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Northern Insight: Converting influence to cash

A file clerk in the province’s liquor distribution branch dares not take another position that gives hint of conflict with that person’s regular job. If you are a rainmaker, a policy adviser, consultant, maven or mentor, forget the rules.

Those rules are for the little people. You’re entitled to get it where you can. When you . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Converting influence to cash

Northern Insight: Coleman regulates the ‘independent’ regulator

if we needed more evidence that BC Hydro has become the tool of financial pirates, Rich Coleman provided it Tuesday with news that public hearings scheduled to begin a month from now are cancelled. As Vaughn Palmer writes,

“The commission had to approve the rate increase sought by BC Hydro in every respect, as . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Coleman regulates the ‘independent’ regulator

Northern Insight: BC Liberal closing out sale

Monday, I linked to Guardian columnist George Monbiot, a writer whose work I often find compelling. He said:

“Since the 1980s, in Britain, the US and other nations, the primary mission of governments has been to grant their sponsors in the private sector ever greater access to public money and public life…”

As if to . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: BC Liberal closing out sale

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Truthiness in BC

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Behind the ostensible government

Before Gordon Campbell, the BC Liberal Party had been roused from the near dead and invigorated by Gordon Wilson, then a youthful populist leader. However, business interests chose Wilson’s party as the vehicle best suited to replace the discredited Social Credit coalition. Led by Patrick Kinsella and Gordon Gibson, the power brokers wanted an . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Behind the ostensible government

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: The days grow short

Christy Clark’s BS Budget

Kevin Falcon, BC’s soon to be unemployed Finance Minister tabled his “Prudent and Responsible” Budget today. Which would be fine, if it were true, but it’s not. The reason his budget is complete and utter bullshit is his plan to privatize one of BCs few remaining moneymaking corporations, the Liquor Distribution Branch. According . . . . → Read More: Christy Clark’s BS Budget