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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.

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Melissa Fong: Once upon a time, there was a Vancouver Mayor who promised he’d end homelessness…

Once upon a time… There was a handsome young prince named Gregor Angus Bethune Robertson. He was a much envied prince. He represented his fiefdom, Vancouver-Fairview, for years before he, […]

Cowichan Conversations: Kevin Logan-BC LNG All Pain No Gain

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

by Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

British Columbians have been patiently waiting since before the Liberals were re-elected for an explanation of the financial terms that will deliver the much vaunted “100 Billion Dollar Prosperity Fund” that is to accrue after the promised LNG dollars eliminate the Provincial debt, lower taxes and underwrite the services we have come to rely on.

The “Minister of Everything” Rich Coleman, has consistently committed to divulging the terms and conditions he intends to legislate into perpetuity since being re-elected based on these promises.

The Premier herself has consistently stated that these (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP at the Fracking Crossroad!

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

This weekend is a pivotal weekend for the future of British Columbia.

The stars seemed to have aligned as overlapping events occur simultaneously all of which pivot around the future of oil and gas for which our dear leader has tied our fortunes.

Another Round of secretive oil and gas meeting

First up PNWR is occurring against the scenic backdrop of Banff Alberta. PNWER is a secretive regional gathering that has a long history of forging political , legislative and economic leadership agendas.

At the top of this weekends agenda is an update on BC LNG, (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s Pipeline “Facts” vs THE “REAL” FACTS

Kevin Logan has put together this multi media analysis of the Christy Clark Spin vs the’Real Facts.’

Take a few minutes and read this excellent piece. This is what ‘Independent Journalism’is all about!

BC Liberal Pipeline Follies

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

By Kevin Logan

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Christy Clark and the BC liberals have made a lot of bold claims about their position on pipelines proposed for British Columbia.

However, what they have neglected to tell British Columbians is that their government has (Read more…)

Northern Insight: NOT for the people

In an 1830 speech, Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster said that government should be

“Made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.”

British Columbia’s present ruling political class may pay lip-service to this fundamental ideal of democracy but, repeatedly, their behaviour demonstrates the priority is to serve special private interests. Premier Clark said that unashamedly in the leaders’ debate on radio, explaining why TI, the province’s vital pharmaceutical watchdog, was being eliminated. It’s teeth had already been blunted.

In Saturday’s Times Colonist, former Deputy Minister of Health Lawrie McFarlane wrote:

“Tuesday’s announcement by Adrian (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Liberals Are In Chaos-Will The BC Conservatives Blossom This Spring?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Will the BC Liberals exist as a viable political force after May 14th? Will they have enough left in the tank to rebuild and re-brand their once all powerful party?

Keith Baldrey’s latest column throws much of that in doubt.

20/20 hindsight would tell the BC Libs that they should have relieved Christy of her duties months ago. Now few want to be seen or connected with her. That will be tough as we are now in election mode.

BC Conservative Leader-John Cummins

I am wondering whether or not BC Conservatives will blossom into a new voice of the

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Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

Good Morning,

The question swirling around Victoria this morning is whether or not Premier Christy Clark will be able to weather the storm ahead and whether or not the BC Liberal’s ‘Election Budget’ will pass.

If it fails then the question of Christy Clark’s leadership will be mute as we will be heading off to an early election with the Liberals being led by Christy Clark, well most likely anyway.

Premier Christy Clark may not last the week as Premier.

It appears that Christy Clark underestimated the depth of the problems revealed when the leaked memo

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Cowichan Conversations: The BC NDP Face Grim Choices Over BC Hydro-Fracking and the Site ‘C’ Dam Proposal

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The BC Liberal’s, when under the firm grip of former Premier Gordon Campbell, liquidated much of BC Hydro, the the once proud mothership of our Crown Corps.

Campbell sold and dealt off many of the assets and services and then through the insane ‘Run of the River’ IPP’s left BC Hydro drowning in debt that will be borne by both present and future generations.

Why hasn’t he been charged with this crime against our province and future taxpayers?

Former BC Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell-His Legacy is Our Curse

 

Not only has the miserable S.O.B. pulled

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Cowichan Conversations: All BC Political Parties Need A Democratic Shakeup!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Let’s face it folks politics and governance in BC has become soiled by the top down control mechanisms and practices of all of BC’s political parties.

Many of those who have really been involved see that quickly, well not all, many choose to turn a blind eye if the cards are turning up in their favour.

When I say any I am including the BC Conservatives and BC Greens. We always are more tuned into the sins of the BC Liberals and BC NDP but they do not have a lock on undemocratic methods and practices

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Cowichan Conversations: Liberals and NDP Must Declare a ‘MORATORIUM’ On Fracking In BC!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Much money has been made and a great deal of environmental damage has been done through the practice of ‘Fracking’ or Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing.

Canadians have had a heads up following horror stories in the US but never mind there is money to be made. The politicians of all stripes are as weak as water when it comes to regulating, reporting and permitting of these fracking operations.

BC and Alberta’s energy resources used to make the provinces hum, but today the difficulties are becoming harder to sweep under the carpet.

Check out this report from Fracking Canada and then question

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Northern Insight: Feeding frenzy has begun

When a kid, I lived with a marvellous black Lab. A good-natured, well-behaved mutt, he discovered roast chicken unsupervised on the stove top one day. With no one around, temptation was irresistible. He made his move. When I walked in, that chicken was on the floor, being devoured. Commands fell on deaf ears. In fact, he ate faster and growled angrily, turning in circles to shield the prize from expropriation. He knew the chance for real treasure didn’t come often and might not come again so his aim was to maximize pleasures before opportunity ended.

I’m reminded of the dog

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Cowichan Conversations: Albertans Step Up and Finance the BC Liberals!

Dara Quast-Community Activist

It is hard to decide what is more offensive in this latest development of the BC Liberals seeking financial support from Albertan businessmen.

Is it the blatant disdain for the people of BC?

Is it the dropping of the pretense that elections are about anything other than the money and the power?

Is it the sad realization that our BC Liberal Government has about as much respect for the BC voters as they do for whatever they had to scrap off their boots after their trip to prostrate themselves in Calgary for their bitumen tainted fundraiser?

This

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Northern Insight: Match point for the good folks

So BC Liberals put an end to Liquor Distribution Branch privatization. Rich Coleman’s efforts withered under the scrutiny of one independent journalist and soon to be retired Liberal MLAs decided not to advance their party’s legacy of fraud.

Bob Mackin is promising more news on the subject in weeks to come. He writes:

“I’m confident there is a story behind this story. This had the appearance of another BC Rail-style scandal in the making.”

Mackin was already admired by observers of BC current affairs and his professional status elevated substantially in the past year.

He’s not selling out by

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Cowichan Conversations: BC Liberal Blair Lekstrom Bails-Coleman Stays

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

The meltdown continues as the BC Liberal Christy Clark led government continues to falter. BC Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom has followed previous Cabinet Ministers out the door in what is appearing to be an exodus of unprecedented proportion.

Mr. Lekstrom was a solid performer and another dose of bad news for the faltering Liberals.

Blair Lekstrom Resigns From BC Liberal Cabinet

If that was not enough West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Joan McIntyre and Richmond Centre MLA Rob Howard have joined the me too crowd announcing that they will not stand in the coming election.

If

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Cowichan Conversations: When Did Premier Clark Know of David Black’s Bitumen Refinery Proposal?

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Premier Christy Clark ran the notion of BC getting more from the Enbridge proposal, a cut of the action to soften the blow of bitumen spills that would despoil our marine areas, inland rivers, creeks and the Great Bear Forest for decades.

Surely her advisers told her that she was offside constitutionally but the notion, however dubious, gained some traction with some BC residents who had not really thought it through.

When Did Christy Know of David Black’s Refinery Proposal? Really, when?

When did the Premier and Energy Minister Rich Coleman learn of the Kitimat Refinery proposal?

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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 set out in a 1,500-page application.

“Capital budgets. Operating costs. Rates of return. Amortization. Forecasts, even for such inherently volatile exercises as trading electricity with neighbouring jurisdictions.

“…There was also this: “The commission may not reconsider, vary, or rescind the orders it issues except

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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