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…

Donald Trump and the danger of Vancouver’s toxic real estate debate

Perhaps one silver lining of this summer’s grand opening of the Trump Vancouver luxury tower will be to refocus the housing affordability discussion that’s currently generating a lot more heat than light. The bloviating con man and presumptive Republican presidential nominee has partnered to build Trump Vancouver with Holborn Group, a development firm and a…

After Orlando, we must redouble our efforts against homophobia

This was going to be another column about Vancouver’s affordability crisis, but that will have to wait. Early Sunday morning, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history took place in Orlando, Florida, leaving over 50 dead and many more injured. The location of this massacre was Pulse, a popular gay nightclub. The target was the…

Christy Clark is counting on you not paying attention

In just over one year, B.C. voters will go to the polls again. Under the province’s fixed election date rules, E-Day is tentatively scheduled for May 9, 2017. Despite a growing tally of scandals and the fact her promises of an LNG “bonanza” – a centrepiece of her 2013 election campaign – turned out to…

Let’s get big money out of B.C. politics once and for all

I thought maybe the Globe and Mail was pulling an April Fools’ joke. On the front page, above the fold, their headline read, ‘Clark promises fundraising transparency.’ Turns out the story is legit, although the new measures the B.C. premier is proposing are underwhelming. To set the context of that headline, let’s review. Christy Clark…