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by IntegrityBC on Monday Nov 21 2011

Catching a politician with their hand in the cookie jar is far more juicy than actually building a better cookie jar, so it's little surprise that proposing changes to BC's electoral finance laws is hardly seen as sexy.

 

But if voters truly want accountability and transparency restored to BC politics, it starts with prying the fingers of BC politicians off the wallets of large...

by IntegrityBC on Thursday Nov 17 2011

Barack Obama has nothing on the BC Liberals when it comes to campaign spending, according to an estimate released today by IntegrityBC.

 

Relying on US Federal Election Commission (FEC) figures, IntegrityBC estimates that the 2008 Obama campaign cost $5.10 per registered voter compared to the $5.54 per voter spent by the BC Liberals in 2009.

While attempts at cross-...

by Damien Gillis on Saturday Nov 05 2011

The high-profile sponsorship of a BC cancer research charity event by the world's biggest oil pipeline builder raises serious questions about the ethics of fundraising - and threatens to backfire for both organizations involved.

Unless you never open a newspaper, turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or surf the web, you have likely recently come across glossy ads for the "Enbridge...

by Contributor on Saturday Nov 05 2011

Coast Salish Territory/ Vancouver, BC – From October 22-31, 2011 Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit political executive participated on a National First Nations mission to China led by the National Chief Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo. The mission also included leaders from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs as well as First Nations representatives’ from across Canada. 

 

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by Harvey Oberfeld on Tuesday Nov 01 2011

The Liberals just don’t seem to learn. They still think the public has no right to know why they keep making secret deals handing out millions of dollars in legal settlements and fees.

Christy Clark said she was not Gordon Campbell and her way of governing would be different from that of the disgraced ex-premier. Clearly she was joking…or just taking the voters, as Campbell seemed...

by IntegrityBC on Friday Oct 28 2011

IntegrityBC has launched the first phase of its “Who really runs BC?” campaign with the unveiling of the transit shelter ad Pattison Outdoor doesn't want British Columbians to see.

 

In launching its campaign to reform BC's election finance laws, the non-partisan organization is calling for a ban on corporate and union funding of political parties, a cap on personal donations...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Tuesday Oct 25 2011

It’s as much a tradition as Hockey Night in Canada: awarding federal contracts on the basis of political seats, powerful clout and, in essence, attempts to bribe voters.

I saw that personally while covering Parliament Hill, when Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney overruled all technical assessments and recommendations and evaluations that favored Winnipeg, to instead award...

by Michael Scott on Friday Oct 21 2011

On October 20th, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were invited by Mayor Diane Watts, the Surrey Board of Trade and Surrey City Council to speak at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.  Each former President was given $150,000 for their appearance, while the attendees paid an astonishing $599 each to attend.  The media weren’t allowed access to the event, but Mayor...

by Jane Sterk on Tuesday Oct 18 2011

Being First Nations in BC comes at too high a price. We all know the statistics: dismal success at (white) school; endemic poverty on and off reserve; half the prison population despite being only three percent of the Canadian population; high incidence of sexual abuse; the too high a percentage of children in care; high unemployment; youth suicide; sub-standard housing; premature death...

by Michael Scott on Tuesday Oct 18 2011

A global call was put out for a day of action on October 15th, 2011.  Inspired by the swelling movement at “Occupy Wall Street” and hundreds of similar protests around the world, Vancouver residents answered the beckon.  This morning marked the inception of Vancouver’s Occupy Movement with thousands converging at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), located in the heart of the downtown core...

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