Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Victoria Viewpoints: Wednesday, July 18, 2018




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for   Wednesday,  July 18, 2018


Globe and Mail 

Labour unions back independent mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart
City of Burnaby issues eviction notice to protestors in make-shift camp outside Kinder Morgan terminal
Not a 'lost cause': Report highlights need for addictions recovery


CBC

VPD's proposed 'access without fear' policy to encourage immigrants to report crime gets mixed reviews
Defiant Airbnb hosts could face strata fines up to $1K per day
Burnaby orders eviction of Trans Mountain pipeline protest camp
'Everybody's scared,' Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce fears potential sport fishing restrictions
2 B.C. cities with popular Greyhound routes have 'alternatives' but concerns remain for rural communities
As White Rock's mayor steps down, election is about to change vs status quo


Vancouver Sun

City of Burnaby gives Kinder Morgan protestors 72 hour eviction notice
Multiple fires burning in southern BC Interior
Premiers from the past weigh in on present pressing issues
B.C. needs ministry of the built environment to manage construction issues
Replacing Greyhound bus service will be a tall order

Vancouver Province

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Victoria Times Colonist

Bidding for provincial government tech contracts just got easier
Government has won some and lost some
Solidarity forever


Victoria News

Affordable housing idea dead for Central Park, idea shifts to Royal Athletic Park lot
B.C. moves to crack down on short-term condo rentals


Global BC

200 hectare wildfire forces Summerland area state of emergency to be declared
Evacuations ordered; wildfire jumps highway near Peachland
'We are among the worst of any developed nation in the world:" Metro Vancouver food wast reduction program goes national
Rogue Airbnb hosts that break strata rules to face fines of up to $1,000 per day
Addiction recovery high schools among ideas proposed in new BC report


Georgia Straight

Vancouver mayoral candidate Hector Bremner wants city to say Yes to his new party
East Vancouver cohousing project lays out options for affordable homeownership in perpetuity
NPA and Vision Vancouver face their toughest opposition ever from independents in a mayoral election
Surrey mayoral candidate Doug McCallum wants to halt light rail projects to Guildford and Newton


Vancouver Courier

'Cohousing lite' complex gets green light from Vancouver city council
What's in a name? The meaning behind names of Vancouver's modular housing complexes
Homelessness 'more and more on the minds' of Vancouver millennials
Kennedy Stewart gets nod from 50,000 strong labour council in bid for Vancouver mayor
Co-housing development approved as a 'creative solution'


The Tyee

Greyhound's BC Shutdown brings fears for vulnerable, federal response


Miscellaneous

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Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for  Wednesday,  July 18, 2018

Cabinet Shuffle Day for the Liberal Government

Trudeau's cabinet shuffle adds new faces, puts focus on trade, border
Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair takes charge of Canada's borders
'Tory whisperer' Dominic LeBlanc to spearhead Ottawa's provincial relations in new role
Taking on the culture file, Rodriguez is left to clean up Joly's mess
In cabinet shuffle, Trudeau deviates from the diversity script
Carr tasked with expanding Canada's trade horizons beyond the U.S. market
Modest cabinet shuffle signals Liberals confident they've done what they set out to do
Trudeau's cabinet shuffle adds new faces, puts focus on trade, border
Make no mistake - Trudeau's cabinet shuffle is his re-election kickoff
Meet the 5 rookie members of Trudeau's new cabinet
Trudeau cabinet shuffle brings new faces, several changes for run-up to 2019 campaign
Trudeau reveals a newly shuffled and expanded election year cabinet
Trudeau shuffles cabinet but delivers no kick with a frozen muckluck
Trudeau's cabinet shuffle about winning GTA seats
Trudeau needs to shuffle negative tone out of cabinet
A new crew won't change the direction HMCS Trudeau is heading
Once a rising star, Melanie Joly demoted after missteps hurt Liberals in Quebec
Appointment of new border security minister meant to shore up Liberal vulnerability: political observers
Doug Ford's enemy in the Trudeau cabinet
The sad truth about cabinet shuffles: they don't matter
Trudeau cabinet shuffle rejigs focus  on international trade, borders, provincial relations


Globe and Mail 

U.S. to investigate Canadian uranium imports, citing national-security concerns
Is Stephen Harper pulling Jason Kenney's strings?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford courts allies in carbon fight with Ottawa
The last thing Canada's border needs is another cop


CBC

Premiers reconsidering future joint meetings with Indigenous leaders
7 things to watch as Canada's premiers gather in N.B.
Canadians' average life expectancy could be cut by opioid scourge


Toronto Star

Indigenous leaders split on meeting with premiers
Amid Trump trade war, Trans Mountain's appeal to Asia grows crucial
Upholding Canada's humanitarian values


Toronto Sun

Border issue need more substance
Enough with PC policing of border issue
PM smears Conservatives everywhere


National Post

Formed under the less than watchful eye of the state, Abdoul Badi is ours now
Outspoken Alberta MLA Derek Filderbrandt says UCP too 'vanilla', starts new Freedom Conservative Party

Maclean's

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Global

Saint John MP warns of incoming carbon tax
Canadians split right down the middle on Trans Mountain purchase: Ispos poll
Canada could decriminalize personal drug possession - but here's why it's unlikely
Catherine McKenna, Ontario environment minister trade barbs in carbon tax spat
Trust in intelligence agencies is up, but a third of Canadians have never heard of CSIS: poll
Canada's premiers meet Indigenous groups, although three major groups decline


Miscellaneous 

Russell Diabo rocks the boat in race to be national chief of Assembly of First Nations

MP Nathan Cullen and MLA Mike Morris to take up theme of Electoral Reform in debate tonight in Terrace



With British Columbians to be asked their opinion this November on a proposed change to the electoral system in the province, the summer months have made for the early discussion period for the Electoral Reform Questions of the fall.

Tonight, Federal NDP MP Nathan Cullen will step into the conversation, as he and Prince George-Mackenzie Liberal MLA Mike Morris take part in a public debate taking place in Terrace.

Mr. Cullen who has long been an advocate of electoral reform at the federal level has taken on the provincial question as a cause of his own, with frequent comments and observations on the provincial plans.

His debate partner for the night has been speaking out on a number of concerns that he and the BC Liberals have with the way the NDP have approached the referendum process and questions, so tonight's review of the theme could make for a lively conversations.

The event takes place at 7 PM at the Days Inn Conference Centre which is located at  4620 Lakelse Avenue in Terrace.

For those that can't make the debate in person, Mr. Cullen's Facebook feed will be live streaming tonights two hour session starting at 7PM.

To catch up on some of the themes of the discussion so far in British Columbia see our electoral reform debate archive page here.

More notes related to the provincial political scene can be found on our Legislature Archive

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.



Prime Minister Trudeau shuffles cabinet; among the changes a new Fisheries Minister

Dominic LeBlanc is shifting out
of the Fisheries portfolio in the
Trudeau cabinet
Prince Rupert's long standing invitation to Dominic LeBlanc to come to town to discuss issues related to the fishery will have to handed over to a new face, with Mr. LeBlanc shuffled to a higher position in the Cabinet of Justin Trudeau today.

The invitation issued back in June of 2016 never did find much traction from the Federal MP,  as a diagnosis of leukemia for the minister in 2017 did see some reductions in place to  his travel obligations over the last few years.

On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a number of changes to his cabinet, part of the lead up towards next years Federal election and with the changes, and those on the North Coast looking for more federal engagement on fisheries issues will now have to address their questions to Vancouver MP Johnathon Wilkinson who was named Minister for Fisheries and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Mr. LeBlanc, who served in the position previous now moves to the post of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.

Johnathon Wilkinson is now the new
Minister of Fisheries and the Coast Guard
In one of his last duties as Minister of Finance, Mr. LeBlanc, introduced a new sustainable fisheries resource advisory council on Tuesday, designed to offer the Ministry advice and recommendations on fisheries issues.

The proposed mandate for the SFRACC will include providing advice and recommendations to resolve complex policy and management issues relating to the sustainability of federally-managed fisheries and the conservation of aquatic resources.

Wednesday's cabinet shuffle introduced four new members to the cabinet, with a number of other cabinet ministers assigned new duties as part of today's announcement.

You can review the full list of changes to the Federal cabinet here.

For more items of note related to fisheries issues in British Columbia see our archive page here.

The latest notes of interest from the House of Commons and their impact on the Northwest can be found on our House of Commons archive.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review


Early to work and early to rise will get Prince Rupert Council back into summer quickly on Monday



The delivery of municipal governance this month will have an early start time, with Prince Rupert City Council serving notice that Council session scheduled for Monday, July 23rd will be moved up a couple of hours from its traditional 7 PM start time.

The only public council session for the month of July will start at 5:15 on Monday, which will also host the Committee of the Whole opportunity for the month, providing Prince Rupert residents with a chance to raise items of concern or comment on civic matters.

Moving the Public Council session to the dinner hour may have some impact on turnout however, with any interested residents perhaps more inclined towards taking care of family dinner time obligations, over taking in the latest talking points from the city's elected officials.

As it is, Prince Rupert City Council's summer schedule is a rather light one to begin with, with only two council sessions taking place in July and August.

By comparison, around the Northwest Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers have all scheduled at least two council sessions a month (more in the case of Kitimat)  through the summer.

You  can review the Notice of change for Monday's sessions below:



A look back at the Council calendar from the year so far can be reviewed here

A wider overview of City Council Discussion topics can be found on our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Victoria Viewpoints: Tuesday, July 17, 2018




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for  Tuesday,  July 17, 2018


Globe and Mail 

Independent contractors group claim new labour agreement will result in higher costs, delayed projects
Health officials in B.C., Toronto call for widespread decriminalization of illicit drugs
Vancouver police chief to releaser report on use of street checks
Vancouver police draft guidelines for officers on interacting with undocumented migrants
Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at Vancouver hospital


CBC

Officials warn 'extremely toxic' mushrooms appearing early in Victoria
Rich Coleman jumps out, Doug McCallum jumps into Surrey mayoral race
B.C. anti-gang agency to monitor Hells Angels anniversary bash in Nanaimo
350,000 crashes in 2017 mark an all time high: ICBC
District of North Vancouver delays decision on new "Innovation District' until after election


Vancouver Sun

So far, so good for B.C.'s NDP rule
Vancouver man bequeathes Kitsilano heritage house to the city
B.C. has second highest hospital readmission rate in Canada; solutions elusive
First Nations in B.C. contemplating financing, equity model for stake in Trans Mountain oil pipeline
More than 50 percent of Metro mayors aren't running for re-election
B.C. electoral system referendum foes lose first round
Recent heat wave puts B.C. close to all-time power consumption record: BC Hydro


Vancouver Province

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Victoria Times Colonist

Warning issued after toxic death cap mushrooms found in Greater Victoria
'Lord of the Flies' scenario feared at Nanaimo tent city
BC anti gang agency to monitor Hells Angels Anniversary bash in Nanaimo
Measure people's needs not inequality


Victoria News

Delayed grant decisions could send new Crystal Pool costs soaring
Province delivers notice of unauthorized occupation to Saanich tent city Camp Namegans
Special forces unit to monitor Hells Angel ride on Vancouver Island
Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say
Pressure on for ride hailing, bus options for B.C.


Global BC

Alberta government to survey 20,000 Canadians still on the fence about Trans Mountain pipeline
Wildfire burning near Summerland
B.C. Liberals claim government child care plan will lead to disappearing spaces
Rich Coleman sticking with provincial politics, won't run to be Surrey Mayor
There were 960 vehicle collisions a day in B.C. last year, an all-time high
Cleanup of 'Whalley Strip' not necessarily a quick fix for Surrey business owners
Ontario pharmacist urging B.C. to opt for Naloxone spray over needle to treat overdose


Georgia Straight

VPD's new sanctuary city guidelines will create a 'false sense of security' immigration advocates warn
Trudeau taps Transport Minister Marc Garneau to tackle Greyhound service cuts in Western Canada
Province issues campfire ban for southwestern B.C. that's likely to remain in effect for the rest of the summer
Income of $150,00 needed to live in City of Vancouver-approved 'affordable rental: lawyer Nathalie Baker


Vancouver Courier

St. Paul's Hospital launches new service to tackle opioid, mental health crises
Pipeline protests fuel family film
West Van bans pot shops ... for now
Crown firm will control major-project hiring, we'll pay more

The Tyee

Squamish Nation plans cleansing ceremony after Shannon Falls Deaths


Miscellaneous

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Ottawa Observations: Tuesday, July 17, 2018



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for  Tuesday,  July 17, 2018



Globe and Mail 

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet with eye on 2019 election, trade diversification
Growth on hold until Canada boosts competitiveness, says Imperial Oil CEO Rich Kruger
Conservative party pulls attack ad depicting a black man walking over a Trudeau tweet
Federal government won't pursue deportation of Abdoul Abdi, Goodale says
Trump's tariffs are tipping us toward a recession
Court cancels mining permit after Ontario failed to adequately consult First Nation community
Trudeau announces $90 million contribution to twin deadly Nova Scotia highway
Trudeau slams Putin, steers clear of criticizing Trump in wake of Helsinki summit
Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound's pullout from Western Canada


CBC

Ottawa won't pursue deportation of Abdoul Abdi, Goodale says
Ottawa sought advice from kids to help pick cannabis warning symbol
CRA loses court challenge to its political-activity audits of charities
Trudeau has harsh words for Putin after Helsinki summit, in contrast to Trump
Pharmacare may appeal to premiers seeking consensus this week in N.B.
Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound's western pullout
Physicians urge Ottawa to pay another $21B over decade for seniors health care
CRTC investigating 'possible misleading' telco sales practices after first rejecting the idea
Canada's infrastructure minister, Michigan governor break ground on Gordie Howe International Bridge
Number of government employees fired for misconduct, incompetence sees sharp increase
National Defence turns attention to military families stressed by moves


Toronto Star

Canada's border control system is working, Ahmed Hussen writes
Canadian water heater company getting squeezed on both sides of tariff dispute


Toronto Sun

Canadians see economic hardship on the rise, new poll says


National Post

Neither velvet glove nor iron fist an easy response to Indigenous protests
U.S. newspapers getting 'murdered' by steep tariffs imposed on Canadian newsprint, as hearings into duties held
Both Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford are handling border-crossers issue badly
Canada's oil industry strains to go forward while government holds it back
Conservatives pull controversial attack ad of black asylum seeker walking on Trudeau tweet to cross border
U.S. still pushing for end to dairy supply management as part of NAFTA talks: diplomat
Trudeau to fortify cabinet with new posts, with aim of setting up Liberal team for 2019 election


Maclean's

Donald Trump is Canada's best hope for solving its border crisis
Why you won't be able to buy weed in this Manitoba town - even when it's legal
Happy Amazon Prime Day! Amazon is holding our cities hostage


Global

Alberta government to survey 20,000 Canadians still on the fence about Trans Mountain pipeline
Trudeau set to reshuffle cabinet before heading into 2019 election
Canada's premiers to talk issues around trade at New Brunswick meeting
Trudeau mum on Trump's defence of Putin but slams Russian leader over aggression
Trudeau announces feds contributing $90M to twin section of Highway 104 in Nova Scotia
Trump trade war highlights need for fewer barriers between provinces: Trudeau


Miscellaneous 

Why Spending More on 'Defence' is Foolish
Trudeau taps Transport Minister Marc Garneau to tackle Greyhound service cuts in Western Canada