Transparency & accountability

Legislative review of FOI Act narrow and timid

Jun 1, 2010
A legislative committee reviewing BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act reported on May 31st and the results were disappointing.  They certainly did not live up to the previous legislative review in 2004.  Back then government backbenchers on the Committee made recommendations leaders of the government didn’t like.  The 2004 Committee made recommendations… View Article

Summer reading: two experts on privatization

May 20, 2010
Policy Note has asked CCPA Research Associates who contribute to the blog to suggest some ideas for summer reading.  I am going to cheat a bit by suggesting two books.  I am going to cheat even more by admitting I haven’t read one of them. I spend a lot of my time reading and writing… View Article

Problems for the South Fraser Perimeter Road P3?

May 12, 2010
There are some interesting recent developments on the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) public private partnership project.  A press release issued Friday afternoon announced the successful bidder in response to a Requests for Proposal.  The results may not be what we were led to expect. The SFPR project is part of the Province’s Gateway project… View Article

BC opens door to private jails

May 2, 2010
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… View Article