Dermod Travis Feed http://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/12257 en When one million job openings may mean 210,000 new jobs http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/when-one-million-job-openings-may-mean-210000-new-jobs It would be tough to miss the ad, particularly if you're trying to watch anything online. The one where WorkBC tells us that “BC's growing economy will lead to one million job openings by 2020.”...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/when-one-million-job-openings-may-mean-210000-new-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/when-one-million-job-openings-may-mean-210000-new-jobs#comments Commentary Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:34:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 18172 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Metro Vancouver marching to the beat of its own drummer on incinerator http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/metro-vancouver-marching-beat-its-own-drummer-incinerator Garbage, or to use the more politically correct term, waste, is big business. Really big. It can also be a messy business, particularly when politicians get involved. So no big surprise then that the...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/metro-vancouver-marching-beat-its-own-drummer-incinerator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/metro-vancouver-marching-beat-its-own-drummer-incinerator#comments Opinion Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:59:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 16290 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Opinion: BC Liberals must pull government ads in lead up to 2013 election http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/opinion-bc-liberals-must-pull-government-ads-lead-2013-election IntegrityBC is calling on the BC government to recommit to its 2009 ban on non-essential government advertising in the four months prior to voting day.&nbsp; <p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/opinion-bc-liberals-must-pull-government-ads-lead-2013-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/opinion-bc-liberals-must-pull-government-ads-lead-2013-election#comments Commentary Tue, 20 Nov 2012 04:20:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 13595 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Vancouver's municipal “super PACS” http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/vancouvers-municipal-%E2%80%9Csuper-pacs%E2%80%9D Ninety-eight per cent of donations to Port Coquitlam council came from unions and corporations.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/vancouvers-municipal-%E2%80%9Csuper-pacs%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/vancouvers-municipal-%E2%80%9Csuper-pacs%E2%80%9D#comments Commentary Allied Waste Mayor Greg Moore NPA Rob Macdonald Wed, 14 Nov 2012 03:06:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 13535 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com BC government didn't need an audit to find something amiss at ICBC http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/bc-government-didnt-need-audit-find-something-amiss-icbc The BC government shouldn't have needed an audit to know that something was amiss at ICBC, especially when much of the waste was literally staring them in the face if they'd just taken a cursory peek...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/bc-government-didnt-need-audit-find-something-amiss-icbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/bc-government-didnt-need-audit-find-something-amiss-icbc#comments Commentary ICBC Audit integrity BC Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:43:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 12546 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com In BC, democracy has a price tag. Sometimes. http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/bc-democracy-has-price-tag-sometimes They failed the first time, but that hasn't deterred the BC government from trying yet again to put a sock in the mouths of community organizations, chambers of commerce, unions and other groups.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/bc-democracy-has-price-tag-sometimes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/bc-democracy-has-price-tag-sometimes#comments Commentary bc elections act bc pre-election pre campaign period BC Recall and Initiative Act integritybc Smart Tax Alliance threat to bc democracy Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:40:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 12526 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com White House salaries put to shame by BC municipal paycheques http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/civicvoices/white-house-salaries-put-shame-bc-municipal-paycheques Pity Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff, the highest ranking employee inside the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Earning a paltry $172,200 a year,...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/civicvoices/white-house-salaries-put-shame-bc-municipal-paycheques" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/civicvoices/white-house-salaries-put-shame-bc-municipal-paycheques#comments Civic Voices Politics Barack Obama BC municipal staff BC staff salaries Canadian taxpayers Penny Ballem Richmond BC White House staff Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:07:00 +0000 Dermod Travis 12256 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com