Everything old is new again: CBC investigation raises big questions about Port Mann bridge build.

For Merv. There is nothing that gets a transportation geeks blood pumping than seeing some excellent investigative work on a project you've written about at least a dozen times: the Port Mann bridge project. Two pieces you should read this morning and I will tell you why in a moment.    From CBC: 'Weak oversight' …

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BC Election 2017 wrap-up : Just Vote please. Just damn well vote.

With the election upon us tomorrow, I think it's safe to say that when it comes to BC politics, I am still a hopeful cynic. Hopeful because I know change is possible,even if the BC Libs retain power tomorrow.  Cynical because despite that, I also know that a lot  lof what goes on in BC …

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BC Election 2017: Promises, lies & integrity.Which will matter to BC Voters?

After a gorgeous weekend gardening with the Snowbirds and the CF-18 practicing overhead, the rain has returned and politics is once again on the agenda for both politicians and die-hard poli-watchers alike. While the official writ drop announcing the election just happened last week, the BC Liberals had already been campaigning for a month, courtesy …

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“When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside…” ~ Rumi

"I have never been a calm blue ocean... I have always been the storm." Saw this phrase on a t-shirt the other day and I loved it instantly. From the time I was little, it has always been my nature to feel passionately and care deeply. Insatiably curious, I like to stir the pot, challenge …

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“If your vote doesn’t make a difference, why are millionaires,corporations & unions spending so much to influence it? “

After weeks of on and off..but mostly on...winter weather here on the nearly north coast of Van Isle, I never thought I would be happy to see the rain and wind again, but I am. Ready for change...again.  Standing outside last night in the rain waiting for my beast to do his business, was refreshing …

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**Updated:Millionaires, money and political influence in BC: What you should be reading this week.

I've got a really busy week and a half ahead and while I'll still be watching activity on the blog,posts during this time will be sparse unless something earth-shattering comes up. However because I know many of you don't use twitter or other forms of social media, there are a few items you should be …

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Affordability crisis? What affordability crisis? How the BC government fanned the flames of #Vanre

I'll admit that when this came across my desk, I mused that one could resurrect that old series Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous, and shoot the entire thing in Vancouver... It's terribly  hard being wealthy. That's why luxury real estate consultancy Knight Frank created a little report for their global clients called the Global …

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This weeks edition of Political Intel on the Jon McComb show

This week Martyn and I  joined Jon to talk about George Gretes and the triple delete scandal, LNG, Vancouver real estate and more. Had a bit of technical difficulty midway but managed to get back on and we finished strong: You can listen in here: http://omnyapp.com/shows/the-john-mccomb-show/political-intel-whos-watching-the-books-july-13 I'll have a blog for you tomorrow on a …

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Inaugural edition of ‘Political Intel’ on the Jon McComb show

It was a fun start to our inaugural segment on the Jon McComb show this morning, and Jon extended the segment beyond the 9-9:30 slot,nearly to the 10 am news to take listener calls and emails! We talked about the affordable housing issue, foreign investment, real estate report and oversight and how to address it. …

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