Northern Insight: Guts and glory

Title of the final article on Ian Reid‘s website, The Real Story, began with the words: Guts and glory. Of course, he was not writing about himself but those word applied to Ian, along with wisdom, dedication, loyalty and generosity. His journey ended Saturday. That it lasted until April 2014 was evidence of extraordinary courage. ...

Northern Insight: Salute to a man we can all admire

It’s great to know the BC NDP this weekend honoured Ian Reid with a life membership and warm recognition for his long service to politics and public service in British Columbia. What’s even better is that our friend was there to enjoy the honour first hand. Scriblerians of BC’s blog world have high regard for ...

Northern Insight: No doubt about the winner in a contest of one

Ian Reid and Bob Mackin have been the leading journalists examining Paragon Gaming’s past relationship with Pavco. We knew Paragon had an inside track for the proposed casino at BC Place but it now seems theirs was the only horse in the race. Reid’s BC Place meet Paragon Gaming, along with his earlier reports, exposes ...

Northern Insight: Renewal without reform?

A skilled and practised word hunter, Ian Reid can flush out sources from behind stone walls. Thursday, he scooped the Legislature’s press gang and published Mea culpa, mea culpa, the release that Christy Clark was not allowed to issue. Visit The Real Story for the whole story. Premier Clark explained her revelation that no real people ...

Cowichan Conversations: Canadian vs American Health Care- A View From Both Sides!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger   Ian Reid knows the reality of both American and Canadian Health Care systems and his blog and the comments that follow are right on the money. It is called ‘The Real Story’ and that is exactly what you will find there. Ian has been there working in government somewhat behind ...

Northern Insight: A shill game

Ian Reid at The Real Story has proposed a new name for ‘Concerned Citizens for B.C.’, a group organized by Liberal toady Jim Shepard. From BC Rail shill to straight out BC Liberal shill. Maybe his group should be called “Concerned Liberals for Saving Our Scandal Ridden Ass.”

Northern Insight: For climate change skeptics

A comment by Tom Rand, the resident clean tech advisor at MaRS discovery district in Toronto. He has North America ‘s “Greenest” hostel. His life’s work is pushing the needle on carbon and he presents some very practical ways we can make changes now to wean ourselves of carbon AT A PROFIT! (he’s the investor ...

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: Canada’s most transparent government

Ian Reid is reporting that thousands of pages of BC Rail documents are newly released under FOI rules. All but five are blank. The word ‘five’ is not a misprint but I think there was a misprint in the BC Liberal platform document that said: “It’s time for a New Era of Accountability. Our plan will ...

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 ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Something is rotten in the state of PavCo

The government’s fiscal year ends in a few days so here’s a suggestion for more accurate financial reports in BC. Add a separate line item for “Fraud, Theft & Abuse.” That way, taxpayers could know the real costs of legitimate programs and the 30% of voters still supporting Christy Clark’s team would better know what ...

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: The days grow short

From the brim to the dregs, and it poured sweet and clear, It was a very good year. It was a mess of good years. (Ervin Drake) Important contributions from independent journalists illustrate the diseased state of British Columbia’s political environment. Polling under 30% support, the powers behind Premier Photo-Op know their days grow short ...