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by Contributor on Monday Mar 12 2012

Now that the snow is beginning to, well, melt, campers and hikers will be eager to get to the phone or computer to start making plans for summer time fun.

The BC government announced starting on Thursday (March 15) the public will be able to book up to three reservations at one time for their favourite BC Parks campground — reservation fees apply for each booking.

All...

by Contributor on Sunday Mar 11 2012

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) held its 14th annual Teddy Waste Awards ceremony last week, giving well-deserved recognition to the worst of the worst in government waste.

CTF federal director Gregory Thomas hosted for the first time as Master of Ceremonies at the black tie news conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, Mar. 7. The CTF’s pig mascot Porky the Waste Hater joined...

by Contributor on Wednesday Mar 07 2012

Check out this new cartoon from Gerry Hummel highlighting the push to open up BC and Alberta's fossil fuel resources to emerging Asian markets like China. In recent months both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Resources Minister Joe Oliver have told Canadians and leaders on the world's stage that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline will be built despite intense opposition from the...

by Contributor on Wednesday Mar 07 2012

Your Commission appointed Robyn Gervais as Independent Legal Counsel for Aboriginal interests. We had no role or any say in this matter. She has now withdrawn as Independent Legal Counsel. We find it extremely disturbing that she has had to take this drastic step.

The First Nations Summit applied for standing and was granted Limited Participant status. Despite the fact the government...

by Contributor on Sunday Mar 04 2012

The 2011 Cost of Eating in B.C. Report, released by the Dietitians of Canada – BC Region last week, showed no improvement for the average family.

The Cost of Eating in B.C. has been published for over a decade to detail how much it costs for individuals and families in B.C. to access an adequate amount of food, to relate this cost to income, and to consider the reasons why many people...

by Damien Gillis on Friday Mar 02 2012

In the first of a two-part interview, Rafe Mair grills BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix on private power, Site C Dam and BC's flawed environmental assessment process. What will the NDP do with existing and future private river power projects (a.k.a. IPPs) if they form the next government - and where do they stand on Site C Dam? Watch and find out...and stay tuned for part 2 Thursday, dealing with...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Feb 29 2012

BC teachers must realize they will get NOWHERE with the Liberal government and school employers without job action and a major fight. They should learn from the mistreatment and suffering of BC’s paramedics at the hands of their employers and an intransigent  government under an expired contract since 2001.

The paramedics’ contract negotiations went nowhere. No surprise, when the...

by IntegrityBC on Monday Feb 27 2012

IntegrityBC has awarded seven broomsticks in the first of its annual Broomstick awards signifying the most egregious examples of ineptitude on B.C.'s political landscape from the past year.

“Our choice of a broomstick is meant to symbolize that it's time to clean up a mess,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis. “Yet it's easy to criticize, so to make our list we wanted to...

by Contributor on Tuesday Feb 21 2012

By: Jordan Bateman, B.C. Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) responded to Minister Kevin Falcon’s 2012-13 British Columbia Budget today.

“The net zero public sector wage mandate is the single best thing this government has done,” said CTF-B.C. Director Jordan Bateman. “Net zero has saved taxpayers $3 billion...

by Dermod Travis on Wednesday Feb 15 2012

With MLAs back in their seats this week, it's a good time to remind B.C.'s political leaders that a “trust deficit” has broken out between British Columbians and their elected officials.

Last week's Ipsos Reid poll had some startling numbers in it: not a single party leader polled better than their party on the question of who would make the best Premier for B.C.: not Christy Clark, not...

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