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Taking flight

BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon cruised to an early and…

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No fun

Premier John Horgan is tired. You can see it in…

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Blockers

BC’s war in the woods over old growth has bled…

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Just plain blind

Canada’s real estate sector appears ready to burn off serious…

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Good cop, bad cop

Is the BC government going to force municipalities to speed…

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United front

BC’s grand experiment in non-partisan cooperation is back on track,…

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Cards face up

The BC government normally likes to keep what it calls…

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Lemon of a deal

If you’re in the market for a used car and…

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The quiet parts out loud

BC’s Green Party finally did this week what it has…

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Second opinion

The creation of a new all-party committee to study BC’s…

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Byelection by the summer

New BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon will get a chance…

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Bubbling beneath

Premier John Horgan’s personal popularity remains at extraordinary levels – so…

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Much ado about housing

How exactly do you talk about nothing? How many hours…

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‘Complacency, arrogance, and indifference’

It’s hard to tell if BC New Democrats actually thought…

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A house divided

BC’s municipalities fired another shot across the bow of Housing…

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Confidence Men

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s entering a new…

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A cough in the wind

It’s easy to criticise the BC government’s new review of…

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Three Valley Gap

BC’s largest public sector union this week warned negotiations for…

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Misery loves company – and has found it

There’s an old saying that misery loves company. And it’s…

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‘Goodness me, get a hobby.’

You can’t fake the kind of political mojo that Premier…

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Nursing hopes of a contract boost

Hundreds of thousands of BC’s public sector workers will be…

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From ‘right to know’ to left alone

The BC government is back-peddling away from its promise to…

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Gas and political indigestion

Premier John Horgan is feeling the political heat over record-high…

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I’m the captain now

BC’s NDP government will accomplish something this spring it’s been…

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Time for a break

BC is about to scrap the daily reporting of COVID-19…

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Political Capital – BC budget, minister pay, overdose crisis, new ministers

The BC budget has landed, what’s good, bad and meh…

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Long road back

Nathan Cullen was always going to be a front-bench superstar…

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Hold me back

In politics, it’s always the small spending controversies that trip…

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The big question

One of the more interesting questions facing British Columbians right…

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Nothing new – not even the slogan

BC’s new Economic Plan is a flashy 40-page document full…

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Ask me no questions

Did Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare lie? Not according to…

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Which party owns ‘affordability?’ We’ll find out in a few years.

The “affordability issue” has been a winning formula for the…

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Political Capital 44 – Throne speech, reopening plans, and Kevin Falcon

Did the BC government’s new throne speech accomplish anything, or…

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Stay on target

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will be under extraordinary…

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Platform under construction

New BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon has moved early to…

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Game of Throne

BC’s New Democrat government tried to skate through its return…

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Political Capital 43 – Erin O’Toole, protests, BC Liberal leadership

What does the resignation of federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole…

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About Falcon time

The BC Liberal Party’s contentious and seemingly never-ending leadership race…

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BC prepares to shift to the next phase of COVID management

Like much of the world, BC blew through its “restart”…

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The three-year solution

Vancouver’s best-known real estate marketer may have made his career…

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Political Capital 42 – Passports, protests, housing, and more

BC extends the vaccine card, what’s been the reaction and…

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Roadblock

BC’s top court has issued a stinging rebuke to the…

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Transparent transgression

BC MLAs met recently for a “planning session” to brainstorm…

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Political Capital 41 – COVID confusion and the final BC Liberal leadership debate

A confusing week on COVID restrictions has the government on…

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Bystander

You can’t blame the BC government for trying to take…

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Paid parking returns to BC hospitals

When BC announced the return of paid parking at hospitals…

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Public money, public oversight

BC puts a great deal of effort into ensuring provincial…

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Tentative

When the BC government and City of Vancouver signed a…

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Invest in some bold ideas

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked his housing minister to…

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Once again, social media isn’t representative

BC’s Health Minister is shrugging off a new poll that…

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Unpalatable

The latest example of how BC’s grotesquely expensive housing market…

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Red Budget Blues

Finance Minister Selina Robinson has an unenviable task next month:…

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Meet the New Year, same as the Old Year

British Columbians nervously waiting for their turn to get vaccinated,…

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Better late than never, but why late at all?

BC businesses forced to shut down due to new public…

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On an island

Amidst another extraordinary pandemic press conference, to address another unprecedented…

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Forestry Ministry’s deadline was DOA

BC’s plan to protect old growth forests from logging is…

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Hailing frequencies closed

Almost no one is happy with a new decision by…

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Penticton council does the right thing – through gritted teeth

It sounded like such a heartwarming turn of events: The…

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Way across the line

Anti-vaccine protesters are crossing all sorts of lines these days…

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Political Capital 38 – 2021 in review; highs, lows, and meh.

The show ends 2021 with a blockbuster year-in-review, as the…

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Rolling

BC’s governing New Democratic Party held its first convention since…

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‘A small town bureaucratic nightmare come to life.’

BC’s Ombudsperson is urging the province to set new guidelines…

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Think locally, vaccinate globally

British Columbians are rightly anxious about the impact of COVID-19…

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Political Capital 37 – Disaster response, missed deadlines, FOI fight

BC is sharply criticized for slow disaster response by the…

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Nowhere fast

The BC government’s plan to protect old growth forests risks…

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Please continue to hold

The BC government has so far mostly shrugged off criticism…

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Deliberate misdirection

You’re not allowed to outright lie in the BC legislature….

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Political Capital 36 – Disaster response, sick pay, and more

The province attempts to do a better job preparing and…

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Members only

Politicians from all parties paid tribute to outgoing interim Opposition…

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Consultatio post facto

It was only a couple of years ago that Premier…

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What happens if the bubble bursts?

You don’t need new BC budget figures to tell you…

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Political Capital 35 – When it rains, it pours

BC is hit by devastating flooding and landslides, how did…

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No guzzling allowed

There’s a lot of potential criticisms about the BC government’s…

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Don’t run with the wrong crowd

Anti-vaxxers will still be allowed to protest inside BC’s new…

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Three birds, one stone

BC’s forests minister has dropped an enormously complex new bill…

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Bubble Bobble

Anti-vax protesters crashing a Remembrance Day ceremony in Kelowna is…

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Pure speculation

The number of British Columbians hit by the province’s speculation…

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No option except to claw back the clawback

BC’s abrupt changes to autism funding have thrown families into…

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Political Capital 34 – Forestry, decriminalization, and more

BC’s new old growth deferral plan picks up criticism from…

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BC’s real estate reforms a cup of coffee, instead of much-needed sleep

BC has introduced new “cooling off” periods for home sales…

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Rush job

BC released its much-anticipated old growth plan this week, which…

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Will the streets become less mean?

BC has taken the major step of applying to Ottawa…

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Political Capital 33 – Premier’s health, climate plan 2.0, FOI fight

Premier John Horgan has revealed a personal health challenge –…

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On housing, one step forward – leaving dozens and dozens still to take

The BC government continues to tinker around the edges of…

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Inaction speaks louder than words

They say silence speaks volumes, and if that’s the case…

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Never Green enough

BC has introduced version 2.0 of its climate plan, but…

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Political Capital 32 – FOI fees backlash, two vax passports, and more

Premier John Horgan’s government finds itself accused of hypocrisy by…

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Dial P for Premier

When Premier John Horgan whipped out his iPhone during a…

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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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