Whenever the B.C. government introduces a miscellaneous statutes bill, it's worth a look. Chances are that something interesting (or nefarious) is buried in the omnibus legislation.
Today's (March 10) news release announcing Bill 17 (Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014) mentions something curious. Apparently, in 2009, the B.C. Liberal government forgot to re-appoint the chair of the Employment Standards Tribunal for a two-and-a-half-year period. Five years later, the government is fixing the error.
The release states:
Vancouver Quadra Liberal MP Joyce Murray has issued a statement on International Women's Day noting that females hold only 76 of the 308 seats in Parliament.
She also mentioned that in 2011, only 25 percent of senior management positions in Canada were held by women, even though they comprised 43 percent of the labour force at the time.
“Women have truly come a long way in short period of time,” Murray acknowledged. “I remember that my own mother needed her husband’s permission to attend the school of architecture at UBC; she was the only woman student at that time. A common misconception remains that all of the battles for women have already been won.”
Here are some other troubling statistics from the Parliament of Canada.
Bill C-13 is called the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.
But, according to OpenMedia.ca, it's Canadians who need to be protected from this legislation.
The group's latest video argues the bill will make it easier for the federal government to spy on Canadians' online activities while "threatening free speech on the Internet".
On Facebook, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Sarah Blyth has announced she is not seeking reelection or running for city council in this November's civic election.
But that's not all Blyth said in her statement, posted today (March 4). The former park board chair wrote (this is a straight-up cut-and-paste):
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Every year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation celebrates the "best of the worst in government waste" with its Teddy Waste Awards.
Well, the tax-hating organization has announced the results of its 16th annual Teddy awards, and TransLink is one of the big "winners".
Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority took home the prize in the local government category for its new South Surrey park and ride lot.
Here's what the CTF says:
This week, a couple of opinion pieces about the B.C. Liberal government's Park Amendment Act appeared on Straight.com. In them, Andrew Gage of West Coast Environmental Law and Peter Wood of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society explain how this legislation would weaken the protection afforded to provincial parks.
Here's the latest video from the Liberal Party of Canada on how the middle class is being squeezed.
It shows how Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is trying to reinforce that he has sufficient gravitas to become prime minister.
It also reveals how the soft-spoken and sunny Trudeau is creating contrasts between himself and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's command-and-control regime.
Near the end, Trudeau mentions how cities must become "incubators for innovation".
The conspiracy theorist inside me wonders if there's any connection between this federal Liberal theme and the City of Vancouver's handling of the former police station on Main Street.
The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent, has been outed as a misogynist by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America.
In a Valentine's Day article, researcher Timothy Johnson cites 10 instances in the past by the heavy-metal axeman.
Nugent has made a name for himself in right-wing circles, most recently by supporting Texan Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Nugent will make two appearances on Tuesday (February 18) on behalf Abbott, a director of the widely loathed National Rifle Association.
The most notorious Nugent outburst came when he characterized Hillary Clinton as a "worthless bitch" during one of his concerts.
The Conservative government appears concerned that digital currencies could be used to fund terrorism.
On Tuesday (February 11), Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tabled the 2014 budget, which describes Bitcoin and other virtual currencies as "emerging risks" threatening "Canada’s international leadership in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing".