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Northern Insight: Money laundering and casinos, who knew?

CTV Vancouver: Money laundering rampant in casinos, April 10, 2014 “Confidential documents are shedding light on a host of suspicious behaviour at B.C. casinos, where patrons routinely carry bags loaded with small bills onto the gaming floor.

“Government reports obtained by CTV News highlight dozens of instances of suspected money laundering and loan sharking, most at the River Rock Casino in Richmond. And the problem only appears to be growing…”

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Unforseen events occasionally damage property and injure people and no preventative actions were possible. Last year’s Chelyabinsk meteor in Russia was an example.

In (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Exploding BC LNG Myths – Part One

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

In this post Kevin zones in on BC Liberal Government claims of prosperity ahead.

Recently the BC Government published an online quiz to “test the knowledge” of British Columbians on the coming LNG revolution.

It amounted to a propaganda exercise with the sole purpose of testing how well the BC Liberal LNG rhetoric has pierced the minds of the BC populace.

The infamous Harold Evans, long time Editor of the Sunday Times of London and author of many books is quoted saying, “Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding the facts (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: If Chong’s Reform Act were in place in BC, would Adrian Dix be Premier today?

Lots of the debate around Michael Chong’s proposed Reform Act to, among other things, allow a federal parliamentary caucus to fire the party leader, has taken place in the abstract. We need to do something, it’s better than nothing, you’re with reform or you’re with the terrorists, and so forth. Let’s take it into the real world though. If Chong’s legislation was in place in British Columbia, who would be Premier today: Christy Clark, the NDP’s Adrian Dix, or some other BC Liberal? That’s the question I found myself mulling in a Courtenay, BC Dairy Queen over Christmas, as I (Read more…)

Northern Insight: Consumers targeted by BC Liberals

Governments prefer indirect taxation partly because politicians assume they’ll take less heat if hands of tax collectors slip into our pockets surreptitiously. That’s done in BC by instructing crown corporations to overcharge customers and transfer surpluses to the public treasury. This allows BC Liberals to make a claim like one on the finance ministry website:

“The general corporate income tax rate in B.C. is among the lowest in North America and the G7 nations.”

Liberals also could say that oil, gas and mining companies pay among the lowest royalty rates anywhere in the world. But, low corporate income (Read more…)

Left Over: Vancouver Island: A New Provincial Idea…

Vancouver Island To Be A Province If Separatists Get Their Way

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted: 08/06/2013 2:43 pm EDT

http://viprovince.ca/

I have often spoken and written about Vancouver Island becoming it’s own province, and now someone is doing something concrete about it..

I have links, below, to both the Federal and provincial petitions being circulated (these need to be printed out, signed and returned.)

We have consistently voted against the rest of the Province, most of the time anyway..and we are almost solidly NDP..’We have a vibrant agricultural, fishing and forestry sector, the arts are alive (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: It is Time for the BC NDP to Clean House. No More Reviews are Needed.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

I have been a member of the BC NDP since the early 70′s. Like so many others I have been on a full tour of duty including a ‘Mission Impossible’ run to be the Malahat Juan de Fuca MLA back in 2001.

Today we face yet another leadership crisis following the mind numbing loss on May 14th. Truly, Adrian Dix rescued defeat from the jaws of victory.

Few NDP leaders seem to know when it is time to leave.

The BC NDP, if it is to survive to become a meaningful political force again must shake the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver Changes Colours-Green Mixed with Red Makes Brown

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Andrew Weaver is not wasting much time putting his oar in the water. As the only and BC’s first Green MLA he is under a lot of pressure.

I wish him every success pushing both the Liberals and the NDP into greener pastures.

Some of his earlier moves are puzzling however spiked with his partisan edge. I welcome the edge but it cuts both ways.

Supporting the BC Liberal budget feeds into a concern that many have about the Greens illusions that they can cozy up to the Liberals and the corporate boys. They can, (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Josh Fox on Gasland Part 2, the Fracking-Earthquake Link & the Natural Gas Industry’s Use of PSYOPs

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

When Gasland first hit for many it was an early wake up call. Nominated for an Academy award Jeff Fox blew the lid of the dangerous risks and terrible damages done by fracking for natural gas.

The same threats face BC residents as the BC Liberal government accelerates catering to the ‘Fracking Industry’ and refusing to allow for independent scientific reviews of threats to our water aquifers.

Ironically promoted as a ‘Clean Option’ it is anything but. Methane leakage from fracking operations dramatically increases our ecological footprint and established BC as a major polluter at a time when (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC New Democrats Have Lost Their Swagger and Don’t Know Where to Find It.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

OK so the BC Election is over and we can get back to normal, sort of, but let’s face it folks we are in for a rough ride.

What a mess we are facing politically. The BC NDP has lost its way. They have distanced themselves from left leaning policies and essentially are far too concerned about criticism from the established power culture.

Seeking validation from their opponents and living in fear of the MSM calling them radical has left them both debilitated and ineffective.

The posture for far too long now has been a tepid, muted, don’t (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Answer to the BC Election is No!

Jerry West

Jerry West is the Publisher, Editor and Janitor of the Gold River Record. He is also a regular contributor to Rabble.ca. Here is his wind up look at what happened in the May 14th Provincial Election, what will not happen as a result and a little bit of why.

The Record

May 29, 2013

Editor’s Corner Jerry West

The election has been over now for two weeks, and the media has been full of articles dissecting what happened in an attempt to explain what to many came as a shocking surprise.

It is easy to see what (Read more…)

Left Over: Dazed & Confused, Depressed & Not Amused….

By now the entire country knows what happened here in BC…the re-election of the Provincial Liberals (or Con-Lites) …to say that I am depressed is to state the case in an all-too delicate way.

If I can derive any tiny bit of satisfaction from the election, it is that… a) my old home riding, Kitsilano in Vancouver, did not elect Christy Clark as their MLA – and this is Gordon Campbell’s old riding, where we fought long and hard to unseat him (unsuccessfully, I should add)… and b) Vancouver Island, my current home base, stubbornly true to form, went (Read more…)

Driving The Porcelain Bus: BC – NDP Lose The Election, But The Liberals Lose Their Leader

Christy Clark may have led her party to a stunning upset against all predictions, but she lost her own seat to the NDP’s David Eby.

Elections BC: Vancouver-Point Grey results.

My two cents on why the NDP lost: Conservative party support swung to the Liberals to stop the NDP, and the youth vote, which strongly supports the NDP, didn’t show up to vote.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: BC Liberals Advertising for the Greens in Victoria!

Vote Green! Brought to you by the BC Liberals

I was tooling around on Facebook this morning, and some of my Green Party of BC FaceBook friends were talking about this full-page advertisement for Jane Sterk and the BC Greens in the Times Colony. You know, one of the most read newspapers on Vancouver Island. The thing is, this advertisement is bought and paid for by the BC Liberals. What I know about Provincial politics in BC could fit into a medium-sized tea-cup. I do know that it is a hypercompetitive, take no prisoners environment, and this ad highlights that (Read more…)

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 injury. It’s a business style we used to think was confined to third world nations. It is not so confined while Christy Clark, Rich Coleman and friends are in charge.

“For valuable consideration mutually given and received.”

This ubiquitous phrase in legal agreements has taken (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: On climate change, a clear distinction between the major BC parties

By: Pembina Institute | Press Release: VANCOUVER — An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. Prepared by the Pembina Institute, the assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its [...]

The post On climate change, a clear distinction between the major BC parties appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics, Re-Spun: Ralph Sultan: Poverty is a “Single Mom” Issue

At an SFU Public Square event on child poverty tonight, BC Liberal candidate Ralph Sultan evoked boos from the audience when he described the matter as a “single mom” issue.

He later defended himself, saying he was only quoting “facts” as an economist.

Liberal Ralph Sultan says kids living in poverty because of single moms, draws groans from overflow crowd at #bcchildpov #bcpoli

— Gillian Shaw (@gillianshaw) May 7, 2013

Asked Ralph Sultan will Liberals do anything to help feed BC’s hungry kids. Platform is already written ‘ain’t going to happen’ #bcchildpov

— Gillian Shaw (@gillianshaw) May 7, 2013

Also (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Why Is This BC Election So Low Key This Time Around?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Maroc called this morning to chat about the election that is rumoured to be underway. He was amazed how few signs were out and how it seems surreal in its lack of urgency or spark!

What has changed? Well grass roots activism within the political parties is far less than it used to be. I suppose too many figured that it is a cakewalk for Adrian Dix and the NDP so hurry up and let us vote already.

Yikes! That is worrisome. The NDP will only win if the troops get out and vote. We have (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC Conservatives Hammer the BC Liberals for their ‘Untruthiness’ regarding Foreign Workers

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

 

The following story by Tyee editor David Beers shows the benefit of multiple parties expressing their views on matters of importance.

Here the BC Conservatives hammer the BC Liberals for their ‘untruthiness’ regarding investigations regarding foreign workers being brought into BC.

The BC Conservative Party issued a press release this afternoon saying the B.C. government “lacks credibility” in its claims that it knows Chinese temporary mine workers weren’t charged by recruiters.

On Oct. 18, 2012, The Tyee reported that ads on Chinese websites were recruiting temporary workers for B.C. mining jobs and (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s BC Liberals Are Being Economic with Accuracy

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

We have passed the halfway point of BC Election 13 and it feels that we are setting some sort of record when it comes to the ‘economies with accuracy’ and just flat out lying that has become the norm with the BC Liberals campaign.

BC Election 13 is setting records and we are only half way there. Lies, lies and more lies.

Here are a couple of whoppers from Christy Clark. The budget is balanced!

The credit rating agencies have politically endorsed Ms Clark for her brilliant handling of our economy! 2, 3, 4.

24 Hours Front (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Election 2013: Party platforms from 10,000 feet

Friday, April 26, 2013

The BC New Democratic Party released its election platform on Wednesday (April 24th), the last of the four main parties to release its platform. What? You don’t have time to read yet another election platform?  Well today is your lucky day, because this environmental law alert summarizes the platforms of the NDP, the Liberals, the Greens and the Conservatives into 4 handy, easy to look at word clouds.

[Updated May 1, 2013 - Two separate people have suggested removing common terms from the word clouds so that words like "BC" and "government" don't overshadow (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Election 2013: Party platforms from 10,000 feet

Friday, April 26, 2013

The BC New Democratic Party released its election platform on Wednesday (April 24th), the last of the four main parties to release its platform. What? You don’t have time to read yet another election platform?  Well today is your lucky day, because this environmental law alert summarizes the platforms of the NDP, the Liberals, the Greens and the Conservatives into 4 handy, easy to look at word clouds.

[Updated May 1, 2013 - Two separate people have suggested removing common terms from the word clouds so that words like "BC" and "government" don't overshadow (Read more…)

Northern Insight: Patients exposed to harm on a staggering scale

This item first published here in September is worth republishing as the BC Liberal Gov’t takes more action against Therapeutics Initiative, a science based reviewer that troubles major pharmaceutical companies and their client politicians.  Make sure you read RossK’s recent piece: Nevermind The Stunt-O-Meters…The Therapeutics Initiative Is An Issue That Matters.

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The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal, Ben Goldacre, The Guardian, Sept. 21, 2012

“…In 2010, researchers from Harvard and Toronto found all the trials looking at five major classes of drug – antidepressants, ulcer drugs and so on – then measured two (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: NDP says Liberals are hiding Christy, but where’s their Dix?

There’s an election happening on the left coast, and for all the preoccupation last year about the BC Conservatives, it’s quickly shaping up as a choice between Christy Clark’s BC Liberals and Adrian Dix’s BC NDP.

Heck, even BC Conservative leader John Cummins admitted to reporters that, in the last election, he was unhappy with his incumbent and instead cast a protest vote for the BC NDP candidate. Apparently he didn’t even consider voting for the candidate of the party he now leads. So I’m not sure why anyone else would either.

Anyway, apparently the NDP have been making hay with a (Read more…)

Left Over: That’s Crude, Dude, not Chocolate….

B.C. NDP leader slammed for opposition to pipeline Liberals call Dix’s new position the “Kinder Morgan Surprise” CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2013 7:28 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013 10:00 PM PT

I’m guessing that right about now the NDP is kicking back and relaxing…obviously, they don’t have to do a thing to become the government of choice in this Province because the BC Libs are happy to do it for them.. Should the Libs actually take a glance at a poll of BC citizens re this pipeline, or any pipeline coming through our beautiful Province, they (Read more…)

Left Over: Here, KIti, Kiti, Kiti……..

China’s largest bank in deal to finance Kitimat refinery ICBC will also provide engineering and construction help to build refinery CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:08 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 18, 2013 9:38 PM PT

Fascinating, isn’t it, how the BC Liberals keep on sneaking around the public all the while acting as if they are ‘horrified’ at the thought of a pipeline, yet they so obviously are up to their guilty necks in this refinery business…

David Black, a truly worthy successor to the Black name in Canada, although supposedly not related to Conrad, late of the (Read more…) prison system..David Black is Canada’s small-time answer to Rupert Murdoch, took over every community BC paper he could find and dumbed them down to the point of torpidity… I wondered about his agenda at the time…now we all know.

And involving China? Well that’s just a natural, after . . . → Read More: Left Over: Here, KIti, Kiti, Kiti……..