Left Over: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (with apologies and an acknowledgement to Mark Twain..)

      ttps://www.facebook.com/BCLiberalCaucus/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf     http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/08/23/Critical-Services-Suffering-in-BC/?utm_source=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=290816   In their latest propaganda piece  the  BC Libs are  attempting, lamely, to counter  research that shows that BC has one of the lowest education budgets per student in the country..not much of a surprise  for most of us who watch with dismay as they continue to dismantle ...

Cowichan Conversations: The NDPs LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

By Kevin Logan The BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

This call from Corky to help save our farmland is one to be heeded. Originally posted in the Commonsense Canadian it is followed by a Damien Gillis piece with Harold Steves, a Richmond councillor and Read more…

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Careless or captured? (A 2009 repeat)

When you read or listen to resource industry advocates, especially ones masquerading as objective political pundits, compare their concerns in 2009 about burning natural gas to generate peak-demand electricity to their current attitudes toward burning natural gas to liquefy natural gas. The following was first published at Northern Insight on August 4, 2009. Despite deep ...

In-Sights: Crime (still) in progress (a 2010 article repeated)

News item: British Columbia Liberals announce the new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency. Definition: Self-sufficiency: The ability to satisfy one’s basic needs without outside help. News item: General Electric, the multinational corporation ranked in 2009 by Forbes as the world’s largest, invested $727 million in British Columbia’s ...

In-Sights: What’s good for the BC Liberals may not be good for BC Hydro

An article by Dermod Travis of Integrity BC. First published February 15, 2016, repeated here with permission. One of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that’s exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300 ...

In-Sights: What’s good for the BC Liberals may not be good for BC Hydro

An article by Dermod Travis of Integrity BC. First published February 15, 2016, repeated here with permission. One of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that’s exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300 ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect – UPDATED

When first published on March 26, my article referred to “maintenance costing five times what refitting the same ships cost in BC ten years ago.” That was based on press reports that BC Ferries would spend $140 million for work on its two largest ships. However, North Van’s Grumps of Blog Borg Collective uncovered a ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect

When BC Ferries added a newly built ferry to its fleet in the 20th century, the vessel was constructed in BC shipyards. During the mid-nineties, two Spirit Class ships, currently the company’s finest and most efficient, were built in lower mainland and Vancouver Island yards for about $134 million each. In 2005 and 2006, $27 ...

Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment Posted March 21, 2016 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources While we have some cause  celebrate here on  Vancouver Island due to the BC  Supreme Court  response to the  contaminated  soil issue at Shawnigan Lake,  there is little to celebrate elsewhere ...

In-Sights: Favoured friends

After the Campbell Liberals were  elected in 2001, influences of special business interests grew rapidly. Under Christina Clark’s leadership, non-renewable resource companies wield great political power and they use it to minimize regulations and taxation and maximize subsidies. In fiscal year 2016, mining companies and gas producers contribute a small fraction of the provincial budget. ...

In-Sights: Prima facie

Prima facie may be used as an adjective meaning: “Sufficient to establish a fact or raise a presumption unless disproved or rebutted.” Listen to Dermod Travis of Integrity BC talking with Ian Jessop, then consider the definition shown above. Your browser does not support this audioA note from Rafe Mair, the award winning broadcaster who ...

In-Sights: BC Liberals and their allies strike back

The BC Liberals are using their most trusted media tools to once again smear victims who have, according to Adrian Dix, “been repeatedly exonerated” in the health ministry scandal. The Christy Clark Government didn’t have the nerve to go into court and prove allegations; they wrote cheques and apologies to the affected people. However, Liberals ...

In-Sights: LNG: another reader contribution

To me, the continuing LNG fantasy initiative qualifies as a Dead Pony Solution. It assumes there are only positive arguments to go forward regardless! This belligerent belief is presented by people who cannot tolerate facts that contradict their conviction. It’s a position that media refuses to doubt publicly with the same disdain they express privately. ...

In-Sights: Budget bashing

Borrow money to pay a dividend that allows government to declare a fake surplus and pro-media applauds. #bcpoli https://t.co/W6PX7AMlb3 — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) February 17, 2016 Today's debt by Premier's "singular tough-mindedness" according to @garymasonglobe https://t.co/W6PX7AMlb3 #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/zYEBjlg6aD — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) February 17, 2016 Response to legitimate criticism by @garymasonglobe #cdnmedia #bcpoli @GlobeBC pic.twitter.com/kdt7WBbjx7 ...

In-Sights: Too much cynicism?

Rafe Mair distributes commentary through Rafe Mair Online, The Common Sense Canadian, The Tyee and other places. One of those is an email distribution list. I appreciate almost anything Rafe creates because it is always worth time to read and consider. Here’s an example from today’s inbox: So, the mining industry gave over $3 million ...

In-Sights: Questions for BC Liberal by-election candidates

One day after Kelowna Liberal MLA Ben Stewart resigned in 2013, unelected Christy Clark called a by-election so that she could seek election and continue as Premier. Weeks later, Stewart was rewarded with a $150,000 a year patronage appointment. On July 8, Jenny Kwan resigned as MLA for Vancouver-Mount PLeasant and August 14, Douglas Horne ...

In-Sights: Buy high, sell low

In the six months ended September 30, BC Hydro purchased 7,640 GWh of electricity from independent power producers. It paid $599 million, which is $78,400 per GWh. In the same period, BC Hydro delivered 6,771 GWh to heavy industry at an average sale price of $55,400 per GWh. Not counting very significant overhead and transmission ...

In-Sights: Proceeding without caution

Even slightly aware BC citizens know that Premier Clark and her accomplices are incompetent. Liberal managers include not a single person capable of completing a basic course in strategic decision making. The result is a litany of failed designs, missed opportunities, blown budgets and unmet goals. Excepting deadly choices at the Children and Family Development ...

Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Why are we doing this?

The escalating threat to the Shawnigan Watershed hangs over the lives of Shawnigan residents facing an unmoving, uncaring and unconscious BC Liberal government. They did not care a fiddle over the Mount Polley disaster in Read more…

In-Sights: Pammy’s progress

RossK’s The Gazetteer, in This Day In Clarkland…Pammy’s Progress, featured a Tweet of BC’s NotSenator Pam talking with Burke Mountain Liberals in Coquitlam. I couldn’t not reply. .@pamelamartin_bc kicks off our candidate selection meeting in #Coquitlam-Burke Mountain! #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/EmC7IbOSLg — Today's BC Liberals (@bcliberals) December 15, 2015 @pamelamartin_bc @bcliberals Keeping track of our prosperity. #bcpoli ...

In-Sights: Loyalty rewarded

UBC Board of Governors elects Stuart Belkin as new chair, UBC News, December 7, 2015: UBC’s Board of Governors has elected Stuart Belkin as the board’s incoming chair. Belkin is chair and chief executive officer of Belkorp Industries Inc., a private Vancouver-based management holding company. What the press release did not report is that Stuart ...

In-Sights: Investing our money in companies that kill us

BC Gov't pension managers invest over $125 billion without any stated plan to invest ethically. #bcpoli #climatechange — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) November 3, 2015 BC Gov't pension investment managers placed nearly $600 million in 11 of the world's dirty dozen companies. #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/MTZ6EjIPEZ — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) November 3, 2015 BC Gov't pension investment managers ...