Gig workers are workers too and need labour code protections

The NDP government needs to act without delay, to amend BC's labour code to recognize gig economy workers who exist as "independent contractors" with employee-like labour rights as any waged worker has. As a guideline, California passed "AB-5" that does very much the same. To be sure, California law making and BC legislation exist within … Continue reading Gig workers are workers too and need labour code protections

BC Liberals find new ways to look pathetic over ride hailing

The BCUC approved the ICBC proposal on a basic insurance product for ride hailing corporations ahead of the anticipated September 16 legalization date. The BC Liberals found a way to complain about it. The angle? The product is too cheap and other drivers will have to subsidize ride hailing corporations as a result. This is … Continue reading BC Liberals find new ways to look pathetic over ride hailing

The Greens are trying their hand at populism and its just as disingenuous as anything on the far right

I get the antipathy towards fracking; its a drilling technique fraught with risks to carbon pollution; potential groundwater contamination and seismic activity. Its also the exclusive technique used to extract natural gas and shale oil. Now for the sake of this article, I'm not considering the environmental aspect of the Green's argument - because at … Continue reading The Greens are trying their hand at populism and its just as disingenuous as anything on the far right

Repeat after me: “tax cuts do not pay for themselves”

Trickle down economics has never worked. Ever. Yet it was tried again here in BC when the BC Liberals took office in 2001 with results that literally anyone could have predicted. Now a former Gordon Campbell cabinet minister reflects back on the times that were and thinks it wasn't good times. We could have told … Continue reading Repeat after me: “tax cuts do not pay for themselves”

Andrew Wilkinson and his BC Liberals would be wise not to do a victory lap on the appeals court decision.

Whoops. Too late, they did. How did we end up here? The NDP government tried to assert their right as a provincial government to protect rivers, streams and our coastline. As it turns out, the environment wasn't considered in this judgement, only a jurisdiction issue. Which strikes me as odd, as the means the federal … Continue reading Andrew Wilkinson and his BC Liberals would be wise not to do a victory lap on the appeals court decision.

BC Liberals playing a dangerous blame-game on fuel prices

Look, I get it. Andrew Wilkinson's BC Liberals are the opposition and they've got a job to do in trying to throw in enough shade towards the government so that they can portray themselves as the champion of the little guy and the NDP is the aloof elitists governing from their ivory tower; disconnected from … Continue reading BC Liberals playing a dangerous blame-game on fuel prices

Palmer’s advertorial for BC Liberal a sad display of using political talking points to draft “editorials”

A sad 'editorial' published by Vaughn Palmer today misses the mark and faces a legitimate fact check. The BC Liberals, desperate for an angle to attack the NDP have railed against the unusually high gas prices in BC, specifically in the lower mainland. They're doing this by attacking the BC carbon tax that they would … Continue reading Palmer’s advertorial for BC Liberal a sad display of using political talking points to draft “editorials”