The case for exempting child support from welfare

Jul 20, 2012
Based on recent announcements, it seems that the Ministry of Social Development is in the mood to address some of the long-standing problems within BC’s welfare system (although welfare rates remain distressingly low). Seth Klein recently recapped the Ministry’s June 11th announcement, which set out almost 30 proposed changes to the system. More recently, the… View Article

“Burning a little gas” to fire up our natural gas indusry? Let’s give our heads a shake.

Jul 17, 2012
With each passing month and no firm commitments by company shareholders to commit the billions of dollars required to build a natural gas pipeline to B.C.’s west coast or the billions more to build Liquefied Natural Gas processing plants, questions arise about the economic wisdom of gas exports from the province. But that isn’t stopping… View Article

How the rules got fiddled to make sure a public private partnership got pushed through

Jul 12, 2012
In 2008 British Columbia’s controversial public private partnership (P3) program was in trouble. With P3s private companies put up financing for public services and infrastructure and in exchange get to manage the projects with guaranteed profits for decades.  The cost of private finance was always higher than if government borrowed the money itself, but in… View Article

Sliammon votes: what opportunities might come by sharing more than two sides of the story?

Jul 4, 2012
Sliammon (Tla’Amin) Nation, located on the northern segment of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, is making history.  But not in the way that may have been expected. After over ten years of negotiations, the vote for a final treaty agreement was to take place on June 16th, 2012.  The intention, according to both the Sliammon Treaty… View Article

Time for a Serious Conversation about Natural Gas

Jun 22, 2012
It is pretty clear that the government’s ill-conceived Energy Plan is falling apart. The near religious call for self-sufficiency has been moderated (though not sensibly changed) and the legislated requirement for insurance eliminated. The plan to develop run-of-river and wind IPPs for export has been abandoned. The problem of charging major new industrial customers less… View Article

Why do the citizens of Maine have a voice on free trade deals but Canadians don’t?

Jun 22, 2012
Canada is now facing east and west as it attempts to negotiate trade deals with both Europe and in the Pacific region.  Both of these new deals are being negotiated in secret.  There is no room for the public to know what is being traded away or to express an opinion. Does negotiating a trade… View Article