Thursday, March 08, 2007
CanWest? YooHoo? Ya there, CanWest?
Has anyone seen any mention today in either of CanWest's 3 big B.C. daily newspapers concerning the events which occupied 90 dramatic minutes in B.C. Supreme Court Room #73 yesterday? Anything at all?
Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett, presiding at a pre-trial conference on 7 March 2007, said significantly: "The public interest in having this case heard outweighs just about everything else."
She also said, following discussion among the judge and counsel, that - apparently because of the public interest in this B.C. Rail trial - all documents not under publishing ban will be available upon request from Criminal Registry (perhaps for a slight fee). Madam Justice Bennett graciously opened up scrutiny of documents concerning this trial ... remarking that there is a presumption in the law of public access. CanWest, please note.
And didn't we, on this web-site, receive the assurance of the Editor-in-Chief of the Victoria Times Colonist that "if there is news, [they] plan to publish it" ... ?
Well ... we've got news for CanWest. The B.C. Rail case is inching toward trial. It's a trial which will shake the very foundations of our province. CanWest: this is news. Big news.
- BC Mary.
After reading almost every line in these papers I discovered a place in a couple of them where they allow the public to suggest news stories. I'm going to start suggesting. And maybe if others did the same we might get some actions
No need to be sorry ... but for Pete's sake, tell us which newspaper, and what headline.
"Broke the story?"
In any case, that red-faced aspect of this story has been kinda overlooked. Too bad! It's actually pretty interesting too.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Just 5 newspapers in BC report on Basi-Virk trial update
Disappointing to discover that just 5 newspapers in British Columbia bothered to report on the latest developments in the trial of David Basi and Bob Virk, two former provincial government aides charged with breach of trust.
My own newspaper, 24 hours, ran my report from the BC Supreme Court hearing Wednesday, the Globe and Mail ran a report by Mark Hume, who was also there, and the Kamloops Daily News, the Nelson Daily News and the Prince George Citizen ran stories written by Canadian Press reporter Camille Bains.
This according to an InfoMart database search of newspapers conducted this afternoon.
That means neither the Vancouver Sun, the Province nor the Victoria Times-Colonist reported that the most important political criminal trial in British Columbia has been delayed again, or that serious questions were raised about the evidence and about the lack of public access to court documents.
I am also unaware of any radio reports based on reviewing BC radio websites but the story may have been broadcast without being posted on their sites.
One can only hope that this omission by so many prominent media will be corrected shortly.
Many thanks, Bill. And for you, Anonymous, a trip to the woodshed for your "facts are facts" hogwash when you're making up fake news.
(hope you don't mind Mary but I couldn't resist reprinting TC Editor-in-Chief's Email to you back in September followed by the question...... 'Is it News yet?)
The fact is: this very important trial preparation was not given anything like adequate coverage.
You're apparently referring to the situation more than a week earlier.
Time to wake up.
This discussion is not about filing the 'notice of Application for disclosure' to give it its proper name, that happened on February 26 and Global did report on it.
The discussion here is about what happened on Wednesday March 7.
And, as noted above - no one is dealing with the point Madame Justice Bennett actually made relative to the earlier 'unauthorized and/or improper' early release.
They jury is still out on that one.
Can West still has it's pants around its knees on yesterday's story. My understanding anyway.