Tom Fletcher

Premier Gordon Campbell and Prime Minister Stephen Harper celebrate the arrival of the 2010 Olympics at the B.C. legislature last February.

Campbell confirmed as UK ambassador

The federal government has confirmed the appointment of former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell as Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Premier Gordon Campbell and Prime Minister Stephen Harper celebrate the arrival of the 2010 Olympics at the B.C. legislature last February.
Elections BC staff process HST ballots received from voters. Officials say turnout has been 'steady.'

Half of 3 million HST ballots returned

More than 1.6 million voters sent in their ballots for B.C.'s referendum on the harmonized sales tax, a participation rate that matches the 51 per cent turnout for the 2009 B.C. election.

Elections BC staff process HST ballots received from voters. Officials say turnout has been 'steady.'
BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb says he can meet the government's cost-cutting targets by eliminating 600 jobs.

Hydro rate increases to be cut back

BC Hydro should reduce its proposed rate increases by half and prune back a corporation that has become overstaffed and micromanaged, according to a review panel appointed by the B.C. government.

BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb says he can meet the government's cost-cutting targets by eliminating 600 jobs.
Community

Municipal auditor plan ruffles feathers

The B.C. government's plan to appoint a municipal auditor-general has raised concerns in local government circles, but the minister responsible says it won't mean the province is going to start telling local councils how to tax and spend money.

Community
Public-sector union members gather at the B.C. legislature in 2005 in support of striking teachers. The BCTF was fined $500

BC VIEWS: Time to get smart or go broke

B.C.’s job market held steady in July, with unemployment at 7.3 per cent. The latest Statistics Canada job data were released as global financial markets teetered on the edge of another recession.

Public-sector union members gather at the B.C. legislature in 2005 in support of striking teachers. The BCTF was fined $500
Premier Christy Clark and cancer survivor Denton Bailey announce program to fund nicotine therapy starting Sept. 30.

B.C. quit-smoking plan attracts critics

B.C.'s plan to fund nicotine patches and gum for smokers has been lauded by the Canadian Cancer Society and other health organizations, but the program has its detractors.

Premier Christy Clark and cancer survivor Denton Bailey announce program to fund nicotine therapy starting Sept. 30.
Elections BC staff process HST ballots received from voters. Officials say turnout has been 'steady.'

Last HST ballots collected for count

The fate of B.C.'s harmonized sales tax should be known by the end of August.

Elections BC staff process HST ballots received from voters. Officials say turnout has been 'steady.'
Hatley Castle near Victoria became familiar to movie-goers around the world as a location for the X-Men movie series.

B.C. film fund to pitch locations

The B.C. Film Commission and its regional agencies are building up their library of film locations in an effort to maintain B.C.'s $1 billion film and television industry.

Hatley Castle near Victoria became familiar to movie-goers around the world as a location for the X-Men movie series.
Encana's Steeprock gas plant in northeastern B.C. is part of the surge in natural gas development that has attracted people from Alberta to B.C. Statistics show B.C. lost ground to Alberta in the early part of 2011.

B.C. loses people to Alberta

B.C. recorded a slight net loss of people migrating to other provinces in the first quarter of 2011, according to preliminary data compiled by Statistics Canada.

Encana's Steeprock gas plant in northeastern B.C. is part of the surge in natural gas development that has attracted people from Alberta to B.C. Statistics show B.C. lost ground to Alberta in the early part of 2011.
B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk campaigned in the 2009 election for implementation of smart meters.

Green Party gets lost in the static

The election of Elizabeth May as Canada’s first-ever Green Party MP was supposed to be a breakthrough for environmental issues. Too bad she blew it.

B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk campaigned in the 2009 election for implementation of smart meters.
Cabinet minister Rich Coleman announces launch of B.C. Lottery Corporation's online gambling site in July 2010.

B.C. eyes mobile gambling apps

Trying to maintain market share in rapidly evolving gambling business, B.C. Lottery Corporation is looking at expanding its online games and tickets to mobile phones and tablets.

Cabinet minister Rich Coleman announces launch of B.C. Lottery Corporation's online gambling site in July 2010.
Fight HST organizers Bill Vander Zalm and Bill Tieleman visit Elections BC office in Victoria Wednesday. They want the B.C. government to allow people to vote late if they didn't receive their HST referendum packages in time.

10% HST cheaper than PST, study finds

A 10 per cent harmonized sales tax will cost an average B.C. family $255 a year less than returning to the former provincial sales tax, according to a new study.

Fight HST organizers Bill Vander Zalm and Bill Tieleman visit Elections BC office in Victoria Wednesday. They want the B.C. government to allow people to vote late if they didn't receive their HST referendum packages in time.
Bill Vander Zalm's dire predictions about the effects of the HST haven't come to pass.

HST horror stories fade away

The B.C. government has released its audited public accounts for what Bill Vander Zalm enthusiasts strain to depict as Year One of the Harmonized Sales Tax Apocalypse.

Bill Vander Zalm's dire predictions about the effects of the HST haven't come to pass.
BC Ferries' new Coastal-class ferries at the dock in Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries to refund expired tickets

BC Ferries is offering refunds for assured-loading passes that have expired.

BC Ferries' new Coastal-class ferries at the dock in Swartz Bay.
NDP justice critic Leonard Krog

B.C. appoints five provincial court judges

Five new provincial court judges will help B.C.'s backlogged court system, but the system is still falling behind, says NDP justice critic Leonard Krog.

NDP justice critic Leonard Krog
NDP Leader Jack Layton announces he will temporarily step down as leader of the party after more Cancer is discovered in his body.

Layton taking medical leave from NDP leadership

Federal NDP leader Jack Layton has announced he is taking an indefinite medical leave from the leadership of the party, after being diagnosed with a second type of cancer.

NDP Leader Jack Layton announces he will temporarily step down as leader of the party after more Cancer is discovered in his body.
Illustration shows widened approach to Peace River bridge at Taylor.

B.C.-Alberta road link to expand

The B.C. government has started engineering work to widen sections of the main route from Alberta into northeast B.C., the first step to a four-lane industrial route from the provincial border to Fort St. John.

Illustration shows widened approach to Peace River bridge at Taylor.
Elections BC official Anton Boegman shows the mailing envelope for a vote in the HST referendum. B.C. residents have until midnight Friday to request a package.

Deadline nears for HST voting

Elections BC is keeping its call centre open until midnight Friday, the deadline for B.C. residents to register and request a voting package for the harmonized sales tax referendum.

Elections BC official Anton Boegman shows the mailing envelope for a vote in the HST referendum. B.C. residents have until midnight Friday to request a package.
Environment Minister Terry Lake meets with mascots in Stanley Park Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of B.C. parks. Such items no longer take precedence on the B.C. government website.

Service comes before photo-ops on new B.C. website

Government communications have traditionally been built around a stream of propaganda, with the emphasis on pictures and text arranged to show the ruling politicians of the day in a flattering light.

Environment Minister Terry Lake meets with mascots in Stanley Park Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of B.C. parks. Such items no longer take precedence on the B.C. government website.
Highway 97 north of Prince George is undergoing major repairs after a rainstorm in late June forced closure in 16 places.

B.C. VIEWS: When weather becomes climate

My summer road trip to the B.C. Interior began as soon as the Trans-Canada Highway reopened at Chilliwack. The crew had worked through the night to clear a mudslide studded with rocks the size of Smart cars, along with a couple of actual cars.

Highway 97 north of Prince George is undergoing major repairs after a rainstorm in late June forced closure in 16 places.
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