Author Archives: Tim Louis

The nightmare of SRO conditions can be solved in an instant

With income assistance rates frozen for over 10 years now, welfare recipients have a very small amount available for rent. With the province of BC providing a single person on welfare with only $610 a month, SRO landlords are very … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot the messengers

Edward Snowden is a household name — he’s a whistleblower who so profoundly upset the very powerful that he was forced to flee his home country. What we tend to forget is that in almost all bureaucracies and governments, big … Continue reading

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Hanging by a thread

Wow! What a night it was! And it ain’t over yet! I’ve witnessed many election night roller coasters but nothing quite like last night. I went to sleep last night dreaming of proportional representation, big money out of politics (union … Continue reading

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When orange is the new green

We’re just over halfway through the provincial election campaign and the outcome is more uncertain than any previous election — more uncertain because we are no longer talking about just two parties. Let me explain. Since the collapse in 1972 … Continue reading

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Double or nothing: Garbage collection vs. city councillors?

City council salaries are in the news again! The Vancouver Courier’s Mike Howell, in one of his recent 12th and Cambie columns, notes that all city councillors but one are earning more than $100,000 per year, and that’s before any … Continue reading

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The power of Green

Will it finally happen? An NDP minority with the Green Party holding the balance of power in BC? Last week the writ was dropped and the provincial election is, finally, formally underway. What makes this election possibly unique in our history … Continue reading

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Justice can prevail against all odds

In 2004 my partner Penny and I travelled to El Salvador as guests of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, one of two of the country’s major political parties). We toured this tiny Central American country for two weeks … Continue reading

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Uber — Both good and bad news

On Tuesday the province gave Uber the green light to begin operating in BC. If you see the world through the eyes of a consumer, this is great news. If you see the world through the eyes of a worker, … Continue reading

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A positive new direction for HandyDART

As co-chair of the HandyDART Riders’ Alliance, since last October I’ve been sitting on a task force set up by TransLink. Our mandate is to advise TransLink on HandyDART issues. The creation of this task force and the appointment of … Continue reading

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Inspiration in the face of oppression

As I have watched with horror over the last week or so south of the border, I am not just outraged — I’m also inspired! There’s no denying the fact that President Trump is a racist, a misogynist and an … Continue reading

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