Saturday, October 01, 2011

 

The case was about slander. Libel. The Chief Councillor of the Haisla Village of Kitamaat, basically a Mayor of a municipal Council, Steve Wilson, was pissed off at his Hereditary Chiefs for standing in his way as he was making secret deals with Gordon Campbell regarding selling Alcans power production capabilities to BC Hydro. The white community of the District of Kitimat had engaged in a lawsuit to protest this as well.

REPORTING · 30th September 2011
BC COURT RULING DISREGARDS HAISLA HEREDITARY CHIEF TESTIMONYNew or Updated
Merv Ritchie
All First Nations Hereditary Traditional Governance is now threatened

In a stunning Court decision finally delivered on September 28, 2011, more than two years after it began, First Nations Traditional Hereditary culture was once again relegated to the dustbins of history.

Be Forewarned, This Is Not Short Article, It Is Indepth With Many Links For Context

Similar to the residential schools where the claims of genocide are disregarded as the proof was destroyed by the perpetrators (and the grave sites have not been forensically examined) the Judge in this case stated “No documentary record was presented” when considering the validity of the hereditary system of governance.

Even more absurd was how the presiding Judge, appointed by the BC Government of Premier Campbell, used a ruling from 2011 to rule against the Haisla Hereditary Chiefs when the trial was in 2009. The closing arguments were heard in February 2010. One might find it difficult to present an argument against something that wasn’t to happen for almost two years.

The case was about slander. Libel. The Chief Councillor of the Haisla Village of Kitamaat, basically a Mayor of a municipal Council, Steve Wilson, was pissed off at his Hereditary Chiefs for standing in his way as he was making secret deals with Gordon Campbell regarding selling Alcans power production capabilities to BC Hydro. The white community of the District of Kitimat had engaged in a lawsuit to protest this as well.

Please continue reading this important news report HERE:

http://www.terracedaily.ca/show8642a/BC_COURT_RULING_DISREGARDS_HAISLA_HEREDITARY_CHIEF_TESTIMONY

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Just so you know ... 

With sadness in my heart, 
I have deleted two comments from today's postings.  Why? Because
they are both filled with moaning and groaning, adding up to utter hopelessness. They're not even trying to take even the smallest action to make things better in B.C. I can't believe it! Nor can I understand why people send me the hopeless stuff.Yes, we know that Gordon Campbell is a scoundrel. Wouldn't it make sense, then, to alert a British newspaper? To picket with message outside key events? To write helpfully to a local newspaper?

How did the British people get through World War II with almost daily bombings of London, shortage of food and threat of invasion? By moaning and groaning? No. Over and over, the story is told of how the Brits carried on with incredible cheerfulness.

So what's with us, that moaning and groaning is all some of us can do? 

Well ... I'm not going to post the moans and groans any more. I won't let the whiners drag us all down (if we let them). From now on, the Drag-Butt comments are going to be tossed off the nearest cliff.

I hope you all -- even the moaners and groaners -- understand why that's so important. 
We simply can't give up! 

Brigette DePape 
is showing us what needs doing.

Robin Mathews shows us what needs doing. 

Pacific Gazetteer and Laila Yuile show us. 

Now, I hope you'll show us, too.


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Quote from Merv Ritchie's latest column:


 Excerpt:

... The question now, with this conclusion, will Enbridge and every other international company be able to take over Haisla Nation lands and Douglas Channel, as well as being used as a precedent to take over all First Nations lands in BC?

This Haisla Land is also part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Plans. Even BC`s new Premier Christy Clark came to talk about their plans for the future. Will the next council that doesn’t allow a development be unelected in two years by a Council that does agree to allow it? How much money will it take to buy compliance?

This decision, in other words, is the catalyst needed to unify all the First Nations in BC. The defendants, who the Plaintiffs are delighted to have beaten in this Court decision, are even more than delighted, they are ecstatic. A draw or a wash, no ruling either way, would have left the Haisla peoples in disarray with the Council continuing to take authority wherever they choose. Today they are facing a galvanizing opposition of not just Haisla, but the entire aboriginal world.


For more details, the full ruling by Justice Punnett and all the reports regarding this action from 2008 to the present day, including a copy of Steve Wilsons secret letter to BC Premier Gordon Campbell, click here.

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Comments:
I haven't read this article yet, but just want to point out that Alcan/Rio Tinto is considered the largest IPP that BC Hydro purchases power from. Alcan's Kemano plant dates back to about 1950, so it predates BC Hydro.
 
This is a stunning story Mary. Thanks for alerting us to it. Wow, I wish we had similar journalism here in southern BC, the supposedly sophisticated part of the province.

Also, check out this editorial column by Gwyn Morgan in Friday's Vancouver Sun:

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Green+alarmists+kill+green+generator/5479873/story.html

Isn't Gwyn Morgan an advisor to Christy Clark?

He's only identified in this piece of industry PR nonsense as "Gwyn Morgan is the retired founding CEO of EnCana Corp."

Boy, what a paragon of disclosure the Vancouver Sun is... not. Just like the CBC is... not, re Stephen Smart their political bureau chief and husband of Rebecca Scott, Christy Clark's deputy communications director.

It's no wonder that we don't get real investigative journalism here in this part of the province, and why the judiciary and legal vultures (and all their pals) can get away with such unprofessional and illegal conduct in our courts.
 
One very good thing is, Campbell's best buddy Harper is getting some heat. His arrogance is getting him into trouble.

One minister wants the word Canada "off" his business cards. And, he demands GOLD lettering too. He gave very precise instructions.

We all know about MacKay wasting $3 million on his traveling expenses. I understand, there are more brown envelopes to land on Harper's desk.

Some of us are in contact, with environmental groups in England. They have been told, Campbell's first priority is to con Europe into accepting the dirty tar sands oil.

I know too, Obama was e-mailed about his caving into Harper over the dirty tar sands.

England has all the dirt on both Harper and Campbell, right down to every dirty tactic they have pulled.Even Campbell's drunk mug shot was sent.

In England, there are two M.P's in prison for thieving and corruption. The Brits don't take the crap from their government, the way Canadians do.

Politicians in Britain are not permitted to steal, lie to and cheat their people.

I know for sure, Campbell's undeserved OBC award story was also sent.

There are many of us, not idle Mary.

Julie
 
Very reassuring, Julie. Thank you!

Lots of good ideas for others to consider.

Where did you send this kind of thing:

Quote:

England has all the dirt on both Harper and Campbell, right down to every dirty tactic they have pulled.Even Campbell's drunk mug shot was sent.

End of quote.


High fives!
 
Canadian Canary:

After reading your welcome comment, I looked up the link you provided:

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/03/17/GwynMorganFile/

Quote:

The Gwyn Morgan File: Rise of a Shale Gas Baron
Christy Clark picked the EnCana empire builder to guide her into power, and that says volumes about who's shaping BC's future. Part one of two.
By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Mar 2011, TheTyee.ca



Morgan, transition team advisor for incoming premier Clark.


Gwyn Morgan's emergence as a political advisor to BC Liberal leader and premier designate Christy Clark not only reflects the province's growing dependence on shale gas revenue but her party's formidable indebtedness to petro politics.

Morgan's calculated political ascension, which should prick the interest of every British Columbian, also illustrates the growing ambition of the country's petroleum elite.

Morgan, a sort of Canadian version of former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney and a man who admires the "journalism" of former tobacco lobbyist Ezra Levant, also serves as an advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

As an ideological supporter of Alberta's de facto petro state (it gets 35 per cent of its revenue from hydrocarbons and has been ruled by one party for 40 years), Morgan earnestly endorses the Alberta model of resource development.

Alberta's "give-it-away" model consists of generous profits for corporations, emasculated or captured regulators (B.C.'s Oil and Gas Commission is 100 per cent funded by industry and even seconds EnCana employees for projects), paltry returns for resource owners, low taxes and a petro state crippled by disengaged citizenry with no savings for the future.

Morgan, who retired to a modest $7-million property in North Saanich in 2006, is no stranger to B.C. politics. He not only helped build EnCana's massive holdings in unconventional gas plays in northern British Columbia (more than 3 million hectares of leased land) but also negotiated an "encouraging policy environment" with Premier Gordon Campbell's government.

This unique relationship, rarely analyzed by the press, gave both shale gas and EnCana extensive influence over the province's affairs. Natural gas now drives B.C., not wood.

Morgan, a smiling trustee of the Fraser Institute, is also a promoter of free market causes such as water exports to the United States. He says it's "one of the cleanest ways of creating new investment, jobs and deficit-reducing government revenue." ...

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it goes on, gets worse ...

and, as you say C.C., Vancouver Sun accepts it all smugly, busily helping B.C. to promote Christy Clark, as advertised. Jeez.

Vancouver Sun deserves a blizzard of Letters to Editor.
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Gwyn Morgan and Stephen Smart are emblematic of the too-close ties between politicians and press that is the essence of the News Of The World scandal in the UK....that one piece of blather from Canadian Press about "why it won't happen here" comes to mind again...I think I might dust off my critique of that soon, this being another case-in-point about how our media semi-monopolies are "controlling national debate". They're not influencing or controlling politicians and police, as in the UK; they're an intrinsic part of the system......
 
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