Saturday, January 20, 2007

 

Vancouver Sun covers murder trial with a special team dedicated to the case. Will the B.C. Rail trial be treated any differently?

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For those who have searched the CanWest media for any mention of the BCRail Trial, it may come as a surprise to read the Sun's appraisal of itself as taking a "leading role in coverage" of another trial. Will the Robert Pickton trial overshadow the BCRail Trial? But if the BC Rail Trial receives similar preparation and similar coverage, we can feel confident of the even-handed fairness of the B.C. judicial system. - BC Mary.


From: Vancouver Sun
By Randy Shore
January 20, 2007


The Vancouver Sun continues its leading role in coverage of the Robert Pickton trial with a special team of reporters, photographers and editors dedicated to the case. Starting Monday, we will have extensive coverage inside and outside of the courthouse, with instant news updates throughout the day on www.vancouversun.com. In addition, Sun legal affairs columnist Ian Mulgrew will bring his analysis to the opening days of the trial. Etc.

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If the following dates aren't provided by the leading role the Vancouver Sun is playing on behalf of the public in the BC Rail Trial, they are repeated here:


February 26 - Application for further disclosure


March 5 - Charter of Rights challenge of warrants and wiretaps


March 7 - Hearing to update progress on disclosure (project room)


April 2 - The trial scheduled to actually begin, Year 2007.

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Further comments at http://houseofinfamy.blogspot.com/
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Comments:
Now of course Mary, I'd never want to make a comparison between the two cases 'values-wise' and there's no doubt the Picton story is a huge criminal trial and is going to bring all sorts of attention to the province - good and (mostly) bad; but, I certainly wish the Sun would provide something at least as good and up to date about the BC Rail case as you have in your blog.

I think it's a pretty sad circumstance when a case involving public assets of around a billion dollars (discounted of course for tax purposes) attracts about as much attention in the Sun as a little car dealership in Prince George whose financial dealings with the CIBC amounted to something akin to the scheme that William H Macy had going with GMAC finance in the movie Fargo.

Where are all those investigative journalists? Why aren't some of the unanswered questions - like just who is Gary Gibson - being asked in the papers?

If Ken Dobell is worthy of a few lines, why not a little more about Mark Marissen and Christy Clark; that other Gary - the finance minister; and of course everybody's favourite - Spiderman.

Why isn't the Sun busy promoting itself as taking 'a lead role' in something other than the Picton case?

Seems a fair question to me - and I haven't even scratched the surface. I guess the Sun's reporters can't find a way to tie Glen Clark to the Basi Boyz, yet?
 
You know it's interesting.

I heard Paul Sullivan being raked over the coals the other day on, gasp!, CBC Radio's 'The Current' for inviting the rabble into the Picton case courtroom as 'Citizen Journalists'.

Which, of course, is ironic in the extreme when you think about just how little the POV is going to vary in the reports that are going to pumped out by the 300-headed hydra pack of 'accredited journos that is going to descend on the thing.

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(come to think of it Mary, perhaps you should contact Mr. Sullivan at Orato.com......)
 
I realise the Vasi vasi and Virk court case is important as a couple of those folks were close to Cabinet Ministers, both who are no longer in government. No murders invloved . The Picton case ir serial killer stuff and so draws a big crowd. But it is intersting to note that the case only just started after a number of years of him sitting in the can. The Basi cres's time is coming up but is a story or possible greed, and some dealing. Le'ts keep the tow case seperate and alwys remeber that the folks in both cases are innocent till proven other wise, no matter how much we figure they are guilty as sin.I figure the medai will be on the Basi group when they finally get into the court, and not just their lawyers.
 
Hi, Anon:

So you think "we figure they are guilty as sin," do you? And where did you get that idea? You certainly didn't see it on this blog. Never have. Never will.

So you figure "the medai will be on the Basi group" do you? Assuming you meant the "media", I'm not so sure about that. And I'm not sure I need to have the media on the Basi group. I'd rather the focus stayed on the evidence given under oath.

All the public can ask, really, is that everyone in B.C. -- the owners of BCRail -- is able see and hear the evidence brought forth at trial. And to know how we lost ownership of Canada's 3rd largest railway. Especially when the current premier had promised he'd never sell our railway.

If this means having TV cameras in that B.C. Supreme Courtroom, why not? The filming could easily be shown on the Legislature Channel, which certainly isn't doing much otherwise.
 
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