October 23, 2017

Lockheed Martin’s technology hub brings startups closer to government needs

Wondering who would be the first to concoct a Kickstarter for governmental wishes? We suppose it's Lockheed Martin. Today, the aforementioned outfit has launched an initiative "aimed at expanding its collaboration with Silicon Valley companies to meet the diverse technology needs of the federal government." Called the Lockheed Martin Silicon Valley … [Read more...]

Dyble report finds breaches of conduct, mis-use of government resources

The Dyble report (read highlights of the report here) on the ethnic voting scandal is out and it's more bad news for the BC Liberals. REVIEW OF THE DRAFT MULTICULTURAL STRATEGIC OUTREACH PLAN John Dyble has identified partisan activity among some government officials that breached the public service standards of conduct, and that some government … [Read more...]

Auditor General says spending problems persist for government

BC's Auditor-General says progress has been made since he first rapped the legislative assembly over "substantial irregularities", but problems persist and more must be done. John Doyle also zeroes in on an expensive lease and renovations to the constituency office of Liberal MLA Eric Foster. He says public money was used to pay not only the … [Read more...]

A new headache for the Clark government

It's the last thing the Clark government needs: Another scandal. Cabinet ministers Pat Bell and Shirley Bond are under fire for their alleged roles in trying to influence a 25-million dollar government project in Prince George. At issue is whether Bell and Bond exerted pressure to secure funding for a wood development centre in their hometown of … [Read more...]

Liberal government talking regional policing — again

The provincial government is reviving the idea of a regional police force in Metro Vancouver - just in time for the provincial election. Justice Minister Shirley Bond has released a long awaited report on policing including how the government plans to respond to Wally Oppal's Missing Women Inquiry.  One commitment - to spend two years … [Read more...]

BC Government tables 2013-2014 budget

The provincial government has tabled its 2013-14 budget, calling for a surplus of $ 197 million in the coming fiscal year, with some new programs aimed at children and families Here are some of the highlights: --the surplus will be achieved through a mix of tax increases, spending restraint, asset sales and economic growth --tax hikes will bring … [Read more...]

Labour leader defends new ads taking aim at “government”

B.C's top labour leader is defending a new ad critical of the federal government's temporary foreign worker program. BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair says there's nothing wrong with pointing out more attention should have been paid by various levels of government when more than 200 jobs, that could have been done by Canadians, were … [Read more...]

Save BC Film group to meet with government this week

The group fighting to lower tax rates for the BC Film Industry says it has a big week ahead. David Markowitz with Save BC Film is handing out leaflets this weekend to promote the local film industry's battle to reduce tax rates in this province,  and says more talks are scheduled this week with the provincial government. "On Tuesday, … [Read more...]

BC government is going to move Vancouver’s main liqour distribution warehouse

No jobs will be lost, but the B.C. government is re-locating the province's main liquor distribution branch warehouse. The facility currently on Vancouver's East Broadway will be moved to a new site within the next two years. The minister responsible, Rich Coleman, says it's replacement is expected to be more efficient and a request for proposals … [Read more...]

Pacific Carbon Trust under government review

After years of complaints, the B.C. government has agreed to review pricing used to levy fees against the public sector for carbon off-sets. Environment Minister Terry Lake now admits changes may be needed to ensure the public sector is getting bang for its buck. "We've shown leadership by having a carbon neutral public sector, but we want to make … [Read more...]