See bottom of post for an update.
Many politically active people in BC are grieving right now and there is much angst and blame being laid. I personally have experienced this process and will be for some time to come, well, probably for the rest of my life.
I’m not sure . . . → Read More: Grief, Blame and Anger
BC elections are funny, sad and scary all at the same time. (warning, following BC politics can cause sleeplessness and depression. Any consumers who feel depressed after following BC politics should immediately turn off the computer/TV/radio and seek vitamin D, hence my recent silence on the blog.)
This morning I got an . . . → Read More: BC Election
Laila Yuile gave us a perspective on a Jonathon Fowlie editorial about Christie Clark. In the interview with Fowlie, conducted during a hockey mom photo op. type interview apparently…I’ll let Laila speak for herself…
“I absolutely had to pick my chin off of my desk this morning when I read Jonathon Fowlie’s . . . → Read More: Right and Wrong
Tweet As the sun sets on the BC Liberal Party and the decade long theft of our assets, the fire sale intensifies. As Harper sells off Kits Coast Guard Station, Christy Clark seems intent on privatising our commons, our forests. Lungs of the planet, pride of the west coast, our cultural identity. Bill 8 . . . → Read More: Kill Bill
Tweet I heard it from Laila Yuile, who got it from some newspaper with a paywall…
”John Doyle, the tough Auditor-general who has taken the B.C. Liberal government to task on everything from access to documents related to the Basi-Virk political corruption case to B.C. Hydro’s highly controversial use of deferral accounts, appears to . . . → Read More: Another Government Watchdog gets the boot
Tweet People gathered in Victoria today to voice their displeasure in the way that politics is done these days. They feel disenfranchised, disconnected from the decisionmaking process. The Northern Gateway Pipeline is a manifestation of a much larger problem. Globalisation. Corporatism. Facsism. That is the enemy. October 31st will unleash the usual festivities of . . . → Read More: On Pipelines, Tankers and Democracy
UPDATE: Keith Baldrey advises in the comments:
“Premier’s chief of staff resigned after Global News sent questions to premier’s office last week about an incident at a Victoria bar.”
UPDATE II: Rumour – and I emphasis the word ‘rumour’ – has it that the incident involved a woman. We may never know the truth. Keep . . . → Read More: So, just what did Ken Boessenkool do that was so bad he had to resign?
Tweet Can you smell it? The tide has changed. There is salt in the air from Neocon tears. Enbridge is dead in the water. They have no credibility left. BP. Shell. Exxon Mobile. Corporate crimes are finally in the open in general. Banks and the financial sector worldwide. Wars waged worldwide to fund corporate . . . → Read More: Winning
Tweet As many people are shocked to learn that the Commissioner of Elections Canada suddenly retired in the midst of the most important investigation in Elections Canada’s history, I can only shake my head as Harper has torn another page from the Gordon Campbell BC Liberal’s playbook. We will possibly never know how . . . → Read More: the Election Officer shuffle…
This morning I received a message from Alexandra Morton urging me to write BC’s Agriculture Minister to stop Bill C-37. I wrote about it here, in my previous post and Sixth Estate has been on it too. Here and here.
So I fired off this letter to The Agriculture Minister,
The Honourable . . . → Read More: Update on C-37
Tweet The BC Christy Clark/Campbell unelected Government has been very busy drafting legislation. There are some twenty Bills stacked in the Legislature to be shoved down our throats before the end of the Spring Session. The Liberals and their wealthy backers, Gwyn Morgan (of SNC Lavelin and Encana fame), Patrick Kinsella (BC . . . → Read More: Bill C-37 BC Animal Health Act
Tweet The former Attorney General, Geoff Plant has a blog! He has some advice today For Mr. Von DingDong(en). Dear John, (I know, Lol, that’s been done before, but bear with me!) I understand that one of the issues which caused you to leave the BC Liberal caucus and party is your continuing unhappiness . . . → Read More: (face)Plant
What? You expect me to be Premier EVERYDAY?
Thanks to the Vancouver Sun for linking this telling video where newly minted Director of Communications Sara MacIntyre tells reporters essentially that having answered questions yesterday, questions today were off limits. This brings back memories of an election not so long ago when media were . . . → Read More: Christy Clark Will Answer Questions When She’s Damn Good and Ready, Thank You!
Tweet Kevin Falcon, BC’s soon to be unemployed Finance Minister tabled his “Prudent and Responsible” Budget today. Which would be fine, if it were true, but it’s not. The reason his budget is complete and utter bullshit is his plan to privatize one of BCs few remaining moneymaking corporations, the Liquor Distribution Branch. According . . . → Read More: Christy Clark’s BS Budget
Tweet Pressure mounts in the Media, as Canadian Petroleum Producers bombard us with propaganda to forcefeed the Northern Gateway Pipeline and it’s associated Tanker traffic in the most dangerous and pristine water ways in the world. Across Canada, you are being told by the Press that the majority of British Columbians support a . . . → Read More: Canada’s Energy Future
Tweet Today the news sites are jam packed with interesting tidbits about government spending and the disparity of wealth in this country. First out of the gate is the fact that CEO’s and CFO’s earned the median Canadian income by noon today.
According to a report by economist Hugh Mackenzie, of the CCPA, reported . . . → Read More: Austerity for me but not for thee?
Tweet By the incomparable Merv Ritchie, editor of the Terrace Daily Frontpage, one of the last bastions of free press in BC and Canada for that matter. IS IT TRUE ELMER DERRICK IS “THE” GITXSAN HEREDITARY CHIEF? This is the claim recently made in a commentary Elmer Derrick submitted and had published in the . . . → Read More: on truth in journalism, III (terrace daily edition)
After my last post, I sent a letter to Kirk LaPointe, the CBC Ombudsman.
I am writing to lodge a complaint about a story that is incorrect. I refer to the story published Friday, December 2, 2011,
This story incorrectly attributed the title of chief to a man who is . . . → Read More: update to Truth in Journalism
Tweet On December 2nd, the CBC posted this story, B.C. First Nation backs Northern Gateway pipeline CBC News Posted: Dec 2, 2011 5:12 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 2, 2011 7:30 PM PT
A B.C. First Nation has announced it’s backing the Northern Gateway pipeline project to ship oilsands crude to the West Coast, . . . → Read More: Truth in Journalism
Tweet Dear Christy Clark; The people of BC want an election to be held, as soon as is possible. Your Cabinet is operating without a mandate from the people. The people of BC have no confidence in your ability to govern in our best interest. You have continually fudged budget forecasts to suit the . . . → Read More: We want a Provincial Election! Now!