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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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Is the Speculation Tax working? Depends who you ask.

New data on B.C.’s speculation tax continues to fuel debate…

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ROB SHAW: New Year’s proved B.C. needs more flexible COVID-19 aid programs

B.C. restaurants remain frustrated with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie…

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