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Neil Godbout did his own analysis of election spending in Prince George: “On the surface, it looks like Lyn Hall blew away the notion that elected office is earned, not bought, with his mayoral win. “Many people, including many would-be politicians, desperately want to believe that money can’t buy a seat at the table. Sadly, […]

Posted on 26 February 2015 and filed under outbound, politics, Prince George

Does money buy votes? Not in northern B.C.

Yesterday, Elections B.C. released the campaign financing disclosure forms from the 2014 municipal elections. The forms tells us how much politicians spent and received in their bid to get elected. I decided to explore some of the numbers.

Posted on 24 February 2015 and filed under main, politics, Prince George

The Tyranny of the Talking Point

Sean Holman: “I know that your role, as a so-called communications professional, is to put the best spin on what the government is or isn’t doing. “That means you often don’t respond the questions I ask, you help elected officials do the same thing and you won’t let me talk to those who actually have […]

Posted on 24 February 2015 and filed under links, outbound, politics

Prince George and Terrace Narrowly Meet United Nations Target for Women in Politics, Other Northern Cities Fall Short

The United Nations has set 30% as the minimum benchmark for female representation in government. Northern British Columbia is barely there.

Posted on 17 November 2014 and filed under articles, comments, main, politics, Prince George

Congratulations, Losers

I know many of you have already made your statements, gracious and congratulatory, but I can’t imagine it doesn’t hurt. You don’t show it, but you’re wondering what went wrong. Where you might have done better.

Posted on 16 November 2014 and filed under articles, big, main, politics

Getting urban First Nations involved in municipal politics

Good discussion between two political leaders from Prince George and Prince Rupert on the reasons First Nations don’t get involved in municipal politics, and what needs to change to increase interest.

Posted on 3 November 2014 and filed under links, outbound, politics, small

Praise for the City of Prince George’s webcasts

On-demand, indexed and timely access to the decisions made and discussions had by our elected officials– it’s pretty great.

Posted on 10 September 2013 and filed under articles, comments, politics, Prince George


Just a friendly reminder that democracy isn’t simply picking one side to be in charge every four years. It’s a process that happens every day in a variety of forums and ways.

Posted on 16 May 2013 and filed under articles, Best Of, British Columbia, Canada, comments, politics

The Rule of Law

Of all the writing to come out of the punishment of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, the most informative I’ve seen is by lawyer Bob Tarantino in the National Post. He argues in favour of the judge’s ruling because “what is being punished, the failure to maintain the integrity of their office, is a transgression which […]

Posted on 28 November 2012 and filed under articles, Canada, politics

The most important part of a democracy is what the losers do

Last night was the most watched exercise in democracy in history. Or not. Because there is a certain segment of the population who are viewing last night’s results as somehow illegitimate or undemocratic. And of course there are no shortage of people congratulating America on making the right choice, implying that all the people who […]

Posted on 7 November 2012 and filed under articles, Best Of, comments, politics

Translation: We Want to Put A Liquor Store, What Do You Think?

I saw this downtown last week and was reminded of this Ted X Talk by Dave Meslin. He proposed that “apathy as we think we know it doesn’t actually exist, but rather that people do care but we live in a world that actively discourages engagement.” He used city notices like these as an example. […]

Posted on 25 June 2012 and filed under articles, Best Of, cities, politics, Prince George

Votes, Money, and Cause & Effect

In the wake of it being disclosed that Prince George Mayor Shari Green had the most expensive campaign in city history (in which she spent more than all five Kamloops mayoral candidates combined [source]), there’s a small debate surrounding municipal elections and financing. Speaking to CBC, Councillor Brian Skakun made the following comments: “It makes […]

Posted on 16 March 2012 and filed under articles, British Columbia, comments, politics, Prince George

Banning the Burka

Yesterday, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that burkas and other forms of religious face coverings would be banned during citizenship oaths: From the National Post: “Kenney said the move follows complaints from citizenship judges, MPs and others who’ve participated in citizenship ceremonies who have argued it’s hard to tell whether veiled individuals are actually reciting […]

Posted on 13 December 2011 and filed under articles, Canada, politics

City Council 101

With the recent municipal election (and the not-unexpected low voter turnout), I realized something. Even though I now have a pretty good grasp on city politics, it’s in large part due to the fact that I had to teach myself in order to cover city council meetings as part of my job at CBC. If […]

Posted on 5 December 2011 and filed under articles, politics, Prince George

How much do you cost the government?

The finances of the Attawapiskat reserve have been placed under third-party control, in part to figure out where $90 million of federal government money went in the last five years. But how much is $90 million anyways? And how much money does the government spend on you?

Posted on 3 December 2011 and filed under Aboriginal, articles, Best Of, Canada, comments, main, politics

Will Prince George’s new city hall connect with citizens online?

Prince George has a new mayor, and a mix of old and new on city council. As has become customary for election campaigns over the past few years, there were a number of candidates running on the idea of re-connecting with voters, being more accessible and transparent, and having a two-way conversation with citizens. I’m […]

Posted on 21 November 2011 and filed under articles, comments, main, politics, Prince George, social media

The Pacific Carbon Trust

Below are a series of interviews on both Daybreak North and Daybreak South surrounding a recent announcement from the Pacific Carbon Trust. I was involved in setting up all of the Daybreak North interviews and helped with the Daybreak South ones. The stories came out of an announcement on May 5 that the Carbon Trust […]

Posted on 14 May 2011 and filed under British Columbia, politics

Youth Voting & Checking Out Of Politics

Last week, I wrote this on Facebook: “On the radio they’re talking to young people who aren’t planning on voting. They’re blaming the political system, parties, etc for not engaging them. Know who else wasn’t courted by the political system throughout history? Poor people, women, Chinese-Canadians, Indo-Canadian, Japanese-Canadians, First Nations, African-Americans. More recent examples? Egyptians. […]

Posted on 21 April 2011 and filed under articles, Canada, politics

On Lynching Politicians and Academics

Immediate disclaimer: This isn’t meant to be an attack on Jason, nor a full-on defence against his criticism. Just my thoughts after reading an intriguing point of view from a regular political commentator. Also, as always, these are MY VIEWPOINTS AND OPINIONS, informed by nothing but my own misunderstandings of the world. Over on his […]

Posted on 22 February 2011 and filed under comments, journalism, media, politics

Rob Ford, Naheed Nenshi, and the Changing Face of Canada

Rob For on CBC As It Happens, October 26, 2010map :: {skin:’orange’, animate:true, width:’200′, volume:0.4, autoplay:false, loop:false, showVolumeLevel:true, showTime:true, showRew:true, downloadable:false, downloadablesecurity:false, id3: false} Rob Ford on CBC’s As It Happens, October 26, 2010 I’m sort of fascinated by this whole Rob Ford thing, even though I’ve never even been to Toronto. In the Globe a […]

Posted on 28 October 2010 and filed under articles, Canada, politics

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