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  1. http://www.news1130.com/2017/08/21/bc-greens-ride-hailing-legislation/ BC Greens to re-introduce ride-hailing legislation in the fall VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It won’t be item number one, but ride hailing will definitely be on the agenda when the BC legislature reconvenes this fall. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver has announced plans to re-introduce his Ridesharing Enabling Act in October, which would pave the way for companies like Lyft and Uber to start operating in the province. “We believe it’s critical to send a signal to the international community that we’re willing to embrace that new technology, and I’m convinced we’ll be able to do that collectively and collaboratively,” he says. Weaver’s bill has been introduced twice before, most recently in February 2017. Since then, all three major provincial parties have campaigned on bringing in ride hailing, though Premier John Horgan has been non-specific about how an NDP government would do that. Weaver says the major difference between the upcoming legislation and previous versions is that ICBC will be instructed to create an insurance category specifically for ride-hailing vehicles. “I’ve told [the premier] that I will be bringing this in in October, and he’s supportive,” Weaver adds. The lack of a regulatory framework has not prevented ride hailing companies from popping up in Vancouver anyway, Weaver points out. “Raccoon Go has something like 300 cars in Vancouver… it’s here, but it’s operating under the table. We need to have a proper regulatory regime to allow competition in the marketplace, and to have regulation in the marketplace,” he says. Horgan’s Chief of Staff Geoff Meggs was a very outspoken opponent of Uber during his time as a Vancouver city councillor, though he has insisted he will not have much influence over policy in his new role. “The reliance on and demand for ridesharing is growing, and BC needs to be ready for it,” the BC NDP says in a statement issued today. It adds the premier will be working with “taxi drivers, taxi companies and ridesharing companies to create a truly fair approach… that doesn’t unfairly benefit – or punish – one group over the other.” Before their government was defeated, the BC Liberals promised to bring in ride hailing by the end of this year while also introducing initiatives to help the taxi industry stay competitive.
  2. I miss the one last year. Anyone going this year? Where Can I See the Perseids? The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky, and the zenith (the point in the sky directly above you). While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location. Location in the Sky Tonight NOTE: The table below changes every day to show the coming night's location Perseids meteor shower for Vancouver (Night between August 11 and August 12) Time Azimuth/Direction Altitude Fri 10:00 pm 24° 23.5° Fri 11:00 pm 31° 28.1° Sat 12:00 midnight 38° 33.6° Sat 1:00 am 44° 40.0° Sat 2:00 am 49° 47.1° Sat 3:00 am 53° 54.7° Sat 4:00 am 54° 62.5° Sat 5:00 am 52° 70.4° Anyone going?
  3. Why does t CC still want to have the vote of confidence? We all know that she is going to get defeated . Is she going to wait for someone from the other parties to cross the floor to support her or . . ?
  4. The NDP government will follow what the Ontario is doing. ' Province-wide Basic Income trial'
  5. https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-basic-income-pilot What is a basic income A basic income is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum income level, regardless of employment status. Different than social assistance, a basic income can be: given to anyone who meets the income eligibility criterion given to someone who may be working but earning below the basic income level generally simpler to administer Participants Participants must be: invited to join the pilot 18 to 64 years old living in one of the selected test regions for the past 12 months or longer living on a low income We will be randomly selecting people to apply and will be sending out invitations and application packages in the mail shortly. Seniors Seniors are not included in the pilot because most seniors (65+) receive more money through the current seniors’ benefits including: Old Age Security Guaranteed Income Supplement Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System What will be measured The government will test how a basic income might help people living on low incomes better meet their basic needs, while improving their education, employment, and health. It will measure outcomes in areas including: food security stress and anxiety mental health health and healthcare usage housing stability education and training employment and labour market participation The design of the pilot The first phase of the pilot will begin in late spring 2017 in Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County and Thunder Bay. The pilot in Lindsay will begin by fall of 2017. Payment amount The payment will ensure a minimum level of income is provided to participants. Aligning with the advice of Hugh Segal, payments based on 75 per cent of the Low Income Measure (LIM), plus other broadly available tax credits and benefits, would provide an income that will meet household costs and average health-related spending. Following a tax credit model, the Ontario Basic Income Pilot will ensure that participants receive: Up to $16,989 per year for a single person, less 50% of any earned income Up to $24,027 per year for a couple, less 50% of any earned income People with a disability will also receive up to $500 per month on top. Working and going to school during the pilot Participants can go to school to further their education or begin/continue to work while receiving the basic income. The basic income amount will decrease by $0.50 for every dollar an individual earns through work.
  6. Elections B.C. says it will update its website at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. starting Monday and during the three-day final count. It will also alert voters through its social media channels when a final result is known in a riding. The Courtenay-Comox riding will likely take longer to tally, because of the initial recount, and the final results there are not expected to be known Monday. http://vancouversun.com/news/politics/b-c-election-results-2017-crucial-vote-counting-starts-monday Recount Tomorrow!
  7. http://vancouversun.com/news/politics/bcelection2017-key-battleground-ridings Burnaby North — If the expansion of the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline becomes an election issue, as many environmental groups believe, then Liberal incumbent Richard T. Lee could face the brunt of the electoral wrath as the only Liberal near the Burnaby pipeline terminus. Lee has held the riding for four terms, but his margin of victory has been small in recent elections. The NDP candidate, Janet Routledge, finished a close second in 2013. The Green candidate, Peter Hallschmid, is an engineer and professor at Simon Fraser University. I think Janet will win this time! Lee was lucky the last few times. Anything can happen from now until May 9th. One of the 10 key ridings
  8. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-s-working-poor-low-wage-jobs-keep-many-living-paycheque-to-paycheque Katrina Charlton sips tea from the couch of her modest White Rock rental duplex, home from her first job and thrilled that she isn’t scheduled to work her second job later in the evening. “Today is exciting that I only have one job. How crazy is that?” the 52-year-old laughs. “But you’ve got to find the positives. I generally go 21 days without a day off, then take a day off.” She has worked two jobs for the last 20 years, ever since becoming a single mother to her two children. “I stress out about money all the time,” said Charlton. “One cheque pays my ($1,100) rent, so half of my money is gone just like that, and the other cheque goes to pay the bills. … When my kids were younger it was very, very hard, so I always had to have more money coming in from somewhere.” Charlton’s first job, as an education assistant at a local school district, pays well at $26 per hour, but she can only get 29 hours of work each week. At night and on weekends, she works as a server for less than minimum wage — with tips, she earns about $16 an hour. “I’ve worked $15 an hour and I don’t think that’s livable. I would say $20 minimum for people to live a lifestyle where they are not stressed about everything,” she said. “I find when you are stressed like that you are running on the hamster wheel and all you are doing is working and surviving. You don’t have time to think about any of the other necessities in life, or how you can get out of the situation you are in.” Anti-poverty advocates are calling on the provincial government to support sectors that will create full-time, good-paying jobs; pass laws to improve job security; and raise the minimum wage of $10.85 an hour to a so-called “living wage” (which in Metro Vancouver has been estimated at $20.64). The majority of jobs are full-time in B.C., which leads the country with a low unemployment rate and a record number of residents working. But an analysis of the federal labour force survey shows the share of part-time jobs has steadily grown here, from 15 per cent in 1976 to nearly a quarter of all jobs in 2016. In fact, Statistics Canada data shows, of the 72,000 new jobs created in 2016, more than half were part-time. When asked about the recent rise of part-time work, Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said B.C.’s job-creation plan is a “long-term strategy ” — and argued the vast majority of the 200,000 jobs created over the last six years are full-time. “We recognize that there is always more that can be done,” Bond said, but added her government’s focus is to “grow the economy and create better, well-paying jobs for as many people as possible.” The government’s jobs plan, she added, has propelled the province to lead the country in employment growth. “We recognize that some people are struggling, but our plan is delivering results and we’re going to continue on with that plan so we build opportunities for British Columbians.” Bond said there is a declining number of people making minimum wage, and that half of them are students living with their parents. She also said the average wage being paid in B.C. right now is $25 an hour for adults. NDP leader John Horgan claims that since the recent recession, most of the jobs created have been temporary, low-paying jobs and part-time jobs. “In Metro Vancouver, which is driving the low overall numbers in terms of unemployment, that belies the issues that are happening in rural British Columbia, where resource communities are struggling because of the downturn in commodity prices, but also by the closure of forest operations,” Horgan said. But even the reality in big cities is not so rosy. “Metro Vancouver’s booming economy relies on a large group of low-paid workers to provide security, catering, cleaning, administration and other services,” says a 2016 working poverty report by Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Ivanova’s report also found the majority of people in B.C. living in poverty are not on welfare — of the 14 per cent of British Columbians who live in poverty, just four per cent receive social assistance. Nearly one in 10 people living in Metro Vancouver is “working poor.” The NDP has said it would boost the minimum wage to $15 if elected. The Liberals are raising it to $11.35 in September. B.C. business groups say that being forced to suddenly pay much higher wages would harm small companies, lead to lost jobs and cuts in hours for employees. “For B.C. businesses that employ low-wage employees, moving quickly to a $15-per-hour minimum wage would amount to at least a 40-per-cent increase in labour costs, likely creating a shock to the labour market and causing many smaller firms to scale back their demand for entry-level workers in particular,” said Jock Finlayson, executive vice-president and chief policy officer at the Business Council of B.C. More than half of B.C. workers, though, say they live paycheque to paycheque, and feel overwhelmed by debt, a Canadian Payroll Association Survey found last September. That is true of Charlton, who has not been able to save for her retirement. “I really worry what will happen to me if I can’t work my second job, because I have nothing to live off,” she said. The modest White Rock duplex she rents is near where she works and close to her three young grandchildren, who she helps to look after. But the property is now for sale, leaving her worried about finding another affordable place in the area to rent. “A lot of people my age have to go back to sharing like when they were kids,” she said. “I’ve had roommates to get me through the summer (when she doesn’t get paid for her education job) and it’s not ideal. But it would be a way to get by, if you had to.” Charlton is not a complainer, and is grateful for the good things in her life. But she believes the government should put more priority on affordable rental housing and on increasing wages. “I have a good life here, but I’ve worked very very very hard,” she added. “I think B.C. is a very tough place to make it.” Job security is another concern. Jennifer Whiteside, business manager for the Hospital Employees Union, said employees such as care aides can be fired and replaced by lower-wage workers. At one home on the Sunshine Coast, workers were earning $21.54 an hour when their contract was flipped in 2014. Today, those jobs have been contracted out for $17.50 an hour. Sam Lindsay, 47, was one of the care aides at that home. She had been there for six years, working closely every day with seniors doing everything from helping them bathe to putting on their shoes to making sure they were wearing their glasses or their lipstick. “You’re making a choice. In order to keep your job and work with these amazing people and care for people that you love so much, you’re going to roll my income back,” Lindsay said. “We were heartbroken.” Low wages and precarious jobs are a serious problem, said Irene Lanzinger, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour. Data from the Canadian Labour Congress shows the majority of workers who earn less than $15 an hour work full-time and are mostly between the ages of 25 and 54. “There are many, many people working for less than $15 an hour — single moms, single dads working more than one job trying to support a family,” Lanzinger said. “It is not just kids living in their parents’ basements.”
  9. May 9, 2017, I hoped the NDP will win this time! The liberals broke their promises too many times. 87 seats in total. 44 seats will be the magic number!
  10. Why would the Canucks hire a team doctor without a doctor degree?! https://www.thebeaverton.com/2017/02/canucks-fire-team-doctor-jenny-mccarthy-5-players-contract-mumps/ VANCOUVER – Vancouver Canucks have terminated their agreement with their team doctor, Jenny McCarthy, after 5 players contracted the mumps. The actress, model, and alternative medicine adviser for the NHL team was informed of her dismissal earlier today. McCarthy had advised the team to avoid vaccination and only consult outside medical advice if you agreed with it. “We became concerned after Dr. McCarthy insisted putting Gwyneth Paltrow’s muscle toning cream on Alexander Edler fractured fibula as treatment,” explained Canucks Coach Willie Desjardins. “And the only prescription she gave out was for her book, ‘Louder than Words.’” McCarthy, who apparently has no medical degree, said that she was disappointed that the team was letting her go, but said she had done her job since none of the players contracted autism. According to sources, the Canucks organization intends on replacing the pseudo-physician with one of the many qualified homeopaths available in the Vancouver area.
  11. In the beginning of this season, Willie put Bo in the fourth line. Everyone was shocked, including me. (Why would you Bo in the fourth line? He doesn't deserve to be there. ) Last game, Jacob Markstorm helped the team win the game. He played well. But Willie decided to put Miller for the following game. (That's an irrational decision. You would let the goalie carry the next game since he had a terrific game.)
  12. Did anyone switch over to a different wireless the last few days? I was at Metrotown last night. A huge line up at Fido. The deal was expired yesterday.
  13. I also miss Sami Salo! Is there a d man that also has the heavy accurate shot in the league right now? I wish JB can make a trade and get a much better offensive d man.
  14. But why not Travis Green?! Let's give him a chance.
  15. Anyone think that it would work? Marc Crawford had tried it a few times when it is down by a few goals. It worked! At that moment, we have Trent Klatt, Bertuzzi, Naslund, Morrison. But right now, almost all of our current line up players just can 't score. WD should try to split the Sedins in order to generate some offence.