Thursday, August 31, 2006


Public Access Computers ... really!

Public Access Computers, I have learned, are located in the corridor of Victoria Court House on the 2nd floor. And presumably in every other B.C. court house, although I didn't see them myself when looking in either the Nanaimo or the Victoria Court House.

"Just type in the name, and the information appears," said the Victoria Registry Trial Cordinator, whose name is Diane Lezetch. Her phone number is (250) 356-2050, or 217-4196. Her office is Room 210 at Victoria Court House.

If searching for Dave Basi's trial dates, he is listed as Udhe Basi.

So there's 1) the Basi, Virk, Basi trial (Legislature Raids) ... 2) the Basi, Duncan, Young trial (Sooke A.L.R.) ... and the somewhat related trial #3 of former Constable Ravinder Dosanjh (Obstruction of justice) which suddenly stopped on May 17 after only 2 days.

I don't have time right now to follow up on this Public Access Computers tip. If anyone else can look into it, via their local court house, I'd surely appreciate hearing about it. We can post the info right here.

There are also the "9 others" who were charged after the Legislature Raids ...

But ... if it's this easy, why couldn't Vaughn Palmer answer my question about the re-start of the Ravinder Dosanjh trial, I wonder. I really hope the Public Access route is easy, though. That's how court data oughta be.

We have a a large amount of farmland in BC. In most of the province the farmland is under no threat, it is only the small amount on the south coast that is being taken out, even at that, there is not a dramatic loss.

Most south coast farmland is not being intensively farmed because there is no money in it for anyone.

An aditional 1 500 000 people will not require an additional 1 000 000 hectares of land to produce food on.

Most of our farmland in BC is not being used to produce much food at the moment. As an example, in the Okanagan, the shift from fruit to grapes takes the output per acre from 10 tonnes to about 4 tonnes of crop. That new crop is also one that produces no food as wine is not a food product as such.

In the Cariboo we could produce huge amounts of onions, garlic, potatoes, turnips, carrots etc but the price the public is willig to pay does not make it profitable to grow them. 100 000 acres of Cariboo land could produce about 500lbs of vegtables for each person in BC.

People also tend to forget that in places like Richmond, an average family home has the space to produce about 2500lbs of produce, enough to feed the family living on that space. Richmond alone could be feeding a lot of people.
Anonymous: Long ago, 4% of British Columbia land mass was considered as suitable for farmland. 4% ... and shrinking ... so it's hard to see the logic of your comment that we have "a large amount of farmland in B.C."

If farmers were valued for their contributions to society rather than on the same terms as shopkeepers who can buy their "products" more cheaply from California or Mexico, then perhaps we would be producing most of our agricultural needs, not just 50%.

In olden times, tremendous crops of tomatoes were grown in the Lilloet area. Canned there too. Bought out, shut down, by global corporations whose bean-counters saw cheaper ways to take over the market.

The Saanich Peninsula used to be bountiful in tree fruits, again with their own canneries. Bought out. Shut down. Paved over. It's the capitalist way.

Not sure I understand your point.
Anybody ever see those "Public Access Computers"??
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