The British Columbia government is going ahead with the proposed Site C dam project and there are numerous reasons for British Columbians of all social and economic backgrounds to be extremely concerned with it.
The following is my original letter to the editor of the Richmond News:
As someone who has lived in Richmond my entire life and for the last few years, have been commuting to Surrey for work, I feel I have a unique perspective on this whole Massey Tunnel Replacement project.
In the fall of 2007, I sat in a macroeconomics class at Simon Fraser University hearing my professor rave about the state of the Chinese economy. That year, China’s GDP grew by a whopping 14.2%. How? Well, there’s plenty of literature and plethora of documentaries on this subject so let’s just simplify it all. read more
Poverty in Richmond is a problem and it’s been well documented. As the city approaches a municipal election, many ponder whether poverty in Richmond will be an election issue. Many Richmondites were concerned that it should’ve been in the last election back in 2011.
Last week, the Richmond jet fuel pipeline plan was given the green light by the province. An environmental assessment certificate was given to the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) for the project.
The project would have a 13 kilometre pipeline built to connect the south arm of the Fraser River to the airport. In addition, a marine terminal and storage facility would be built on the south arm near Riverport. The move will allow jet fuel tankers to transport fuel across the Fraser River. read more
BC Hydro announced earlier this week a new 10 year plan with the Provincial Government. Energy Minister Bill Bennett announced the plan and from the details, we know that Premier Christy Clark is acting on her War on the Middle Class of British Columbia. read more
Last week, a non-surprising breakthrough in Christy Clark’s BC Jobs Plan was made: net jobs in British Columbia went down…again!
Per official Statistics Canada numbers, BC lost 11,000 full-time jobs in October. This was met with an increase in the number of part-time jobs by roughly 5,600. The statistics also show that the unemployment numbers are getting better, by a mere 0.2%, and is now at 6.5% overall. However, the big caveat to that last statistic is that the labour force in BC contracted. read more
News broke and poop hit the fans in Victoria this week. It was reported by the (independent) Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond that the BC Liberal government wasted more than $66 million over the last 12 years.
On what you ask? Meetings and fruitless initiatives to help improve the Aboriginal child welfare system. It’s a novel, worthy cause that the government ought to put money into. read more
On Monday, former Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart was appointed by Christy Clark to the latest government posting (and likely, waste of taxpayer dollars), the Investment and Trade Commissioner to Asia. read more
The George Massey Tunnel will be the latest victim of BC Liberal policy.
First, it was taxpayers who were victims when the BC Liberals decided to put their insiders first by increasing government salaries right after the May election. Then, the BC Liberals victimized seniors by installing a wheelchair tax. The hurt shifted back to all taxpayers when the BC Liberals announced increases in BC Hydro rates. It just gets worse and worse. And now, the Fraser River and everyone who crosses it will get hit hard…not to mention every other taxpayer. Premier Christy Clark has done a number on the taxpayers and now, it’s time for the Tunnel to go. read more