November 20, 2017

Finance Minister says budget revamped to include indepenent feedback

Finance minister Mike De Jong says the government quickly revised its provincial budget over the last few days to lower its expected revenue from natural gas royalties in the next year. De Jong says the change was made after advice from independent economist Tim O'Neill, who found the  government over-estimated natural gas revenues in five of … [Read more...]

Group rallying to “Save BC Film” to meet with Culture Minister

The group pushing to increase labour based tax incentives for BC’s film industry is meeting with Culture Minister Bill Bennett on Thursday. Still, despite the meeting, Wayne Bennett with Save BC Film says no assurances have been given about any goodies for BC's film industry showing up in this week's provincial budget. "Within the throne … [Read more...]

Former deputy Minister beats former Vancouver Councilor for Vancouver Quilchena Liberal nomination

A lawyer, licensed physician and former Deputy Minister of Economic Development will be the BC Liberal candidate for Vancouver Quilchena. Andrew Wilkinson won the nomination Sunday night. He was up against former Vancouver City Councilor Suzanne Anton. Wilkinson thanked Anton, adding the party has a renewed team, a strong leader and … [Read more...]

Jobs Minister Pat Bell not running for re-election

BC Jobs Minister Pat Bell says the discovery of a relatively rare type of aneurism has led to his decision to not run for re-election. Bell says the size of the aneurism is now being monitored -- if it grows, he'll have to undergo surgery. He says he needs to turn his mind to his health, and that would take his attention away from responsibilities … [Read more...]

Minister says relocating Liquor Distribution Warehouse doesn’t have to do with money

“It’s not entirely about the money,” says the minister responsible as the province looks at relocating the Liquor Distribution Warehouse in Vancouver. Rich Coleman says the current building is not tall enough and the operation could become more efficient in a new updated facility. But Coleman also admits the real estate it is … [Read more...]

Transportation Minister draws a firm line in transit funding fight

BC's Transportation minister doesn't seem to be too worried about a looming deadline from the mayors council over transit funding. Mary Polak says while the mayors have some options the perception Translink will just run out of money and have to cut services is not accurate. "Translink won't run out of money. The mayors could if they chose, vote to … [Read more...]

Immigration minister addresses questions about citzenship revocation idea

Canada's Immigration Minister is speaking to questions around the idea of revoking a person's citizenship if they commit a terrorist act. Jason Kenney wants to look into legislation that could take a dual national's citizenship away. Speaking with CKNW's Sean Leslie, Kenney was asked about due process -- and how it could be determined whether a … [Read more...]

Canada’s Immigration Minister talks about amending Citizenship Act so Terrorist Act

Canada's Immigration Minister is speaking to questions surrounding the idea of revoking a person's citizenship if they commit a terrorist act. Jason Kenney wants to look into legislation that could take a dual national's citizenship away. Speaking with CKNW’s Sean Leslie, Kenney was asked about due process, and how it could be determined … [Read more...]

BC’s Justice Minister hasn’t considered financial impact of tougher restrictions on those not criminally responsible

BC’s Justice Minister says she's already working with the Federal Government to ensure tougher restrictions involving people found not responsible for serious crimes are approved quickly. "We've been very aggressive about this agenda. Generally, I'm very pleased,” says Shirley bond.  Bond says --at this point-- there have been no … [Read more...]

Prime Minister standing firm on Kits coast guard decision

Supporters of the Kitsilano Coast Guard base are hoping to attract the attention of the Prime Minister while he's in Metro Vancouver. Mike Cotter is the general manger of the Jericho Sailing centre. "I want to tell him that Vancouver's marine, transportation, industrial and recreational communities, along with all of our other elected officials … [Read more...]