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Entries Tagged as 'accountability'

NDP propose BC Poverty Reduction Act

June 2nd, 2011 · · 3 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Today in the BC Legislature, the Official Opposition (MLA Shane Simpson) introduced a private member’s Bill proposing a BC Poverty Reduction Act. That Act, were it to be enacted, would see the government develop a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy, and legislate specific targets and timelines to reduce the breadth and depth of poverty within one […]

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What will it take to bring smarter family policy to BC?

September 27th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Transparency & accountability, Women

Did you know that the BC government has set a goal to reduce early childhood vulnerability to 15% by fiscal year 2015? You can hardly tell by their actions. BC did introduce full-day kindergarten in some communities this fall, but other than that the family policy front has been rather quiet lately. The latest childhood […]

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Lack of water data a cause for public concern

August 19th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

In our high-speed digital world, there is no excuse for regulators failing to post and update information that is readily available to them and of evident public interest. This is especially true when the fate of vitally important, publicly owned assets such as water hangs in the balance. To have faith that water resources are […]

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Quebec Auditor General slams P3s in hospital project

June 11th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services, Transparency & accountability

Quebec’s Auditor General has issued yet one more report slamming the use of public private partnerships (P3s).  With P3s, private corporations finance and operate public facilities and services.  The money they invest is more costly than money borrowed publicly.  It is paid back to them, along with profits for the corporation, by governments over multi-decade contracts. […]

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Some issues arising from the special advisor’s report on the Vancouver School Board

June 6th, 2010 · · 10 Comments · Education, Transparency & accountability

The special advisor appointed by the provincial government to look at the finances of the Vancouver School Board reported on Friday and a number of issues arise from the report.  Before discussing these, however, people should be aware that in my day job I am a researcher for the Canadian Union of Public Employees which […]

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BC opens door to private jails

May 2nd, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Human rights, Law & legal issues, Privatization, P3s & public services, Transparency & accountability

The BC government has taken the next step down the privatization road by opening the door to private prisons.  On April 28th Partnerships BC posted a request for qualification on the BC Bid web site for a public private partnership (P3) for the Surrey Pretrial Centre. You need to register with Bid BC to see […]

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Corporations are people too

January 31st, 2010 · · 3 Comments · Electoral reform, Municipalities, Taxes

Advocates of democratic electoral reform are really out of step. Ideas like proportional representation and advertising spending limits are so retro, so 2004. The fashionable electoral reform idea this year is to give corporations a real say. It’s time for individual citizens to share their electoral democracy with corporations to give meaning to those old […]

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Loukidelis did good work for government accountability. Now it’s a legislative committee’s turn.

January 24th, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Law & legal issues, Transparency & accountability

David Loukidelis, British Columbia’s Freedom of Information Commissioner has accepted the new role as the province’s deputy attorney general.  Vaughn Palmer did a good column on the switch in jobs but I thought Loukidelis deserved more credit for his ten years on the job. Personally, I think Loukidelis’s leadership was almost completely responsible for BC’s FOI legislation […]

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The recent secretive, haphazard spending cuts should be repealed

September 23rd, 2009 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability, Women

Almost daily we wake up to news of yet another important program or initiative whose funding has been cut by the BC government. Literacy initiatives, high school sports, programs that protect women and children from violence, arts and culture: hardly an area of social service provision has been spared. These cuts have been devastating to […]

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Yet another case of our government delaying the release of important data

May 12th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Less than a week after BC’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) report raised serious questions about secrecy in government (see Keith’s comments here), The Tyee reporter Andrew MacLeod has uncovered another case of important statistics not being released on time. The culprit this time is the Housing and Social Development Ministry, which typically […]

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