James Keller, The Globe and Mail

James Keller

The Globe and Mail

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Recent articles by James:

Western Canada: B.C. banks on big spending as it announces $5-billion surplus

The B.C. government is looking to ensure it spends the largesse, rather than allow the fiscal year to pass with a surplus → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta Premier attempts to change the channel with cost-of-living measures

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s first month in office was overshadowed by her views on vaccination and controversial comments from her past → Read More

Western Canada: Many who live along B.C.’s Highway 8 are still struggling to rebuild

Rebuilding infrastructure is labour-intensive, expensive work - rebuilding life is a much harder thing → Read More

Western Canada: When vacant-home taxes target the wrong people

Wealthy foreign investors buying up real estate in Vancouver and Toronto and then leaving them empty became easy villains but vacant-home taxes often ensnare innocent people → Read More

Western Canada: Danielle Smith wins by-election, setting stage for sovereignty act

Smith won the UPC leadership in early October and was sworn in days later; she was the only leadership candidate who didn’t have a seat in the legislature → Read More

Western Canada: B.C.’s slow flood recovery leaves farmers worried

The federal government has promised at least $5-billion in disaster relief to B.C. for the floods, but that money will trickle in over years → Read More

Western Canada: New Vancouver mayor faces challenges in fulfilling promise of more nurses, police

One of the key planks in the winning platform of Ken Sim was a pledge to hire 100 new police officers and 100 psychiatric nurses → Read More

Western Canada: What lies ahead for David Eby, B.C.’s new premier

It will make the ugliness of his path to the top job seem like an autumn stroll, writes Wendy Cox → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta’s new UCP Premier and the Opposition New Democasts cast ahead to next year’s election

Premier Danielle Smith, who replaced Jason Kenney as UCP Leader and Premier, and NDP Leader Rachel Notley both addressed party members in duelling weekend conventions → Read More

Western Canada: B.C. is about to get a new premier

David Eby was acclaimed as B.C. NDP Leader this week after the party disqualified his only rival in the race to replace Premier John Horgan → Read More

Western Canada: Ken Sim’s ABC party sweeps into power in Vancouver

Sim lost his first campaign for mayor in 2018 to Kennedy Stewart, only to return four years later and defeat Stewart after a single term → Read More

Western Canada: Danielle Smith’s first week as Alberta premier overshadowed by defence of the unvaccinated

Ms. Smith offered a clarification, but not an apology, after declaring that the unvaccinated were the ‘most discriminated-against’ group of her lifetime → Read More

Western Canada: Voters in Vancouver face crowded ballot in upcoming municipal elections

Nearly 140 different candidates are running for mayor, council and local boards, offering an array of platforms on issues ranging from housing, to public safety, to illicit drugs. → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta’s UCP has a new leader, but can Danielle Smith unify a party that remains divided?

Danielle Smith is set to take over from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, but a bitter and bruising leadership campaign will make it challenging to bring her party together before the next election → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta’s governing UCP prepares to elect new leader after years of political turmoil

Former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith is widely viewed as the perceived frontrunner, though the vagaries of the ranked-ballot system mean the results are not necessarily a lock → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta vows not to enforce federal gun bans in what could be a sign of things to come

Justice Minister Tyler Shandro directed the RCMP in Alberta not to enforce a federal buyback program — an announcement that appeared to aligned with UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith’s proposed sovereignty act → Read More

Western Canada: B.C.’s cancer care system is crumbling under the weight of staff shortages and severe backlogs

A devastating and deeply reported Globe and Mail investigation details how far B.C.’s cancer care system has fallen behind other provinces → Read More

Western Canada: Pro-Jason Kenney third-party advertiser targets Danielle Smith in Alberta’s UCP leadership race

The group Shaping Alberta’s Future, which backed Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party in 2018, has spent as much as $9,200 this week on social media ads attacking perceived UCP leadership front-runner Danielle Smith. → Read More

Western Canada: What Pierre Poilievre’s victory says about the UCP race in Alberta

Candidates running to replace Alberta Premier Jason Kenney as leader of the United Conservative Party have been rushing to align themselves with the new federal Conservative Leader. → Read More

Western Canada: In Queen Elizabeth’s passing, we see our own reflection

Members of the Hong Kong diaspora, a former B.C. premier and a Globe columnist reflect on the death of Queen Elizabeth. Their stories reveal as much about the diversity of Canadian experiences as they do about Britain’s longest-serving monarch. → Read More