To The Editor:
While the focus is on the extravagant, and alleged illegal, spending by two top minor officials at the BC Legislature, everyone is overlooking the fact that according to the BC Comptroller General, the cost of running the Legislature and paying our MLAs has jumped from $6.4 million per MLA in 2004/05 to $17.7 million per MLA in 2018/19.
Last night was the first of three meetings intended to change the paradigm of how mayor, council and city staff present, not just the budget, but the budget process to the Castlegar public.
We received a press release from Rossland-based company Thoughtexchange announcing the successful closing of about $4 million in convertible note financing from Yaletown Partners and existing angel investors, to fund further expansion. The press release material is included below.
Thoughtexchange has been going from strength to strength since its inception.
I live next to a swamp. After 20 years of having this swamp as my neighbour, it’s kind of grown on me. I enjoy the spring flush of marsh marigolds, the annual reawakening of spring peepers, and I still smile when I see a colourful wood duck perched in a tree.
Any discussion of the upcoming provincial budget includes exchanges about how to contain ever-increasing health care costs.
Health care is by far the greatest provincial government expenditure and physician compensation – at about nine per cent – is a significant share of the BC budget. This important area of health policy, however, receives little public scrutiny.
This post is part of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Budget 2019 series by Ben Parfitt, which highlights key findings from the CCPA’s research and outlines our recommendations for the 2019 provincial budget.
To The Editor:
At the January 7 city council meeting, the Nelson City administration recommended to councillors that recycling rates remain the same. They then casually tacked on a resolution to not participate in the RDCK’s regional composting plan. And asked councillors to vote.
Recent controversy over a natural gas pipeline blockade and the differing priorities of hereditary chiefs and elected band councillors illustrates a fundamental problem with our systems of governance and economics.
Until recently, Alberta benefitted from one of the most pro-growth tax policy environments in North America. As recently as 2014, the province had the lowest top statutory combined federal and provincial or state personal income tax (PIT) and corporate income tax (CIT) rates of any Canadian province or American state.
The mineral exploration and mining sector has long provided good middle class jobs for Canadians. Across the country, Canada’s mining sector directly and indirectly employs 634,000 Canadians, including over 30,000 in British Columbia alone. These jobs are critical for supporting our strong economy and communities throughout Canada.