BC Politics

Dispatches from the Urban Meter Wars

Resistance to BC Hydro’s smart meters still seems strong, but it’s hard to tell who’s winning. A BC Hydro rep gave a presentation at a recent meeting about energy conservation initiatives. Unbidden, he began by letting us know, “One thing we’re not going to discuss today is smart meters.” Since I was filling in for

By |2011-12-21T18:39:41+00:00November 11th, 2011|0 Comments

School Board Pans Its Own Strategic Plan

Stantec makes off with the money in what looks like a nation-wide practice of producing copied-and-pasted assessments. The year-long development of the Greater Victoria School District’s strategic facilities plan may have been an utter waste of time, resources and taxpayer dollars. And now, practically everyone involved is hoping and praying that’s exactly what it was—because

By |2011-09-30T05:29:26+00:00September 30th, 2011|0 Comments

Getting a Read on Smart Meters

Smart meters won’t endanger health or privacy, and will conserve energy, reduce theft, and produce cost savings. Or so BC Hydro tells us. But is there a hidden agenda driving what may be a billion-dollar boondoggle?   One exchange at BC Hydro’s tense public meeting in Victoria in March was emblematic of the debates about smart

By |2011-12-02T00:17:28+00:00September 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

Forget Chickens; Invest in Eggs

Our general belief that jobs are created by businesses needs a little refinement   When Mayor Dean Fortin began proposing a gradual reduction of the business tax rate in Victoria relative to the residential rate, he argued it would help protect and create jobs. In resounding endorsement, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business agreed it

By |2011-05-31T03:22:54+00:00April 1st, 2011|4 Comments

What is a Sidewalk For?

Municipal engineers have a lot more power over city life and politics than most of us realize. * It’s an academic lecture about sidewalks. Could I have even dreamed up an event that sounded more inconsequentially mind-numbing? But on this cold, rainy, January night, the little Legacy Art Gallery and Café, as part of the

By |2011-02-03T20:10:36+00:00February 3rd, 2011|1 Comment
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