Category: Politics

B.C. Hydro’s little fibs on Site C

The hissing sound you may hear is the unmistakable sound of the air coming out of Site C’s tires.
As the B.C. Utilities Commission continues its inquiry on the project, it’s becoming more and more apparent that B.C. Hydro has been playing a bit loose with telling the whole truth when it comes to Site C.
Case in point: in December 2014, when the B.C. government announced its decision to move ahead with Site C, B.C. Hydro boasted that an independent analyst had reviewed its methodologies for future demand forecasts and found them to be “state-of-the-art methods.”

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Blaney unhappy about response re essential housing for Canadians

(special to TideChange) North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to her request for a commitment to a national seniors strategy. In a media teleconference on October 5, Blaney, who sits on the committee examining the seniors support system as it exists and what is needed, asked the Prime Minister specifically if he would commit to creating a national strategy. His response was a that he knew “the NDP love their national strategies” but that “one of the first things this government did was raise the Guaranteed Income Supplement by 10% for...

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Courtenay-Comox NDP Fall dinner

Join friends old and new for the annual NDP Fall Dinner and Dessert Auction 
Saturday, October 21 
Florence Filberg Centre 411 Anderton Ave

Doors open at 5. Chat with Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard, and browse the eye-catching dessert table. Dinner will be served at 6 by Tria Fine Catering.

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B.C. government’s credit card charges added up in 2016/17

There’s nothing quite like poring through 87,527 credit card charges to the B.C. government’s plastic in 2016/17.
Charges that can often be on top of a company’s billings to existing government accounts. For instance, last year, Sensus Communications billed the government $79,286, while various ministries put an additional $58,059 on plastic.

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NUU-CHAH-NULTH Tribal Council Optimistic Following Meeting with Prime Minister

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) and representatives from 12 of its 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations on Vancouver Island were honoured to meet and discuss their collective priorities for their nations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an hour roundtable meeting in Tofino on Saturday. The request to meet came from the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) only a few days before, but was thanks to Gord Johns, N.D.P. Member of Parliament for Courtenay- Alberni who advocated on behalf of the nations to the PMO.

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The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) congratulates the new B.C. Premier John Horgan and his gender-balanced B.C. NDP cabinet who were sworn-in yesterday in Victoria.

The NTC is confident that Premier John Horgan and his cabinet will understand the importance of strengthening relationships between the provincial government and our Indigenous peoples. We look forward to seeing Premier John Horgan’s priorities for reconciliation implemented with his commitments to acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, adopting the principles of UNDRIP, supporting Indigenous communities, cultures and history, keeping Aboriginal children connected to their communities and creating jobs and opportunities for a sustainable future.

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Courtenay-Comox BCNDP Celebrates Change in Government at Annual General Meeting

The Courtenay-Comox BCNDP Constituency Association welcomed new MLA, Ronna-Rae Leonard, to its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, July 9. Long time member and outgoing president, Rick Dobson, stated, “This is the first time I have seen a sitting MLA on our executive, and we are excited about what the future holds”.
“I am happy to be back in the community with my supporters who worked tremendously hard during this election”, said Leonard. “We went from “Cloud 9” to “Lucky 13” to a landslide of 189 votes! Never doubt for a moment whether your vote counts!”

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Committee to examine seniors issues across Canada

(special to TideChange) Seniors issues will now be examined federally, but to Canadians this will be just more talk and no action, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney suggested in a media teleconference on June 26. She will be sitting on a standing committee that will consider a federal strategy for seniors, socially and fiscally. The committee will be looking at three main issues: isolation of seniors (accessibility of services), housing for seniors, and income inequality. The standing committee results from Motion 106, presented by Blaney as seniors issues critic for the NDP caucus. The Committee, she revealed, will...

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