Sandy Garossino

Sandy Garossino is the editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Observer and a contributing editor for the National Observer. She is a former prosecutor and prominent media commentator. She is a former owner of three Metro Vancouver taxi companies, which together formed the largest privately held fleet of taxis in Western Canada.  She is active in private investments and incubating businesses through global partnerships, primarily in Asia. Follow her @Garossino 

Vancouver housing, housing affordability, foreign ownership, speculation tax

Mayor's speculation tax is a set-up

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s call on Friday for the provincial government to impose a tax on housing speculation has all the look of a not-very-elaborate set-up. It's a sop thrown to a furious...

Remembering Yulanda Faris

On Friday morning Vancouver turns out to mourn and honour the stellar community builder, arts supporter and philanthropist Yulanda Faris, who died at age 77 on April 23.  They will...
Senate Scandal, Charity audits, CRA, Duffy Diaries, Duffy trial

Duffy connected charity critic to lucrative industry cash

Star witness attacking charities plays star role in Duffy's Diaries.  But what does it mean? Read the whole story on the National Observer
BCTF Ruling, BC Supreme Court, BC politics, BC teachers

A primer on the BCTF court ruling

On Thursday, the BC Court of Appeal will issue its decision on the provincial government's appeal in the long-running BCTF legal dispute. While the government may eke out a win based on fine...

How Harper's disastrous diplomacy crushed Keystone XL

President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline bill is nothing less than a devastating indictment of Stephen Harper's foreign policy. 
Gambling in Vancouver, B.C. under scruitiny

Why Edgewater casino could go bankrupt and leave us holding the bag

Suddenly clouds have formed on the horizon for the planned new Edgewater Casino at BC Place, as news comes that regulators are reviewing the viability of the project and the suitability of former BC...

Vancouver Aquarium and SeaWorld joined at the hip

SeaWorld's artificial insemination program is wholly dependent on support provided by the Vancouver Aquarium and its belugas on breeding loan.

Graydon's got to go: ex-BCLC CEO's conflict of interest and Paragon casino

“At BCLC we understand the importance of public confidence in our organization and the people who provide our products and services. We are focused on building public trust through good...

Draft Day at the Supreme Court: the Harper v. McLachlin feud explained

To the average person, a judge is a judge is a judge. But judges are more like hockey and football players.

Time to rip the mask of anonymity off online trolls

Total freedom, total anonymity and children don't mix in real life. Why should it in the online world?