Mario Canseco

Weighing a mixed bag of results from American midterm elections

Canada's neighbour to the south has always provided quirkiness when it comes to politics. There’s the Electoral College, which essentially turns the presidential ballot into 51 first past the post...

When it comes to transit funding, all roads lead to disagreement

In the first days of November, the political attention of the province has shifted away from municipal politics. Provincial representatives are worried about the outcome of the referendum on...

More rehab, fewer prescriptions among opioid action plan priorities

The use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs ceased to be only an urban problem in British Columbia a few years ago. Reports of deaths from drug use have multiplied across the entire...

Two provinces, two identities: how B.C. and Quebec see themselves within Confederation

Over the past few years, British Columbia and Quebec have had their share of common goals. The two provinces consistently outrank all others as places where environmental concerns are paramount....

City voters back raising the bar for prospective council candidates

One of the pervasive comments that stemmed from the 2018 municipal election in Vancouver was the daunting size of the ballot. Voters were asked to look at dozens of names for each office that was at...

Political donation limits radically redrew municipal campaign plans

Next month, Vancouver will have a new mayor and council after a historic election. Eight of the 10 councillors will be women, and three of them will represent the Green Party. The Non-Partisan...

B.C. in the driver’s seat when it comes to bad driving behaviour

In spite of the polite nature that is usually associated with anything Canadian, we seem to be losing patience with everyone when it comes to our country’s roads. In a recent Research Co. poll, half...

Regional transportation a key issue for municipal election voters

As the official date for municipal elections in British Columbia draws near, discussions about housing have dominated most candidate meetings and debates across the Lower Mainland. But, depending on...

Local debate brewing over location of cannabis retail outlets

For the past decade, surveys have consistently showed that Canadians, and British Columbians, support legalizing marijuana. Centre-left minded voters were more likely to say they have enjoyed...

Vancouverites’ views varied on Vision’s municipal vision

For the first time in a decade, Vancouver’s municipal government will not be dominated by Vision Vancouver. After three victories for Gregor Robertson and his team, the party is running several...