties Stand on Six Hot Issues

Housing, education, climate, energy, jobs, and election processes. We’ve got your primers.

By Christopher Cheung and Katie Hyslop, 4 May 2017


opinion

Leo Gerard

Why Christy Clark Attacks on NDP and Steelworkers Are ‘Fake News’

Attack ads an attempt to distract from BC Liberal fundraising scandals, says union.

By Doug Ward, 4 May 2017


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Alberni Councillor Wants Answers on Water Bomber Contracts

Biggest Liberal donor got biggest payouts from government.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 4 May 2017


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Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach

Victoria Giving Northwest a Raw Deal, Say Local Candidates

They’re tapping anger that scant resource revenues return to communities producing them.

By Andrew MacLeod, 4 May 2017


opinion

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Why Many First Nations Want a New Premier

Under Campbell’s Liberals, there was hope for a new relationship. But it never materialized.

By Judith Sayers, 4 May 2017


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Premier Christy Clark

BC Liberals Have Now Returned Nearly $250,000 in Illegal Donations

Another $73,000 in contributions returned in last two weeks, according to Elections BC records.

By Andrew MacLeod, 3 May 2017


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Do We Even Need the Site C Dam?

Not really, at least now, the evidence suggests. Part of a reader-engaged series.

By Zoë Ducklow, 3 May 2017


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Focus on Stikine, Where One of Three Voters Are Indigenous

The BC Liberal running is Gitxsan, but First Nations leaders aren’t lining up to support her.

By Andrew MacLeod, 3 May 2017


opinion

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Christy Clark’s Club: Kings and Queens of the Crowns

BC’s big Crown corps, like ICBC and BC Hydro, are run by friends of the Premier. Part of a series.

By Tyee Staff, 3 May 2017


opinion

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In One Rude Moment, Christy Clark’s Mask Slips

Thrown off guard, BC Liberals smear a citizen while their leader floats new HST tax.

By Bill Tieleman, 2 May 2017


news

Premier Christy Clark

A Rolling Christy Clark Gathers Untruths

Full-throated falsehoods from BC Liberal leader mount as finish line looms.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 2 May 2017


opinion

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Big Rate Increases Coming for BC Hydro, ICBC, Liberals’ Projections Reveal

In attacking NDP platform, Liberals pulled back curtain on coming price jumps for consumers.

By Richard McCandless, 1 May 2017


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Clark Gov’t Has ‘Virtually Neglected’ the People of BC, Say Indigenous Leaders

Decrying BC Liberal economy that only benefits ‘a few,’ Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls for ‘Anyone But Christy.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 1 May 2017


opinion

Christy Clark and John Horgan

Clark Government’s Sexist Policies Are Nothing ‘Casual’

Eight women-harming measures, from slashing supports to attacking female job sectors.

By Alison Brewin, 1 May 2017


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Green Votes Could Hand Clark Victory, Warns Tzeporah Berman

NDP would be ‘a huge leap forward’ on climate change, environment, says activist.

By Doug Ward, 1 May 2017


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BC NDP’s Bruce Bidgood

In Northwest, NDP Candidates Struggle to Make Support for LNG Clear

Party aims to convince voters it backs industry — with conditions.

By Andrew MacLeod, 1 May 2017


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The Truth about Christy Clark’s Foreign Buyers Tax

‘It didn’t make Vancouver an affordable city,’ says veteran reporter Ian Young.

By Geoff Dembicki, 1 May 2017


opinion

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Fringe Benefits? Fifteen Other BC Parties that Want Your Vote

Examining platforms of the lesser knowns, from the obscure to the possibly genius.

By Tom Hawthorn, 29 Apr 2017


news

Former MLA Ben Stewart

Five Months after Stewart Quits ‘Critical’ Asia Trade Post, Job Still Vacant

Christy Clark denied 2013 job was reward for MLA who resigned to make way for her.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 28 Apr 2017


opinion

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Christy Clark’s Club: Meet the Lobbyists

Ties to the premier, support for BC Liberals unite elite paid influencers. First in a series.

By Tyee Staff, 28 Apr 2017


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BC Green candidate David Wong, BC Liberal incumbent Sam Sullivan, BC NDP incumbent David Eby

At Vancouver Debate, Candidates Split Over Government Role in Housing Supply

Green and NDP say government must step up; Liberal says market will do the job.

By Christopher Cheung, 28 Apr 2017


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In Burnaby-Deer Lake, Will China-Taiwan Divide Affect Election?

Housing costs, economy likely key issues.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 28 Apr 2017


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Actually, Christy Clark, More Money Would Improve BC Education

In saying students are doing fine at current levels, you ignore struggling teachers and parents subsidizing schools.

By Crawford Kilian, 27 Apr 2017


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Why I’m Voting Green This Election

Fed up with Blue and Orange ‘partyocracy,’ I’m choosing real change.

By Tom Read, 27 Apr 2017


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Please Advise! Who Won the TV Debate? And Does It Matter?

Tyee’s spin doctor on the squabbles, whines, and the ‘knockout blows’ that, well, Donald Trump, so...

By Steve Burgess, 27 Apr 2017


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Housing, Jobs, Political Donations Spark BC Election Debate Battles

Weaver takes larger role as leaders face off for second time.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 27 Apr 2017


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Adult Education Cuts a ‘Social Justice Crisis’

Critics say proposal to close Vancouver centres latest move to reduce access to education; NDP and Greens vow to restore funding.

By Katie Hyslop, 26 Apr 2017


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BC Watchdog Publishes Ebook Detailing Political Donation Gravy Train

Where do those tens of millions in donations to BC Liberals come from? Dermod Travis sheds some light.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 26 Apr 2017


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Site C Threatens Treaty Rights, Way of Life, Say Some First Nations

Lots of meetings on Site C, but some Treaty 8 First Nations call consultation a sham.

By Zoë Ducklow, 26 Apr 2017


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Tyee Readers Think Horgan Won the Last Debate, Despite Reservations about ‘Constant Interrupting’

Readers share reflections as another debate looms.

By Sharon J. Riley, 26 Apr 2017


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‘I’m with Herb’… Not Her? North Coast Liberal Stresses that He Is Not Christy Clark

At candidates’ debate, Herb Pond reminds voters his party’s leader ‘is not on the ballot.’ He is.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Apr 2017


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The Housing Crisis: You Are Invited to a Candidates’ Debate Wednesday

Come hear the parties defend their positions at 5 p.m. at Robson Square.

By Tyee Staff, 25 Apr 2017


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Every Party Promises Jobs, but What Kind of Jobs?

Quality over quantity, says SFU prof Peter Hall, noting job ‘is a very slippery word.’

By Rachel Sanders, 25 Apr 2017


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Premier Christy Clark

Fact Check: To Whom Is BC Paying Interest on Its Ballooning Debt?

Okay, this one’s wonky. But it keys off a Clark talking point we’ve heard more than once.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Apr 2017


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Not Easy Being Green? Examining the Party’s Contradictions

From lack of ‘concern’ about Liberal re-election to campaign finance, I ask them the tough questions.

By Bill Tieleman, 25 Apr 2017


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BC Belongs to Resource Companies, and Clark’s the Paid Caretaker

In her province, big money turns real people who care about real issues like the environment into ‘militant climate crusaders.’

By Michael Harris, 24 Apr 2017


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Can We Still Trust Polls?

Despite giant miss in 2013, BC pollsters argue results can be believed.

By Brent Holmes, 24 Apr 2017


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‘If You’re Not Going to Reduce Poverty When You Have a Strong Economy, When Are You Going to Do It?’

BC can learn from Newfoundland’s efforts, says advocate.

By Katie Hyslop, 24 Apr 2017


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A Citizen Takes on BC’s ‘Wild West’ Campaign Financing

Grassroots online initiative encourages public to tell politicians unlimited contributions must end now.

By Joanne Pearce, 22 Apr 2017


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Horgan Town Hall Turns Deeply Personal When Father Asks about Overdose Deaths

‘We had 914 human beings die last year from drug overdose. My child was one of them.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 21 Apr 2017


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BC Liberal Candidate Declares Support for ‘Certain Extent’ of Health Care Privatization

Linda Reimer’s comments caused a stir at Port Moody debate.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 21 Apr 2017


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Fact Check: Does BC Really Have Canada’s ‘Lowest Middle Classes Taxes?’

Sorry, Christy Clark. Government’s own budget docs don’t back you up.

By Andrew MacLeod, 20 Apr 2017


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Fact Check: Is LNG Really Drinkable in Water?

A BC Liberal candidate thinks so. A scientist says the candidate has ‘zero clue.’

By Joanne Pearce, 20 Apr 2017


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Tory Advisor Who Meddled with Info Requests Now Working on BC Liberal Campaign

Sébastien Togneri ‘probably fits in comfortably’ with triple-deleting party, NDP says.

By Andrew MacLeod, 20 Apr 2017


opinion

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Young Voters Need a Reason to Believe Their Vote Matters

One thing they’re not motivated by? Statistics shaming.

By Arianna Murphy-Steed, 20 Apr 2017


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Premier Christy Clark

BC Liberals Return $174,000 in Illegal Donations

New Elections BC total almost twice as much as party admitted in March; NDP returns $10,500.

By Andrew MacLeod, 19 Apr 2017


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Could Kinder Morgan Cost the BC Liberals Four Seats?

NDP opposition to pipeline expansion could decide outcome in four Burrard Inlet ridings.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 19 Apr 2017


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Halting Site C Now Will Save Up to $2 Billion, Says UBC Report

Demand projections show power not needed, will be sold at a loss.

By Zoë Ducklow, 19 Apr 2017


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Green leader Andrew Weaver

Riding to Watch: Three-Way Battle in Saanich North

Greens hope for breakthrough; NDP says it’s only real alternative to Liberals.

By Andrew MacLeod, 18 Apr 2017


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Get and Share the BC Liberals’ Falsehoods, Scandals and Boondoggles Compendium

Our 117-item list, an election must read, now available as a PDF.

By Robyn Smith, 18 Apr 2017


opinion

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Lack of Beds Leaves Patients Stacked in Hospital Hallways

Bleeding and in pain, woman appalled to be left overnight in VGH gynecology ward hall.

By Bill Tieleman, 18 Apr 2017


opinion

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Parties’ Education Platforms Sadly Lacking in Vision

Greens, NDP, Liberals all content to tinker when major reforms are needed.

By Crawford Kilian, 17 Apr 2017


news

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Easing BC’s Housing Crunch: Where the Parties Stand

From tax credits to renter rebates, parties unveil strategies to increase affordability.

By Christopher Cheung and Katie Hyslop, 14 Apr 2017


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NDP Platform Vows $3.5 Billion in New Investments, Like Cheap Childcare, Housing

Party would raise funds through higher taxes on corporations and wealthy.

By Andrew MacLeod, 13 Apr 2017


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Government Has Missed Green Job Opportunity, Says Labour Leader

Smarter approach would bring better jobs, protect environment, says Green Jobs BC.

By Rachel Sanders, 13 Apr 2017


opinion

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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


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Running on ‘Debt Free BC’ Slogan, Clark’s Liberals Added $10.85 Billion to Debt in Four Years

Still, party continues to claim high road on fiscal responsibility.

By Andrew MacLeod, 13 Apr 2017


news

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Health Firings Dog Clark’s First Day on Campaign Trail

Government’s decisions led to suicide of wrongly fired researcher, says sister.

By Andrew MacLeod, 11 Apr 2017


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What’s Changed on the Ground Since the Mount Polley Mine Disaster?

Not enough, say critics, who call for a judicial inquiry into the state of mining regulation in BC.

By Christopher Pollon, 12 Apr 2017


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Health Firings Dog Clark’s First Day on Campaign Trail

Government’s decisions led to suicide of wrongly fired researcher, says sister.

By Andrew MacLeod, 11 Apr 2017


news

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Coalition Pushing New Housing Solutions for BC

Landlords, non-profits, co-ops and allies unite to make housing an election issue.

By Christopher Cheung, 11 Apr 2017


opinion

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Christy Clark’s ‘Empathy Deficit’ Could Cost Her Election

On health firings and fentanyl deaths, Clark fails to show real concern.

By Bill Tieleman, 11 Apr 2017


news

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BC Liberal Platform Promises Limited New Spending, Caps to Bridge Tolls

‘We want to make sure that life stays affordable for people,’ says leader Christy Clark.

By Andrew MacLeod, 10 Apr 2017


opinion

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117 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Complete List

The Tyee’s updated tally of 15 years of public messes, sourced and explained.

By David Beers, Tom Barrett and Tyee Staff and Contributors, 10 Apr 2017


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Christy Clark’s Conflicting Stories, and Five Takeaways from the Health Firing Report

Damning report by ombudsperson still leaves questions.

By Andrew MacLeod, 10 Apr 2017


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Why BC Liberals Blocked Usual Independent Review for Site C

Politicians wanted to avoid tough questions about need for project, future costs, critics say.

By Zoë Ducklow, 10 Apr 2017


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Please Advise! What’s with the Rah-Rah BC Liberal Ad Wrapped Around the Georgia Straight?

Don’t confuse ads for political endorsement, says Doc Steve. Newsfolk gotta get paid.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Apr 2017


news

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Still No Justice After Health Firings Report, Say Victims

‘No one has looked us in the eye and owned up to what this government did to us.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 7 Apr 2017


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Health Firings ‘Wrong and Unjust,’ But No Political Interference, Review Finds

No just cause for dismissals, process unfair, Ombudsperson finds.

By Andrew MacLeod, 6 Apr 2017


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Fired Health Workers Express Hopes for Truth to Emerge in Ombuds’ Report

Though some are doubtful: ‘I don’t believe those responsible will pay a price for their actions.’

By Andrew MacLeod, 6 Apr 2017


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Green Platform Pledges $8.5 Billion in New Education Funding Over Four Years

From free daycare to postsecondary grants, party promises ‘lifelong learning’ strategy.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Apr 2017


news

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Electoral Reform Groups Bring Battle to BC Campaign

Fair Vote Canada promises support for parties pledging to bring in proportional representation.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 5 Apr 2017


opinion

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98 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Clark Era 53

Part two of 15 years of public messes, sourced and explained. If we forgot any, please remind us.

By David Beers, Tom Barrett and Tyee Staff and Contributors, 4 Apr 2017


opinion

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98 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Campbell Era 45

Part one of 15 years of public messes, sourced and explained. If we forgot any, please remind us.

By David Beers, Tom Barrett and Tyee Staff and Contributors, 3 Apr 2017


news

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Who’s Paying for the Clean Up of the Worst Mining Spill in Canadian History?

Economist says taxpayers will be on the hook for nearly $40 million; no charges for company responsible.

By Judith Lavoie, 31 Mar 2017


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Two-Tier Child Welfare System Hurts Indigenous Children, Says Watchdog

‘Urgent need’ to revamp system plagued by overworked staff, insufficient funding.

By Katie Hyslop, 31 Mar 2017


news

Suzanne Anton

Special Prosecutor Appointed to Oversee Political Donations Probe

Appointment ‘is in the public interest,’ assistant deputy attorney general concludes.

By Andrew MacLeod, 30 Mar 2017


opinion

Michelle Stilwell

Decade of Frozen Welfare Rates Leave Families in Deepening Poverty

BC government’s sorry excuses for inaction don’t stand up to basic scrutiny.

By Seth Klein and Pamela Reaño, 30 Mar 2017


news

Leonard Krog

Worried about Political Interference, NDP Wants Special Prosecutor on Donation File

Attorney General Suzanne Anton has downplayed importance of investigation, dismissed need for appointment.

By Andrew MacLeod, 30 Mar 2017


news

Christy Clark

BC Pays a ‘Huge Premium’ for Contracting Out Health Admin: Analyst

Cost of Maximus contract has ballooned over its 10-year term.

By Andrew MacLeod, 29 Mar 2017


opinion

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How the BC Liberals Played Politics with BC Hydro

Accounting ploys kept rates down, government revenue up — but at big future costs.

By Richard McCandless, 29 Mar 2017


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Liberal Subsidies to LNG, Oil and Gas Firms Will Cost Taxpayers Billions, Says Report

Long-term deals reward big donors with huge electricity, royalty breaks, says Sierra Club.

By Emma Gilchrist, 28 Mar 2017


news

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NDP Forest Plan Positive, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Says Forester

Horgan pledges to curb raw log exports and increase value-added manufacturing.

By Andrew MacLeod, 28 Mar 2017


opinion

Former Canfor CEO Jim Shepard

Is NDP’s Horgan Really Public Enemy No. 1? Only to Big Business Right Wingers

Don’t fall for their multi-million dollar ad blitz.

By Bill Tieleman, 28 Mar 2017


opinion

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Failing to Meet Basic Standards, BC Liberals Abandon Seniors

Privatization, lack of investment and broken promises costly.

By Paul Willcocks, 27 Mar 2017


news

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Following Supreme Court Defeat, BC Gov’t Pledges $330 Million to Restore Class Sizes

NDP calls pledge ‘a court-ordered compliance announcement.’

By Katie Hyslop, 25 Mar 2017


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Call in Special Prosecutor for Political Donations Probe, Says Watchdog

Appointment needed to ‘help prevent political interference,’ says Democracy Watch.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Mar 2017


news

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Voters Not Sold on Clark — or NDP or Greens

Poll finds poor ratings for premier, but little confidence in competing parties’ plans.

By Andrew MacLeod, 24 Mar 2017


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, 22 Mar 2017


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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, 22 Mar 2017


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, 21 Mar 2017


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, 21 Mar 2017


opinion

BC Liberal advertisement

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, 21 Mar 2017


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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


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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


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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


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NDP MLA Rob Fleming with Terri Van Steinburg and George Davison

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Premier Christy Clark

Political Donations Investigation Handed to RCMP

Elections BC cites coming election in calling in Mounties.

By Andrew MacLeod, 11 Mar 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Vincent Gogolek

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


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Christy Clark, Stanley Park

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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

Site C job fair

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

Site C job fair

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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

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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


Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

By William E. Rees