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Entries Tagged as 'Municipalities'

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

October 23rd, 2014 · · No Comments · 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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Feds and provinces push billions in costs down on to towns and cities

September 18th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities, Provincial budget & finance

It is all too easy to get lost in “today’s issue” when we look at things without realizing they are part of a larger pattern that affects our lives. Desperately needed public transit in the Lower Mainland becomes a political football with competing interests and imposed referendums. In the Capital Regional District plans for sewage […]

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

March 16th, 2014 · · 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 · · 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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Burning issues for Metro Vancouver

January 7th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

The front page story of today’s Vancouver Sun takes on Metro Vancouver’s waste incineration facility in Burnaby. The Fraser Valley Regional District has been strongly opposed to a new proposed incinerator planned by Metro, and likewise has expressed its concerns about air quality in regards to the Burnaby facility. Its operating permit is up for […]

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Is the Fraser Surrey Docks coal port proposal in the best interest of BC?

June 18th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Climate change, Democracy and participation, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

Today’s CBC Edition Business Panel focused on the proposal by Fraser Surrey Docks to build a new coal terminal on the Fraser river to export US thermal coal (if you missed it, here’s the recording starting at 1:50). My co-panelist, Jock Finlayson from the BC Business Council, kept trying to narrow the conversation to technical […]

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CFIB spokesperson blames downloading for muni cost increases

May 31st, 2013 · · 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 · · 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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Expert Panel on Business Taxation sides with local governments

September 26th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Municipalities, Taxes

Hundreds of mayors, municipal councilors and regional district directors are meeting this week in Victoria at the annual gathering of the Union of BC Municipalities. And not surprisingly, one of the major topics of discussion in the first three days has been the taxes local governments collect to provide their services. The local government leaders […]

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Hail to the Chief? Or Bailing on the Chief?

April 18th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

A leaked provincial Cabinet document indicates that the provincial government is contemplating “suspending” the powers of one of its most powerful public servants in order to expedite a controversial logging program that has raised alarm bells in the professional forestry community. The document leaked late Tuesday afternoon, is the second confidential report in as many […]

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