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Follow the bouncing Bill

What is an “amusement device” and how can the BC…

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When freedom of information is neither free nor informative

At first glance, the BC NDP government’s flimsy and at…

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Political Capital 31 – BC’s first mandatory vax, and the Gunn(s) of October

BC has started its first mandatory vaccine rule in the…

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Who you gonna call?

As horrific stories of wait times for BC ambulances continue…

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Butts in seats

BC could soon return to full capacity for its arenas…

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Public sector booming – or ballooning?

A record number of people are now working in Canada’s…

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Skipping to the end

B.C. announced a “review” of its royalty regime for the…

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Too soon

BC’s legislature reopens Monday with a special back-to-normal plan for…

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‘I’m still here.’

The first time someone threatened to kill Mike Bernier over…

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Hot potato

BC’s Supreme Court has washed its hands of months of…

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Mandatory, with an asterisk. Or two.

Frustrated parents in some of the province’s largest school districts…

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Political Capital 28 – Federal election winners and losers

The panel takes a deep dive into the federal election…

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BC to follow Quebec’s lead, ban protests around hospitals and schools

BC is following Quebec’s lead to create a “bubble zone”…

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Need to know basis

BC has backpedalled on changes to school notifications of cases…

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Greens left black and blue

There were real no winners in Canada’s 44th election on…

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Perception problem

Interim BC Liberal leader Shirley Bond has an important choice…

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BC’s tourism industry hopes government counters another Alaskan cold front

British Columbians who work in or rely upon the province’s…

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Good to be lucky, and lucky to be good

Finance Minister Selina Robinson says the willingness of British Columbians…

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Horror show

There’s slightly more than a week left in Canada’s federal…

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Papers…please?

BC’s vaccine card seems like the right policy at the…

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Political Capital 25— Vaccination protests and the overdose crisis

What should the BC government do in the face of…

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If a kid coughs in the woods…

If a COVID-19 case occurs in a BC school and…

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The mob, unmasked

On the sidewalk outside Victoria General Hospital this week, someone…

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Enough is enough

The latest overdose numbers released this week show the highest…

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Political Capital 24- Mixed reviews for new mandatory mask and vaccine policies

BC’s mandatory mask and vaccine strategies draw mixed reactions, and…

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Flipping awkward

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s marquee housing affordability platform was dealt…

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When the loudest voices win out

It looked more like a mob than a protest –…

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Surprise! Mandatory masks are back.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stunned most of the…

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Vaccine passports coming to BC

BC’s sweeping new rules on mandatory vaccines to enter restaurants,…

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Fishing for funding on (and under) the Fraser

The BC government is using the new federal election as…

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Playing the villain

Politicians desperate to appear to be doing something to cool…

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Sticking point

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory? It’s a simple question with…

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Different region, different situation, different outbreak, different approach

A crackdown on COVID-19 cases in the central Okanagan is…

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Red is the new black?

The B.C. government’s finances were sideswiped by the sudden emergence…

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2020 hindsight

B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer wasted no time in a new…

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The next four years

John Horgan started his tenure as premier during the middle…

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Broken in case of emergency

The B.C. government has taken great pains to insist to…

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Dealer’s choice

B.C. health officials are doing everything they can to convince…

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Political Capital 20 – BC ambulance reforms, new safe drug supply, and more

BC tries to fix its beleaguered ambulance service but are…

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State of confusion

While much of B.C. worries about a record-breaking year of…

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Anchors aweigh-ish

A new early date for cruise ships to sail in…

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For some, a shot in the arm; for others, a kick in the teeth

The AstraZeneca vaccine is so precious in some countries right…

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Political Capital 19 – Child care, “fatalities are part of life,” and more

Trudeau delivers funding to supercharge BC’s $10-a-day child care promise,…

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Odd man out

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh might have expected some political…

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Credit where credit is due

The B.C. government had its credit rating downgraded by two…

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Province of emergency

BC is lurching from one emergency to another, as worsening…

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Enter the outsider

The sudden launch of former BC Chamber of Commerce CEO…

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Mission Accomplished?

Longtime viewers witnessed the finale Tuesday of what has been…

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New old-growth panel likely won’t become old news

The B.C. government’s selection of a new panel on old…

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Big hire, unclear mission

The BC NDP government has long prided itself for its…

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Government in action

When Premier John Horgan called a snap election last fall,…

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Report ripped; RIP

It took three years for a panel of experts to…

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Todd Stone endorses Kevin Falcon for BC Liberal leader

BC Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon has picked up his…

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History repeating

Canadians were horrified at the discovery last month of the…

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Worthy adversaries

The B.C. legislature can be a brutal and combative arena,…

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Cruising for a bruising

British Columbia’s worst fears were realized Thursday when a U.S….

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The politics – and complex math – of child care

Premier John Horgan has scored major points with voters by…

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On access to information and government FOIbles

B.C.’s Freedom of Information system continues to be hobbled by…

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Ministry of Air

Premier John Horgan continues to insist his Ministry of Mental…

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When the ‘unimaginable’ is all too imaginable

Politicians across the country lined up Monday to express shock…

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Sour note

The sounds of protest echoing from the forests in Fairy…

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Political Capital 14 – BC’s restart plan, old growth protests and more

How does B.C.’s long-awaited restart plan change the political landscape?…

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Summer of renewed protest

Premier John Horgan is watching a growing display of civil…

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Control-Alt-Delete: BC restarts

British Columbians breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday with the…

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Kevin Falcon, in his own words

BC Liberal leadership contender Kevin Falcon surged to the front…

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Political Capital 13 – Kevin Falcon leadership bid, BC vaccine passports, and more

Former finance minister Kevin Falcon launches his leadership bid with…

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Taking on water

When Alaskan lawmakers wrote to Canadian officials two months ago,…

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Nine months of slings and arrows

Former finance minister Kevin Falcon pulled off a slick and…

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Summertime blues

British Columbians hoping the upcoming May long weekend will mark…

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This time, it’s personal

An emotional Premier John Horgan used his own personal history…

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Bridge to nowhere; cross it when we get there

Premier John Horgan unveiled his government’s long-awaited paid sick leave…

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Then and now

The tragic overdose deaths of two teenagers on Vancouver Island…

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Need to know

News that the B.C. government has been deliberately withholding much-sought-after…

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Stuck in park

B.C. finished the most expensive and ambitious push to end…

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Fine for travelling

B.C. finally unveiled its new ban on non-essential travel Friday,…

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Political Capital 10 – Sick pay delays, pop-up confusion, and tent city deadline

What’s taking the Horgan government so long to come up…

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In Surrey, silence then sorry

It was a sight like nothing seen in British Columbia…

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Do not pass Go. (Unless you want to, I guess? Nobody’s stopping you.)

B.C. is halfway through its second week of tough new…

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‘Like a jar of honey for hungry bears’

B.C.’s latest provincial budget was an tepid plan that managed…

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License to (be) ill

Ontario Premier Doug Ford gave a tearful apology Thursday for…

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BC Budget: On childcare, the cavalry comes from Ottawa

The B.C. NDP government’s four-year-old election promise to create a…

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A budget unlike any other

B.C. will table its first pandemic budget on Tuesday, and…

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Best served fresh

B.C. is clearly set to extend its ban on in-person…

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‘Boring, vague, and unobjectionable.’

As throne speeches go, B.C.’s latest was boring, vague and…

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Tightrope

B.C.’s New Democrat government will on Monday present its first…

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Political Capital 8 – Premier struggles with blaming youth, Greens propose lockdown

Premier John Horgan struggles to get out from under criticism…

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Panic at the bistro

The B.C. government’s economic aid to struggling businesses during the…

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Interest in money laundering inquiry about to spike

Business is about to pick up in B.C.’s public inquiry…

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A tax on all their houses

Greater Victoria’s real estate market hit an inauspicious landmark this…

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