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In-Sights: Mythomania

Merv Adey ( “The proper role of political media is to unspin the various prevarications and lies governments like to foist on us.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark still trying…, CBC News, February 6, 2016:Clark campaigned in 2013 on B.C. bei… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Mythomania

In-Sights: Difficulties mount for BC Liberal partner

French list Malaysian PM Najib Razak in bribery case file, The Australian, February 6, 2016Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing a new front in a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal bedevilling his administration, with French investigators… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Difficulties mount for BC Liberal partner

Scripturient: More secrecy, more witch hunt, less accountability

“Those who gain a good reputation should be commended.” So starts the Lay of Guigemar, by Marie de France. It seems like mere commonsense, doesn’t it? We should laud those who achieve good things, who accomplish feats and goals, recognize with th… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: More secrecy, more witch hunt, less accountability

Dead Wild Roses: The American Anti-Choice Movie Bullshiters Indicted – About Frackn’ Time

Finally. A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.   This is what happens when your platform is based […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The American Anti-Choice Movie Bullshiters Indicted – About Frackn’ Time

Scripturient: Monday’s Limited Choices

Here are the choices Collingwood Council faces, Monday night, when dealing with the unethical, immoral and probably illegal actions of the two renegade members of council. You’ll recall that these two sent out an unauthorized, and what I and othe… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Monday’s Limited Choices

Scripturient: More Bad Ideas

Arguably the worst decision ever made by a Collingwood Council in my memory was to rescind the heritage permits from the Admiral Collingwood development, back in 2007. The results of that motion – moved by former Mayor Carrier and seconded by C… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: More Bad Ideas

Scripturient: The Litmus Test

Two renegade members of council broke the town’s Code of Conduct by sending out an unauthorized media release to defend their own, personal positions – but presented them as “town” positions. You already know that reprehensible … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Litmus Test

Scripturient: That WTF Moment

WTF. Those three letters crudely but superbly sum up the two-page response made to the two members of council who recently sent out an inappropriate media release, pretending it came from the town. The letter was written by Remo Niceforo, President of … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: That WTF Moment

In-Sights: A reader comments

I’ve been reporting information taken from annual and quarterly reports of BC Hydro. There are important economic issues and billions of dollars at stake and the people who benefit from the way BC Hydro operates are many, some of them influential. Corp… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: A reader comments

Scripturient: The Blackened Nose

There’s a famous Zen tale that I was reminded of as I was reading the media release about the Collingwood Airport this week. It somehow seemed remarkably fitting. It’s about the folly of selfishness, of thinking yours is the only way forwar… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Blackened Nose

Scripturient: Council’s First Year Reviewed

As we come close to the end of 2015, it’s time to take stock of what your Collingwood Council has accomplished in its first year in office. Let me start by saying it’s up to you to decide whether we have the best people at the table to re… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Council’s First Year Reviewed

In-Sights: Deceit as government policy

Writing in The Tyee, Damien Gillis provides the best analysis I’ve seen of Christy Clark’s LNG fantasies. Read it and share it. Three Fibs Premier Clark Uses to Sell LNG DreamSorry, it’s not clean. It won’t pay off. It’s not popular. Here’s why.Fib #1:… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Deceit as government policy

In-Sights: It’s a start

B.C. Liberal party executive director resigns, facing criminal charges in Ontario, CBC News, December 17, 2015:Laura Miller charged with breach of trust, mischief, and misuse of a computer system to commit mischief…Questions we must ask:Why was a per… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: It’s a start

Art Threat: Curating the North: Documentary Screening Ethics and Inuit Representation in (Festival) Cinema

Documentary festivals are certainly not immune to scandal and controversy, and this year’s RIDM, which took place in Montreal in November 2015, was no exception. Following on the heels of the festival’s public screenings of Dominic Gagnon’s film Of the North, Inuit artists like Tanya Tagaq and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril took to social media to express […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Curating the North: Documentary Screening Ethics and Inuit Representation in (Festival) Cinema

Scripturient: Our ruined reputation

Collingwood’s reputation is in tatters. But you wouldn’t know that from the local media coverage. A story in the Stayner Sun this week illustrates just how bad it has become. It should have been front page in this week’s Connection: C… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Our ruined reputation

Scripturient: Screw the Taxpayer

Sitting down? Good. You might want a drink, too. A strong one. Ready? Get a grip on your chair. Here goes: Collingwood is looking at a 3.9% tax hike for 2016. And that’s just its own portion. Let me help you up. No, that isn’t wrong. It&#82… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Screw the Taxpayer

In-Sights: No limit, no principle, no shame

Christy Clark accused of interfering in local band election to aid brother’s deal, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, December 9, 2015Premier Christy Clark has been accused of interfering in a local band election to help a candidate who supports a $10-millio… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: No limit, no principle, no shame

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

Scripturient: In Search of Kant’s Categorical Imperative

I have not read Immanuel Kant. Until recently, I did not feel at all apologetic about that statement. But when I watched the video above, I realized how much I was missing. A remarkable thinker, he proves to be, whose thoughts about society, religion, … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: In Search of Kant’s Categorical Imperative

Scripturient: The End of Integrity

Collingwood Council has apparently decided it is better to be viewed as hypocritical than as unethical. Following a year of investigations of council behaviour by the Integrity Commissioner, Robert Swayze, council decided that, rather than reform their… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The End of Integrity

In-Sights: Orderly, efficient and accountable

Mainstream and alternative media have given a fair degree of coverage to Clark Government efforts to ensure few papers document its activities. Rather too little attention has been paid to the motivation for this blank public record.

For almost three years, the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been providing advice to improve information handling. Even today, caught in a maelstrom of controversy, the BC government avoids Elizabeth Denham’s recommendations. Instead, they recruited David Loukidelis from their roster of loyalists, aiming to push the issue down the road and ultimately gather suggestions that will serve Liberal needs and protect them from (Read more…)

In-Sights: Truth does not serve needs of crony capitalists

SNC-Lavalin Inc. is the kind of ethics-light corporation that BC Liberals likes to have as a partner.

With considerable public flourish, after departure of Chairman Gwyn Morgan, the company announced an amnesty program, effective from June to August 2013, to encourage senior employees “to report potential corruption and anti-competition matters in which they may have been directly or indirectly involved.”

However, questions were soon raised about the sincerity of SNC Lavalin’s amnesty. Executives Michel L’Abbé and Michel Emond admitted they had been involved for years in rigging bids and hiding illegal political contributions by using nominees who were secretly (Read more…)

In-Sights: "Throw him some work"

Regular readers know my complaints about corporate media found-ins taking payments from parties affected by media coverage. People taking the cash don’t feel need to explain or excuse and indulgent colleagues seldom raise the conflict issue.

Vancouver Sun political pundit Vaughn Palmer might believe the practice does not influence reporting, but Premier Clark’s Executive Director of Communications and Issues Management has a different view, revealed by Leslie Campbell in When spin doctors make policy, published by Victoria magazine Focus Online: After a year and a half of waiting, Focus received records that show in some detail how the (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Can I be friends with a Harper supporter?

I have always prided myself on my ability to separate work/business from personal. I am very adept at removing emotion from an issue and looking at the issue in cold logical terms. This is very much related to my ability to separate political from personal as well. I have had friends from varying places on the political spectrum. One thing I admire about the traditional Canadian political culture was its ability to respect political opponents while at the same time disagreeing with them. It was a good feeling to admire certain qualities in a politician with whom I did not (Read more…)

Scripturient: 17 Pages of Blather

Zero point zero zero zero three eight. That’s the percentage of the population of Collingwood who made the effort to comment on council’s much-touted, revised, 17-page code of conduct before it was approved, Monday night. That’s 0.00038%, based on an estimated 21,000 residents. In other words: eight people. Only eight people out of 21,000 cared enough […]