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Metro’s growth strategy likely to cause legal problems: lawyer (in All)

Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy, released earlier this month, identifies two areas of land in Aldergrove and Richmond as being available for urban residential development, even though these lands are part of the Agricultural Land Reserve (…

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Vancouver approves green building targets (in Housing)

Vancouver City Council approved a list of revised Greenest City 2020 targets last week. Buried in the fine print are some hints as to how the city may

NDP MLA seeks leader who will fight social inequity (in Election Central)

North Island MLA Claire Trevena says she is looking for an NDP leadership candidate to take the party in a much more progressive direction.

In defence of Kash Heed on election spending controversy – somewhat that is

Kash Heed before being cast adrift
BC Liberal MLA Kash Heed may be unworthy

How serious is campaign spending oversight?

The Kash Heed affair is covered well elsewhere.
But a review of his affidavit material suggests a casual/sloppy attention to financial reporting.
The auditor's report on campaign finances, attached to

Poll finds Clark popular Liberal leader choice (in Election Central)

Former cabinet minister and on-leave radio talk show host Christy Clark remains the candidate for the B.C. Liberal leadership most popular with the public, according to an Ipsos

Candidate Falcon … the Knight of the Iguanas

Looking through the photos of my recent holiday in Mexico I came across this shot of me and my new pals the iguanas.

Having just reviewed

New York looks at banning electronic devices for pedestrians crossing streets

More tales from the Land of Municipal Oversight of Human

The endorsements game 3: an updated update

 Earlier columns and blog entries on the endorsements game among the B.C. Liberals have drawn some more updates.

A Tuesday piece on the former Liberal MLAs

Chinatown, Downtown Eastside at odds over high buildings

To follow up on the events from last week, I called people in Chinatown about their thoughts on council’s strange little manouevre last week, which entailed delaying a

BC Health Minister too busy to meet with MP about drug watchdog (in Health)

Terrence Young, the Conservative MP for Oakville, Ontario, said he had hoped to meet with B.C. Health Minister Colin Hansen about the threatened Therapeutics Initiative drug watchdog, but

Seaplane operators optimistic about new terminal proposal (in Transportation)

The Vancouver Commercial Seaplane Operators Association left a Monday afternoon meeting with Port Metro Vancouver happy that progress is being made towards a non-profit terminal for the inner

Elections BC warned Heed he could lose seat (in Election Central)

Faced with losing his seat in the legislature, former Solicitor General Kash Heed has applied to the Supreme Court of B.C. to be excused from filing an updated

Education ministry and BCTF disagree on who made FSAs political (in Education)

Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid has taken the fight over the Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs) to the editorial pages of the Vancouver Sun, accusing the BC Teachers Federation of

Province may have to cover Khaira’s costs: BCFED (in Labour + Industry)

If Khaira Enterprises fails to honour a Jan. 17 Employment Standards Branch determination that it owes workers nearly $250,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, the provincial government should

FSA tests far too useful to boycott or kill

It's important to know how we're preparing our children for the challenges ahead.
And it's stunning, even tragic, that the teachers' union campaign to kill the Foundation Skills Assessment

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach won’t run in next provincial election (in Election Central)

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said on Tuesday that after much reflection he has decided not to seek re-election.

The shrinking shelf life of Canadian premiers

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has become  the latest Canadian premier to pack it in, announcing today that he'll be making way for a successor before the next election.

Spend more on sickest, discuss private health care: Stilwell (in Election Central)

Spending more on the sickest patients would save British Columbia's health care system money overall, Liberal leadership candidate Moira Stilwell said today.

She also called for better integrating private

Radical changes required to feed the world: report (in Food + Farming)

A new report commissioned by the British government argues for a return to more small-scale, sustainable agriculture in order to feed a projected population of 9 billion by

BC Ferries workers accused of smoking pot (in Labour + Industry)

A Transportation Safety Board memo warning B.C. Ferries that crew members were smoking pot on the job was a real bummer for boss David Hahn.

Bill Tieleman endorses Adrian Dix for BC NDP leadership

Adrian Dix, Sharon Prescott & Bill Tieleman
Tieleman Backs Adrian Dix

The endorsements game: an update

  Here's an updated breakdown on  leadership contest endorsements from the 49 members of the legislature elected as B.C. Liberals in 2009.


Candidates (4): Moira

Christy Clark hit by V for Vendettas – Tunisian coup, coup de grace from Pat Bell & Shirley Bond

Who launched the Vendetta against Christy Clark?
Christy Clark's campaign for the BC Liberal leadership

Like a runaway freight, calls for a BC Rail probe are unstoppable

More than a week ago I indicated that I wanted to rethink my lack of enthusiasm for a public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail.

The tricky game of appealing property assessments

Every year, all of us (heavily mortgaged) landowners get that property assessment notice in the mail and think generally one of two things: 1. Aha, I’m worth way

BC tree-planting company must pay after employees faced harsh conditions (in Labour + Industry)

VANCOUVER - More than two dozen tree planters who endured harsh conditions in the B.C. backcountry have won a major victory against their former employer.

Layton unaware of Farnworth's carbon tax proposal

Jack Layton isn't commenting on British Columbia New Democratic Party leadership candidate Mike Farnworth's proposal to use the province's carbon tax to fund public transit projects. Asked about

"Is BC ready for an openly gay premier?" Excuse me?

Back in the mid ‘90s I was covering the Union of BC Municipalities annual general meeting for the Province newspaper and Mike Farnworth,

Christy Clark's baffling campaign

A couple of items last week raised questions about Christy Clark's campaign positions.
Over at, Jody Paterson reprints a Clark release on the role of non-profits and

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