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BC Government and Its Lawyers Head Toward Unionization Showdown

By  Zak Vescera, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Lawyers working for the B.C. government are threatening to sue it over a new law that would remove their right to choose their own union.

Bill 5 became law on  Thursday after months of fighting between the government and the BC  Government Lawyers Association, which applied last year to be recognized  as an independent union representing about 300 members. 

The legislation lifts a ban on unionization for the lawyers, who advise government on new laws and represent it in civil court.

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Labour Shortage, or Bad Jobs?

By  Zak Vescera, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The B.C. government is offering the first look at parts of a $460-million plan to plug a growing labour gap as employers struggle to  fill jobs.

The province has budgeted  $126 million in the next year for skills training, helping immigrants to  have their credentials recognized and helping businesses hire staff.

Finance Minister Katrine Conroy said lack of staff is the number one issue for small businesses in the province. 

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Northwest communities sign memorandum on revenue-sharing with province

Editors note: The District of New Hazelton, District of Stewart, Fort St James, Fraser Lake, Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, North Coast Regional District, Port EdwardPrince Rupert, Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, Regional District of Kitimat-Smithers, Smithers, Telkwa, City of Terrace, Vanderhoof, Village of Burns Lake, Village of Granisle, Village of Masset, Village of Port Clements, and Village of Queen Charlotte (Daajing Giids) are in the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance.

By Kaitlyn Bailey,  Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The provincial government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) on Sept. 15, which brings them one step closer to a new revenue-sharing agreement.

The RBA, made up of 21 local governments from Masset to Vanderhoof, have been calling on B.C. for a new funding agreement since 2014.

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What BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions

By Roy L Hales

Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia’s elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office through-out that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MAPPING THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. So what do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

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Bill 30: A Deal Born of Desperation

By Roy L Hales

The BC legislature is debating Bill 30, the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act, today.  Premier Christy Clark claims this legislation will “give business certainty and keep British Columbia competitive; to ensure British Columbians see the benefits of the resource they own; and to ensure we build the cleanest LNG facilities in the world.” Critics have another name for Bill 30: a deal born of Desperation.

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