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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… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

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 … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Comfortable

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 an… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: What’s good for the BC Liberals may not be good for BC Hydro

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… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Dots that may connect

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 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

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 … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Favoured friends

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… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Prima facie

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 an… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: BC Liberals and their allies strike back

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 convic… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: LNG: another reader contribution

In-Sights: Budget bashing

Borrow money to pay a dividend that allows government to declare a fake surplus and pro-media applauds. #bcpoli— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) February 17, 2016Today's debt by Premier's "singular tough-mindedne… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Budget bashing

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. … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Too much cynicism?

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… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Questions for BC Liberal by-election candidates

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 pr… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Buy high, sell low

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, misse… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Proceeding without caution

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… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Why are we doing this?

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 #Coquitla… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Pammy’s progress

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… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Loyalty rewarded

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

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) November 3, 2015

BC Gov't pension investment managers placed over $600 million in tobacco merchants of death. #bcpoli

— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) November 3, 2015

BC Gov't pension investment managers placed over $1.4 billion in 41 of the world's coal mining companies. #bcpoli #climatechange

— Norm Farrell (Read more…)

In-Sights: Ministerial responsibility dictates immediate resignation

A trial that began April 8, 2013 – seven months after appointment of Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux – concluded this week when Justice Paul Walker released lengthy Reasons for Judgment. The findings relate a thoroughly dysfunctional ministry but, rather than commenting directly, I’ll let the judge’s final words speak for themselves.


[1071] The Province is liable for misfeasance, breach of the standard of care, and breach of fiduciary duty on the part of the Director and her agents.

[1072] The misfeasance of [ministry supervisor] Mr.Strickland set in motion a series of events, including (Read more…)

In-Sights: Liberal strategy emerges to contain health scandal

Rob Shaw’s article in the Liberal Party’s urban newspaper of record indicates a search for new scapegoats in the Health Research Scandal is underway. It is reported that departed ministry advisor Alana James is still worried about “conflicts of interest, contracting, privacy breaches, data handling and financial matters involving ministry health research and contracting.”

This is more spin from friends of BC Liberals. James admits that MacIsaac — the person most deserving of sympathy — was a scapegoated victim but only refers to the other fired individuals as low hanging fruit. She reiterates accusations about “conflicts of interest, contracting, privacy breaches, data handling (Read more…)

In-Sights: Wild fantasies and planned deceit

It is now clear that LNG claims made by Liberals before the 2013 BC election were wild fantasies and carefully planned deceit. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives — an organization targeted for a tax audit by the Harper Government — recently published A Clear Look at LNG. The main conclusions: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the west coast of Canada have been heralded as economic salvation for the province of British Columbia. This report undertakes a reality check that reveals several major problems with this narrative, both in the stewardship of finite non-renewable resources by provincial and federal (Read more…)

In-Sights: Blood on their hands

An earlier In-Sights article included: I have no doubt BC Liberal involvement with Big Pharma is at the root of high-level government decisions to knee-cap research into the safety and efficacy of more than $25 billion worth of pharmaceuticals sold each year in Canada.

Writing in the Vancouver Observer, family practitioner Dr. Warren Bell emphasizes and enlarges upon my inference: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her senior ministers are using every tactic in the book to avoid any sort of public disclosure of what happened behind the scenes when eight health researchers were illegitimately fired, one after the other, (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

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It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.

Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour.

It is a disgusting, but only a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead if we do not put a halt to the insane notion of shipping oil, refined or compressed from Tar sands products, through our coast and harbour.

Whether it be by water or rail the certain accidents will (Read more…)

Left Over: Left Over 2015-02-24 12:32:11

Privatized playground at North Vancouver’s Cousteau International French School angers parent Cousteau International French School has leased the grounds of former Fromme elementary school

CBC News Posted: Feb 24, 2015 7:37 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015 8:23 AM PT

When we read comments bemoaning the fact that people just aren’t as ready to volunteer, to help with charitable causes, when those interminable pleas for money infect our public broadcasting choices, we often despair of the public perception of selflessness, even as we resent the intrusion of such dunning in our lives.

This particular story may seem trivial, but (Read more…)

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Distracting, dissembling, deflecting – lest you forget

Are you unhappy with rapidly increasing electricity rates and the general state of BC Hydro finances? Are you looking for the party responsible? Well, the Vancouver Sun has the answer. It’s a person named Clark, but not the one presently in the Premier’s office.

Vaughn Palmer thinks readers should be reminded of past NDP sins so he offers Gordon Campbell’s words from 2001: “Under the New Democratic Party, BC Hydro has been viewed as little more than a cash cow for the government,” declared Opposition leader and soon-to-be premier Gordon Campbell on the eve of the 2001 election campaign.

“Since (Read more…)