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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.

The diminishing of access to government information – and some things to do about it

September 1st, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · No Comments · Democracy and participation, Law & legal issues

Freedom of Information legislation (FOI), or Access to Information (ATI) as it is known at the federal level in Canada, was a pretty important addition to government accountability when it became law in jurisdictions across Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada described freedom of information legislation as a pillar of our democracy that provides citizens […]

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BC Muni’s issue verdict on local government Auditor: They are polite but stupid

August 12th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · No Comments · Municipalities

After more than three years of existence, chronic controversy and underperformance from British Columbia’s Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG), the Union of BC Municipalities has issued its own verdict on the office. The office of the AGLG was created in 2012 following up on a promise by Christy Clark to the business community when […]

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TransLink boss salary of $319,244+? Peanuts

August 5th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · No Comments · Municipalities

Lately, there has been quite a fuss about how much the top people at TransLink get paid to provide road and transit services in BC’s lower mainland. The Huffington Post describes the salary for a potential new Chief Executive Officer as “eye popping.” The job advertisement describes “a salary of $319,244 plus an annual bonus […]

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Legislative changes likely to reduce further the independence of the Auditor General for Local Government

June 29th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off on Legislative changes likely to reduce further the independence of the Auditor General for Local Government · Democracy and participation, Municipalities

Earlier this month British Columbians saw one more chapter unfold in the ongoing saga of the Auditor General for Local Government.  The provincial government released the report on the AGLG’s office by a former Deputy Minister Chris Trumpy. Trumpy and his report had been the source of earlier controversy which cost the first AGLG, Basia […]

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Fire the Auditor General for Local Government? It’ll cost us

March 29th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off on Fire the Auditor General for Local Government? It’ll cost us · Municipalities

When BC Community Minister Coralee Oakes fired the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) last week the issue that had been in the news was the performance of her office.  However, AGLG Basia Ruta has now taken the matter to the courts and the issue there is likely to be the independence of her office.  […]

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BC Budget 2015 snapshot: More revenue from MSP, tuition, but less money for public services

February 25th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off on BC Budget 2015 snapshot: More revenue from MSP, tuition, but less money for public services · Provincial budget & finance

One way to measure a government’s commitment to public services is to see what percentage of the province’s wealth (GDP) the government spends on these services. According to government plans outlined in the Budget Documents: Health care spending will fall from 7.9% of GDP in 2012/13 to 7.5% in 2017/18. Education spending falls from 5.6% […]

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13 years on, BC Finance Ministry finds big problems with its public private partnership program

January 7th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services

The BC Finance Ministry has produced a report much more critical of Partnerships BC and its activities around public private partnerships (P3s) than might have been expected by a province so committed to the practice. It raises issues of conflict of interest, dubious practices and questionable assumptions in the multi- billion dollar program. The story […]

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Ontario Auditor breaks new ground with review of public private partnerships methodology: BC Auditor says maybe, sometime

January 5th, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services

Last month Ontario’s Auditor General issued her annual report. One of her targets was Ontario’s use of public private partnerships to build public infrastructure. As the Toronto Star put it, “Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has taken a wrecking ball to the (Ontario) Liberals’ use of private money to bankroll new hospitals and transit…” Lysyk’s report […]

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New BC Auditor General report finds public private partnerships double the cost of borrowing

October 30th, 2014 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

British Columbia’s new Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, published her annual report on government’s 2013-14 summary financial statements today and it contains some pretty interesting highlights. First of all, and for the first time, the AG has published a comparison of how much it costs the government to undertake projects on its own compared to using […]

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What is the “right amount” for local governments to spend?

October 23rd, 2014 · Keith Reynolds · 1 Comment · Municipalities, Taxes, Transparency & accountability

Just how much money should a local government spend? If you ask the Fraser Institute, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) or the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) you will always get the same answer: they should spend less.  Oddly, taxpayers sometimes disagree. The Fraser Institute produced a report this week titled Comparing Municipal Government […]

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