Trish Garner: What B.C. can learn from Ottawa's poverty reduction strategy

The federal government launched Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy in Vancouver a week ago. As I watched Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos make the announcement, I thought about what the B.C. 661 more words


Mike Smyth: Ahead of referendum, Greens tout their achievements with NDP

It’s been a little over a year since B.C. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver signed that minority-government agreement with Premier John Horgan.

It hasn’t exactly been a year of blissful, lovey-dovey relations. 492 more words


Mike Smyth: Not all unions are invited to NDP's union-only party

When workers start building the new $1.4-billion Pattullo Bridge, they will be required to join a construction union after 30 days on the job.

But not just any old union will do. 524 more words


Mike Smyth: New kid in the house can't vote but will witness history

VICTORIA — When Michelle Mungall’s infant son Zavier is presented to the B.C. legislature this fall, he will be no “stranger” to the people’s house in Victoria. 462 more words


Keivan Hirji: Eby's electoral reform referendum looks like the work of a shady car salesman

Have you ever been in the market for a new car and when you go to the car dealership you end up with a car salesman who just doesn’t give you the choices you want? 707 more words


Bob Ransford: Current voting system isn't fair, rewards insiders

Our first-past-the-post voting system isn’t fair. It doesn’t work to support democracy.

It works for political insiders. Those insiders know how to use the system to get elected without having support from the majority of voters. 577 more words


Mike Smyth: Suburban mayors, B.C. Liberals stoke gas-tax backlash

Metro Vancouver drivers, assume the position: The taxman is coming to give you another whack in your wallet.

And even though the politicians say they really don’t want to inflict another fossil-fuel flogging, one thing seems clear: This is going to hurt you more than it hurts them. 600 more words