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What Does The NDP-Green Agreement Mean for British Columbians?

The ECOreport asks,  what does the NDP-Green Agreement mean for British Columbians?

By Roy L Hales

Though still nominally premier, Christy Clark knows her government’s days are numbered. If she doesn’t resign, the BC Liberals will be toppled by a non confidence motion when the provincial legislature reassembles in June. Clark intends to continue as Leader of the Opposition. So what does the NDP-Green agreement mean for British Columbians?
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Green Candidate Sue Moen Talks Policy

The ECOreport publishes the second half of our interview, in which Green candidate Sue Moen talks policy

By Roy L Hales

The Green party’s support has grown in the month since I met with Sue Moen at Heriot Bay. In Mainstreet Research’s most recent poll, 24% of the people watching the televised debate were leaning towards, or had decided upon, the Green party. Half of the viewers had a “favourable” opinion of Andrew Weaver and had an unfavourable opinion of the two other leaders. So what would it mean if the next government needs the green party’s support to stay in power? In the podcast below, Green candidate Sue Moen talks policy.

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Asking A Liberal Candidate Tough Questions

The ECOreport publishes more of its’ interview with Dallas Smith, asking a Liberal candidate tough questions.

By Roy L Hales

One of the principle movers behind the agreement to save the Great Bear Rainforest is running as a Liberal candidate in North Island riding. Dallas Smith hopes to bring more local accountability into the political process. There is not enough time to broadcast the entirety of our interview. Aside from a short exchange about Site C, last week’s broadcast was essentially a puff piece. In this segment, I am asking a Liberal candidate tough questions.

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Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

The ECOreport publishes a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election

By Roy L Hales

With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

The ECOreport looks at stories of the a corrupt political process, the rich & connected appear to run British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

More than a week has passed since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News, “If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here (in British Columbia), because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.” Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark receives from her party’s campaign chest. The rich & connected appear to run British Columbia.

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Taxing Vancouver’s Empty Homes

The ECOreport looks at a partial solution to the housing crises, taxing Vancouver’s empty homes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s real estate values have skyrocketed 280% since 1986, while wages have only increased 7%. A new report shows the affordability crises impacts both renters and homeowners. The average westside home was selling for $1.4 million last May. Though 10,800 housing units have been empty for more than a year, 1 only about 337 available as rentals. 2 This suggests that speculators own many of the vacant units. City staff recommend taxing Vancouver’s empty homes.

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  1. Policy & Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty Housing, City of Vancouver Administrative Report, June 16, 2016, p 2
  2. ibid, p 3