Sunday, January 14, 2007

 

Let every B.C. citizen hear the B.C. Rail case

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Supreme Courtroom #20, the so-called Air India courtroom, features video monitors for evidence presentation, voice-activated video cameras, direct broadcast of proceedings to other locations in the courthouse (and presumably onto the Legislature Channel), digital recording and video conferencing.

In other words, B.C. Supreme Court on Smithe Street, Vancouver, is already set up to allow TV to carry the BC Rail trial to every interested citizen of British Columbia.

See photo: www.vancourier.com.issues02/083202/news/083202nn5.html

A single camera was allowed into B.C. Supreme Court for the trial of 9 South Korean men charged with people smuggling. "The experiment went well," said the presiding judge.

Many B.C. residents have current issues with the railway operations. Most of them live "up-country" and can't possibly attend daily court sessions when the B.C. Rail case comes to trial. But they could follow the evidence on TV.

Very few citizens can afford the time and expense of attending daily court sessions, even if there's an empty seat for us in the courtroom. But we could follow the evidence on TV.

Don't tell me that people aren't interested. Oh, yes we are! But we need half a chance to be properly informed. Given the inability of a biased media to report fairly on a $1 billion deal affecting a public asset, TV court showings are the only way to serve the people's best interests.

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