Tuesday, January 18, 2011

 

Basi-Virk case: $17.3 million and counting. [Oh?]

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By Keith Fraser

National Post
The Province · Jan. 17, 2011

The total cost to the province for the Basi-Virk case so far is $17.3 million — and counting.

{Snip} ...

The costs for Berardino, who has had several co-counsel working with him on the file, relate to not only the B.C. Rail case but also to aspects of the police investigation known as Project Everywhichway. Those costs include the prosecution of Dave Basi, one of two former ministerial aides who pleaded guilty in the B.C. Rail case, in connection with a land deal on Vancouver Island involving the removal of farmland from the Agricultural Land Reserve.

They also include the prosecution of former Victoria police officer Ravinder Dosanjh for attempting to obstruct justice and payments made to Berardino for providing advice to police during the December 2003 police raid on the B.C. legislature.

There have been another $2.39 million for “other legal services,” according to the government’s public affairs bureau.

The province’s share of the RCMP costs has been $686,000. Court costs come to $234,000 and corrections costs have amounted to $40,000.

In October last year Basi and his co-accused Bob Virk pleaded guilty to breaches of trust in connection with the $1 billion sale of B.C. Rail to CN. They received conditional sentences.

The B.C. Rail case has been one of the costliest trials in recent years in B.C. but is far less than the $102 million spent on the Robert Pickton serial murder case, or the $130 million spent on the Air India bombing case.

kfraser@theprovince.com


Source is HERE

http://www.nationalpost.com/Basi+Virk+case+million+counting/4122772/story.html#ixzz1BNxwErrl

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BC Mary comment:  Wait a minute. Wait just a doggone minute ... the costs "also include the prosecution of former Victoria police officer Ravinder Dosanjh for attempting to obstruct justice."  What?  I don't recall this very tenuous connection being mentioned in the BC Rail trial. Dosanjh is Dave Basi's cousin.

Click HERE to read the Dosanjh confession. 

http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/2006/05/ravinder-dosanjh-on-trial-uncovered-by.

Costs charged up to the BC Rail Political Corruption Trial a.k.a. the Basi-Virk trial also "include the prosecution of Dave Basi ... in connection with a land deal on Vancouver Island involving the removal of farmland from the Agricultural Land Reserve."  Ditto. How was this part of the BC Rail trial? It wasn't. See Vancouver Sun at: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/10/21/bc-shambrook-basi-alr.html  Also, next to nothing published about this. No connection whatever between the BCRail Trial and the Sooke A.L.R. trial. So why was the case heard before Justice MacKenzie?

Question for the government accounting service:  Was the trial of Jasmohan Singh Bains also charged to the BCRail/Basi-Virk trial? I bet it was. I bet the cost was. I know the Bains trial (File #127870) in Victoria Law Court wasn't reported -- only shrouded in secrecy. Imagine.  Mr Big in BC cocaine trafficking was the man police were tracking when they raided the BC legislature. Police charged Bains who was convicted on evidence gained from wire-tapped telephone calls (26 of them during the critical summer of 2003) between Bains and his cousin in the Ministry of Finance, Dave Basi. Click HERE for that story. Although sentenced in 2008 to 9 years, Bains is said to be free and living in Victoria again. Did we hear about any of that in the media? No, dammit, we didn't, except for one (1) report 5 months later. Very few people know all this. Let somebody in government accounting explain that, please: secret trial except for costs?

It never stops, does it? Why do "they" keep doing these underhanded things?

I can only guess. First of all, note that this information is coming to us via the corrupt Public Affairs Bureau, probably building a case to show that the BC Rail / Basi Virk trial was so expensive, we can't have a Public Inquiry. New roof on BC Place, fine. But a Public Inquiry to restore justice in B.C., and the BC Liberals seem to think that would be too expensive.

Why does the PAB keep on labouring in this way, on behalf of the BC so-called Liberals? I assume, it's because they are also BC Liberals, and although Gordo is "gone", BC Liberals are still giving the orders. And the last thing BC Liberals wanted was a full-blown trial ... even less do they want a Public Inquiry now. Too much dirt to cover up. They know how best to do it: shut down or ignore any "open and transparent" research. The Opposition hasn't seized this opportunity, either. It's up to the citizens now.

Right now, while there are candidates clamouring to take over the chair of BC premier, each one needs to be asked a question: will you guarantee a Public Inquiry into the sale of BC Rail? Soon? Will you put that promise in writing and have it notarized? Soon? In other words, will you start the clean-up of BC immediately?
Even that won't be enough. 

 So keep asking "Show us the guarantee!" ... I mean, no more airy-fairy promises about " Oh yes, I'll be pleased to look at that suggestion when the moon turns green ... " etc etc. They won't guarantee a Public Inquiry unless we push them. Meantime, we shouldn't let them put out fake calculations intended to prejudice our honest wish for a Public Inquiry to tell us what happened to that priceless public asset, BC Rail. And you know, the more the BC Liberals act up this way, the more likely it seems that the province could rise up and exercise its legal rights to repossess BC Rail.  I do believe that grounds exist for doing so. 

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And here's another foolish expense discovered by North Van's Grumps ... it's
another gift from the Campbell government to CN. This is an excerpt from a posting dated December 2010:

N.V.G. writes ... excerpt:

... Election BC to the rescue, not that I was looking for that particular data last night, a month and a half after the $6 million payoff, I just found it at their wonderful website while doing some Dry reading where every once in awhile something makes you go WOW!!!!

The reason I was looking for this particular information was because I wanted to know how Elections BC counted political donations. I've kindly highlighted in Bold below, "Prime Interest Rates".

http://www.elections.bc.ca/docs/fin/407.pdf

Prime Interest Rates

If a loan to a political party, constituency association, candidate, leadership contestant or a nomination contestant is made at an interest rate less than the prime rate of the principal banker to the Province of British Columbia at the time the interest rate is fixed, the benefit derived is a political contribution. The interest rates that should be used when completing the Loans and Guarantees Received (S-L1) form to calculate the amount of interest payable at the prime rate are located at the following sites:


Historical interest rates

http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/PT/bcm/histrates.shtml


Current interest rate

– http://cibc.com/ca/rates/index.html


If you have any questions, please contact the Electoral Finance program area at Elections BC."
N.V.G. continues: I clicked on the Historical interest rates without realizing there was "fin" in the link which took me to this page's contents:

"The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is considered to be the Province’s principal banker for interest rate reference purposes. As the need to determine the prime rate of the Province’s banker arises under various enactments and instruments across government, the historical record of CIBC’s prime lending rate can be referenced below. The rates are listed from 1974 and will be updated on a periodic basis. Please refer to CIBC's Web site for the most recent rate.

View the Historical Effective Prime Rate table."



I went Hmmmmmm. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and wondered aloud as to whether CIBC World Markets was related to CIBC. Would you make the same observation? Would you be tempted to take the next step in the link to View the Historical Effective Prime Rate Table that goes back to 1974 and is updated on a periodic basis. I did.

On page 2 of the document, top right corner ... April 14, 2004, the going interest rate was 3.75%!!!!!

The indemnity that the Executive Council (Campbell Cabinet) signed off on the sale of BC Rail to CN Rail was a whopping 9%, and the really interesting thing is that the numbers show that the Prime Rate peaked on July 11, 2007 at 6.25%, and went into a steady decline, all through 2008, till September 9, 2010 at 3.00%."

End of N.V.G. Excerpt. But there's more, and it's damning, too ... go to:

http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.com/2010/12/cibc-historical-effective-prime-rate.html

Thanks, N.V.G.  

British Columbia absolutely needs a Public Inquiry NOW.

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Skookum 1 responds to The Globe and Mail "timeline" article: 

It's really quite amazing that the national media, like the BC media, continues to claim that Campbell's resignation was all to do with the HST

Sure - that's what HE said, other than concerns for his family (ahem) - but everyone knows it was because of the public anger at the shutting down of the BC Rail trial, which was all about keeping Campbell and various senior staffers and party backers/beneficiaries from having to appear on the stand.  This was an important element in the caucus revolt, as was the just-recent cabinet shuffle, about which both cabinet and caucus were not consulted and involved the creation of the controversial and gigantic new Ministry of Natural Resource Operations which even diehard Liberals don't like the look of, nor the notion of a new super-minister position whose job it is to expedite the off-sale of resources and "streamline" ways through environmental and other regulatory inhibitions in the way of wholesale and running-amuck selling-off of BC's remaining riches (what hasn't already been sold or given away to party backers).

Campbell claiming his resignation was to do with unrest against the HST is a red herring, as is the media's willing parroting of that single-issue rationale.

And about his concerns for his family, everyone in BC who reads the blogs (which most people trust more than any of the newspapers or networks, including yours) knows that his Executive Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff, and longtime "close companion", was also going to be called to the stand and face a grilling by the defence team....along with a lot of party backers, big bankers and railway CEOs and other bigwigs, who didn't want to be put on the spot the way Martyn Brown, Chief of Staff, and Brian Kenning, the henchman who presided over the jerry-rigged justifications for why BC Rail had to be sold off, and presided also over a dud corporation on a quarter-million-dollar salary since then, until the remaining corporate status of the railway was folded into a branch of the Ministry of Transportation this last summer.

There's so much more to the political unrest and outright anger in BC than the HST - when are you mainstream media going to wake up and smell the stench of corruption, which is really what his resignation is about, and which will destroy the Liberals themselves as long as they continue to dodge the issue of a full public inquiry into BC Rail - which would necessarily end with the cancellation of CN's contract and the railway's repossession by the people of British Columbia.

This timeline of yours is a joke; you didn't even mention the caucus revolt, never mind the obvious optics of the timing of the BC Rail Trial's shutting-down and how angry people are about it.

The biggest scandal in BC history, and maybe the most sweeping in Canadian history in recent memory and your paper pretends it doesn't exist......when are you going to live up to what Junius has to say on your masthead? 

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Big Mike/Skookum1


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Comments:
Are there any names attached to these PAB miscreants who seem to have contracted the 'Craig James' dis ease.
I'll bet with names we could connect a lot of dots, especially to messers B & V.
 
Hello Mary,
They seem to be cramming as much into these costs as possible,I am surprised to see Ravinder Dosanjh thrown in the mix but reading it I think they are shooting themselves in the proverbial foot as it will certainly have the adverse effect of what they hoped for.
It was a total waste of 17.3 million taxpayers dollars and a total and disgusting insult to the public given the outcome, they should just be stating,""we just totally wasted millions more of your dollars, do you wish us to continue?"
I don't think the cost of an Inquiry should be an issue at all even if it should cost in the hundreds of millions, I know this sounds shocking but not when you look at the damage done to our province in the last decade and the amounts of money that implies not counting the damage to resources and I only have to cite a few to make my point.
BC Rail,the legacy built for our province and a very viable and far reaching resource, robbed from us and our children in a deal so sour it cost us money to give it away.
BC Ferries, part of our highway system now under seige of corporate entities and being used as a laundering service to cook the books come budget time.
BC Hydro the jewel of the province now being decimated by outrageous regulations and forced to buy power from Campbell's friends at outrages rates through IPP projects and there have been many article written on how senseless and brutal this is to consumers.
Farmed fish and the rape of our oceans where European conglomerates take all profits out of BC and leave our waters devastated and infested so much so that our wild Salmon are feared endangered.

This list is a small but eyeopening picture into the rape of this province and for the PAB and Leadership contenders to insult us further by saying the cost of an Inquiry would be too high,I would ask of them Just how stupid do you believe us to be? That in a nutshell is the quetion!
There is no cost too high for us to be rid of these people and to not have to suffer this pillaging any further along with their totally uncalled for and undeserved arrogance.
 
http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.com/2010/12/cibc-historical-effective-prime-rate.html

Interesting about those interest rates!
 
Anonymous 1:59 ... don't miss a word of what North Van's Grumps has dug up about another gift from the Campbell government to CN.

Excerpt from N.V.G. posting dated December 2010:


Election BC to the rescue, not that I was looking for that particular data last night, a month and a half after the $6 million payoff, I just found it at their wonderful website while doing some Dry reading where every once in awhile something makes you go WOW!!!!

The reason I was looking for this particular information was because I wanted to know how Elections BC counted political donations. I've kindly highlighted in Bold below, "Prime Interest Rates".

http://www.elections.bc.ca/docs/fin/407.pdf

Prime Interest Rates

If a loan to a political party, constituency association, candidate, leadership contestant or a nomination contestant is made at an interest rate less than the prime rate of the principal banker to the Province of British Columbia at the time the interest rate is fixed, the benefit derived is a political contribution. The interest rates that should be used when completing the Loans and Guarantees Received (S-L1) form to calculate the amount of interest payable at the prime rate are located at the following sites:


Historical interest rates

http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/PT/bcm/histrates.shtml


Current interest rate

– http://cibc.com/ca/rates/index.html


If you have any questions, please contact the Electoral Finance program area at Elections BC."

I clicked on the Historical interest rates without realizing there was "fin" in the link which took me to this page's contents:

"The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is considered to be the Province’s principal banker for interest rate reference purposes. As the need to determine the prime rate of the Province’s banker arises under various enactments and instruments across government, the historical record of CIBC’s prime lending rate can be referenced below. The rates are listed from 1974 and will be updated on a periodic basis. Please refer to CIBC's Web site for the most recent rate.
View the Historical Effective Prime Rate table."



I went Hmmmmmm. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and wondered aloud as to whether CIBC World Markets was related to CIBC. Would you make the same observation? Would you be tempted to take the next step in the link to View the Historical Effective Prime Rate Table that goes back to 1974 and is updated on a periodic basis. I did.

On page 2 of the document, top right corner... April 14, 2004, the going interest rate was 3.75%!!!!!

The indemnity that the Executive Council (Cabinet) signed off on the sale of BC Rail to CN Rail was a whopping 9%, and the really interesting thing is that the numbers show that the Prime Rate peaked on July 11, 2007 at 6.25%, and went into a steady decline, all through 2008, till September 9, 2010 at 3.00%.

End of N.V.G. Excerpt. But there's more, and it's damning ... go to:

http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.com/2010/12/cibc-historical-effective-prime-rate.html

Thanks, N.V.G.
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For What It's Worth,

I appreciate the fact that you're willing to report shocking new information.

However, it's imperative that the information can be verified. Otherwise, it is merely libel.

My concern is that I think you're mistaken with regard to Ravinder Dosanjh.

And I've never seen support for your statement about Basi and Bains.

If you can give a source verifying the accuracy of those two statements, I'll release your comments for posting.

OK?
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Fair enough.

You're right--the connection has never been publicly documented.

Just between us, however, i can assure that it did very much exist. It was no mere coincidence that the provincial coffers of the Federal Liberal party suddenly started to swell with cash and new "ethnic" supporters in this time-frame. Just ask Herb Dhaliwal about the situation back in those days.

And i would respectfully submit that this important, if concealed, network was one more reason for all the covering up we have witnessed with regard to evidence gathered during project EveryWhichWay. (Think about that name for a second more.)

Anyway, with all due respect, i would only ask that you keep it in mind as we move forward.

And, please don't forget that Supreme Court Justices at the provincial level are officially appointed by the federal Justice Minister--say, like Irwin Cotler in the Martin government appointing Peter Leask.

Nor should we forget that Dave Basi was actively angling for a move to Ottawa by showing his support to Lyall Knott ( at Heenan Blaikie) via Eric Bornman and Bruce Clarke.

But, when we get a public inquiry into the dispossession of BCR, we'll have to be sure to go to fullest extent of where ever else it takes us.

Agreed--?
 
Mary, what happens if the Crown is awarded the documents in the hands of the defense, regarding the BCR corruption case. Isn't anyone afraid, they may disappear?
 
Dosanj
Bains
Basi
Virk
Basi
Sandhu

All so-called "brown men" and all implicated in crimes. Where they pursued by the prosecutor specifically because of their race?

is it a coindicence?

is there some other connection, ie family ties?
 
There's more here than meets the eye beyond Mary's excellent analysis of the questiona underlying what's been included in the case costs,

There are a few bombshells revealed though:one is an obstruction of justice charge and case against a Victoria cop, who's Dave Basi's cousin...who none of us familiar with the proceedings so far have ever heard of before. Add in Jas Bains, this is turning into thriller material...

The second is how much Berardino, a friend of the wrong people when appointed contrary to regulations and more, turning out to make quite a hefty legal services bill of his own.

The third is that CIBC, whose subsidiary CIBC World Markets did controversial consulting work, untendered, is the banker that helped finance the sale - at 9%, a lot highert han prevailing rates at the time.....also a major campaign contributor; like everyone else who's bought a piece of the BC Rail money-pie.
 
The ethnic party memberships theme underlying the rise to power of both the Liberal Party and "the Basi group", for lack of a better and more fortunate/fitting term, was covered at a national level excellently by I can't remember who, during the Liberal leadership race that spawned, I think, Celine, I mean Stephane Dion....how the Tamils were behind Kennedy, the Somalis behind someone else, the Sikhs behind whomever, and some really questionable tactics and rivalries and brokering promises with each group; It was in the Sun, as I remember, or the Globe anyway.

Needless to say, with the open membership situation with the Liberals at the moment, a close look should be had at what's going on with that. Conversely, the NDP's financial limits and shutting its membership up early, are an abominable absurdity of anti-democratic closure from a party that should be doing anything but but shut itself off from new blood.

Thing is, this time around, will the Sikh and other South Asian communities want to vote Liberal, after the way this is seen in the ethnic press? Interesting whose ridings are at stake with that - including Falcon's.
 
Re all the corporate/Liberal biggies at the BC Rail feeding trough: there's enough evidence agains them all, they should consider pleading collective insanity......

Maybe that's why they're talking about building a new prison in Penticton, nice and sunny, gold courses nearby for when they get day-leaves.....I say put them somewhere horrendous, no sunshine, bad food, and the choice pick of BC's worst criminal inmates to keep them company and teach them the ropes of prison life.....

What's good enough for Conrad Black is good enough for them; at least he seems to have made something of himself on the inside and won respect by educating a lot of them; that's not something I could see Campbell, or Wallace (of CIBC) doing.....

Falcon's begrudging support for the guilty-plea "payment" issue is only going to rip holes open in the issue of Berardino's payroll and his appointment and close political ties to the government. As with Abbott, they want people to focus only on Basi, and on the payout; but to examine the payout, it would give the defence a chance to re-present its case, in full, and the issues that lay behind their defence will wind up all having to be examined, as well as the proceedings of the trial that led to the denouement and the payout. "Denouement" is too kind a word; they stuffed a pillow over the case's head and tried to kill it; but the autopsy of that, er, death (of the principal of justice), is only going to lead farther and farther into all the issues of the case....they're fools to think it can be contained; it never will be, not now, not ever....

As I asid eleswhere, federal politicians who don't talk about this to their constituents are gonna hear about it anyway, and those who show no commitment to the public interest about this will likely not have an easy time winning seats, or keeping them. The federal MPs are as gutless as their parties, of whatever stripe....it's there, too, that Independents are needed. There are matters here which should be federal issues, raised in the House and either investigated by a Crown Commission or parliamentary hearings, or in federal courts. They won't, they don't have the vision or the desire, and the endemic corruption of how BC works is borne out at the federal level too, with ''both'' of the major Canadian parties also toadies of the corporate (and ethnic-faction) political sphere(s).

I still think Gilles Duceppe might be the guy to speak up for the collapse of justice in British Columbia; not that the government of Quebec doesn't have its own corruption and monopolistic powers; but he's got nothing to lose....I think in a personal popularity poll, he still polls highest of Canadian federal leaders, among British Columbians.

Virk's affidavit on not returning evidence to the Crown should be very interesting. Thing is, will Mackenzie just dismiss what he and Basi and their lawyers submit, based on some arcane interpretation, or unprecedented decision, which gives Crown what it wants; the decision conceivably could be appealed to the Court of Appeals....but I doubt they'd give it to Justice Bennett, though they should of course (since it was her case until booted aside/upstairs).

Basi and Virk may yet turn out to be heroes in all this, for pressing for the materials to be kept for a public inquiry; because it's clear they want to be absolved, or at least forgiven, which is ultimately what a public inquiry must find about them, if only in relation to the OmniTRAX matter if not other charges and things like the membership signups and dirty tricks and so on.

we Want it from the horses' mouths. This could get interesting, and maybe only is the end of Act I...the fat lady is nowhere near coming on stage yet, but man, it should be quite the song once this story is done....

This is what the CBC should be covering, not coming up with humanitarian award reality gameshows.
 
Just a small point, almost irrelevant Skookum - but if you will indulge me.
As to putting Campbelloids in gaols without frills and Lord Black of Crossdressing:

"What's good enough for Conrad Black is good enough for them; at least he seems to have made something of himself on the inside and won respect by educating a lot of them;"

He is hardly at the Super Max in Illinois or Fort Leavenworth. He was at a minumum security federal facility in Florida packed with mostly white collar criminals like himself, lacking only titles to the British Peerage. I'm amazed that he can find any illiterate fellow inmates, and wonder if this claim may be somewhat overwrought PR designed to elicit sympathy for the difficult to empathize with arrogant Lord.

Generally it isn't poverty and/or illiteracy that produces white collar criminals, rather it is totally subscribing to the Republican dogma of GREED - indeed many white collar criminals both convicted and un-indicted have MBAs from Ivy League schools!
 
This blog has all the ins and out when it comes to Breach of Trust counts, and charges laid, by the police....

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Former+solicitor+general+Kash+Heed+facing+possible+criminal+charges/4130123/story.html

Former solicitor-general Kash Heed facing possible criminal charges

By JONATHAN FOWLIE, Vancouver Sun January 18, 2011

And before you say it


NO COMMENT is what we'll now hear in unison from the BC Liberal Leadership hopefuls.
 
From Fowlie's article:
“You have a stallion that has been in training for some time and you and everyone else know he’s a winner, but he can’t wait on the sidelines forever,” Heed added.

“Ponder this my great friend.”


LOL. The "stallion".....ROTFL. Well, let's just say, Kash, that we knew you were a ringer....

As for waiting forever, look up "Purgatory".

"My great friend". Ho ho ho ho......

I don't think the Marx Brothers foresaw any of this when making Duck Soup.
 
This is an excerpt from an email I received today out of the Attorney General office. It is very telling on the dictatorial mindset of that group of lawyers and may help in coming to grips with how they and others in the government perceive their position of trust.

"This letter constitutes a specific refusal by the Surveyor General, the acting Registrar, the provincial government and any other provincial government officials to whom your documents may refer to accept, agree to or be bound by the legal outcomes asserted in those documents. It also constitutes a general reservation of the rights of the provincial government and provincial government officials in response to your documents."

Sure looks to me especially by the words in the first sentence that they are claiming dictatorial power and that they consider themselves above the law. Is it any wonder we find ourselves surrounded by corrupt police, politicians and public servants.
 
Dosanjh
Bains
Basi
Virk
Basi
Sandhu, and now
Khanna
Sall
Johl and
Heed.

All so-called "brown men" and all implicated in crimes.

Were they pursued by the prosecutor specifically because of their race?

Or is there something else at play here?

I welcome anyones comments.
 
Skookum1,
I want to compliment you on your comment to the Globe and Mail Timline.
Very to the point and no mincing of words. Hard hitting but deservedly so.These words needed to be said and you said them with exceptional truth and authority. If they don't pay attention to your words I believe it safe to say it will only be out of shame on their part. Great Job and well done!
Don
 
The Public Inquiry Act, Bill 6, 2007:

http://www.leg.bc.ca/38th3rd/3rd_read/gov06-3.htm
 
Thanks Don....that post actually went through, often enough mine don't, they just hang there, but generally save them separately before hitting "send" because of that (as also here, where some of my posts have gone astray, like little lambs with wolves about...)

Looking over it again, I think I should have added at the end, "and you can tell your editors that for me". It's about not being silent/inactive in the face of injustice...can't remember the wording, and won't bother to look it up.

They're doing a better job, though, covering BC events than the BC papers are doing, even if from a skewed outsider-ish take on it, and still playing the don't-talk-about-certain-stuff game. The Vancouver papers don't have comments sections attached to their news and op-ed articles, only to certain "blogs"....control, control, control, authority over information, the same few people dominating political discussion, all on a leash...it was the Globe who launched their National Edition in BC during the '83 newspaper strike, with no editors overseeing what reporters were saying; it was shut down when the propaganda press came back online, never seen anything like it in BC, not even the Express.....one advantage we do have with Toronto editors and writers taking an interest is they're not - necessarily - coopted by the hometurf politicians, who have our major media in a close embrace. Gary Mason acknowledges the role of the blogs in keeping the issue alive and serving a role the papers have not filled; but he's about the first to say that, of the major columnists anyway.

As a rough outline for other Canadians, their timeline wasn't bad, despite its monotonal HST refrain, but it's cheesy and empty to any British Columbian who's even half-aware of the way things are here, and what else is going on than the HST revolt.

I may start doing the Post-Intelligencer blogs, but it's hard explaining our system to Americans, it's so alien to theirs; our politics has probably never looked crazier from down there, I think, and in a way that must completely mystify them, given their own strong party allegiances and different political agendas and inner workings. Victoria's arcane to us as it is; it's incomprehensible to them....they're our other half, we're pretty much out of touch with them, too....not that I've looked yet to see what the Seattle Times, the remaining daily has been seeing, or the P-I blogs either....hmmm.

Anyway thanks again; I'm in the G&M username registry as skookumhiyu - Skookum1 was taken, maybe that was me at an earlier date with an email address I've forgotten or can't use now, not sure. "hiyu" means many, a gathering, a party (not a political party, a party party) in the Chinook Jargon. "Hiyu skookum!!" would mean "really really skookum", in whatever context, and said hi-YOU in that case; without it a bit more casual but still mean "really skookum".

[LOL this is one of those "we cannot process your message" messages, re-sending]
 
Hugh,

Many thanks for providing the URL on The Public Inquiry Act ... ahem ... 2007.

Even a quick scan tells us that the Campbell Gang has made it protective of themselves ...

and somewhere, too, there's other Campbell legislation requiring that the FINDINGS of a Public Inquiry need only be known to the Cabinet ... and kept secret from the rest of us.

The Public Inquiry Act 2007 will be weekend re-reading for me. Thanks again, Hugh.

Btw, where is G. Campbell MLA now?
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"somewhere, too, there's other Campbell legislation requiring that the FINDINGS of a Public Inquiry need only be known to the Cabinet ... and kept secret from the rest of us."

I remember when this qualification was added through Order in Council, rammed through the window dressing Legislature or simply decreed by his Holiness Campbell, though I can't remember just when and how.

However it seems quite disingenuous, or outright misleading/dishonest labeling, to even call something a "Public Inquiry" under such restrictions - ie if the public never has to be informed of the findings - in this case not even the MLAs other than the innner council of the mobsters otherwise known as the cabinet.
 
Many thanks for adding this information, Koot.

I'm working on two other stories at the moment, so I hope others will dig up the name, time, place of that loathsome legislation. It's another question to be answered by aspiring premierial candidates.

Man, citizens do have work to do these days, to keep shining the spotlight on the mobsters.
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Note Today


Two Global TV reporters taken off air in unrelated matters

VANCOUVER — Global BC TV news reporter Catherine Urquhart is being taken off the air pending a review into whether she breached any journalistic standards, the station's news director said Wednesday.


The decision comes after a recently unsealed search warrant revealed an email exchange between Urquhart and former solicitor-general Kash Heed's campaign manager Barinder Sall.


“I can honestly say Kash would not be SG [solicitor-general] today if it hadn’t been for some key people behind the scenes,” Sall wrote to Urquhart on June 10, 2009.


“There were only truly 3 people that played a major role: Me, Peter Dhillon and yourself and Kash knows this,” he added.


“Peter was the money guy, I’m the brown tanned James Bond strategy girl-chasing guy and you were like the communications director . . . your stories, coverage and timing gave Kash a lot of profile and built him a following from day 1 at West Van and then leading into the election.”


In response, Urquhart wrote: “Hey . . . that’s really sweet of you. Have to say — there were a number of people along the way (cops and reporters — mostly cops) who seemed to have it out for Kash. But I always believed he was a good guy. I’m truly glad it worked out! C”


In a statement sent to The Vancouver Sun, Global BC news director Ian Haysom said the matter "is being independently by the senior director of editorial policy for Global News to see whether any journalistic standards have been breached. The review will take several days. In the meantime, Catherine will not appear on air."

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Global+reporters+taken+unrelated+matters/4136204/story.html#ixzz1Bb2yzMUl
 
In Sec 28 of the PA Act, the Inquiry report goes to the Minister, then to the Exec Council, then to the Legislative Assembly. Portions of the report may be withheld, but the withheld portions must be identified.
 
Mary and all,
If you clock on the Bill Teilman link on Here at Mary' site and then click on tyeelink there is a very interesting article on why Politicians hate recall. It is amazing to see how they think and how they truly feel about us.
They just don't get it at all, we pay for everything, every penny, but that thought just doesn't cross their minds. Their feelings of superiority runs rampid in what they have to say.
Don
 
Don F.,

Thanks for the tip about Bill Tieleman's column today. I've been working on a story and haven't had time to look in. But I did stop, look, and got pretty steamed after your tip.

But I couldn't see where to leave a comment! What's with that??

Bill did a good job and I wanted to say "Bravo!"

The whole story made me feel pleased that I had decided not to waste time and blog-space on these politicians.

I'll keep hoping for strong, smart, caring INDEPENDENT candidates for the premier's chair, and for future provincial elections. Seems to me that partisan politics rots people's brains out.
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never mind the Memos of Basi, that appear to have been made by Basi to cover his tracks, lets hear the wire tap evidence. Thats where the truth will be.
 
BC MAry, where are your posts? I want to read them. Also, I want to hear the wire taps. I believe all british columbians want to hear what Basi was saying, and to whom.

I dont thinks British Columbians are willing to believe the memos, the import of which we all should know by know was designed to cover the author's tracks.

And no, I am not a PAB. I do not want Chrissy Clark to run the show, but I do think if she is foolish enough to pursue it, she will get the leadership she so seeks and British Columbians will punich the Fiberals in the next election like never before.

I really dont think it matters who leads the NDP this time around, I beleive a lamp post could beat the Fiberals in the next election.

Unless of course the Fiberals get someone to lead them who is real, genuine and competant. SOmeone like Dr Keith Martin comes to mind, and no one else.

I am crossing my fingers Martin those his hat into the race. Heck, I would vote for him if he lead the NDP!
 
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