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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.

Changes to FOI law a chance for the BC legislature to improve trust in government

January 19th, 2016 · Keith Reynolds · No Comments · Democracy, Transparency & accountability

Every six years the BC legislature reviews the provisions of the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and makes recommendations for changes.  The Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act held hearings on the legislation in the autumn and will be taking further submissions until January […]

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Province’s bump in home owner grant threshold is not the good deal suggested, especially for Metro Vancouver home owners

January 6th, 2016 · Keith Reynolds · 1 Comment · Municipalities, Taxes

This week British Columbia’s provincial Finance Minister announced a $100,000 (9.1%) increase in the threshold for the province’s homeowner grant raising it to $1.2 million. There is more to this story than has been reported in the press release or the media. What looks like “tax relief” to homeowners has actually in recent years been […]

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Will proposed new Senators be an aristocracy of the distinguished?

November 2nd, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · 1 Comment · Democracy, Election commentary

Ruth Ellen Brosseau is a Member of Parliament against the odds. A single mother and the assistant manager of a pub, she was elected in 2011, as Wikipedia describes her, as a “paper candidate” because the NDP had no viable nominee in the riding.” But here’s the thing. She worked hard, she impressed her constituents […]

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

September 1st, 2015 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off on The diminishing of access to government information – and some things to do about it · Democracy, Election commentary, 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 · Comments Off on BC Muni’s issue verdict on local government Auditor: They are polite but stupid · 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 · Comments Off on TransLink boss salary of $319,244+? Peanuts · 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, 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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