February 21, 2018

First Nations leaders want Safe Streets Act repealed

Don't make a bad problem worse. That's the message from First Nations leaders and health officials in BC who are calling for the repeal of the federal government's Safe Streets Act. A new report by the provincial health officer says First Nations are already over-represented in prison, and Doctor Evan Adams says the Safe Streets Act will exacerbate … [Read more...]

BC’s NDP leader’s back from Hollywood – still no firm plan for film industry

The leader of the provincial NDP is back from a fact finding mission in LA where he sat down with film executives. Adrian Dix says he met with people from studios like Disney and Warner Brothers to find solutions to film jobs leaving BC. But Dix wasn't ready to say what exact fixes the NDP would table. "We're going to assess and we're … [Read more...]

Union leaders question Christy Clark’s claims Chinese miners are temporary

Premier Christy Clark's defence of Chinese workers being brought here to work at a new coal mine has angered local union leaders. Scott Lunny with the United Steel Workers says the government needs to immediately investigate recruiters accused of making false promises to would-be migrants who've been told they will be allowed to bring their … [Read more...]

Surrey, New West business leaders to discuss Pattullo Bridge

Business leaders from both New Westminster and Surrey are meeting later this month focusing their attention on a new Pattullo Bridge. Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman says the bridge serves as a major business corridor between the two cities. She argues major investment and development is needed to facilitate trade and economic … [Read more...]

Party leaders playing it cool over Thursday’s byelection

The leaders of both the BC Liberals and the NDP are trying to lower expectations about Thursday's byelections. Voters head to the polls in Port Moody-Coquitlam and Chilliwack-Hope Thursday. Premier Christy Clark will make no predictions even though her party held both ridings until Iain Black and Barry Penner resigned, "Well, you know, you never … [Read more...]

BC’s Education minister takes on the leaders of two opposing political parties.

BC's Education Minister is blasting political critics on two fronts in the ongoing contract battle with BC's teachers.  When asked about John Cummins comments about using bill 22 to try and leverage political support on the backs of striking teachers, George Abbott said  "That is an absurdity and if we set out to orchestrate that outcome … [Read more...]

Municipal leaders vote to halt smart meters

VANCOUVER - Delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver have voted narrowly in favour of moratorium on BC Hydro Smart Meters.The vote was 55 per cent in favour and 45 against.However, Energy Minister Rich Coleman has said the government will proceed with the billion-dollar program anyway, calling the meters the global … [Read more...]

Put economy over politics, business leaders urge

There’s no room for single-issue politicians with the world on the brink of financial collapse, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce says. As municipal leaders from across the province meet for their annual convention in Vancouver this week, B.C.’s captains of industry have asked politicians to make the economy their top priority. “The global economy is … [Read more...]

Hearn among the early leaders in Vancouver

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., is among the early leaders through the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver. Like four of the top five on the leaderboard, Hearn is taking advantage ... Vancouver News latest RSS headlines - Big News Network.com … [Read more...]

Premiers, territorial leaders convening in Vancouver

VANCOUVER -; Premiers and territorial leaders meet in Vancouver starting today with a range of issues on the table for the three-day gathering. For his part, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty wants ... Vancouver News latest RSS headlines - Big News Network.com … [Read more...]