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BC Election 2013: A Tyee Update

What you might've missed on our pages, and what's to come.

By Robyn Smith 15 Apr 2013 | TheTyee.ca

Robyn Smith is The Tyee's election editor.

Tick. Did you hear that? One more month until B.C.'s election day. It's been a few weeks since the provincial legislature closed its doors for the last time this term, and tomorrow the writ drops. What's the writ, you ask? Allow Tom Barrett to explain.

Seems like a fit time for a quick update on some Tyee election resources to check out, and a bit of what we've got in store over the next few weeks.

Have you checked out our B.C. Election Map and Guide yet? It includes a riding-by-riding breakdown of fast facts, background details, and candidates as announced. We're working to keep it up to date with all the information we can find, as quickly as we can find it. But we may have missed a thing or two as candidates announce themselves -- or change their Twitter handles for campaign season, for example -- and we welcome your corrections and additions here.

We also recently pulled out all the candidates into a quick searchable list which links to their social media contacts. We highly encourage you to pester the contenders in your riding on issues that matter to you.

In case you missed it, last week Tyee election reporter Doug Ward picked our top 10 ridings to watch, which included likely swings, those with hot contenders, or potential history-making regions. It's currently our most read story. Tyee legislative bureau chief Andrew MacLeod then delved into the race in Oak Bay-Gordon Head. one of the picks on our top 10 list. We'll bring you further reports from more of those ridings in coming weeks.

In addition to covering this year's campaign, this week we launch the first of a series of big issue explainers -- retrospectives by Tyee reporters on some of the more controversial issues in the province, like BC Rail, independent power producers, Northern Gateway, the HST and more. What's happened on these files over the last decade plus of Liberal governance? Consider these explainers an antidote to media and political amnesia.

Also this week we launch a series we're calling "Some Honourable Members," though it could be called "Vignettes of Shame." Veteran B.C. reporters Tom Barrett and Tom Hawthorn team up for these reports, which harken back to some amazingly awkward moments in our province's political history and perhaps offer lessons -- and warnings -- to the government of tomorrow. Who will Barrett and Hawthorn decide merits their scrutiny? The series kicks off Tuesday and runs through to election day.

We'll also unveil our political team's "projected to win" calls for each B.C. riding over the next week or two, and we'll announce them on The Tyee Election Hook.

All that's left to say is a big thanks to you, Tyee readers, for the contributions you made two years ago to our provincial election reporting fund and for your ongoing readership.

Here are a few more ways you can impact our election coverage:

Be our eyes and ears on the ground in your part of the province. Add your election-related photos to Your BC: The Tyee's Photo Pool. Tag them BC Election 2013, and we'll do our best to profile them on the site.

Help us keep our riding pages in shipshape. Send updated candidate information, scuttlebutt and story tips here.

If you like them, share our stories! We're putting them out on Twitter, Facebook, and in our daily and weekly newsletters, which you can sign up for here.

Onward to May 14!  [Tyee]

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