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 ...

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 de Jong ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: At BC’s Public Accounts Committee

An excellent recap of the reasons behind the call for individuals to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to explain extraordinary financial transactions. Sept 15 2014 SSC PAC Corrigan to Ralston

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 ...

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. ...

Cowichan Conversations: Here is a Completely Objective Promo for the BC NDP ;-) Well Sort of…

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger We need a new government after 12 years of the Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark BC Liberals. I am wholeheartedly supporting Adrian Dix for Premier and the re-election of Bill Routley in Cowichan. But, you knew that anyway, right. Here is an BC NDP promo about a dead beat , cheating boyfriend that ...

Northern Insight: The reason Liberals hide BC Rail files

While British Columbia’s government hides BC Rail documents from the Auditor General, consider this current news story. It demonstrates one more example of why full disclosure and transparency is needed for all public and quasi-public financials transactions: York University sues former executive for “vast” fraud, Toronto Star, Dec. 23/12 “A former top York University executive ...

Northern Insight: Under threat of perjury…

Legal Saga, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, December 3, 2012 “A legal battle by the Auditor-General to get billing records in a political-corruption case has taken a surprise turn with an admission by the British Columbia government that it has documents it long denied having… “Last year Mr. Butler [a legal services branch lawyer] filed ...

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 the cause ...

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

Northern Insight: Add to your bookmarks

Keep your eyes on 2010 Gold Rush – News and Views on Vancouver 2010 (And Beyond) From Bob Mackin. On Twitter, follow hashtag #LiquorLeaks as Bob reports on Liberal friends maneuvering to take over the province’s lucrative liquor distribution system. Don’t expect corporate media to follow this story. They will duplicate non-attention paid to BC ...

Northern Insight: Spread this story and these links

Ian Reid adroitly captures the question to be answered about BC Rail: “Why did the BC Liberals want to shut the trial down? What were they so afraid of that they would compromise the civil service, the administration of justice and maybe even the law to keep it out of the public eye? “What, in ...

Northern Insight: A false notion of the purpose and end of law

A replay from June 2010 that seemed to me worth repeating because, after almost two years, Vaughn Palmer, the Vancouver Sun’s main pundit, finally noticed the BCR scandal keeps BC Liberals mired in rough and unpredictable terrain. Weekend is a time to reflect on broad issues and to search for connections between insurrectionist tumult in ...

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 their underpants ...

Northern Insight: Toward a certain end

Lights are out on election night  My point to radio reporter Shane Woodford in the twitter exchange discussed in an earlier post was that too little attention has been paid to the reasons why public approval of BC Liberals has dropped from a high of 58% in 2001 to 31% in last night’s by-elections. Liberals experienced ...

Northern Insight: Truthiness in BC

During the past week, this blog’s third birthday slipped by and I barely noticed because life is busier than ever. What began as an aim to gain a little writing proficiency through practice has grown into a fairly consuming hobby. After more than 50 years as a news junkie, I’ve always thought myself to be ...

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 I ...

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 ...

Northern Insight: Mostly fools

When asked the population of England, Scottish historian and essayist Thomas Carlyle gave as his answer, “Thirty millions, mostly fools.” If asked about British Columbia’s population, Time Colonist writer Les Leyne would say, “4.6 millions, mostly fools.” That would explain a pair of columns by Leyne that could establish a new low — not an ...

(face)Plant

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 . . ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: A little late but the right thing to do

British Columbia Hansard, March 26, 2012 J. van Dongen: I rise and ask for the attention of the House to make a personal statement. Mr. Speaker: Proceed. J. van Dongen: “…I had hoped that there would have been renewal in my party and in government, but in the last 12 months I feel that has ...

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 of ...

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 ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Liberal MLA’s search for the BC Rail story

Premier Photo-Op assigned her minions to look for clues in the BC Rail case. Drawing from DFO resource:  SALMONIDS IN THE CLASSROOM: PRIMARY Don’t miss Bill Tieleman at The Tyee, Railgate? Asked and Answered, Says Clark A great reader comment at the Tieleman article linked above, from ‘metacomet’ By Audit or, If Necessary, Archaeology The ...

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 ...