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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 information demonstrating a back-room deal was in progress until public exposure and Gordon Campbell’s ignominious departure led to the deal imploding.

“…[Pavco consultant Brent] MacGregor’s meetings with Paragon – there were many more – suggest that BC Place wasn’t looking for the best

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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 the subterfuge of her friends is costing.

Fraud prevention experts know that dupery often starts small and, if not contained, can grow to more than 5% of budgets. For an undisciplined dishonest government spending $40-billion annually on programs, that would be $2-billion a

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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 and that makes them more dangerous.

Bob Mackin files a report that brings to mind BC’s great train robbery. Are thieves in pin stripe suits about to uncouple more public enterprises and steal away in similar fogs of deception?

To me, involvement of Christy Clark

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