Mike Smyth: Money-laundering report will name names, but heads won't roll

At the peak of money laundering in B.C. casinos, an astonishing $20 million in suspected dirty loot sloshed through the casino cashier cages in a single month. 514 more words

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Mike Smyth: NDP kicks the salmon can down the road

If you think B.C. First Nations are opposed to salmon farming, just have a chat with Chief John Smith of the Tlowitsis First Nation and you’ll see the reality is more complicated than opponents of the industry claim. 521 more words

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Mike Smyth: Opponents anxious as referendum campaign set to start

A mad scramble is underway in Victoria to get everything in place for a referendum that could fundamentally overhaul our province’s system of democracy.

But even though the referendum on proportional representation officially kicks off on July 1 — less than two weeks away — the referendum regulations are still being developed by the government. 521 more words

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Mike Smyth: NDP-Green majority on the line in 'safe' seat

When NDP MLA Leonard Krog announces Wednesday that he’s running to be mayor of Nanaimo, it will set up a provincial byelection in which the stakes could not be higher. 526 more words

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Mike Smyth: Despite backlash, NDP won't back down on so-called school tax

The poor, rich people who own $3-million homes in Vancouver may not be getting much sympathy for their tax revolt, but that sure hasn’t stopped them from fighting the John Horgan government with sound and fury. 510 more words

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Mike Smyth: Squabbling in the Yes camp as referendum fight begins

The referendum hasn’t even officially got under way, but there’s already trouble in proportional representation paradise.

This fall, British Columbians will vote in a mail-in referendum on whether to ditch our current first-past-the-post system for electing MLAs and move to proportional representation instead. 507 more words

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Mike Smyth: Pipeline talks heat up as deadline looms

By passing Bill 12, Rachel Notley’s Alberta government has effectively pointed an economic howitzer at British Columbia.

But does the Alberta premier have the nerve to actually pull the trigger, choke off oil and gas shipments to B.C., and drive the price of gasoline here to three bucks a litre or more? 502 more words

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