Today at the campaign event where the BC Liberals pledged to resurrect the Massey Bridge project, they also mentioned they would abolish 'community benefit agreements'. Those are by definition a 'project labour agreement' that typically involved a group unions and has terms that outline apprenticeships and training for those working on major infrastructure projects. CBA's … Continue reading BC Liberals threaten skilled trades. Again.
It was inevitable that the BC Greens, mid leadership contest, would turn against themselves and what they signed up for by agreeing to the CASA deal that ousted the 16 year BC Liberal government in 2017. Where we're at is watching the Greens pick apart SiteC, the northern dam being constructed along the Peace River; … Continue reading Green leadership campaign brings out the odd
You know its true. Joe Biden isn't Barack Obama and doesn't illicit the same passion and groundswell of support that then Senator Obama did in the lead up to his 2008 election...and you know what? That's perfectly ok. There are few political candidates that drum up that sort of gut bending passion that you want … Continue reading Mild for Joe
Some environmentalists have taken the movie as a knife in the back, or a slap in the face by Michael Moore. Some have gone so far as to call for its removal. I don't see it that way, and I don't think removing it will help; that amounts to green-censorship which will immediately backfire. What … Continue reading New movie Planet of the Humans is a wake up call
At 1:23:45am local time April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine SSR, a series of errors and bad judgment led to an explosion in reactor #4 that spread radioactive material through much of western Europe. Design flaws of the reactor type that were suppressed by the state meant that the safety … Continue reading The price of lies
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
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.
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
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
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