Saturday, July 05, 2008
Hon. John C. Bouck, his blog and BC crime
An excerpt from:
BRITISH COLUMBIA’S SENTENCING SYSTEM UNDER ATTACK
By Hon. John C. Bouck
(Retired B.C. Supreme Court judge)
Bouck's Law Blog.com - June 30, 2008
" ... B.C. is home to a variety of drug related criminals. Drug gang homicides in the first four months of 2008 were nearly three times that of Toronto. In the last decade the number of gangs jumped from 10 to 129. Criminal activity amounts to roughly 7% of B.C.’s total economy.
In 2006, Vancouver had the second-highest combined rate of all major cities in Canada and the U.S. It had nearly 3.6 times as many break and enters as New York per 100,000 people. B.C. criminal groups have built their forces on the backs of the flourishing marijuana industry."
Did British Columbia miss an opportunity to investigate ...
DRUG LINK ALLEGED IN BASI CASE
Phone calls from suspected dealer led to raid, prosecutor says
CanWest News Service - Tuesday, May 08, 2007
VANCOUVER -- A former B.C. government aide from Victoria, probed by police for his involvement in the B.C. Rail sale, appeared to have links to the illicit drug trade, a prosecutor said yesterday.
Police became aware of Dave Basi when calls were made to his cellphone from his cousin, Jasmohan Singh Bains of Victoria, prosecutor Janet Winteringham said in B.C. Supreme Court.
Winteringham said police heard that Bains was head of a Victoria-based criminal organization that was shipping kilograms of cocaine to the Toronto area and shipping cash back by Federal Express. Bains is still facing trial, set for 2008.
The Victoria drug investigation began in May 2002 after the arrest in the U.S. of Cirilo Lopez, which resulted in "word on the street" indicating Bains was going to take over Lopez's drug operations, Winteringham said.
Tips from an informant suggested Basi was laundering money for Bains by purchasing real estate, Winteringham said.
After a wiretap operation was in place for the drug case, police overheard Basi discussing B.C. Rail matters.
At the time, Basi was an aide to Gary Collins, then B.C.'s finance minister. Virk, Basi's brother-in-law, was an aide to Judith Reid, then B.C.'s transportation minister. The province was in the midst of trying to sell B.C. Rail.
Prosecutors haven't decided whether to pursue the drug allegations against Basi.
and then ...
TRIALS CONNECTED TO LEGISLATURE RAID ABOUT TO START
Jeff Rud and Lindsay Kines
Times Colonist - January 05, 2006
A high-profile drug investigation that began in 2002, dubbed by police as "Project Everywhichway," is finally winding its way to the trial stage.
No convictions have resulted from the drug cases that eventually spun into the dramatic police raid on the B.C. legislature two years ago. But trials for six accused are scheduled for B.C. courtrooms during the next several months.
Two others formerly accused as a result of the Everywhichway investigation no longer face drug charges. Marijuana production and possession for the purposes of trafficking charges against former B.C. Finance Ministry aide Dave Basi were stayed last June . A drug charge against Mandeep Sandhu, also of Victoria, has since been stayed as well.
Lawyer Richard Peck of Vancouver said Wednesday that a charge of conspiracy to traffic marijuana against Sandhu was stayed on Nov. 7, presumably, Peck said, because of a lack of evidence against his client.
According to federal Justice Department spokeswoman Lyse Cantin, charges against Sandhu were stayed after he "forfeited certain funds that were seized from his residence.''
In all, eight people were charged in September 2004 as a result of what police said was a major drug and organized crime investigation. Six still face charges.
Jasmohan Bains of Victoria, B.C. resident John Scallon, Toronto's Brahm Mikol and Blythe Vernon of Scarborough, Ont., each charged with conspiracy to traffic, are scheduled to begin trial April 3  in Victoria provincial court. The trial is slated for April 3 to 27 and Sept. 11 to Nov. 23.
Scallon is also scheduled to go to trial in Vancouver along with B.C. resident Michael Doyle from Feb. 28 to March 30 on conspiracy to traffic charges.
The trial of Jaspal (Tony) Singh for conspiracy and possession for the purpose of trafficking began with a voire dire last month in Surrey. Proceedings resume for a day on Jan. 23 and again in March for three weeks.
After searching the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003, police announced that their raid was based partially on information related to a drug and organized crime investigation.
"Organized crime has stretched into every corner of B.C. and onto most city streets," RCMP Sgt. John Ward warned at the time. "It is not an exaggeration to say that organized crime is a cancer eating away at the social and moral fabric of British Columbia . . .''
According to a summary of drug-investigation search warrants released by Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm in April 2004, RCMP were investigating "bulk" trafficking in cocaine and marijuana.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12 2003
RE: Plundering BC: Olympics, The Bid Corp, and Special Interests
1. Who's who in the Bid Corp? Some special members and their 'interests':
-Concord Pacific (Li Ka-Shing and Hui family owned), developer of the
former Expo 86 lands (one-sixth of downtown Vancouver) is significantly
represented on the Bid Board with David McLean (Chairman of the Board and
a Director of Concord Pacific Group Inc.) and Kwok Tun-Li, Stanley (Former
Deputy Chairman for Concord Pacific).
2. David McLean is also involved with the following business interests:
a) Founding Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade Foundation
b) Founder and Chairman, Vancouver Film Studios (another BC
government-funded private entity)
c) Chairman of the Board, The McLean Group, which has developed numerous
residential, office, retail and industrial properties
d) past Chair the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
e) Director, DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada
f) Director, Northwestel
g) Director, CANAC Consultants Ltd.
h) Director, Nu West Group
i) Founding Chairman of Westech Information Systems, the former
information systems arm of B.C. Hydro, and led the company through
privatization from its parent company
j) Former Chairman of the Board of Coastland Wood Industries
k) One of twenty-two business delegation members led by Premier Gordon
Campbell to attend 2002 World Economic Forum.
-Mr. Mclean is also involved with the following business interests:
Chair, CN Rail ((frontrunner to purchase the soon-to-be-privatized BC
Founding Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade Foundation
Founder and Chairman, Vancouver Film Studios
Chairman of the Board, The McLean Group (which has developed numerous
residential, office, retail and industrial properties)
Director, DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada
Director, CANAC Consultants Ltd.
Director, Nu West Group
Founding Chairman of Westech Information Systems (the former information
systems arm of B.C. Hydro, and led the company through privatization from
its parent company)
Former Chairman of the Board of Coastland Wood Industries Chair, CN Rail.
3. Stanley Tun-Li Kwok and Bid Corp, reported as 'Mastermind of Expo '86',
is also involved in a multitude of multinational businesses:
a) Principal, Stanley Kwok Consultants Inc.
b) Director, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (The Cheung Kong Group, owned
principally by Li ka-Shing operates in 41 countries and employs over
163,000 staff worldwide)
c) Development Consultant for the South East Shore of False Creek d)
Director of Omnipoint Corporation, priceline.com Incorporated, VoiceStream
Wireless Corporation, Western Wireless Corporation, Global Crossing Ltd.,
Breakaway Solutions Inc.
d) Director, Amara International Investment Corporation (a Vancouver-based
private company specializing in real estate investment and in locating
Asian partnerships for projects).
e) Director, CTC Bank of Canada
f) Director, Husky Energy Inc.
g) Principal, Stanley Kwok & Associates,(worked on the Concord Pacific
development on the former Expo lands on the north shore of the Creek)
h) Joint Venture Partner with TYBA Group Inc and Dong Ah Construction
Industrial of Seoul, South Korea in the Crystal Project , a CAN$200
million development in suburban Vancouver that also includes 55,000 square
feet of office space, a 210,000 square-foot retail area, a 22,500
square-foot conference center and a 218-unit residential complex.
i) Former Director, BC Hydro
j) Director, Bank of Montreal
-Vancouver hosted Expo'86, an international event not unlike the scale of
the proposed 2010 Winter Games. One and a half years later, then Premier
Bill Vander Zalm concluded the sale of the Expo lands (84- hectare site on
False Creek, representing one-sixth of downtown Vancouver) to Li Ka-Shing
(and the Hui family) for a reported price of $145 million (said by many to
be far too low, especially considering the tens of millions of dollars the
province spent to complete the environmental clean-up of the site).
Subsequently, his company, Concord Pacific Holdings, redeveloped the site
into a multi-billion dollar downtown residential community. Bid Board
Member, Stanley Tun-Li Kwok describes himself at one of his corporate
websites as 'Mastermind of Expo '86'.
-Mr. Kwok is Former Deputy Chairman for Concord Pacific (Bid Corp Director
David McLean is the current Chairman of the Board of Concord Pacific).
-Concord Pacific is the owner of Burcon International Developments Inc.,
one of North America's leading real estate development, investment and
management organizations with assets over C$1 billion and based in
-Burcon is the controlling shareholder of Oxford Properties Group Inc.
(owner of Marathon Realty).
-Mr. Kwok is Principal, Stanley Kwok Consultants Inc. and Development
Consultant for the South East Shore of False Creek. He is also a Director
of Li Ka-Shing's Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (The Cheung Kong Group
operates in 41 countries and employs over 163,000 staff worldwide with a
combined market capitalization of HK$439 billion as at January 31, 2003).
Kwok is Director, Amara International Investment Corporation (a
Vancouver-based private company specializing in real estate investment and
in locating Asian partnerships for projects). His additional Directorships
include: Li Ka-shing's companies: Omnipoint Corporation, priceline.com
Incorporated, VoiceStream Wireless Corporation, Western Wireless
Corporation, Global Crossing Ltd., Breakaway Solutions Inc. and Husky
Energy Inc. (Husky Board Members also include: Stanley's wife Eva, Terry
Hui, President and CEO of
Concord Pacific Group Inc., Martin Glynn President, Chief Executive
Officer and a director of HSBC Bank and Victor Li, son of Li Ka-shing &
Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited
Canada). Bank Director positions include: Bank of Montreal and CTC Bank
of Canada. Additionally, he is a Joint Venture Partner with TYBA Group Inc
and Dong Ah Construction Industrial of Seoul, South Korea in the Crystal
Project , a CAN$200 million development in suburban Vancouver that also
includes 55,000 square feet of office space, a 210,000 square-foot retail
area, a 22,500 square-foot conference center and a 218-unit residential
As noted, Concord Pacific, Li Ka-Shing and Hui family owned, is
significantly represented on the Bid Board with David McLean (Chairman
of the Board and a Director of Concord Pacific Group Inc.) and Stanley
Kwok Tun-li (Former Deputy Chairman for Concord Pacific).
4. Other Bid Corp directors and their interests:
-HSBC (of which Li Ka-shing is a Principal and Director) is aptly
represented on the Bid Board by Eric Major, Director, HSBC Capital
(Canada) Inc. and Milton Wong, Chair, HSBC Asset Management Canada Ltd.
(responsible for assets of $4 billion at HSBC). HSBC purchased M.K. Wong &
Associates to form HSBC Asset Management Canada Ltd. Merrill Lynch Canada
(reportedly owned by Thomas Fung, Fairchild Group) is represented on the
Bid Board by Guy Savard, Vice-Chair & Chair, Quebec Operations, Merrill
Lynch Canada Inc. Merrill Lynch International is reportedly owned by Li
Ka-shing and Thomas Fung. Bid Board Member, Ms. France Chrétien-Desmarais
is daughter of the Honourable Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada.
-Mr. Chretien, was from 1986 to 1990 a Senior Advisor with Gordon Capital
Corporation in Montreal.
-Gordon Capital is principally owned by Richard Li (Li Ka-Shing's son)
Gordon Capital owns HSBC Securities.
-Ms. Chretien-Desmarais husband is Andre Desmarais, President and Co-Chief
Executive Officer of the family-owned Power Corporation of Canada
Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified management and holding
company. Power Corporation of Canada has holdings in leading financial
services and the communications sector.
-Through its European-based affiliate Pargesa group, Power Corporation
holds significant positions in major media, energy, water, waste services,
and specialty minerals companies. Power Corporation also has diversified
interests in Asia.
-Power Financial Corporation is a diversified management and holding
company with interests in the financial services industry in North
America. Including: Great-West Lifeco Inc.: The Great-West Life Assurance
Company, London Life Insurance Company, Great-West Life & Annuity
Insurance Company. Investors Group Inc. is one of Canada's leading
financial services companies with over $41.6 billion in assets under
management and a network of 3,400 consultants.
-Mackenzie Financial Corporation is an integrated financial services
company whose core business is the management of mutual funds in Canada,
with $33.4 billion in assets under management, and distribution
relationship with over 37,000 independent financial advisers. Pargesa
Holding S.A. holds significant positions in a selected number of large
companies based in Europe. These companies operate in strategic industries
including media, energy, public utilities and specialty minerals.
-Gesca Ltée holds a 100 per cent interest in the Montreal daily newspaper
La Presse and six other daily newspapers in the province of Quebec and
-Power Corporation of Canada is a partner with Li Ka-shing in CITIC
Pacific Limited (China's largest diversified Hong Kong-traded company. Its
activities are concentrated in four main areas: infrastructure, trading
and distribution, real estate and industrial manufacturing). Mr. Desmarais
is a Director and/or Member of the Board of: Great-West Lifeco Inc.,
Investors Group Inc., London Insurance Group Inc., Pargesa Holding S.A.,
Groupe Bruxelles-Lambert S.A., Bertelsmann A.G. Mr Desmarais is also a
Director of CITIC Pacific Ltd. and Bombardier Inc.
-In addition, Mr. Desmarais is Chairman of the Canada China Business
Council; Member of the International Advisory Council of CITIC; Member of
the Trilateral Commission; Member of the Chairman's International Advisory
Council of the Americas Society; Member of the Business Council on
National Issues and Member of diverse foundations and trusts in Canada and
a Member of the Hong Kong Chief Executive's Council of International
Advisers (The CECIA advises the Chief Executive from an international
perspective on strategic issues pertinent to the long-term development of
- Ms. Chretien Desmarais' husband Andre is a Director of Bombardier Inc.
-Also on the 2010 Games Bid Board is Mr. Laurent Beaudoin, Chair,
Bombardier Inc. Bombardier stands to gain significantly from their supply
of the $1.5 billion to $2 billion Vancouver/Richmond Rapid Transit line
proposed by the 2010 Bid Corp.
5. Bid Corp and the Sea to Sky Corridor:
The ski resort industry stands to make significant profits from the 2010
-Intrawest is represented on the Bid Board by Doug Forseth, Senior VP,
Operations, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. TAL Global Asset Management
(owned by CIBC) is the largest institutional shareholder of Intrawest
(reportedly 15%). Li- Ka-shing is reportedly the largest shareholder
(maximum allowable 10%) of CIBC. CIBC owns Wood Gundy.
Intrawest is the leading developer and operator of village-centered
destination resorts across North America. Intrawest owns or is involved in
14 mountain resorts in North America and Europe along with two
warm-weather resorts in the U.S.
-The company also has an interest in Alpine Helicopters Ltd., owner of
Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world
and Compagnie des Alpes, the largest ski operator in the world in terms of
skier visits (13 million in 2000/2001).
-Intrawest also has land on which to build 20,000 more units. Intrawest
holdings include ski resorts, residential communities, retail, hotels and
-The Bid Corp. has identified rental costs payable to Intrawest for
facility usage during the Winter Games at $10 million to $30 million. In
addition to Concert Properties' real estate development interest in other
ski resorts and Intrawest's vast resort holdings, other Bid Board members
are intimately involved in the ski resort industry, including:
a) Kerrin Lee-Gartner (listed as Canadian Olympic Athlete - Alpine Skiing)
is Principlal, Kerrin Lee-Gartner's Snow Creek Lodge and Principal, Fernie
b) Nancy Greene Raine (listed as Director of Skiing, Sun Peaks Resort;
Canadian Olympic Athlete - Alpine Skiing) is Principal, Nancy Greene's
Cahilty Lodge, Sun Peaks, BC; President, NGR Resort Consultants Inc.;
Proponent with husband Al Raine of Melvin Creek/Cayoosh, $500 million
four-season ski resort (90 minute drive from Whistler). Al Raine was
responsible for the planning of Whistler.
-Mr. Caleb Chan (along with brother Tom Chan) has considerable businesses
assets in British Columbia and abroad. Of particular note are the holdings
in Vancouver, Furry Creek, Whistler, etc. directly impacted by the
2010Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games:
Mr. Chan serves as:
a) President & Chairman, Burrard International
b) President & Chairman, The International Land Group, San Francisco
c) Director, UBC Properties Trust
d) Director, Belkorp Industries Inc. - Through several companies active in
British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon, the Belkorp Group
Owns and operates: an extensive portfolio of properties comprising
approximately ,500 residential apartment suites, five industrial sites,
and Big Sky Golf, an award-winning course, conveniently located near
Whistler in the Pemberton Valley of British Columbia. In addition, the
Belkorp Group invests in various long-term business opportunities as a
merchant banker. Its holdings include significant interests in Rogers
Sugar Income Fund and Canadian Hotel Income Properties Real Estate
Investment Trust (CHIP REIT), an integrated hotel real estate investment
trust focused on mid-market and upscale full-service hotels. CHIP REIT
currently owns or manages 38 hotels with approximately 8,400 rooms. The
Belkorp Group owns and operates four businesses in the pulp and paper
production industry: Newstech BC reprocesses 165,000 tonnes of used
newsprint annually at its ISO9002 production facilities in Coquitlam,
British Columbia, producing recycled pulp for the newsprint industry;
Wastech Services one of the largest privately-owned solid waste management
companies in British Columbia, handles approximately 600,000 tonnes per
annum of municipal waste at three transfer stations in Greater Vancouver
and operates a landfill at Cache Creek for the GVRD ; Belkin Paper Stock
brokers waste paper from suppliers in Western Canada and the U.S. to mills
which use recycled fiber. This company also has established a newsprint
roll splitting and rewinding
operation in Coquitlam. Waste-Not Recycling and Disposal, located in
Richmond, British Columbia, provides recycling and waste removal services
for the residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors of
the Greater Vancouver, British Columbia region.
e) Director, Board of Trustees, Canadian Hotel Income Properties
f) Principal, GolfBC Properties: Kelowna: The Okanagan Golf Club, The Bear
at Okanagan Golf Club, The Quail at Okanagan Golf Club, Gallagher's Canyon
Golf & Country Club, The Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon Whistler:
Nicklaus North Golf Course & Crystal Lodge Furry Creek: Furry Creek Golf &
Country Club Vancouver: Mayfair Lakes (Richmond) & Burrard Golf & Tennis
(at Burrard & Alberni, Vancouver) Vancouver Island: Arbutus Ridge Golf &
Country Club (Cobble Hill) & Olympic View Golf Club (Victoria) Other
GolfBC properties: Burrard Golf & Tennis & The Crystal Lodge, Whistler
g) Principal, CRC Developments Ltd.( The company owns golf course
h) Principal, Gallagher's Canyon Land Development Ltd.
i) Nicklaus North, in Whistler, B.C. and Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island
are two examples of communities CRC has developed.
j)Currently in the planning stages is the development of a new community
at the Olympic View Golf Course in the Victoria area on Vancouver Island.
k) Goldenwood Townhouse Project, Whistler, BC.
l) member of the advisory board of the Asia Pacific Initiative in
m) Director, B.C. Housing Management Corporation
n) Director, Land Planning Committee of the Loma Linda University
Perhaps this is a good time to re-visit the $billion question:
6. The Toronto 2008 Bid: Connections or Coincidences?
-Li’s Concord Pacific's City Place is a 44-acre development site in
downtown Toronto, on which 5.5 million square feet of residential and
commercial space are to be built.
-Li Ka-shing reportedly also holds an exclusive right to use the CN Tower
for a period of 35 years (obtained for $2 billion CDN). Financier Robert
Fung, was appointed by Prime Minister (and former business partner) Jean
Chretien to Chair the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Task Force on
behalf of the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City
of Toronto. The new corporation was to involve construction of large-scale
infrastructure projects that would permanently improve Toronto's
waterfront, as well as support the city's bid for the 2008 Olympics.
-His report detailed a strategic business plan for the $12 billon renewal,
development and financing of Toronto's waterfront. Fung was afterward
appointed as Chair of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.
-Robert A. Fung is Deputy Chairman of Yorkton Financial Incorporated. From
1980 to 1997, he was the vice-chairman and a director of Gordon Capital
-Upon leaving Gordon Capital, he joined Capital West where he was a senior
partner. From 1967 to 1978, he was vice-president and a director of
Dominion Securities Limited with responsibilities for its investment
activities in Asia and the Middle East.
-He began his career in the investment industry in 1964 with Wood Gundy.
He is Chairman of Crystallex International Corporation, SMART Toronto as
well as a director of Canada's Export Development Corporation, Asia
Pacific Foundation of Canada, GLOBE Foundation of Canada, and StockHouse
-He was a member of the Prime Minister of Canada's Advisory Committee on
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, as well as a member of the Government
of Canada's Department of Industry International Trade and Agriculture
Team Canada Inc. Advisory Board, which provided advice to the Government
of Canada in setting strategic direction and performance objectives for
Canada's International Business Development.
-He was also deputy-chairman of high-tech brokerage Yorkton Securities Inc
and Executive Chairman of Crystallex International Corp.
-Fung's son Robert Jr. worked as a developer on Vancouver's False Creek
development with Concord Pacific Group Inc.
-Fung's university roommate, long-time friend Paul Martin, prime minister
in waiting, was a former senior executive with Power Corp. and
Consolidated Bathurst. Martin served as CEO of both CSL Inc. and Canada
Steamship Lines. Martin eventually purchased Canada Steamship Lines from
Power Corp. for $180 million.
7. Who benefits the most from the 2010 Winter Games and the associated
-Bombardier is highly represented on the Bid Corp and stands to pick up a
multi-billion contract for the proposed Vancouver/Richmond line.
-Original Bid Society Member, Arthur Griffiths, was Chair of Public
Consultation, Rapid Transit Project 2000, charged with the public-view
task of addressing our rapid transit needs.
-Bid Board Members are on the Convention Centre Expansion Task Force Chair
Peter Armstrong and Rick Antonson, Member & Spokesperson, Convention
Centre Expansion Task Force who are the ones that have told us how badly
we need the expansion, irrespective of the Winter Games.
-The three approved Convention Centre Expansion bidders were Concert
Properties, Concord Pacific and Marathon Realty.
-2010 Bid Board Members: Jack Poole, David Podmore and Ken Georgetti
proposed to build the Convention Centre, inclusive of a casino, almost a
Sea To Sky Highway upgrade:
-See the listed developments above along the highway.
8. The Bid and privatization:
-The 2010 Winter Games may or may not come to BC but the mega-projects
will, paid for by BC taxpayers.
-Once the infrastructure has been built how long will it be before the
assets will be privatized and handed over to the private sector for
-Some further connections: The Bid Corp includes Larry Bell, who
established Urban Transit Authority (B.C. Transit), 1978; Responsible for
the Privatization - Housing Corp. of B.C. ('79), B.C. System Corp. ('82),
B.C. Hydro Gas ('88), B.C. Hydro Rail ('88) and was the Former Member of
Government of B.C. Public/ Private Partnership Task Force AND now Chair
and CEO, BC Hydro during the Accenture-privatization process.
-David McLean, Founding Chairman of Westech Information Systems, the
former information systems arm of B.C. Hydro, who led the company through
privatization from its parent company?
-Premier Campbell has just announced the need to privatize BC Rail and the
Games Bid Board includes: David McLean, Chair, CN Rail; Peter Armstrong,
President & CEO, Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd. And Rick Antonson,
Former Vice President of Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd.Or maybe,
Suzanne Denbak, "consultant with Price Waterhouse, specializing in
public/private partnerships in the hospitality industry".
9. NO GAMES 2010 Coaltion has released previous disclosures of conflicts
of interest in relation to the 2010 Olympic Bid. These previous
communications and the current one make clear the intimate connection
between special interests and the mega projects associated with the Games.
The citizens of BC who ignore this information will pay for their lack
of action with their tax dollars for decades to come.
10. The Olympic Bid is a scam of epic proportions. The time has come for
all citizens to ask questions and demand answers. The time has come for
members of the press to finally do their jobs.
BC Rail Deal Frees Real Estate
By Charlie Smith
Deny, deny, deny. That pretty much sums up Premier Gordon Campbell's communications strategy concerning an RCMP investigation into two B.C. Liberal legislature officials for breach of trust.
In a stunning television sound bite, Campbell even suggested that the whole affair had nothing to do with his government.
This astonishing claim followed the release of a summary of search-warrant information. It explicitly stated that the investigation focused on whether or not offers were made and/or accepted "as consideration for cooperation, assistance or exercise of influence in connection with government business, including BC Rail".
Nobody has been charged with a criminal offence, and perhaps nobody will ever be charged. The search-warrant information states that no elected officials are targets of the investigation.
However, even if charges are laid, there is no guarantee that a criminal trial will shed any more light on the $1-billion sale of BC Rail shares to CN. In a criminal case, the Crown's only responsibility is to prove that the accused are guilty of specific offences beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused cannot be compelled to testify.
Only a broader public inquiry, in which a commissioner has subpoena powers and witnesses testify under oath, has any hope of ferreting out the truth about the decision to privatize BC Rail.
Consider the facts so far. Prior to the election, the premier told voters that he would not sell the Crown-owned railway. What led him to change his mind?
According to a fairness commissioner's report, some unsuccessful BC Rail bidders expressed concerns that information pertaining to their own interline agreements with BC Rail had been improperly or prematurely provided to CN.
One of the bidders, Canadian Pacific Railway, formally withdrew from the process after complaining about a "breach of fairness".
CN has contributed $150,000 to the B.C. Liberal party during Campbell's tenure as leader.
Meanwhile, a Crown corporation that manages public-sector pension funds, BC Investment Management Corp., owned $200 million in CN shares as of March 31, 2003.
CN chair David McLean, a Vancouver developer, has been a political supporter of the premier since Campbell was mayor of Vancouver in the 1980s and early 1990s.
McLean was previously chair of Concord Pacific, which also supported Campbell when he was mayor of Vancouver. Concord Pacific developed the north side of False Creek.
McLean also chaired the influential Vancouver Board of Trade in 1992 93 and supported Campbell's efforts to replace Gordon Wilson as leader of the B.C. Liberal party.
On November 25, the B.C. Liberal government announced in a news release that it had reached an agreement-in-principle with the District of Squamish to transfer 29 hectares of BC Rail land to the district.
According to the news release, prospective plans for the BC Rail site include developing a full-service marina, a passenger ferry terminal, and cruise berths.
The government also announced that CN will "facilitate" upgrading of the Sea-to-Sky Highway and ensure rail alternatives for the 2010 Winter Olympics. McLean was a director of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, which put together a successful bid to the International Olympic Committee.
The major provincial media continue focusing on the activities of political aides at the centre of the story. There has been little coverage of BC Rail's waterfront property in Squamish.
As the District of Squamish proceeds, there will be no shortage of developers wanting to exploit the potential. B.C.'s biggest players, such as Concert Properties and Concord Pacific, may find such an opportunity irresistible on the eve of the 2010 Olympics.
Executives with both companies were huge supporters of the Olympic bid. Concert Properties chairman Jack Poole is now chair of the organizing committee that is staging the 2010 Winter Games.
The IOC's endorsement last year set the stage for a real-estate boom along the Sea to Sky corridor.
So far, there is no evidence linking the privatization of BC Rail with the Olympic bid.
The premier had better hope this remains the case, because Vancouver will be hosting reporters from around the world in 2010. And it won't help B.C.'s image or the premier's reputation if the selloff of a Crown-owned railway becomes the big story of the games.
For Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2003
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Transportation
SQUAMISH BENEFITS FROM BC RAIL INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
SQUAMISH – The Province has approved an agreement-in-principle with the district of Squamish and Nexen Inc. to transfer 71 acres of BC Rail lands to the district, allowing the city to revitalize its downtown core and create opportunities for jobs and economic development, said Judith Reid, Minister of Transportation.
“As we move forward with the investment partnership, we’re committed to working with communities up and down the corridor to make BC Rail’s surplus lands available to meet their needs,” said Campbell. “Mayor Sutherland and the district have been strong advocates for the opportunities that the Nexen lands can provide. With the agreement we’ve reached today, the Province and the district are working together to make the downtown redevelopment a reality.”
“I’m pleased Squamish can benefit from the BC Rail investment partnership,” said Transportation Minister Judith Reid. “I see a great potential here to boost tourism and draw business into the downtown. With the approach of the 2010 Olympic games, this is going to be a great way for Squamish to showcase their community and prosper from the new job opportunities, tourism investment and new taxation revenue.”
As a key element of the agreement-in-principle, BC Rail will potentially divest the land forming a peninsula at the tip of Howe Sound in downtown Squamish.
“This agreement sets the foundation for Squamish to realize its economic potential as we prepare for the 2010 Olympic games,” said Mayor Ian Sutherland. “Revitalizing the downtown will attract business and investment opportunities and will prove to citizens, shoppers, tourists and even 2010 athletes that downtown Squamish is the heart of our community."
Nexen, one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, has leased the land from BC Rail since 1987 and has been a supportive and active participant in the transaction with Squamish. The site has not been in operation since 1991, as Nexen has been undertaking remediation activities. This cleanup is now complete, opening an opportunity for Squamish to take ownership of the land.
Prospective plans include developing a full-service marina; a passenger ferry terminal; cruise berths; and a working waterfront involving light industrial manufacturing and transportation.
West Vancouver-Garibaldi MLA Ted Nebbeling, noted that the reintroduction of passenger-tourist trains under the $1-billion BC Rail Investment Partnership will create even more opportunities for Squamish and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. BC Rail and CN are issuing a request for proposals today for passenger-tourist services from Vancouver through Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Lillooet to Prince George.
“Throughout this process, I’ve been working to make sure that the concerns of Squamish residents about job impacts are addressed,” said Nebbeling. “The downtown redevelopment, along with new passenger tourist trains made possible by the BC Rail partnership, will go a long way to creating more jobs and new opportunities for Squamish.”
Additional benefits include:
· CN will work with the Province to facilitate the upgrading of the Sea-to-Sky Highway and ensure rail alternatives for a successful 2010 Olympics.
· CN will begin paying municipal taxes. Based on current assessment levels, the District of Squamish would receive more than $650,000 compared with the current amount of $321,000 paid by BC Rail in lieu of taxes. The Resort Municipality of Whistler would receive $55,000, compared with the current amount of $27,000. And the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District would receive over $495,000, compared with the current amount of $56,000.
· In addition to the Nexen site, the Province will also negotiate with communities on the transfer of other non-railway lands currently held by BC Rail to help meet local needs.
Visit the province's Web site at http://www.gov.bc.ca/ for online information and services.
So when they made the statement about organized crime in politics I wonder how much they knew about what was going on in their own house.
And then there is another item on an Ontario Cop being busted, I beleive for cultivation.
I wonder if the rising cost of living and the shrinking paycheck have anything to do with people wanting to make a living any way they can?
Then you write "then there is another item on an Ontario Cop being busted".
Its a Penticton RCMP clerk and her son.
Tremendous thanks to Anonymous 8:46, 8:51, and 9:21 who I think is one person doing big-time due diligence.
I will try to set up your research on the main page where it will be easier for others to read. And re-read.
Gary E: just one question: who do you suppose investigated and arrested the Ontario cop and the RCMP employee in B.C.? That's right: the police.
Well, one more question: how miserable a task do you suppose that was: tracking and accusing someone you worked with, in-house?
I can answer a fraction of your question about how much the police know about what goes on in their own house, though: the Victoria Police Chief very likely knew that "one of his own" was implicated in the drug-trafficking aspect of the Legislature Raids when he led the police team into the Legislature on 28 Dec. 2003. Later, in fact, former Constable Ravinder Dosanjh was charged with obstruction of justice, stood trial, was found guilty, and resigned from the force.
Being a cop in this turbulent society is so much the job I'd hate having to do, I just hope that now and then the gendarmerie can feel appreciated for doing the right thing ... so they keep doing it.
BC Mary. I know full well who had to investigate this employee. And it must have had tremendous outfall in the detachment. It also must have been the hardestthing for them to have to release this information.
As you know Mary some of my questions don't come across as I intended to ask them. In this case I had wondered if the police knew that they had some internal problems like this when they alluded to the government problems. With this case breaking I am sure they do.
As far as being a cop in this society we live in. You are correct. They have the most dangerous and underpaid jobs in this country. Most of them deserve more applause than they receive. And definitely more pay and larger staff.
As to the anons above they have done most excellent work in bringing those "ties" forward. It must have taken days. Thanks to them.
Thanks again, Gary E. And here's another borrowing from retired Judge Bouque's blog:
May 01, 2008
CRIME - POLICE CLEARANCE RATES – COURT DISPOSAL RATES - BRITISH COLUMBIA’S UNDERFINANCED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
British Columbia’s criminal justice system fails to meet Canadian provincial standards for enforcing federal criminal laws. Per capita, it has the fewest number of police officers compared to other provinces.
This posting reveals statistics that few British Columbians seem to know. They disclose a persistent neglect by both federal and provincial officials to protect their citizens from criminal harm.
2. Police Clearances Rates
Police clearance rates inform the public about the disposition of public complaints concerning criminal conduct. The following figures come from a paper published by Statistics Canada titled: “Criminal Justice Indicators-2005.”* For the sake of brevity I will use figures from provinces that have the best clearance rates for investigating and disposing of criminal complaints and compare them to B.C. which has the worst. The higher the number the more effective the police force:
a) Adult violent crimes:
b) Property Crimes:
c) All crimes
3. Court disposal rates from arrest to decision – rates of guilt
The same 2005 Statistics Canada study analyzes the time it takes from arrest to trial for processing adult cases in 2003-2004. Nine out of 10 provinces responded.
The worst province was Quebec with 325 days. The best was P.E.I with 48 days. B.C. was the 4th worst with 195 days. The overall average time was 226 days in adult court and 141 days in youth court.
Of cases that went to trial in 2003/04, 66% resulted in a guilty verdict and 34% in an acquittal. Between 1994/95 and 2003/04, guilty verdicts decreased from 78% of trial outcomes to 66%.
4. Ratio of police officers to criminal complaints
One wonders why B.C. is at the bottom or close to the bottom in its clearance of criminal conduct complaints. The answer appears to be a lack of resources.
In a 2005 study done by the University College, Fraser Valley, Abbotsford B.C., School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies the authors examined this and other similar issues during the preceding 30 years.**
For their models, they used British Columbia RCMP Detachments in Surrey Municipality just outside of Vancouver, Nanaimo City on Vancouver Island and Prince George City in the province’s northern interior. Other B.C. cities and municipalities who have their own local police forces probably suffer from the same resource problems.
During the last 30 years, the authors found that there was a decrease in police capacity to investigate crimes with a corresponding increase in population. Also, changes in the law have made the job more complex and therefore more time consuming.
Break and enter cases required 58% more police time in 2003 compared to 1983. Impaired and drunk driving cases required 250% more time. Domestic assault cases required 964% more time.
Canada reportedly has high property crime levels and high assault levels relative to other developed nations. About 25% of Canada’s population is victimized each year by one of the 11 types of crime mentioned by the International Victimization Survey.
In 2003, the authors found that the ratio of police officers to population in B.C. was 19% lower than Australia, 22% lower than that of the U.S. and 26% lower than England and Wales. In 2004, B.C. had more criminal offences reported to police than Quebec which has double the B.C. population. For that same year B.C.’s crime rate was more than double that of Ontario. Quebec and Ontario had substantially more police per capita than B.C.
The population of B.C. more than doubled (2.4 times) between 1962 and 2003 while the number of crimes increased seven fold. In 2005, police officers were expected to handle three times as many crimes as they did prior to 1962. There has been a drop in clearance rates over that time for Breaking and Entering from 25% to 8% and for homicide from 90% to below 70%.
B.C. spends less per capita for policing services than Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut. B.C. has 13% of Canada’s population. With only 10% of Canada’s police services spending, B.C. accounts for 20% of Canada’s Criminal Code offences.
Appellate court decisions since the Charter have created more police work.
Note: For example, police must disclose and provide copies of all written material relating to the investigation of a crime. The authors listed 15 items that police must produce. They say that the time and expense of disclosure is becoming prohibitive and criminal investigations are being imperiled.
1. The B.C. government skimps on funding necessary police resources thus failing in its primary duty to protect its citizens from criminal harm.
2. Ottawa ignores basic procedural changes to Canada’s criminal laws that would provide Canadians with a more efficient criminal justice system.
3. Until the legislative branches of the federal and provincial governments establish constitutional control over their executive branches not much will change.
1 May 2008; revised 3 May 2008
That's a very unemotional survey, worth remembering.
You seemed to have skimmed over the fact (not made it clear) that it was a common, ordinary, clerk who was hired by the City of Penticton that is involved in drug trafficking via the CUPE local. (which doesn't mean anything except she was as well paid as any other union employee)
"Corporal Rick Dellebuur says as Myshrall is technically an employee of the City of Penticton, he is unsure how her arrest will affect her job."
The RCMP investigating a City of Penticton employee is no different than their being involved in determining what really went on in Chilliwack, ten years ago, when one of the employee(s?) for the city, the Approving Officer, moved ACL boundary changes which are now the subject of a 12 month investigation, and still counting, in regards to land developers cashing in, which I might add, is far more lucrative than drug trafficking.
The RCMP's duty was to raid the BC Legislature, to enforce our laws, and it was based on the evidence that three individuals, three employees of the BC Liberals, seems to have tainted the respect that we owe to those that put their lives on the line every single day, 24/7, the RCMP, and all other police forces across Canada.
In your second paragraph you stated:
"So when they made the statement about organized crime in politics I wonder how much they knew about what was going on in their own house."
You're starting to mix up your "houses" Gary E because it was one police officer for the Victoria Police Department, not the RCMP, that proved to be the one bad apple, one Ravinder Dosanjh.
Want to talk about "houses", then lets use the term where it belongs, deep in the bowels of our Legislature in Victoria. eg. "Government house leader is the cabinet minister responsible for planning and managing the government's legislative program in the provincial house of ..." and in this particular case it was Gary Collins and specifically his trusted ministerial Aide, one David Basi.
Innocent until proven otherwise, but still a bad apple in public opinion.
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