Politicians who ignore renters could face eviction from office

There are more than half a million renters in British Columbia. In Vancouver fully half of us rent, although you wouldn’t know it from the way homeowners, developers, and real estate agents dominate the media and political discussion of housing. While those in the market get all the attention, the worst victims of our city’s…

Whose side are they on?

Big money, big media and the coming B.C. election It turns out B.C. politics may be even more corrupt than we imagined. So-called “pay-to-play” political fundraising is so widespread it has created a veritable industry for lobbyists and other corporate operatives, according to a new blockbuster investigative report by journalist Kathy Tomlinson in the Globe…

Education is one of our best weapons against racism and hate

This past weekend people from coast to coast braved the cold to hold vigils and rallies in response to the horrific massacre carried out by a white supremacist at a mosque in Quebec City. More than 40 cities and towns across Canada held actions to mourn and to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers…

A wish list for 2017

When it comes to politics, 2016 has been a nightmare. This year’s winter holidays – ostensibly a time for family and friends, rest and recharging – will be celebrated under the long shadow of the reality that Donald Trump, barring some Hail Mary intervention, will be sworn in as President of the United States on…

Only bold progressive politics can stop the spread of the Trump virus

Nothing is impossible. That’s a phrase I’ve heard uttered by countless friends, colleagues, and acquaintances since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton. Whatever the initial subject of a conversation these days, it inevitably turns quickly to discussion of the Nov. 8 shocker south of the border. All over the world, people and politicians are…

Premier Christy Clark shows off her new slogan. | Photo corutesy of the Province of B.C.Photo courtesy of the Province of B.C.

B.C. First? Christy Clark goes with a Trump-like slogan

The long nightmare known as the U.S. presidential election campaign has finally come to its end. I feel stupider just for having followed it. Donald Trump, that unrestrained id of right-wing xenophobic politics, has been melting the world’s collective brain for more than a year. That his opponent was a cynical, hawkish, Wall Street backed…

BC Liberals show disdain for democracy itself

The B.C. election campaign is already underway. Unofficially, that is. The writ won’t actually be dropped until about a month before the fixed voting date of May 9, 2017. For that official campaign period, there’s a legislated spending of several million dollars. But the governing BC Liberals, having raked in piles of money from their…

B.C. needs to regulate the gold rush, at home and abroad

Considering this province was basically founded because of 19th century gold rushes, there’s remarkably little public discussion about the mining industry in British Columbia. Back in the 1850s and ’60s, the discovery of gold transformed local politics and economics, as an influx of settlers came to pan for mineral riches, first in the Fraser Canyon…

Royal visit a reminder of B.C.’s colonial past – and present

This week’s much-hyped B.C. visit of British royals William and Kate was a reminder of just how thoroughly our province was, and is, a colonial project. Even with a name like British Columbia, and the union jack on our provincial flag, some of us seem to forget where this recent political entity came from, and…

Courage my NDP friends, victory in 2017 is possible

On March 2, 1999, BCTV’s news hour featured a live RCMP door knock at the East Vancouver residence of then NDP Premier Glen Clark. The cops were at the home of the province’s top politician to execute a search warrant issued in connection with an investigation into breach of trust involving a casino license approved…