Tom Fletcher

Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond and Speaker Bill Barisoff take part in earthquake drill at the B.C. legislature Thursday.

Earthquake means ‘drop, cover, hold on’

The best way to protect yourself from falling objects in an earthquake is ducking under a desk or sturdy table until one minute after the shaking stops.

Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond and Speaker Bill Barisoff take part in earthquake drill at the B.C. legislature Thursday.
BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb

BC Hydro CEO quits for new job

Seventeen months after moving from the Vancouver Olympics to CEO of BC Hydro, Dave Cobb is leaving the utility at the end of November.

BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb
Community Living B.C. executive Doug Woollard

Interim CEO defends disabled care

As the opposition kept up the political pressure on the B.C. Liberal government to halt the closure of group homes for developmentally disabled people, the interim CEO of the agency responsible held a rare news conference at the B.C. legislature Wednesday.

  • Oct 19, 2011
Community Living B.C. executive Doug Woollard
B.C. Treaty Commission federal representative Jerry Lampert and chief commissioner Sophie Pierre say Ottawa's approach to treaties has to change.

Sign treaties, or ‘shut ’er down’

Finally, somebody in the B.C. treaty negotiation system has come out and said it. Ottawa needs to get serious.

  • Oct 18, 2011
B.C. Treaty Commission federal representative Jerry Lampert and chief commissioner Sophie Pierre say Ottawa's approach to treaties has to change.
Premier Christy Clark and Social Development MInister Stephanie Cadieux are under fire over growing caseloads and turmoil at Community Living B.C.

Pressure grows for disability support

A B.C. Liberal MLA has joined opposition calls for an overhaul of services to developmentally disabled people.

  • Oct 17, 2011
Premier Christy Clark and Social Development MInister Stephanie Cadieux are under fire over growing caseloads and turmoil at Community Living B.C.
B.C. Health Minister Mike de Jong gets his flu shot from pharmacist David Pavan at the B.C. legislature Monday.

Annual flu shot season begins

Doctors' offices, clinics and pharmacies have begun the annual influenza vaccination program, which is free for seniors and children between six and 23 months old.

  • Oct 17, 2011
B.C. Health Minister Mike de Jong gets his flu shot from pharmacist David Pavan at the B.C. legislature Monday.
BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb

BC Hydro cuts 300 jobs, 150 to come

BC Hydro is moving ahead with its cost-cutting program, eliminating 300 positions this week and announcing 150 more will be gone in the next two years.

  • Oct 13, 2011
BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb
Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre wants her mandate extended one year

Treaty commission calls for political will

The head of the B.C. Treaty Commission wants her mandate extended one more year to see if the federal-provincial effort to settle aboriginal land claims has a future after two decades.

  • Oct 12, 2011
Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre wants her mandate extended one year
Hockey fans gather around a burning trash can in the early hours of the Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver June 15.

TV stunts won’t solve court problems

Premier Christy Clark handed her opponents more ammunition last week with her latest “ready, fire, aim” episode, calling for radio and TV coverage of Stanley Cup riot prosecutions.

  • Oct 11, 2011
Hockey fans gather around a burning trash can in the early hours of the Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver June 15.
Jobs

Pressure on B.C.’s minister of jobs

Pat Bell's latest assignment is simple. As Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, all he has to do is take B.C.'s success in reaching out to Asia for forest products, extend it to the rest of the economy, and make Premier Christy Clark's jobs plan work.

  • Oct 10, 2011
Jobs
Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett shows former environment minister Barry Penner around the Flathead watershed

Flathead mining, drilling ban official

The B.C. government has presented legislation to restrict mining and oil and gas development in the Flathead watershed in southeastern B.C., formalizing an agreement reached with Montana in 2010.

  • Oct 8, 2011
Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett shows former environment minister Barry Penner around the Flathead watershed
Hockey fans gather around a burning trash can in the early hours of the Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver June 15.

New penalties proposed for public disorder

Attorney General Shirley Bond has introduced changes to B.C. law that present new options for street disorder, unsafe driving and other provincial offences.

Hockey fans gather around a burning trash can in the early hours of the Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver June 15.
Labour

New ID cards go beyond health care

The replacement for B.C.'s CareCard will provide online access to medical records, and may also be used to confirm B.C. residence and age while keeping other information private.

  • Oct 5, 2011
Labour
Local politicians vote at Union of B.C. Convention in Vancouver. Superstitious nonsense about smart meters carried the day with a slim majority

Dumb leaders attack smart meters

The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention spent quite a bit of time talking about new wireless technology. Unfortunately, most of it was wasted on ignorance and fear, fanned by the NDP, Green Party and some like-minded opportunists in local government.

  • Oct 4, 2011
Local politicians vote at Union of B.C. Convention in Vancouver. Superstitious nonsense about smart meters carried the day with a slim majority
Hockey fans gather around a burning trash can in the early hours of the Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver June 15.

Premier wants riot trials broadcast

Attorney General Shirley Bond has ordered Crown prosecutors to ask judges to allow TV and radio coverage of court proceedings for those accused of participating in the Stanley Cup riot in June. But even if it happens, it will be highly restricted.

  • Oct 4, 2011
Hockey fans gather around a burning trash can in the early hours of the Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver June 15.
The B.C. legislature resumed sitting Monday with Premier Christy Clark's first speech from the throne.

Teacher talks loom over legislative session

The B.C. government will provide more money for special-needs support in the province's public schools, and impose new training on teachers, according to Premier Christy Clark's first throne speech.

  • Oct 3, 2011
The B.C. legislature resumed sitting Monday with Premier Christy Clark's first speech from the throne.
Premier Christy Clark makes her first speech to the UBCM convention in Vancouver.

Clark offers $30 million for rec facilities

Premier Christy Clark has used her first keynote address to municipal leaders to announce what she calls a "modest" $30 million fund for local recreation centres, playgrounds and trails.

  • Sep 30, 2011
Premier Christy Clark makes her first speech to the UBCM convention in Vancouver.
NDP leader Adrian Dix speaks to municipal leaders in Vancouver Thursday.

Dix blasts B.C. Liberals in UBCM speech

NDP leader Adrian Dix used his first speech to the Union of B.C. Municipalities Thursday to attack a series of B.C. Liberal moves, from imposing a municipal auditor to restricting local government control of transit funding.

  • Sep 29, 2011
NDP leader Adrian Dix speaks to municipal leaders in Vancouver Thursday.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business tracks municipal spending.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business tracks municipal spending.
Premier Christy Clark speaks in Kamloops during her week-long tour to promote her government's jobs plan.

B.C. jobs plan bumps into reality

Premier Christy Clark's " to B.C. Jobs Plan" took some hits as she was finishing her week-long publicity tour to roll it out. But the serious damage wasn’t from her political opponents on the left and right.

  • Sep 27, 2011
Premier Christy Clark speaks in Kamloops during her week-long tour to promote her government's jobs plan.