Ottawa considers new economic development approaches for B.C.

VICTORIA — Ottawa is considering changes to the agency that delivers economic development funding to British Columbia. Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly told Postmedia News she is planning reforms to the Western Economic Diversification Canada agency, which has paid $106 million in COVID-19 aid to British Columbia during the pandemic. “We need to be much more focused on British Columbians’ realities and needs, and the pandemic has exacerbated this reality,” she said.” When you look at other regions of the country, there is a very strong presence of the federal government. But that’s not necessarily the case as much in British Columbia.” B.C. is lumped together with Alberta, Saskatchewan and… Read More

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B.C. Liberals choose Shirley Bond as interim leader

VICTORIA — B.C. Liberal MLAs have picked former cabinet minister Shirley Bond as their interim leader, replacing Andrew Wilkinson as the party seeks to stabilize itself after last month’s election losses. Bond, the five-term MLA from Prince George and area, has served as deputy premier, transportation minister, attorney general and in several other high-profile cabinet posts. The job is temporary and she forgoes running as a candidate in the future race for a permanent leader. “I appreciate the confidence and trust my colleagues have placed in me as we work together to hold John Horgan and the NDP government to account in the coming months,” Bond said in a news… Read More

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Rob Shaw: Carole James is leaving cabinet, but not John Horgan’s corner

VICTORIA — Carole James will end her remarkable career in B.C. politics this week, relinquishing the post of deputy premier and finance minister Thursday when Premier John Horgan swears in his new cabinet. But she’s not going far — both literally, because she lives just a block and a half from Horgan’s office at the legislature in Victoria, and figuratively, because she’s in talks with Horgan to serve in an advisory capacity. “I’m not looking for full-time 18-hour days, right now that’s not what I’m focused on,” said James. “But I know I need to be busy and engaged. And think I’ve got an opportunity to use the experience I’ve… Read More

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How to Keep Your Kids Out of the Culture War

For $18, fans of President Donald Trump can purchase a onesie for their three-month-old from his campaign website that declares I cry less than a Democrat. Primary, the children’s clothing company, provided instructions on its website for a DIY Ruth Bader Ginsburg Halloween costume. Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America sell baby apparel, and Etsy, where even the most absurd crafting projects find a home, offers an embroidered bib with the slogan Sorry for the spitup. I thought I saw Joe Biden. Maybe this is messed up. Theoretically, politics is the process we use to determine how we want to be governed. Instead, it’s become a game of identity, in… Read More

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Andrew Wilkinson quits as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party

Andrew Wilkinson used Facebook on Saturday to announce he will quit as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party to make way for an interim leader. Last month, Wilkinson said he would stay on until a permanent replacement was selected after his party was hammered in the snap provincial election. But now he says he’ll hand over the reins to an interim leader, saying it’s time for him to leave after nearly three years. “It is now time for me to leave the role of Opposition Leader, as the voters of British Columbia have made their preference clear,” he wrote …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics       

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‘It’s heartbreaking’: Many more B.C. seniors asking for help to avoid homelessness

Seventy-one-year-old Réal Bergeron worked his whole life, starting as a soldier with the Canadian Army, then as a diamond driller in mines and, for 20 years before his retirement, as a steelworker in a foundry. But he faced some struggles, including being forced to sell his leaky condo because of skyrocketing strata fees. As he grew older, his financial difficulties worsened. In recent years, the only affordable accommodation the pensioner could find was in Downtown Eastside shelters, including one with just a mat on the floor and a nightly curfew. It wasn’t where he thought he’d spend his retirement years. “It was disappointing, all right,” said Bergeron, a friendly man… Read More

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The Damage Trump Could Do Before the Inauguration

America has seen little of Donald Trump since the election. Speaking to the nation largely through Twitter, he’s barely strayed outside the White House as he absorbs a defeat that shattered the myth he created of his own invincibility. Still, he’s been busy—firing officials he deems disloyal and plotting ways to stay in power. He can’t and won’t overturn the election result, but he can cause plenty more havoc on his way out. Some of the ways would be immediately evident; others, hidden. “We’re going to have to be very vigilant in the next two months for abuse of the pardon power, awarding of contracts to friends and family, and… Read More

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The Damage Trump Could Do Before the Inauguration

America has seen little of Donald Trump since the election. Speaking to the nation largely through Twitter, he’s barely strayed outside the White House as he absorbs a defeat that shattered the myth he created of his own invincibility. Still, he’s been busy—firing officials he deems disloyal and plotting ways to stay in power. He can’t and won’t overturn the election result, but he can cause plenty more havoc on his way out. Some of the ways would be immediately evident; others, hidden. “We’re going to have to be very vigilant in the next two months for abuse of the pardon power, awarding of contracts to friends and family, and… Read More

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Vaughn Palmer: Good doctor downplays ‘semantics’ of a major masking order

VICTORIA — When a reporter tried to ask recently if B.C. would follow other provinces and make mandatory the wearing of masks against COVID-19, Dr. Bonnie Henry fired back her answer before the question was finished. “No,” replied the provincial health officer and repeated her long-standing position that masks were recommended for indoor public spaces, but not mandatory. “Mandating masks is not something that is going to change some people’s minds,” she told reporters on Nov. 12. “We know that most people will do the right thing, when they understand the rationale behind it.” But business operators tell how “people come into my shop and say, ‘Bonnie tells me I… Read More

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Vaughn Palmer: Did B.C. do enough to guard against deadly second wave of COVID-19?

VICTORIA — As Dr. Bonnie Henry announced some of the toughest restrictions yet to curb COVID-19, she paused Thursday to reflect on the situation that confronted her just four weeks ago. “I was anxious then,” she said, inviting one to speculate on her outlook on a day when things were much worse. On Oct. 22, Dr. Henry reported 274 new cases of COVID-19, making for 1,920 active cases in all. Another 4,425 British Columbians were under active monitoring for the infection. …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics       

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