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Disable the delete button and more, Premier Clark
In the wake of BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's report Access Denied: Record Retention and Disposal Practices of the Government of British Columbia – which identified major deficiencies in the access to information practices of two government ministries and the premier's office – we call on the BC government to immediately implement all 11 of Ms. Denham's recommendations without further delay. These include: 1. configure the settings in Microsoft Outlook to stop government employees from permanently deleting emails; 2. amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to create a legislative duty to document as a clear indication that your government does not endorse “oral government” and that it is committed to be accountable to citizens by creating an accurate record of its key decisions and actions; 3. legislate independent oversight of information management requirements, such as the destruction of records, including sanctions when those requirements are not met; 4. develop a comprehensive government policy for all future data migrations that requires at a minimum: hourly, daily and monthly backup of data; and 5. establish clear guidance for employees on how to conduct a thorough search for potentially responsive records to an access request.
It's time for a public inquiry on health firings
Since eight health ministry employees were fired in 2012, there have been at least eight different investigations into those firings and yet the public is still no further ahead in knowing the answer to one simple question: why were they fired? The B.C. Auditor General, the Comptroller General, the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Public Service Agency and labour lawyer Marcia McNeil have conducted and completed investigations, but each was limited to terms of reference that were intentionally written by the government to put key issues out of the scope of their investigations. Tragically, one of the people fired — University of Victoria PhD student Roderick MacIsaac (pictured here) — committed suicide as a result of his termination. At the time of his firing he had three days left to complete his requirements for a PhD. Disclosure by drip doesn't cut it any longer. It's time to call a public inquiry and, as the Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer wrote, let the chips fall where they may.
Scrap MSP premiums and start restoring integrity to BC's tax system
In BC, an individual earning $30,000 a year pays $72.00 in MSP premiums every month. In Ontario, you'd need to earn more than $200,000 a year to pay the same amount under that province’s healthcare tax, which is tied to personal income. Under the current MSP rate structure, a family of three or more earning an adjusted net income of $30,000 will see more than five per cent of their family budget going to pay for MSP. That's not right. It's time for BC to scrap MSP premiums. Personal income tax rates should be adjusted to ensure that the measure is revenue neutral on public finances. Alberta stopped billing its citizens for health care. And it's time for BC to follow suit. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION ONLY IF YOU ARE A BC RESIDENT.
Hands off BC's Agricultural Land Commission
Note: This petition was started in 2014 and will remain open until victory can be declared. Madam Premier: During last year's provincial election campaign, the BC Liberal party did not campaign on plans to modify or scrap the Agricultural Land Commission. Search the party's platform for Agricultural Land Commission and the result is clear: “no match found.” Your party's response to a specific question on the Agricultural Land Commission (posed by Metro Vancouver) during the campaign didn't even hint at the plans now under consideration by your government. You have no mandate to make the changes that were detailed in cabinet documents released – not by your government but by the Globe and Mail – and we ask that you immediately withdraw them from consideration.