Coronavirus and its silver lining

Look, there has to be a silver lining to the outbreak of a major pandemic in this modern age. I don't mean to make light or joke around at anyone's expense; there are real people who have died in this pandemic - made worse by the actions (or lack thereof) of powerful leaders. In watching … Continue reading Coronavirus and its silver lining

CGL Pipeline debacle is a progressive values test.

The trouble with the CGL pipeline is that you can make a compelling progressive argument either side of the proposal. Something that nobody anticipated. To be sure, there are many complex layers in this debate, but the fact that its happening in live-time has brought out unprecedented protests across the country; blockading railways, harbours, marine … Continue reading CGL Pipeline debacle is a progressive values test.

BC Liberals mishandling of ICBC is reminiscent of their failure on the real estate file

They were expecting to be re-elected and have time to extinguish the fire they started To listen to the BC Liberals talk, everything was going swimmingly when they handed over the keys to power in 2017. But as it turns out like everything, the truth was a lot different than the rhetoric. The BC Liberals … Continue reading BC Liberals mishandling of ICBC is reminiscent of their failure on the real estate file

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

Ironically, adding an extra “EHT” fee to restaurant guest checks doesn’t produce pushback

Story: https://globalnews.ca/news/6428076/employer-health-tax-victoria-diner-fee/amp/?__twitter_impression=true So the restaurant operator is adding an additional 1% to guest checks to offset the new employer health tax brought in by the NDP for 2020. In the article, patrons don't seem upset to pay this fee, the operator says that he's not profiting from it either. Lesson: folks don't mind paying taxes … Continue reading Ironically, adding an extra “EHT” fee to restaurant guest checks doesn’t produce pushback

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

BC Liberals are hypocrites on ride hailing

If you're just tuning in, you might be forgiven for thinking that the BC Liberals have been the champion of ride hailing services the whole time. You'd be wrong. Very wrong. As recently as 2014, a year after the '13 election, the BC Liberal transportation minister was openly threatening fines and/or jail time for such … Continue reading BC Liberals are hypocrites on ride hailing

Ride hailing is coming quickly to BC and the NDP can take credit for it

There are those to be sure who don't like the idea of the ride hailing service, but it's here and unavoidable now. What's interesting now is the desperate flailing of certain BC Liberal partisans trying to gain a wedge issue in the thing they had 8 years to deliver but only made a deathbed conversion … Continue reading Ride hailing is coming quickly to BC and the NDP can take credit for it