Dermod Travis

Dermod Travis, Tide Change Columnist, Has Died

Dermod Travis, Tide Change Columnist, Has Died

We are saddened to hear about Dermod Travis’s death. He was a regular contributor to tide change and had a wide influence on many Canadian advocacy groups. Many people have been affected by the company of Dermod. Because of his prolific writing, you could be included without having met him in person. He had submitted and article for May 27th. He was doing his life’s work to the end.

From Red Tape Reduction To Duct Tape Application

“One of the frustrations I’ve had is that the health authorities and the ministry keep talking about ‘our partners.’ We’re not partners. We’re regulators. We are using public dollars to contract with somebody to deliver a public service. They are not equal partners at the table, their interests are not equal to our interests. Our interests are the public interest, and that needs to take precedence.” B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie

Combatting Human Trafficking Requires Action

As the Regina Leader Post reported on January 30, “Three men and one woman from British Columbia are due in a Swift Current courtroom Friday on human trafficking-related charges after RCMP officers intercepted three speeding vehicles outside that city earlier this week.”

The four – twins Seyed Kourosh Miralinaghi and Seyed Kamran Miralinaghi, both 19, Shawn Alexander Kelly, 23, and Shermineh Sheri Ziaee, 36 – all reside on Vancouver Island. Ziaee, mother of the twins, was also charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The Public Can Handle The Truth

The Public Can Handle The Truth

B.C. may have developed an allergy, an allergic reaction, if you will, to getting to the bottom of things.

It’s the only explanation. Whenever there’s more than a whiff of a scandal in the corridors of power, the government of the day often falls back on a line that could be easily lifted and paraphrased from the 1992 film A Few Good Men: “the public can’t handle the truth!”

A Reasonable Apprehension of Bias

A Reasonable Apprehension of Bias

One person’s conflict-of-interest – real, potential or apparent – isn’t always a conflict-of-interest for another, but how do they act when they’re the same person in similar situations?

The Buck Stops With The Legislative Assembly Management Committee

The Buck Stops With The Legislative Assembly Management Committee

“It’s your fault.” “No it’s not, it’s yours.” “Stop bickering, why don’t we all just agree to blame it on the Speaker?” “We can’t do that.” “Why not? It makes perfect sense and it gets us all off the hook at the same time.” Hate to break up the blame game, but no matter how much a few MLAs want to lay it at someone else’s doorstep, the fault belongs entirely to the members of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee (LAMC).

B.C.’s Police Forces: Under Budgeted, Over Stressed and Over Stretched

B.C.’s Police Forces: Under Budgeted, Over Stressed and Over Stretched

Over the past few days, British Columbians have been treated to a second Surrey city councillor, Brenda Locke, jumping Mayor Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition for possibly more treacherous waters, six of Surrey’s largest Sikh and Hindu temples calling on Solicitor General Mike Farnworth to approve McCallum’s plan to switch from the RCMP to a municipal police force and a few featuring the health employer tax as one of the causes behind the Victoria police department’s budgetary woes.

It’s a Matter of Judgment, Sound Judgment

It’s a Matter of Judgment, Sound Judgment

After weeks of work on a file, a few things are bound to stick with you, like this comment: “Ryan Kam’s head was not chopped off. He was hit on the head numerous times with a hatchet to kill him.” Amazingly, the research that led to that assertion started from some sponsored advertising content for Mother’s Day, of all things, in a May 2012 issue of the Goldstream Gazette, by the now defunct West Coast Tap House.

It’s a Matter of the Company You Keep

It’s a Matter of the Company You Keep

You can virtually take it to the bank. Getting elected to public office often comes with a whole new set of friends and not always pals that have your best interests at heart. A few of them could be classified as “the undesirables.”

Part 1 – It’s a matter of disclosure

Part 1 – It’s a matter of disclosure

Pity assignment editors in newsrooms across B.C. this month. No shortage of material.

Monty’s Showroom – now ashes, after the Plaza Hotel in Victoria burned to the ground – found itself back in the news, gang activity on the West Shore on Vancouver Island regrettably contributed to news cycles, the scandal at the B.C. legislature did too, money laundering and a new – but not so new – label has been thrown into B.C.’s political lexicon, “politically exposed persons.”

A Father-Son Chat on The Rule of Law

A Father-Son Chat on The Rule of Law

Xavier. This instant. Papa, you’re home early.Your principal called, Xavier, pulled me out of question period and just when I was finally wiping that little smirk off Scheer’s face that he’s been wearing for the last two months.

The Plausibility Factor Underlying The Responses Of James And Lenz

The Plausibility Factor Underlying The Responses Of James And Lenz

There’s a bit of a Swiss cheese – full of holes – feel to some of the defences put forward by clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz to Speaker Darryl Plecas’s report that “accused the two of “flagrant overspending” including inappropriate expenses, lavish foreign trips, and questionable retirement and pay benefits.”

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to private auto insurance

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to private auto insurance

Imagine a land where drivers pay 55 per cent more for auto insurance than other drivers in Canada, a land where an insurance company may not cover you because of the city you live in, a land where your automobile insurance premiums isn’t based on your driving record but your postal code.

It’s a land that allows British Columbians a peek into the future, if private auto insurance should come to pass in the province.

That land is Ontario.