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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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‘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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