First generation British Columbian by birth, I grew up in a lovely and wild area in north central BC. Although I now make my home on Vancouver Island, I deeply value not only the unique perspective gained from my rural upbringing, but the connection to the land and its resources that it fostered.
I’ve made a strong commitment to bring my readers the best over the past 12 years and I’ve broken many compelling stories on the provincial government here, and in former columns.
The lack of accountability within our provincial and federal governments has been the driving force behind the bulk of my research and reporting.
I’ve contributed to The Rossland Telegraph, The Boundary Sentinel, The Castlegar Source,The Nelson Daily, Pacific Free Press, Abbotsford Today and Chilliwack Today. My investigative work has been covered nationally in the Globe and Mail and locally by provincial news outlets. I’ve provided political commentary for CBC TV and radio,CKNW and Global.
In the summer of 2012, I was honoured to be invited to join the team of extraordinary bloggers at the Huffington Post BC to share my views on the changing political landscape in our province and was honoured to appear as a featured blogger in the launch edition.
In January 2013, I moved on to join the talented team of columnists at the former daily, 24hrs Vancouver in a weekly full page debate feature, The Duel.
Recognizing that I was part of the problem in perpetuating the great divide and partisanship in politics in that ‘left or right’ column, in April 2015 I made the decision to leave the Duel in order to further the discussion on how to bring people back into the political process.
Pleased to be offered the opportunity to take over the civic affairs column,the new role allowed opportunity to shed some light on civic process, hold civic politicians accountable and engage readers in the level of politics that impacts them most.
Despite having developed a growing relationship with thousands of readers, in August of 2015 I made the decision to leave 24Hours Vancouver to take a stand against the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ style of dealing with dropping revenues that Postmedia had taken. You can read about that decision, here: https://lailayuile.com/2015/09/17/sometimes-losing-an-illusion-makes-you-wiser-than-finding-a-truth-ii/
In June of 2016, I joined the Jon McComb show on CKNW, BC’s top talk radio and news station in a weekly segment covering BC politics with Martyn Brown but eventually stepped down due to schedule incompatibility.
Having taken a long hiatus from writing following the site C decision, I am still moved to blog occasionally…but for the most part.. it’s your turn now.
“To strive, to seek, to find.. and never to yield.” ~ Ulysses