“No discrimination on the basis of family status” by Carmela Allevato

December 17, 2014


I had occasion to participate on a panel at the Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector 2014 Conference organized by Lancaster House. The panel, “What’s on the Bargaining Table: Emerging Issues, Creative Solutions”, canvassed a number of topics including pensions, health and welfare benefits and work-life balance. The obligation to accommodate employees on the basis […]

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British Columbia LNG – the Press give the Liberals a free pass

December 11, 2014


Can you imagine. . . if an NDP provincial government told voters it would create a huge new industry that would bring full employment, fill the public treasury and eliminate the provincial debt? if they promised that this wonderful new industry would start operating by 2015? if not a single player in this new industry […]

Ghomeshi v CBC – Can the Courts Hear His Claim?

October 27, 2014


Aside from the social media buzz that the public dispute between Jian Ghomeshi and the CBC has generated, Ghomeshi’s announcement that he will sue his former employer for $50 million, claiming “among other things, breach of confidence and bad faith” raises an interesting legal question: Do the courts have the jurisdiction to hear Ghomeshi’s claim? […]

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August 25, 2014


The BC Hydro Northwest Transmission line is now powered up and operating, delivering under-priced bulk electricity to mining companies and under-priced delivery services for private power generators.  Not only did they over-run the capital cost of building the line, but BC Hydro goofed in its design of the rate structure to recoup construction cost from […]

Another ominous note for Christy Clark’s LNG promise

August 1, 2014


The only energy company that has made any money out of LNG export development in British Columbia is Pacific Northern Gas – by selling out their stake in a project 3 years ago to Apache and Chevron for a measly $50 million. Now Apache has thrown in the towel, casting even more doubt on the most […]

Pipe Dreams – BC’s LNG Future?

May 25, 2014


Only a few years ago, the world was running out of natural gas.  Then the industry adopted hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). This technology extracts gas from low-grade reserves dispersed in shale beds, which previously could not be exploited economically.   Now North America has a huge glut of gas.  Prices plunged from historic levels gyrating around $9 […]

BC’s Elusive LNG Tax

May 11, 2014


The BC government has one devil of a problem on its hands. Last year, it won re-election largely on the basis of promises of enormous wealth and revenues flowing from the birth of a massive Liquefied Natural Gas export industry. Billions of dollars would flow into the treasury, the provincial debt would vaporize, and we […]