Thursday, January 10, 2008


Speaking of media ...

Having the support of other on-line publications, such as Pacific Gazette, has been an important factor in this web-site's modest success (4,575 visitors last month). Here's a B.C. site I especially love because Jim Scott (retired bigtime newsman) ranges the world for important stories which he publishes daily free of charge. Often he takes The Legislature Raids on board as shown here. It's much appreciated. See what you think when Jim talks a bit here about big media. - BC Mary.

Salt Spring News - Regional

We can't see clearly now: The British Columbia Legislature Raids—how big a scandal?

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day ...

-written and recorded by Johnny Nash, 1972

BC Mary reprints (with permission) Barbara McLintock's fine piece written for The Tyee and published December 30, 2004. Mary wonders:

There's an intensity in these older Basi-Virk-Basi / BCRail stories, as if we could see the issue clearly then but we can't see things so clearly any more. ...

To the extent that is true, we think the CanWest/Global media conglomorate has done its job well. Interestingly, Nash's song is more closely identified with Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, two of the third world's best musicians. A reminder (in our minds) of how British Columbia is being driven into third world status. When will British Columbians wake up? When will the sun shine brightly on British Columbia again?

Raids: How big a scandal?

... It started out like so many relatively routine tips that police officers pick up - some unsubstantiated information about trafficking in cocaine and marijuana, deemed to be worthy of further investigation by the Victoria Police Department and the RCMP Drug Section for the Greater Victoria region. But as the officers conducted their probe, the tentacles spread further and further, potentially involving organized crime and police corruption. Then this weekend they reached right inside the B.C. Legislative Buildings - a place where police officers rarely venture except to keep the peace at demonstrations and arrest the odd errant protester. ... [and you can see the rest of Barbara McLintock's article on The Tyee for Dec. 30/04 or on this web-site if you scroll down a bit farther. - BC Mary]

Posted at: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 01:53 AM -- Posted by: Jim Scott.


Well the media was there in court today, Neal Hall and Mark Hume, but it didn't do them any good. after an hour of begging and pleading by the lawyers, the court was adjourned until January 28th for an extended session starting at 9am. No sign of either Bill, Tieleman or Berardino at the trial.
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