November 24, 2017

Culture minister still has nothing for B.C. film industry, despite further talks

After having more “productive” meetings with film industry stakeholders, B.C.'s culture minister admits he still can't give them what they want.  "I believe that we're missing out on some of those benefits that go to the Crown, and that's what I’m trying to help the industry figure out." Speaking on CKNW’s The World … [Read more...]

Translink on track to save millions despite corporate costs forecast to increase

The Vice-Chair of the Translink Mayor's Council says he thinks Translink has lived up to its responsibility as best as it can, of acting to find efficiencies. This after the release of a report from Translink commissioner Martin Crilly on the progress made in finding between 40 and 60 million dollars in cost savings over the next three years. "We … [Read more...]

NDP say AG can still provide audit despite court ruling

BC's Auditor General may have been halted in his mission to shed light on the province's six-million-dollar legal payout related to the BC Rail scandal.  But the NDP says that doesn't mean he still can't provide a good audit as to why taxpayers were forced to pickup the tab for the two former Liberal staffers who pleaded guilty in the affair. … [Read more...]

New mine proceeding despite foriegn worker debate

Even though hundreds of foreigners hired to work at a new underground coal mine could still lose those jobs, the company involved is planting more roots in Tumbler Ridge.   HD Mining plans to spend $ 15-million on housing for chinese workers, but the company's Jody Shimkus says --eventually-- those 'temporary' employees will be replaced … [Read more...]

Despite what the Premier said her government is working with mayors on transit funding

The same day Premier Christy Clark said Translink funding is the mayors problem, the chair of the mayors council was talking with the Transportation minister. Richard Walton says he left the discussion with Mary Polak feeling hopeful a solution to long term sustainable transit funding can be found. "Absolutely I got a sense of hope and I think … [Read more...]

Enbridge will forge ahead with plans for Northern Gateway despite opposition

The company behind the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline has its own message for thousands of protesters who jammed the lawn of the Legislature today. Enbridge Vice-President Janet Holder says the company is taking every precaution to prevent an oil spill from happening. "Oil spills are not inevitable that the industry and in particular … [Read more...]

Transit police aren’t going anywhere yet despite new fare gates

The role of Transit police once the new fare gates are in place on Metro Vancouver's transit system is still up for discussion.  Translink Chief Operating officer Doug Kelsey says Transit police aren't going away but what they do once the gates are open hasn't been decided. "I think we're going to have to monitor that over time. But, if you go … [Read more...]

NPA re-elects old guard despite failure in last election

The official results weren’t released yet, but it looks like the bid to breathe new life into a former civic political powerhouse in Vancouver has failed. The Non-Partisan Association held its annual general meeting last night. It was seen as a battle between the old guard, and a slate of people who want to change the NPA. In the end, though, … [Read more...]

Likely record crowd turns out at Hastings Park despite I’ll Have Another scratched

Despite his horse not racing in the Belmont, a huge crowd has turned out to Vancouver's Hastings racecourse to support locally trained jockey Mario Gutierrez. Track managers are expecting a record turnout out – as many as 13,000 people. A message of thanks from Gutierrez was read across the public address system before the race, and welcomed … [Read more...]

Capilano Suspension Bridge safe, despite weekend death

As RCMP continue to investigate the death of a man who fell near the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a company spokesperson says there will be a review of safety measures. But Sue Kaffka says the current barrier is six inches above code, and they do not believe there is any cause for concern. "It is an effective barrier at that height," says … [Read more...]