Christy Clark shares the stage in Paris with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian Premiers. | Photo courtesy of the Province of British Columbia

Spinning and fiddling as the world burns

Christy Clark says the darndest things. B.C.’s premier routinely gets away with jaw-dropping spin. A few days ago, for example, addressing the media about the legacy of Bill Bennett, the province’s former Social Credit premier who passed away last week at age 83, Clark praised him as someone who stood up for the “little guy”…

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PowerBC: NDP plan calls for more clean energy, green jobs

Despite all the excitement about the defeat of the Harper government, in B.C. the political status quo still seems unmovable. Riddled with scandals, and having weathered many dips in popularity over nearly 15 years in office, the B.C. Liberals and Christy Clark nevertheless seem relatively secure in power. With a year and a half until…

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Delete this!: Notes on the B.C. government’s scandalous culture of cover-up

Most British Columbia voters breathed a big sigh relief last month, as the corrupt and discredited government of Stephen Harper was finally swept from office. Now it may be time to set our collective sights on another right-wing government: the corporate backed B.C. Liberals’ administration. If an analogy between Ottawa’s Conservatives and Christy Clark’s crew…

There are more important issues to consider besides cutting the red tape | Photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia

‘Red Tape Reduction Day’: A bad joke from B.C. government

Thank goodness for small mercies: B.C. Premier Christy Clark is steering clear of the federal election. Unlike Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who has thrown herself fully behind the aspirations of Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals, Clark has pretty much stayed out of the marathon federal campaign. The very pragmatic reason for her silence…

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Is Vancouver Community College facing death by a thousand cuts?

As school resumed this month across British Columbia, many commentators made note of the one-year anniversary of the B.C. government’s dispute with teachers. The situation isn’t as hot as last year, but educators at all levels remain in an antagonistic relationship with the B.C. Liberals and Premier Christy Clark. If you take transit in the…

Alan Kurdi – shattered hopes.

Time for Vancouver and B.C. to say ‘refugees welcome here’

It’s a global story with a very local connection for those of us here in British Columbia. The photograph of a drowned three-year old boy, Alan Kurdi, has now been seen around the world, a haunting image that has drawn the world’s attention to an historic refugee crisis. Kurdi, his brother Ghalib and their mother…

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Earthquake shakes up debate on fracking in B.C.

Last week a 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck near Fort St. John in northeastern B.C., just a few kilometres from a fracking site operated by Progress Energy. The company was forced to halt operations temporarily while investigators determined the cause of the quake. Fracking is a shorthand description for hydraulic fracturing, a process where high pressure…

Premier Christy Clark at a press conference announcing another LNG agreement. | Photo courtesy of Jamie Russell

B.C. government AWOL on just about everything but LNG

Sometimes it feels like British Columbia doesn’t really have a premier. Whenever there’s big news in this province, Christy Clark can’t seem to be found. Think back to the Mount Polley mining disaster last summer, or to the Vancouver oil spill this spring. On both occasions Premier Clark was AWOL, nowhere to be seen or…

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Christy Clark can run but she can’t hide from health firings scandal

These days, Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals are acting like a government with a lot to hide. Let’s pick up where we left off last time. Following revelations that the B.C. government misled the public about the supposed RCMP investigation into the health researchers who were fired back in 2012, pressure on the government…

Premier Christy Clark with Health Minister Terry Lake. | Photo courtesy of B.C. Government

What will it take for a scandal to stick to Teflon Premier Clark?

A man is dead and now it turns out the government misled the public for years It’s a scandal so big it could take down a government. That is, if anyone were paying attention. Last week, documents revealed shocking new dimensions to the B.C. government’s scandalous handling of the firing of seven health researchers back…