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Entries Tagged as 'Municipalities'

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

January 6th, 2016 · · 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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BC Muni’s issue verdict on local government Auditor: They are polite but stupid

August 12th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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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Transit referendum: if no vote wins, what is Plan B?

March 20th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Transit referendum: if no vote wins, what is Plan B? · Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

I got my plebiscite ballot today and of course voted yes. Whatever you think of TransLink management, its governance, the rough and largely undefined edges of the mayor’s plan, and the politically expedient but otherwise not particularly appropriate sales tax source of revenues, the simple fact remains that I and most residents of Greater Vancouver […]

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The early and fatal undermining of TransLink

February 25th, 2015 · · 5 Comments · Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities, Provincial budget & finance

Pete McMartin wrote an excellent column in the Vancouver Sun documenting the many ways that the provincial government has undermined TransLink. The upcoming referendum isn’t the first but rather the culmination of a two decade, tragically effective, bipartisan effort to prevent TransLink from doing what it was originally set up to do and what the region […]

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

October 23rd, 2014 · · 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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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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Upcoming Municipal Elections: Business as Usual?

March 27th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Democracy, Municipalities

With municipal elections on the horizon in British Columbia, it is worth paying attention to the nature of political discourse in this province – and considering its implications and alternatives. Increasingly, business parlance is finding its way into what still holds the pretence of being a democratic institution.  As with our most recent provincial election, […]

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