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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Don’t miss…

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The account of a one small Alaskan newspaper holding a BC Minister to account for his misstatements of fact: The Bleatings Of Bill Bennett…Not Just For Domestic Consumption Anymore

Now ask why BC journalists don’t ask the same questions…and why this takedown has generally been ignored by BC media . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Don’t miss…

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Sales tax war resumed

The good doctor at The Gazetteer diagnoses a similarity between issues underlying the now debated transit sales tax and the late and unlamented HST. RossK is focused on the tax ‘shiftyness’ involved in both.

Quite right. BC Liberals have slowly shifted away from progressive taxation, preferring revenues from fees and taxes that have greater impact . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Sales tax war resumed

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: An internet sage speaks

Lew said… about prisons

I think there’s a conflict of interest here. The government shouldn’t be allowed to design and build with public money what might (if there is any justice) be the future residence of some of its members.

This Day In Clarkland…Hey Rubes!

Lew said… about one politician’s credibility

Interesting that . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: An internet sage speaks

Northern Insight: Good questions

Not a nincompoop blogger, RossK at The Gazetteer mentioned difficulties faced by Bob Mackin, the province’s preeminent investigative journalist, when Bob digs, and pays, for information the government does not want us to know.

This Day In Snookland…Maybe Mr. Mackin Should Take Out A Membership

In comments, reader Lew wonders about the experiences of other . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Good questions

Northern Insight: Sanctimonious, who me?

RossK at The Gazetteer notes one particular whine of one practitioner in the corporate media,

Sanctimonious was an interesting choice of word by this guy but it better fits a message he sent to me last month. (The definition relates to hypocritical righteousness.)

My response is pictured below. The second part quoted from the code . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Sanctimonious, who me?

Northern Insight: Patients exposed to harm on a staggering scale

This item first published here in September is worth republishing as the BC Liberal Gov’t takes more action against Therapeutics Initiative, a science based reviewer that troubles major pharmaceutical companies and their client politicians.  Make sure you read RossK’s recent piece: Nevermind The Stunt-O-Meters…The Therapeutics Initiative Is An Issue That Matters.

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The drugs don’t work: . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Patients exposed to harm on a staggering scale

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, . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Spread this story and these links

Northern Insight: "Call falsehoods precisely what they are"

Don’t miss The Gazetteer today. RossK offers What’s That You Say…Both Sides Don’t Do It?, providing this advice to MSM:

“…We understand the values of mainstream journalists, including the effort to report both sides of a story. But a balanced treatment of an unbalanced phenomenon distorts reality…

…Our advice to the press: Don’t seek . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: "Call falsehoods precisely what they are"

Northern Insight: I’ll tell you what I really, really want

Is Times Colonist becoming BC’s newspaper of record? It might be the go-to place to follow BC current events, except for political commentary provided by that guy whose son toils professionally for the BC Liberal Party.

RossK offers applause to TC writer Lindsay Kines in This Is What Public Service Journalism Looks Like. I add . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: I’ll tell you what I really, really want

Northern Insight: A must-read piece

at The Gazetteer where one of RossK’s readers tells an interesting story about PostMedia. It includes this:

“…[In the robocall-fest] I would argue that the heavy lifting was still done by the blogosphere, including you and many of those in your own circle. But I think there is still a rescue-able body of . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: A must-read piece

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Something is rotten in the state of PavCo