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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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Rough patch

The question increasingly asked during the bumpy rollout of B.C.’s…

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Wrong message, worst time

B.C.’s new three-week closure of restaurants and gyms was always…

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Political Capital 7 – Housing, homelessness & a $645k outdoor toilet

We take a deep dive into BC’s new aggressive stance…

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Streaming surcharge shift

British Columbians leaning heavily on their favourite Netflix shows or…

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Province to Victoria: we build this, you clear that

B.C. Housing Minister David Eby has been slowly unveiling the…

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Cruising for disaster

B.C. Premier John Horgan finds himself between a rock and…

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‘The less quackery, the better.’

B.C.’s churches have tried, and failed, to sideswipe the credibility…

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Head of the class

The B.C. government has finally started tackling a thorny issue…

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Moving targets

B.C.’s vaccination plans continue to change on an almost daily…

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The cheque’s in the mail

It was almost one year ago exactly that B.C. Premier…

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Thou shalt not get clarity on ‘thou shalt nots’

The changes to relax B.C.’s outdoor gatherings for spring break…

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Political Capital 5 – Call-centre troubles, mental health questions

What should the public make about a wild week of…

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Telus what happened

The botched rollout of the province’s vaccination scheduling system has…

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What took you so long?

B.C.’s beleaguered small business grant program received its third overhaul…

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Speed bump

The B.C. government’s attempt to overhaul the troubled Insurance Corporation…

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Political Capital 4 – Vaccine rollout, pandemic politics and misogyny in politics

Rob, Jillian, Katy and Maclean tackle BC’s changes to its…

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Rent to own

New legislation to boost the rights of renters and freeze…

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The Book of Judges

The B.C. government is giving ground just before the contentious…

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The NDP’s dam problem

Premier John Horgan has played his last get out of…

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In defence of Dr. Henry

There’s only one thing our society loves more than elevating…

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Burn the bingo card

B.C.’s top officials have started acknowledging the obvious in their…

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The race is on – well, sort of.

The race to lead the BC Liberal party lurched out…

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Taking shots

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has spent hours over…

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Political Capital 1 – Pandemic politics, ICBC, and the overdose crisis

Host Rob Shaw is joined by Maclean Kay, Jillian Oliver,…

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A sight to see

The B.C. Greens are holding a town hall this week…

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What does it take to get fired?

What’s it take to get fired these days? Well, if…

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Bus stop blues

B.C.’s New Democrat government has had an odd love-hate relationship…

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UBI: DOA (RIP)

A panel of academics hired by government to report on…

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How do you fail at giving away free money?

Only a government can fail at giving away free money….

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Blowback

The ghost of Laurie Throness continues to haunt the BC…

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Take your shot, Premier

Teachers, dentists, and essential service food distributors are just a…

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Bearer of bad news

B.C. hit the one-year anniversary of its first confirmed COVID-19…

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Rob Shaw: ICBC should reveal what’s under the hood

The B.C. government announced with much fanfare this week the…

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Shots, apps, and pandemic politics

Premier John Horgan has been playing nice with the federal…

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Brushing off pleas to stop, Horgan won’t drop involuntary youth hospitalization bill

B.C.’s children’s watchdog has once again eviscerated a youth mental…

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Rob Shaw: Funding flip-flop might just fit

Premier John Horgan pulled off a major flip-flop when he…

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The unkindest cut of all

It’s not often that Vancouver City Council is the voice…

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