B.C. is long on childcare promises, short on delivery

Provincial mismanagement and disrespect for childcare operators has finally hit a boiling point

B.C. is long on childcare promises, short on delivery“I jump through the flaming hoops of death and I’m beyond frustrated.” This is one British Columbia childcare provider’s description of the circus the government is running regarding the administration of childcare. B.C. parents looking forward to $10-a-day childcare are in for disappointment. Provincial mismanagement of childcare and disrespect for childcare operators has been going…

Let’s be sure to teach our children critical thinking skills

They’ll need them

Let’s be sure to teach our children critical thinking skillsApparently, both the British Columbia ministry of education and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation would rather not encourage the province’s students to develop and utilize their critical thinking skills. Better to just take the teachers’ truth in the classroom rather than discovering and understanding both sides (or all sides) of a contentious subject. Shame on…

Vancouver gas hits $2 per litre and taxes are a big factor

Living in B.C. is unaffordable for many people and carbon taxes make it worse

Vancouver gas hits $2 per litre and taxes are a big factorDrivers in Vancouver are paying record-smashing prices at the gas pump and taxes are an extra kick in the head. Prices have hit more than $2 per litre for regular gasoline in Metro Vancouver. That’s the highest gasoline price in North America, along with the highest gasoline taxes. Before chuckling at the pipeline-blocking-moon-units getting their…

Record-breaking Vancouver gas prices heading your way

And taxes are a big part of the problem

Record-breaking Vancouver gas prices heading your wayThe price at the gas pumps has hit a record-breaking $1.82 per litre in Vancouver. That’s the most expensive gasoline in North America. While some readers in Winnipeg and Calgary might chuckle at the karma coming back to bite a city whose mayor personally blocked the building of pipelines, it’s important to remember that bad…

Former B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas lands on Taxpayers’ Nice List

Kudos from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for uncovering abuse of taxpayers' money

Former B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas lands on Taxpayers’ Nice ListDarryl Plecas has given British Columbians a gift that keeps giving all year long: government transparency. Before you stop reading because that sounds as dry as a Griswold Christmas turkey, remember that if it weren’t for the former speaker of the legislature, we wouldn’t know about the wood splitter and whale-watching party bought on our…

We must address the growing crisis of opioid-related deaths

Drug users are going to keep using, so a better route to saving lives is to ensure drugs are clean and safe

We must address the growing crisis of opioid-related deathsWe’re supposed to be merry and bright as we approach the holidays and the new year. This year, there are many reasons to be less cheerful and festive. We’ve managed to make it through floods, fires and heat domes, but the pandemic persists with the Omicron mutation, inflation threatens our economy and the big, ugly…

Freedom of Information should be free

Charging money to access this essential information is an attempt to block people from knowing what the government is up to

Freedom of Information should be freeIf democracy dies in darkness, the government of British Columbia just threw our freedom of information rights into a black hole. Victoria has slapped a brand new fee on requests for public information. Now, when journalists and government watchdogs file freedom of information requests to get government documents, they will need to pay between $5…

How important is the oil and gas industry to B.C.?

It was responsible for nearly 26,500 direct jobs and more than 36,100 indirect jobs in 2017

How important is the oil and gas industry to B.C.?By Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre British Columbia has been producing oil and natural gas since 1952. As of 2018, B.C. produced 32 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and two per cent of Canada’s conventional daily oil production. The government collects royalties from oil and gas development, supporting economic prosperity in…

B.C. emissions going up despite carbon tax

Emissions going up despite the province having the highest carbon taxes in North America

B.C. emissions going up despite carbon taxCarbon taxes are an expensive failure when it comes to reducing emissions Emissions in British Columbia are going up despite the province having the highest carbon taxes in North America. Think you’ve read this before? That’s because this keeps happening. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again while expecting a…

How to put an end to bad government decisions

Bad government decisions have one thing in common: lack of independent oversight

How to put an end to bad government decisionsA litany of disastrous government decisions in Canada have sometimes cost lives and definitely many billions of dollars. The list is long: effectively cancelling the Global Public Health Intelligence Network; the failure to implement the pandemic preparedness protocols developed by the federal government’s public health officer; the Alberta government’s disastrous ‘investments’ in the Keystone XL…

B.C. needs to pull out of its debt spiral

Premier Horgan really needs to start getting his spending under control

B.C. needs to pull out of its debt spiralThe interest payments on British Columbia’s provincial debt this year could pay the salaries of 4,600 new paramedics for 10 years. But, instead of paying for first responders or providing tax relief to families, a whopping $2.8 billion is being sent to bondholders on Bay Street and Wall Street every year to pay for our…

B.C. politicians using taxpayer money to get elected

Using taxpayers’ money for partisan purposes is wrong

B.C. politicians using taxpayer money to get electedIf cheating taxpayers out of their money were a card game, politicians would beat the house every time. Politicians in British Columbia have taken around $30 million of your money over the past few years. They’re spending it on attack ads, lawn signs and junk mail. This money taken from taxpayers is officially called the…

Let’s leave residential school tragedies in the past

The dead should be appropriately honoured. But some opportunists will exploit these dead children for financial and political gain

Let’s leave residential school tragedies in the pastThe discovery of human remains at a former residential school site has set off a firestorm that has already resulted in demands for another national inquiry and massively expensive forensic and excavation projects. But maybe we should pause and ask some questions. The Kamloops Indian Residential School operated as a residential school from 1890 to…

B.C. drivers burned by highest gas taxes in Canada

It costs about $50 extra in taxes to fill up a minivan in Metro Vancouver, not including the cost of the fuel

B.C. drivers burned by highest gas taxes in CanadaAs we see the light at the end of the COVID Tunnel of Hell, many families hope to hit the roads to explore beautiful British Columbia this summer. Safe road trips will be essential after the strain many have been under during the pandemic. But, because B.C. drivers are being burned by the highest gas…

B.C. emissions rising despite highest carbon tax in Canada

$14 billion in extra taxes, with nothing to show for it

B.C. emissions rising despite highest carbon tax in CanadaEmissions are going up in British Columbia, despite having the highest carbon tax in Canada. Since we all miss going to concerts, let’s put this into a West Coast grunge style. Everything is not Zen if we keep making people pay carbon taxes to reduce emissions while emissions keep going up. Government documents show that…
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