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Entries Tagged as 'Transparency & accountability'

In Edinburgh, the public private partnership walls are falling. Seriously. Walls are falling.

April 20th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If 17 schools were closed in Vancouver, or Edmonton or Regina, because parts of them were at risk of falling down and injuring children, do you think it might raise some questions about the way the schools were built? That is exactly what is happening in Edinburgh, Scotland. It all began in January 2016 when […]

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Site C’s biggest beneficiary? Natural gas companies, not us.

February 5th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Site C’s biggest beneficiary? Natural gas companies, not us. · Climate change & energy policy, Transparency & accountability

This post originally appeared on DeSmog Canada. On January 20, BC Hydro issued a press release singing the praises of a new hydro transmission line not far from where preliminary work has begun to build the $9-billion Site C dam. The release, headlined “New transmission line to power development in the south Peace”, featuring boosterish […]

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

January 19th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Changes to FOI law a chance for the BC legislature to improve trust in government · 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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Massey Tunnel Replacement: where’s the data to support this project?

December 17th, 2015 · · 4 Comments · Transparency & accountability

It seemed like a good thing to do on a cold rainy day — curl up by the fire and read the long delayed, potential best seller: George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project — the Business Case. Admittedly, to some there are more exciting reads; but for a policy wonk like myself I couldn’t wait to get […]

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We’re putting fossil fuel industry influence under the microscope

November 27th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Transparency & accountability

By Bill Carroll and Shannon Daub The tremendous concentration of power and influence we see in the fossil fuel industry today places sharp limits on our democracy (for examples, see our previous post). And as oil, gas and coal corporations pursue their relatively narrow, short-term profit goals, crafting effective responses to the climate crisis becomes […]

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Why corporate power is a problem at the climate crossroads

November 27th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Transparency & accountability

By Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll As world leaders head to Paris for next week’s UN climate conference, the spotlight is being turned on the fossil fuel industry’s tremendous economic and political clout. The COP21 talks are sponsored by some decidedly climate-unfriendly multinationals, prompting the watchdog group Corporate Accountability International to launch a petition —signed […]

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Beyond speed: Who is talking about access to e-government this election?

August 28th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Democracy, Education, Election commentary, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

The problem of equitable access to high speed Internet in Canada entered the election campaign on Wednesday, August 26, when Stephen Harper promised that a re-elected Conservative government would spend an additional $200 million to promote high speed access in rural and remote communities. Although the promise is short on detail (what counts as high […]

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An effective poverty reduction plan is not just a piece of paper

December 2nd, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

Last week, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition published its annual report card on child poverty in BC. As in past years, the results were sobering. Based on 2012 data, 20.6% of children, or one of five, live in poverty in BC. Nearly half of children living in single parent families live below […]

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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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The dangers of deregulation extend beyond mining disasters

August 22nd, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has raised important questions about the risks and costs of deregulation of the mining industry in BC. I spoke about this issue recently on CBC Vancouver’s Early Edition and CBC Kamloops’ Daybreak (if you missed it, there’s audio here, starts around 1:00:48). As a citizen and as a public interest […]

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