In-Sights: BC’s intended major LNG partner

Petronas LNG Decision a ‘Watershed Moment’ for Trudeau Liberals, Say Critics, Mychaylo Prystupa, The Tyee, March 10, 2016 …On Wednesday, a letter signed by 130 Canadian and international scientists urged the Trudeau government to reject a recent Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) report that concluded the Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project could be built safely ...

In-Sights: "What? Me worry?"

Partly in response to the article Difficulties mount for BC Liberal partner, a reader sent this material: Excellent story. Agreed. There’s a great deal wrong with BC’s LNG deal with Malaysia. In the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, Canada was ranked at a low of 9. Malaysia for the last three years has moved higher in ...

Cowichan Conversations: Has John Horgan Succeeded In Distancing Himself From Christy Clark’s LNG Nightmare?–Fletcher Interview

Once again the BC NDP seem poised for certain victory against the BC Liberals. However that task and challenge has not been accomplished since 1996 when an upstart and radically relevant Glen Clark upset the Read more…

In-Sights: Socialist hordes at the gates, this time for real

Merriam-Webster:“Socialism: a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government” For years, leaders of the BC Business Party (AKA Social Credit or Liberal) echoed W.A.C. Bennett’s 1972 warning, “The socialist hordes are at the gates of British Columbia.” Maclean’s Magazine reported in 1999 that Liberal leader Gordon ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Joe Oliver says fracking is safe, so it must be

Rafe has seen the light! Nice to see that Rafe Mair has come to his senses and is now backing the corporate toadies, aka the Harper Cabinet and the light headed Finance Minister Joe Oliver aka ‘Chuckles’. They are all joyfully promoting LNG and spending our money doing it. It is a comfort how given enough misinformation ...

Northern Insight: Hudson Mews v. Portland Hotel Society

The Code of Ethics published by the Society for Professional Journalists includes, among others: Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage. Is the pro-media of British Columbia guided by those or similar principles? Consider the following. ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is not ‘Miller Time’ Dan, Green Up or Brown Out!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-   Here is disappointing post from former NDP Premier Dan Miller. It reads like the flashback that it is. Time will tell whether Miller’s missive will be embraced, rejected or ignored by the new BC NDP opposition leader, John Horgan.   Dan Miller: How will we pay for stuff without the resource ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC LNG: Promised Land of Prosperity or Gas Fueled Race to the Bottom?

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor On this the first day of BC’s much ballyhooed International LNG conference, it is worth noting, comparing and contrasting BC’s LNG “model” and that of competing Nations around the world in the natural gas industry. Particularly noteworthy is today’s announcement that Russia and China have signed the biggest gas deal in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK – watch now HERE or copy and paste ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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? ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...