The irony of BC Hydro providing updates on Site C to the BC Utilities Commission after a steadfast refusal by government to allow it to review the project, is clear to all who have followed here in recent months. A classic example of how the current government has effectively hog-tied the Hydro regulator,leaving Hydro ratepayers … Continue reading Site C quarterly public update shows project costs to date already more than expected as Hydro pushes work ahead unchecked
A little funny thing happened on the blog today I thought I'd share because it's another one of those things many people don't know about government. They monitor media and not only do they monitor it, they rate it. I often get incoming links from their daily rounds when a blog post or tweet has … Continue reading Monitoring the monitors
If you live in a community in BC surrounded by forests, this might come of interest to you since it seems like we have an even earlier start to the wildfire season this year. The premier is flying around talking about the wildfire season today and I'm not entirely sure if anyone will ask her … Continue reading Only 80,000 hectares out of 685,000 high risk wildfire forest areas treated since 2004
If there is one thing that surprises many people who are new to following provincial politics, it is how easily governments can manipulate policy and legislation that is in place to protect taxpayers. A classic example is this: Two days before the NDP revealed allegations by former executive assistant Tim Duncan that he … Continue reading Cutting through the spin cycle of the new Site C opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun
It always freaks people out when I say I'm fiscally conservative. The term evokes images of Harper for most Canadians and the terms slice and dice comes to mind with references to budgets. But the truth is when I say it I don't mean conservative as in the party, I mean I think it's important … Continue reading Muskrat Falls fiasco provides example for British Columbians of potential future of Site C & why Premier Clark must send project to BC Utilities Commission independent review.
For us here down on the southern West Coast, we're shaking off 2015 with gusto, thanks to a short but rather violent jolting earthquake last night. Or was that the sound of Premier Clarks LNG Dream bubble bursting? Ah well, 2015 has been a really interesting year for politics, for people and for the blog! … Continue reading 2015 ends with a bang… so it’s time for the Top ten posts of 2015, from LailaYuile.com
Driving along the gravel road to a pristine mountain lake last weekend, the sound of the white water rushing in the river that ran alongside, was as welcome as any cold cocktail on a hot summer afternoon. The clear water ran fast and frothy,tumbling over rocks and between giant boulders that looked like they were … Continue reading “It’s not what you look at that matters…it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.
As many readers know, I grew up in a rural area just north of Prince George and enjoyed a childhood that I look back on with fond memories now, as an adult living on the coast. It's because of that rural upbringing, that I have often feel like I have a unique perspective to bring … Continue reading Left, Right and the space in between: Conquering the Great Divide in politics.
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Should the B.C. government raise welfare rates? Most of you likely woke up in a nice, warm bed today, then headed off to a warm shower and a quick breakfast before work. You will probably have a good lunch and many of you will either stop at the grocery store tonight on … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Welfare rates are starvation rates
Last Friday, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker called for the province to agree to binding arbitration to reach a resolution in the ongoing dispute with the government. Iker proposed that all matters of compensation, benefits and preparation time should go to arbitration, leaving the matters of class size and composition, currently before the … Continue reading This weeks column for 24 Hrs Vancouver: Union proposal a fair one to settle this debacle.