Provincial

OP/ED: Premier Clark buys time on Enbridge

OP/ED: Premier Clark buys time on Enbridge

Premier Clark’s fight with Alberta Premier Redford over the Northern Gateway project is a very dangerous ploy. She has, by this action, said plainly that the BC environment is open to bids in exchange for the desecration of our province. We are the hooker bargaining over the price of services.

BCGEU begins rotating strike action Tuesday

BCGEU begins rotating strike action Tuesday

The B.C. Government Employees Union took to the streets Tuesday with picket action in Campbell River, Surrey, 100 Mile House and Kelowna to put pressure on their employer.

"We’re striking for a fair and reasonable agreement and to support BCGEU members’ wage proposal," the BCGEU website said.

"Our members identified wage increases as a priority. The government’s last offer would see members’ pay cheques fall further behind inflation. Members in this bargaining unit haven’t had a pay increase since 2009."

Return to PST should prompt tax reform, says Fraser Institute

Return to PST should prompt tax reform, says Fraser Institute

If BC wants to reduce the negative effects that reintroducing the provincial sales tax will have on the province’s investment climate, it should consider exempting all business inputs from the PST, among other reforms, says Charles Lammam, Fraser Institute associate director of tax and budget policy research.

BC Coroners Service urging the public to play safe this holiday weekend

When on the water always wear a PFD.

With the B.C. Day weekend right around the corner the BC Coroners Service is urging the public to be extra careful around lakes, rivers and streams as the provincial body investigates eight recent deaths.

These deaths involved individuals from ages 12 to 75 and occurred in a variety of circumstances.

The BC Coroners Service hiigh runoff from the winter's snowpack and heavy rains during the spring and early summer have left many rivers, streams, and lakes with much higher water levels than is usual at this time of year.

OP/ED: ” We pray God will give you judgement and the leadership you require…"

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I sat down this morning to write a followup post on the mess in the legislature, checked my Facebook and stumbled right onto the latest bunch of bafflegab from the premier--on 100 Huntley Street of all places!

Well giddyup folks and hold your hats, because I’m asking you to give up five minutes of your life to watch the best gosh darn performance I’ve ever seen.

OP/ED: The Northern Oil Pipeline is 2013′s BIG Election issue

OP/ED: The Northern Oil Pipeline is 2013′s BIG Election issue

The battle lines are being drawn--maybe even purposefully manipulated--to give the Liberals at least some hope of retaining power in  BC’s next provincial election.

Minister Terry Lake addresses environmental concerns

Minister Terry Lake penned a letter to environmental groups Wednesday.

Environment Minister Terry Lake wrote to environmental groups Wednesday to reiterate government's position on heavy oil pipelines and the key environmental conditions that must be met in order for any proposal to be considered in British Columbia.

The letter in its entirety is copied below:

My government recently released technical analysis related to proposed heavy oil pipelines in British Columbia.

UPDATED: Two men to appear in Kelowna court after arrests in high-speed car chase in Okanagan

UPDATED: Two men to appear in Kelowna court after arrests in high-speed car chase in Okanagan

Two men will appear in Kelowna Court following a high-speed chase through the Okanagan and onto Vernon that included shots being fired at officers.

OP/ED: B.C.'s Auditor General short changed by government

OP/ED: B.C.'s Auditor General short changed by government

It's time to give B.C.'s Auditor General the necessary financial resources and tools to do the job, according to figures released by IntegrityBC today which compared the budget of B.C.'s Auditor General with that of his counterpart in Alberta

For the fiscal year 2012-13, B.C.'s Auditor General has an annual budget of $15.75 million, compared to Alberta's Auditor General with a budget of $25.65 million.

Clark — will rejoin energy discussions when . . .

Premier Christy Clark . . .progress on health-care

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement at the Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax:

"I have been pleased to participate in three days of productive meetings in Halifax and Lunenburg, and I want to thank Premier Dexter and all Nova Scotians for their warm hospitality.

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