Child poverty rates in BC remain high despite budget surplus. | Photo by Donald E. Curtis.

B.C. budget: Surplus for the rich

At a glance, the B.C. budget introduced last week by the B.C. Liberal government tells a story of success and prosperity. This year’s surplus was larger than expected, at a whopping $879 million. As the only provincial administration not currently running a deficit, Finance Minister Mike de Jong was able to boast, “We are the…

Workers in polluting industries care about the environment. | Photo by Daniel Foster

Fossil fuel free B.C.?

My first full-time job was at the Nalley’s chip factory on Annacis Island. I started the gig a day short of my 18th birthday. The first thing that shocked me was the astonishing amount of waste that occurred during production. The facility was old and somewhat in disrepair. Grease fires regularly broke out in the…

Alexis Tsipras, head of Greece’s Syriza party. | Photo courtesy of Fraktion DIE LINKE im Bundestag

Greek lessons for the B.C. NDP?

Syriza has won the elections in Greece. A new left party, they’ve gone in just over a decade from the fringes of political life all the way to power, swept in on a promise to end years of vicious austerity policies. This historic win for Syriza has alarmed right-wingers and bankers around the world. It…

Mount Polley mine near Likely, B.C. | Photo by Photonomus

Don’t let Christy Clark and the Liberals continue to fly under the radar

Three key B.C. political issues to watch in 2015 Since Christy Clark took over as Premier of British Columbia, she has convened the Legislature in Victoria so seldomly that it’s easy to forget about provincial politics altogether. With a federal election looming sometime in 2015, and the next B.C. election still more than two years…

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2015: A Farewell to Harper

Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq arrives in Lima, Peru this week for the annual United Nations climate talks. Under the Harper government, Canada has been a global embarrassment on this most urgent collective problem facing humanity. Each December for the past nine years, the Harper government has been singled out by activists and civil society…

Mayor Gregor Robertson and big money retains control of Vancouver. | Photo by Anne-Diandra Louarn

Big developers retain control of Vancouver’s City Hall

Peter Armstrong didn’t get everything he paid for in Vancouver’s municipal election. Armstrong, President of the Non-Partisan Association and founder of the Rocky Mountaineer, poured in $470,000 of corporate and personal money for the campaign to elect Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. LaPointe fell short of defeating Vision Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson, but the NPA took…

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Vancouver election: Growing movement challenges developer control of City Hall

It’s sometimes hard not to be despondent about electoral politics. In Toronto, the years-long surreality TV show known as the Ford brothers was finally defeated, only to be replaced by John Tory, an old school conservative who previously backed the Fords to the hilt. Rather than progressive ex-city councillor and Member of Parliament Olivia Chow…

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One City and COPE liven up the Vancouver election campaign

The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” – Antonio Gramsci. These words from the Italian revolutionary’s Prison Notebooks are on the sign outside the old Video-In space on Main Street. This is where the Coalition of Progressive Electors has rented a campaign office for…

Kirk LaPointe, NPA candidate | Photo courtesy of Kirk LaPointe's campaign

Vancouver election: What’s the point of the NPA?

Maybe Kirk LaPointe and his team with the Non-Partisan Association are Seinfeld fans, because so far theirs has been a campaign about nothing. The NPA, the traditional party of Vancouver’s establishment, has never looked so played out and anachronistic. They have failed to define a clear, policy-based set of alternatives to the status quo at…

The On to Ottawa Caravan to the Peoples Social Forum with Grassy Narrows youth in Kenora

The Peoples Social Forum puts Indigenous struggles front and centre

This past weekend in Ottawa, thousands of activists from all across Canada participated in the Peoples Social Forum. With little more than a year until the next federal election, much of the talk around the Social Forum was about defeating Stephen Harper’s government. But this historic gathering of progressive political forces was about much more…