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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Schools, slumps, and streaks

Maclean and Jordan discuss the NDP Government’s school reopening announcement…

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The other public health crisis

As the pandemic drags on, I’ve been rewatching the 2000s…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The Apologia

Maclean and Jordan discuss the Summer of Apologies, plus how…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Red ink and red tape

Maclean and Jordan try and make sense of the province’s…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: EI, TMX, SCC, CBAs, CPC and other acronyms

Maclean and Jordan talk about John Horgan’s curious delay on…

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The night at the end of the tunnel

Yet another major crisis is looming in BC – one…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The pols are back in town (Return of the Ledge)

Maclean and Jordan discuss the first two days of the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Monopoly, Massey, and Mishaps

Maclean and Jordan ponder ICBC Monopoly, a house fall federal…

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#BCPOLI HOTSTOVE: The A(&W)lberta Advantage?

Maclean and Jordan look eastward at what’s reopening in Alberta…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The Reopening Proceedeth

Maclean and Jordan discuss the good and bad of reopening…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Underscore & Bateman talk BC comeback

It’s Switcheroo Week 1 here at The Orca, as UnSpun’s…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Wild Wild West

Maclean and Jordan talk about extrapolitical salaries, the deal with…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Breaking dawn

Maclean and Jordan ponder the plan to gradually reopen the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: COVID-19 snapshots and ‘winning the peace’

Maclean and Jordan discuss a range of COVID-19 topics, including…

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Minor hockey – like life – may look very different this fall

Make no mistake: restarting British Columbia after The Great Isolation…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: the elusive new normal

Maclean and Jordan ponder how consumer-facing businesses (retail, tourism, shops,…

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Cruisin’ for some solutions

As B.C.’s COVID-19 curve flattens and even Dr. Bonnie Henry…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: A tale of different cities

Maclean and Jordan continue their COVID-19 discussions, including an audio…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Dreaming of recovery

Maclean and Jordan discuss life and politics in the Great…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The No April Fools Edition

Maclean and Jordan continue to navigate the strange new political…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – Social, er, physical distancing, day 10

Maclean and Jordan discuss life in isolation, governments’ slow response…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Is the Salish Sea enough Social Distance?

Maclean and Jordan check in from their home offices to…

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The QPees: Married to the Mob

THE QPEE FOR EXCELLENCE IN SEMI-TRIUMPHANT RETURNS By popular demand,…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Protests take a break – but politics never sleeps

Maclean and Jordan discuss the suddenly-quiet protest issue, the NDP’s…

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Something in the water

American groups funding eco-activists opposed to Canadian oil and gas…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: A(nother) long night at the ledge

Maclean and Jordan break down the Legislature protest news, including…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Protests, apologies, and the perils of Twitter

Maclean and Jordan try to figure out what the heck…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – Live from Budget 2020

Jordan Bateman and Maclean Kay were both in Victoria for…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Protest in Victoria – and beyond

Maclean and Jordan break down all the players in this…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: TMX, tight polls, tighter budget

Maclean and Jordan talk about the NDP’s plan for the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Ride sharing woes, leadership races

Maclean and Jordan ponder Surrey’s war on ridesharing, the CPC…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: A mini shuffle, a big court loss, and an extra big rant

Maclean and Jordan tackle John Horgan’s petite cabinet shuffle, the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Winter has come

Maclean and Jordan consider all the big political issues: Jordan…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Election speculation, leadership races, and the UN

Hypocrisy, hijinks, and hilariously awful one-liners abound. How can you…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Santa’s naughty and nice list

Who’s been nice in politics? Who’s been naughty? Santa Claus…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Strikes, Surrey, and interviews that will never be

Jordan gives John Horgan heck for dodging a year end…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Gaffes, laughs, and big asks

Maclean and Jordan break down Trudeau’s boom mike gaffe, Horgan’s…

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The QPees: Take all the lessons

THE QPEE FOR EXCELLENCE IN QUESTION EVASION It’s a pretty…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Laborious labour files, and taxes, taxes, taxes

Maclean and Jordan talk about the final week of the…

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The QPees: Talking Turkey

THE QPEE FOR EXCELLENCE IN BAD QUESTION PERIODS Rough week…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Of bus strikes, cabinets, turkeys, and councils gone bad

Maclean and Jordan talk about the impending transit strike in…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Bawls and Strikes

Maclean and Jordan talk government hypocrisy, quiet Ottawa, another mill…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Who’s in Cabinet, Power 50, and (another) prop rep revival

Maclean and Jordan ponder the quiet start to Justin Trudeau’s…

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The QPees: Will the NDP buy the farm on agriculture changes?

THE QPEE FOR EXCELLENCE IN STORYTELLING A little secret: there…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: farm fights, Green leaders and making up with Mike de Jong

Maclean and Jordan talk all things #bcpoli – including an…

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The QPees: Eby takes out court loss on opposition

THE QPEE FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXCUSES We know, we know,…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: federal election fallout

Jordan heads overseas to have an in-person visit with Maclean,…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Five days ’til the election

Maclean and Jordan talk federal election early turnout, ICBC, Hulk…

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Introducing the QPees – For Excellence in Question Period

THE QPEE FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSPIRATION Like thousands of others,…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove LIVE: Weaver, Sims and an epic Massey rant

Maclean and Jordan talk about the beginning of Andrew Weaver’s…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The Orca turns 1 and the NDP struggle at UBCM

Maclean and Jordan get together to chat about the Orca’s…

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No bridge at the end of the tunnel

The 60-year-old Massey Tunnel sits on the bottom of the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: breaking down week 1 of the federal election

Maclean and Jordan talk about the leaders, the campaign launch,…

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Kater Surprise

My wife and I recently stayed in downtown Vancouver for…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: On dropping writs and fiscal fortunes

Maclean and Jordan talk some federal politics on Day 1…

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The anniversary

The anniversary surprised me. But there it was, tucked in…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: TMX in court – chapter 19,657

Maclean and Jordan talk about ANOTHER TransMountain court appeal, the…

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For Your Consideration: Doug McCallum is the region’s #1 power broker

Every fall, the shadowy cabal that selects Vancouver Magazine’s iconic…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: A Midsummer’s Podcast Dream

Maclean and Jordan talk about all the big issues: the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Heat on ethics, cabinet grades, and Jody’s social media

After a short summer break, the Hotstove returns to discover…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Bike plates, economic worries, Gerry, Jody, BoJo & more

From Prime Minister BoJo, to worrisome signs for BC’s economic…

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Blowing a lead

28-3. It’s all I could think about while I read…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – The Neverending Story: Speaker’s Office edition

Maclean and Jordan talk about the leadership practice of Speaker…

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Plecas Writes, Plecas Does

I took one for the B.C. political pundit team and…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: let’s talk about elitism

The Elites were out lecturing the common folk this week…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Gas, Dirt, Sewage and Falling Stars

Maclean and Jordan talk about all the big BC/Canada/US political…

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A Modern Day Massey Royal Visit

It was July 15, 1959, when Queen Elizabeth and Prince…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Political winners and losers in the #TMX decision

Maclean and Jordan talk about what the TransMountain approval means…

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The night before TransMountain

’Twas the night before Trans Mountain, and all through the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Pipelines, Plastic, and Pigskin

Maclean and Jordan talk about the impending Trudeau government decision…

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#BCPOLI HOTSTOVE: We know what the parties must do this summer

Maclean and Jordan break down the latest craziness in the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The End of a Long, Long, Loooooong Session

Maclean and Jordan discuss a potential NDP Cabinet Shuffle, the…

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The too-easy solution

The effect of money laundering on Lower Mainland real estate…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – no gas tax criticism, and Jinny says Jinny did nothing wrong

Maclean and Jordan work through all the big issues, including…

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Jordan Bateman: let’s do the math on gas prices

The BC Liberal Party is using high gas prices to…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: the public inquiry is on

Maclean and Jordan chat about the breaking news that the…

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#BCPOLI HOTSTOVE: Live from the Legislature

Jordan is over in Victoria for meetings, so he and…

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The Taxfighter

Most B.C. taxpayers, especially ones under the age of 45,…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: BC vs. Alberta, Labour Code changes, and…dancing poo?

Maclean and Jordan discuss what’s hot and not in BC…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: gas prices, labour issues, Maple Ridge & Ministers Irresponsible

Come for the smart, funny and incisive political discussion. Stay…

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The importance of being earnest

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer was in town Friday morning,…

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#BCPOLI HOTSTOVE: Oil and Water

Maclean and Jordan discuss the fallout from the Alberta election,…

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Politics is a team sport – until you win?

Power changes a person. That’s not a startling revelation –…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – Social Studies Edition

Maclean Kay and Jordan Bateman talk about the burning issues…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – with Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson is the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition,…

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Hear them out, ALC

As a longtime resident (and retired two-term Township councillor) of…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The Incredible Shrinking Cabinet

Just before Maclean went to bask in the oratorical greatness…

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Time to open up the People’s house – in every way

Last week, ICBA president Chris Gardner and I were in…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Budget 2019 Lockup Lockdown

Both Maclean Kay and Jordan Bateman were in the BC…

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Budget 2019: The devil’s in the details

It was a day of re-announcements and pre-announcements in B.C.’s…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Spring Session Preview

Maclean and Jordan chat about what to expect from the…

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Why is the NDP government collecting email addresses?

A long time ago, a wizened veteran of a thousand…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The Mother of All Wrapups

The Mother of All Byelections ™ has come and gone…

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Keeping up with crazy

No way. I don’t believe for one millisecond that the…

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Plecas Report outlines shocking expense abuse allegations

British Columbia may have just had its David Dingwall moment:…

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My long wait for news (any news!) out of Darryl Plecas’ office

For an academic, Daryl Plecas has a surprising streak of…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – The Whole Nine Yards Edition

It’s another busy week in #BCPOLI land. Where to begin?…

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My prediction for Nanaimo depends on what minute it is

When it comes to predicting the Mother of All By-Elections™,…

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