National Newswatch

Bonnie Henry seeks input from restaurant industry on ideas for reopening sites once restrictions are loosened

Apr 21 2020 — Ian Bailey — British Columbia’s public-health officer is challenging the province’s embattled restaurant industry, largely closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, to come up with innovative options to allow for in-restaurant dining when B.C. eventually eases its pandemic restrictions. In her daily briefing Monday, Bonnie Henry said the challenge is to figure out how to proceed […]

In B.C., Jean Chrétien defends controversial Trudeau decision on Trans Mountain, says blackface issue is ‘over’

Sep 27 2019 — Ian Bailey — Former prime minister Jean Chrétien dismissed questions about revelations that Justin Trudeau has worn blackface by saying it’s “over,” and defended the Liberal Leader’s decision to purchase a pipeline as a practical necessity as he rallied party volunteers during a Vancouver-region campaign swing. The blackface issue came up after Mr. Chrétien, who led the country […]

B.C. Speaker launches second investigation of Sergeant-at-Arms

Jul 15 2019 — Ian Bailey — The B.C. Speaker has launched a second investigation into the conduct of the legislature’s Sergeant-at-Arms, even though he was cleared by an earlier probe into allegations of questionable overseas travel, inappropriate expense claims and benefits. Late last year, Gary Lenz and former legislature clerk Craig James were accused by Speaker Darryl Plecas of misspending of […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s riding association members quit Liberals to work for her campaign as an independent

May 31 2019 — Ian Bailey — Most members of the Liberal electoral district association in Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Vancouver-Granville riding have quit in light of the former cabinet minister’s decision to run for re-election this fall as an independent. Claire Marshall, the outgoing chair of the riding association, confirmed the exits Thursday, saying that nine of 15 members of the board – […]

Wilson-Raybould affirms commitment to Liberals, says there’s ‘path forward’ to higher standard of government

Mar 15 2019 — Ian Bailey — Jody Wilson-Raybould says the past few weeks have been “incredibly hard” for her and her family, but she says she remains committed to the federal Liberal Party and a higher standard of government. The former attorney-general spoke Thursday to a crowded party event in her Vancouver-Granville riding, declaring that she had enjoyed being in cabinet […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould ready to run for re-election as federal Liberal

Mar 9 2019 — Ian Bailey — Walter Wells voted Liberal in 2015 and doesn’t think he’ll do that again this year. But he says he will be volunteering to work on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s expected re-election campaign. Mr. Wells, a 57-year-old residential realtor, actually lives just outside of Vancouver Granville, Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s riding. But he said he has been inspired by the […]

B.C. NDP government moving toward more labour-friendly policies

Aug 4 2018 — Ian Bailey — Earlier this year, British Columbia’s NDP government made a little-noticed change to the Workers Compensation Act that expanded mental-health services for first responders. In particular, these workers no longer need to point to a specific incident to submit a claim for a mental-health condition related to their work. “What’s changed is you no longer have […]