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Keith Reynolds is a National Research Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He has done policy work for all three levels of government. Keith maintains a Facebook page in honour of BC cheese.

How many will vote in the November 2014 local government elections?

March 16th, 2014 · Keith Reynolds · 1 Comment · Democracy and participation, Electoral reform, Municipalities

In BC’s last local government elections in 2011 less than 30% of people bothered to vote.  CivicInfoBC has a handy list of turnout information for all of our local governments here. I was curious about how this compared to local election turnout in other provinces. I don’t have turnout information at a provincial level for […]

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4 year municipal elections: are we trading long term planning for accountability?

March 2nd, 2014 · Keith Reynolds · 5 Comments · Electoral reform, Municipalities

The BC government has announced changes to the way local government elections will be run. One of the changes will be that when local government voters go to the polls in November they will be electing people to represent them to a four year term rather than the current three year term. I am in […]

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You always learn something when accountants feud

December 9th, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Every year in BC people who follow government get an early Christmas present in late November,  For the better part of a week BC’s Auditor General sits down with the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to talk about the Auditor General’s reports. This year’s encounter was quieter than some in the past.  Former Auditor General […]

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BC hospital P3 ownership moves to tax haven

November 6th, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

One more of British Columbia’s public private partnerships (P3s) has headed on down the road to ownership in a European tax haven.  Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure completed deals last summer to acquire equity and loans for the Kelowna Vernon Hospital.  It is also buying out equity and loans on Alberta’s North East Stoney Trail highway […]

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Stats Can rebuts CFIB on public sector sick leave

September 20th, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

Yesterday Statistics Canada published a nice counterpoint to part of the relentless drumbeat against public employees by organizations like the Fraser Institute and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Last December the CFIB published a report noting the horrifying finding that when it came to sick, disability and personal days off, public sector workers […]

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CFIB spokesperson blames downloading for muni cost increases

May 31st, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Municipalities, Taxes

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) published a report this week talking about the alarming rate of increase in municipal spending and blaming it all on overpaid public employees. It turns out their numbers are suspect but there are other problems that raise questions about whether this is just about a political agenda. BC’s […]

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Phony numbers, screaming headline

May 31st, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Municipalities, Taxes

An enormous error in a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) led to a screaming headline in Wednesday’s Vancouver Sun suggesting spending by local governments was out of control. The CFIB’s report looked at spending in major Canadian cities, including Vancouver, from 2000 to 2011.  It concluded: From 2000 to 2011, Vancouver’s […]

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BC’s Auditor highlights big differences between the Evergreen and Canada Lines

April 4th, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Provincial budget & finance

With all of the uproar over the British Columbia Auditor General’s report on the Pacific Carbon Trust in late March there was a second report that didn’t get as much attention as it deserves. The AG issued his report on the Evergreen Line being built through Coquitlam and Port Moody on March 28th.  Compared to […]

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BC governments extends outsourced health information management despite issues raised by Auditor General

March 11th, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

British Columbia’s government today announced it had extended its agreement with Maximus BC, a US subsidiary corporation, to manage BC’s health information for another five years. The $264 million contract will run from 2015 until 2020. The original contract began in 2005.  That ten year deal cost $324 million.  On a comparable basis the new five year […]

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A new government? It’s not as easy as it looks

February 28th, 2013 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If there is a new government in BC on May 15th, it will be confronted with issues that make the transition particularly challenging. The financial issues are a given.  Debt has gone up.  Possibly, given the economic recession we faced, it should have gone up even further.  The dramatic rise in long term contractual obligations […]

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