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Northern Insights: The outrageous special deal for Basi and Virk – REPLAY

First published January 7, 2011:

A reader pointed us to a recent BBC News report about a British politician convicted of financial fraud. Please compare this legal action to outrageous conduct witnessed in the Basi Virk trial related to BC Rail et al. Ex-Labour MP David Chaytor was jailed for 18 months for fraudulently claiming more . . . → Read More: Northern Insights: The outrageous special deal for Basi and Virk – REPLAY

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: An internet sage speaks

Lew said… about prisons

I think there’s a conflict of interest here. The government shouldn’t be allowed to design and build with public money what might (if there is any justice) be the future residence of some of its members.

This Day In Clarkland…Hey Rubes!

Lew said… about one politician’s credibility

Interesting that . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: An internet sage speaks

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: $6.2 million inducement ended BCR corruption trial

A study¹ reported in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology examined plea bargaining and innocence. It revealed, “…that more than half of the innocent participants were willing to falsely admit guilt in return for a benefit. These research findings bring significant new insights to the long-standing debate regarding the extent of plea bargaining’s innocence . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: $6.2 million inducement ended BCR corruption trial

Northern Insight: “Valuable Consideration Mutually Given and Received”

This item is written by a regular Northern Insight reader who I’ve known for years. He’s done business regularly with the BC Government but in recent years, it’s been a problematic relationship because he has refused all exactions issued by the “Pay to Play” BC Liberals. For that refusal, his business was targeted for . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: “Valuable Consideration Mutually Given and Received”

Northern Insight: Fraud prevention and recovery

Simi Sara made a worthwhile demand on her CKNW show today.

The British Columbia should lift the gag orders imposed on Dave Basis and Bob Virk that formed a part of the inducements paid the defendants to end the BC Rail trial.

The public is not served by those gag orders nor is . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Fraud prevention and recovery

Northern Insight: Time for the corporate media to step up

The first thing you read today should be this piece by Alex G. Tsakumis:

‘EXCLUSIVE’ BREAKING NEWS: DAVE BASI CONFIRMS CHRISTY CLARK COMMITTED A BREACH OF TRUST WHILE SHE WAS DEPUTY PREMIER AND THUS LIED TO THE MEDIA IN 2011 WHEN SHE CLAIMED TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SALE OF BC RAIL

. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Time for the corporate media to step up

Northern Insight: What’s hidden from the Auditor General ?

Vancouver Sun’s excellent business writer David Baines considers tax implications of government paying $6 million in legal fees for convicted criminals Basi & Virk.

$6-million question: Should corrupt aides pay tax for defence? David Baines, Vancouver Sun, June 23, 2012

“Is the $6 million in legal fees that taxpayers paid for the defence . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: What’s hidden from the Auditor General ?

Northern Insight: Not a story to be ignored, after all

The following conversation between the three voices of NW’s Trailing Edge from the Ledge was first reported at Northern Insight in October 2009.

Today, the boys got to say what they really think about the blog world:

Keith:

“Vaughn called them nut cases in the past . . .”

Vaughn:

“Nincompoops ranting in . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Not a story to be ignored, after all

Northern Insight: See what happens when you split the vote

On today’s Trailing Edge from the Ledge, BC Liberal press officer Sean Leslie disclosed strategy to be followed after the party’s candidate, federal Conservative wonk Laurie Throness, fails to win the once friendly riding of Chilliwack-Hope.

“If the NDP actually pulls a win out there because the Conservatives and the Liberals are split, then . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: See what happens when you split the vote

Northern Insight: One publication raising the bar

I am a frequent critic of corporate media but wish I could be an enthusiast rather than a detractor. When ink stained wretches — perhaps today that should be digital savvy geeks — provide incisive commentary valuing common citizens ahead of magnates and moguls, I’m keen to applaud.

Good people at the Globe and Mail . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: One publication raising the bar

Northern Insight: Solution for the Auditor General

A person commenting on Jonathan Fowlie’s puffery in the Vancouver Sun proposes a way Premier Photo-Op can resolve her government’s dispute with Auditor General John Doyle over documents in the Basi Virk payoff:

“…the Auditor General will be given a “mediator” with a zero document mandate.”

. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Solution for the Auditor General

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Read The Real Story, then get mad, stay mad

Stay mad until every single BC Liberal politician is sent home in disgrace.

If any single situation demonstrates conclusively that BC Liberals continue to hide from the truth, this is it. If there is no fraud to hide, why are they hiding everything?

Read Ian Reid’s Open government my ass

Here is Ian’s description . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Read The Real Story, then get mad, stay mad

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Hockey violence or government corruption?

CBC asks: What was B.C.’s top news story of 2011?

They ask readers to vote on these choices:

Stanley Cup riot Demise of HST Occupy movement Kienan Hebert abduction Sled-dog massacre Fracking in BC’s NE Missing women’s inquiry Plane crash heroes Rita Chretien survival Hockey violence Other

Basi / Virk / BC Rail political corruption . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Hockey violence or government corruption?

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: A simple truth

For British Columbia Liberals, the BC Rail/Basi/Virk story is like a slow growing cancer. Left unresolved, it is metastasizing, nudging the afflicted party toward an inevitable conclusion.

I’ve tried to understand why Liberals, or at least ethical members within the party, have not demanded an end to this distress through a public inquiry that would . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: A simple truth

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Delay strategy suggests Clark plans snap election

Keith Fraser at The Province is reporting the Basi/Virk audit is blocked by the Liberal Government:

“Auditor-General John Doyle is heading back to court in a bid to get access to documents related to the government’s controversial $6-million legal payments in the Basi-Virk case…

“Doyle claims that access to many documents over which the Attorney-General’s . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Delay strategy suggests Clark plans snap election

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: "Old news" – news anxieties

Alex Tsakumis today offers Open Letter to John Doyle, Auditor-General of British Columbia: The Information You Need On the Buying of Dave Basi and Bob Virk by the BC Liberals is Right Here.

That we can read Judge Anne MacKenzie’s “Oral Reasons for Sentence” emphasizes this is theatre of the absurd. MacKenzie, rewarded with . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: "Old news" – news anxieties

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Old news, aged quickly

Today, media conglomerates are not only influenced by Big Money interests, but they are often themselves Big Money interests. – Cameron Gaut I wrote earlier that the Toope Report helps the Liberal Government change the subject from that which makes it … . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Old news, aged quickly

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Policies are pointless if routinely ignored

BC Liberals paid $6-million in public funds to Dave Basi and Bob Virk as part of enticements that ended the BC Rail political corruption trial. The criminal court action had been embarrassing the government and was about to get worse. Former minister G… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Policies are pointless if routinely ignored

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Mainstream media no longer sole gatekeepers

In the government’s sale disposition of BC Rail, there are compelling indicators that massive fraud was perpetrated. Even worse, senior provincial officials interfered with investigation and prosecution of the duplicity involved. Premier Campbell’s of… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Mainstream media no longer sole gatekeepers