Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Collaboration: A New (but very old) Name For Selling-Out (Canadians). Robin Mathews

Collaboration: A New (but very old)  Name For Selling-Out (Canadians).

              (by Robin Mathews  June  2019)


Sheri Meyerhoffer, we all remember, has been appointed to be Canada's Watchdog on Human Rights abuses by overseas Corporations. Canadians don't normally see or learn that the behaviour of many Canadian Corporations operating overseas is sometimes astonishingly bad.



Out of sight Canadian Corporations, it is alleged, sometimes make undocumented agreements with corrupt regimes, exploit defenceless workers, pollute unregulated environments, bribe (as required) abuse populations, communities, the environment and Canadian law.  Some of the activity has been exposed and described in work by Yves Engler.



Sheri Meyerhoffer has expressed the desire to work as Canada's new Watchdog on international corporate responsibility collaboratively with the corporations involved.



We are all conscious that the Cabinet of Justin Trudeau wanted Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to work collaboratively with SNC Lavalin, allowing it a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in what is called a Remediation Process, so that SNC Lavalin could slip away from the criminal charges it faces for corruption in Libya and (some believe) could buy its way out of criminal charges.



Remediation, the Oxford English Dictionary records, simply means remedying.  Deferred Prosecution Agreements are undertaken in a remediation process. What “readers may ask “is remedied by Deferred Prosecution Agreements?  The answer, of course, is the illness giant Canadian corporations fall into when a CEO or other top officers are named criminal and placed behind bars.



The legislation to create Remediation Processes in Canadian law came as a process involving 89 (yes, eighty-nine) meetings of SNC Lavalin and highly-placed Liberal government actors.  As a result the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau passed a law buried in a piece of Omnibus Legislation to permit Canadian Corporations “in effect“ to dodge criminal law as written and to enter Deferred Prosecution Agreements in which criminal charges are stayed, the Corporation pays a large sum of money (a bribe?), and promises to improve its behaviour.



We need to keep firmly in mind that Deferred Prosecution Agreements with criminally-acting Corporations permit them to escape criminal charges in a modality that is not open to Canadians generally.  The Liberal government, in short, has created Law For The Rich, separate from Law For All Others. [That “in the past“ has been considered grounds for Revolution!]



Sheri Meyerhoffer has had very wide experience in a number of foreign countries around the world.  She was Project Director for the Canadian Bar Association.  She should know better than to work collaboratively with Canadian Corporations accused of violating Human Rights among far-off, poverty-stricken, defenceless populations.  We remember that Chrystia Freeland (Canada's Foreign Minister) worked collaboratively among the 14 nations of the Lima Group backing the U.S. attempt, criminally, to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela.



[Those with memories that reach back to the closing year of Liberation from the Nazi Occupation of Europe remember vividly the ugliest word that could be used by the liberated to describe any of their own was the one word: Collaborator.]



Others are becoming alarmed at the apparent overthrow of the Rule of Law by the present Canadian government.  As a part of the process, the Canadian government has written into the terms of Sheri Meyerhoffer's appointment, apparently, that she may hear complaints from giant Canadian corporations that they have been unfairly alleged to have abused Human Rights.



With the stroke of that collaborative pen, the Watchdog has been turned into a potential advocate for giant corporations alleged to have engaged in wrong-doing.  That can only be described as the Deep State in action.  The Deep State, we remember, is made up of unseen forces of great wealth and great economic power which sit down with visible government (in this case, the government of Canada) to create laws for the forces of great wealth and economic power alone, as well as rules and procedures that benefit them and, which, in effect, remove them from the (common) Rule of Law.



The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability alleges the government of Canada is setting up processes to turn the tables on vulnerable complainants in poor countries [Mike Blanchfield, Corporate watchdog rule under criticism, Vancouver Sun, June 11, 2019, B1]. The advocacy group Above Ground spokesperson Karyn Keenan adds (in the same article) that the unexpected provision goes against the spirit of an ombudsperson's office. 



What we have been seeing since the Jody Wilson-Raybould matter is evidence of the Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau working on behalf of huge (often Liberal contributing) Corporations to remove impediments to criminal behaviour by placing the Corporations outside the Rule of Law to which other Canadians are held accountable. In addition, the Liberal government appears, now, to be providing large Corporations with an advocate who, collaboratively, may be in a position to undertake Canadian government-approved harassment of powerless people who allege they are victims of Human Rights abuses!



The only thing Sheri Meyerhoffer can do in the face of what seem to be such insupportable conditions of employment is to resign her position publicly and to denounce, loudly, the terms of her appointment.


Contact: Robin Mathews

Monday, June 17, 2019

Its time to drop an empty 'white flag bag' marker NEAR dog shit and shame the owners.


I'm retired.  I walk everywhere eg.

Tempe to Cleveland Dam via Upper Levels Highway and back via Evergreen bridge to Tempe (14K);

VGH via Broadway and Granville via Lions Gate Bridge to Tempe (19.1K); 

Gastown Steam clock to Tempe (13K)   (2 hours to Edgemont Village from Gastown).

I'm an all weather conditions walker and take the precautions on how to keep myself dry when sitting on a bench, a log, or a rock for a rest.   I use two white bags provided by Metro Vancouver.

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On my walks, the only place I see dog shit aplenty, is in the Capilano River Regional Park where dogs are permitted to be off leash on most trails, but are still required to be under control of their owners at all times.

Bullshit!

The dogs are out of sight, out of mind of the owners.



I have a solution for the shit:

Shame the Dog Walkers into picking up their shit so
 we won't step INTO  IT


When I spy a feces, most days at Capilano Regional Park, I pick up a small rock from the trail, drop it into one of 'my' white plastic bag to prevent the bag from blowing away.  I then place the bag twelve inches away from the shit so it won't fall into the shit, and then I walk away.










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There is no data collected by the 'authorities' on how much poop is left around which 'carry pathogens including coliform bacteria, salmonella and giardia .....'

If dog walkers don't pick up the shit, hot or cold, and place it in the white bag provided by Metro Vancouver, and not deposit it in the waste containers, it will only go to serve as a marker to the general public on just how much is being ignored by owners who claim its:
NOT MY SHIT
NOT MY DOG

YOU CAN'T PROVE ITS FROM MY DOG

 I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF ITS MY DOG's SHIT



 Canine Code of Conduct:  Always be courteous. Don't give other trail users any reason to complain. Set an example by being a conscientious owner with a well-behaved dog enjoying the trails.  

Since dogs are meat eaters, their feces can carry pathogens including coliform bacteria, salmonella and giardia which can contaminate soil and water (and make people sick). Some parasites can linger in soil for years. This can put young children at risk if they inadvertently eat contaminated dirt or grass.

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Over 350,000 dogs in Metro Vancouver produce dog waste each day. Where should it go?   Keeping dog waste off the ground is important. People walk on paths and parks and no one wants to step or slip in your dog's waste. It's not a fertilizer, and does not disappear in the rain. - Metro Vancouver
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3 and half years of walking


Cleveland Dam ---  Let me count the days

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Half Truth, No Truth, and Sleight-of-Hand at the Globe and Mail. Robin Mathews

(The Globe and Mail is representative) 

Part Two. (by Robin Mathews, June 2019)



Fair minded-people admit enormous tensions and disagreements have been caused (outside as well as inside the United Kingdom) by the Brexit vote of 2016 to take Britain out of the European Union. People wishing to maintain a fair perspective have to look very closely at what the European Union really is and the choices it makes. And they have to try, as well, to understand the arguments for and against membership in the Union that are made in Britain. What is the real situation in both places?


One might expect a two-page spread in The Globe and Mail (or a Special Supplement) giving both sides of the story so that readers in Canada might make, impartially, some kind of assessment even if they don't take sides finally.


But The Globe and Mail (The Globe and Mail is representative) doesn't do that. The Globe and Mail supports - with Eric Reguly, Doug Saunders,        the Eds., etc. etc.- (without explaining why) the present structure of the European Union and breathes contempt (without explaining why) for Brexit and all who sympathize with the Brexiteers and strongly criticize the power of the administrators of the European Union. As a result of their flagrant prejudice writers for the Globe and Mail will be considered by many to misreport the identity, the power, the purpose of the EU and the motives of those in the leave (the Brexit) camp. Half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand at the Globe and Mail.





Put very, very briefly there is a full-scale, on-going, battle-to-the-death struggle in the EU between the Reactionary/Big Capitalist/Globalizing forces and those working for a fully democratic, population-centered, humanitarian Community. The extremes are mirrored, now, in France. Ill-organized but persistent the (peoples) Yellow Vest Movement is calling for a re-shaping of power and a redistribution of wealth in France.  At the same time, the French president, Emmanuel Macron - (intending to move into a key power position in the EU if he can manipulate well) - wholly a servant of plutocratic France is advocating the privatization of everything that can be privatized in France.


In addition, the bureaucratic and appointed top officers of the European Union, now, are in favour of and advocate the privatization of everything.



Almost boringly we have learned that making public utilities and services private makes them (1) less efficient, (2) more expensive, and (3) technologically backward. We have learned, also, that giving private corporations greater freedom of movement without severe and close regulation results in full-scale (often gigantic) corruption.  In France, the privatization of some airports (pushed earlier by Macron) has made travel more costly and has robbed the French State of millions of euros annually. Privatization of SNCF (French Railroads) has turned them into basket-case, for profit, service-limited disasters. Out-of-the-way, hard-to-reach destinations in France that desperately need train connection are cut off as unprofitable to operate. (The same with Thatcherite-begun-privatization of once world-famous, efficient, British Railways falling off the tracks now as Britons look on.)



If we begin at the beginning, we see that the foundational movements to create some kind of a European Union were not primarily movements for a union of peoples living in peace and prosperity together as Europeans. No. The major 1950's actions were economic steps taken to make more efficient, more profitable, more stable private corporations. The glorious language of social harmony and the end of inter-European Wars was secondary and still is, many believe. The European Economic Community idea predated anything else.



For the sake of brevity we can leap forward to 2004 when a European Constitution was written, passed in Rome but required ratification in some countries by Referendum. There were no peoples gatherings to find out what populations thought a Constitution for Europe should contain. The Constitution was written by bureaucrats.  It ended being probably the longest Constitution ever written, coming in at three volumes! (without consultation with any of the peoples of Europe or gatherings of citizens ! !)



One would think that the EU bureaucracy would have placed copies of the proposed Constitution everywhere possible: banks, schools, universities, libraries, etc. in the countries requiring referendum. But NO. Copies were hard to find. Strange. It was almost as if the EU bureaucracy was trying to prevent citizens from knowing what was in the three volumes ! ! In France, many sought out copies. And though the Mainstream Press and Media in France [half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand] strongly backed the Constitution without explaining it Le Monde diplomatique and many French who cared set to work to tell the French what was really in the proposed Constitution.



It was defeated in France. The Truth was out. In Holland the same process followed: the people were told what was in the proposed Constitution. It was defeated in Holland. The next referendum was to be in Britain. Instead, the Constitution was withdrawn. (No one at the Globe and Mail tells that story: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand at the Globe and Mail.)



Upon the failure of the passage of the European Constitution, one might think the bureaucrats in Brussels would have placed copies of it all around the world ... so that people could see what was nobly attempted for the people of Europe and foolishly rejected by them. That doesn't seem to have happened. Try to find a copy. (Good luck.) INSTEAD, the Eurocrats took from the failed Constitution things they wanted, put them into a Treaty, went to Portugal and passed 'The Treaty of Lisbon' and began declaring that the Constitution of the European Union is contained in - and is summed up by - the treaties entered into by the governments of the nations making up the Union.



Brexit is coming about because a majority of Britons voted for it. Anti-Brexiteers report the majority was fooled, was stupid, conned was led (Doug Saunders) by people of rootlessness and privilege (Sat. June 1/19/p.01) They are that majority - (like Italy's Matteo Salvini says Eric Reguly) populists a curse word from the likes of Reguly, meaning nationalists who are sharply critical of EU governance (not to be confused with government) and are usually named viciously anti-immigration, etc.].



The Italians, told by the EU bureaucrats to receive all refugees that arrive off the Mediterranean from ugly, U.S. and NATO and Israel faked wars finally said NO and became, of course, hard-Right anti-immigration populists. Britain, too, has been accused of being viciously anti-immigration. None of the Doug Saunders/Eric Reguly kinds of commentators will admit for a moment (1) that immigration can be (when in floods) seriously disruptive. Or that (2) the sources and causes of the floods of refugees should be identified AND the people who cause the problem should be named and taxed. They wont say that employers across Europe want cheap labour from anywhere. Italy didn't cause the huge, barbaric, monstrously destructive wars the U.S. (and Israel, with NATO) instigated in the Middle East.



The Regulys and Saunders of this world (half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand) will - not for a second - entertain the notion that across Europe the Corporations fighting for control of the Union want floods of cheap labour to drive down costs. Nor will they admit that in both France and Italy the economic calamity driving huge unemployment happened during Left governments working hand-in-glove with the European Union's unelected administrators! And the collaborators in Greece who agreed to the sell-off everything there but the stones of the Parthenon in order to lower debt and please the priesthood of the EU were in fact seen as a hard Left government!

 
France leapt out of the frying pan into the fire; France went from a pretend Left government [The Socialist Party of France] to the bare-knuckled, newly-formed Right movement of Emmanuel Macron called, for short, En Marche, and described as Centrist and liberal (?) by the Mainstream Press and Media.




Eric Reguly admits that the Centre Left government of Matteo Renzi (before the present populist coalition) was a failure (Sat., June1/18,B4). Salvini wants to level tax rates and, in effect, lower the age of retirement. Reguly's sleight-of-hand calls for deep reforms, like taking the scalpel to Italy's soul-crushing bureaucracy without a word about doing the same to Italy's Capitalist Class. Absolutely typical. Reguly doesn't call on Italy's Capitalist Class to do anything. Before Matteo Renzi's Centre Left government was thrown out, it agreed that Corporations in Italy could pay nothing to new workers for three months while they learned the job.



Brexiteers say that the British people must make the laws for Britain; that the EU Commissioners (with one title or another) are not directly accountable to democratic voters; that laws (or other kinds of stricture) made to suit one country may not suit another country; that the present European Union works hand in glove with Big Corporate Globalization to the detriment of national populations; that the taxed cost to Britons of membership in the EU is too high and would be better spent at home.
 

Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister during the meltdown (who resigned in protest), ran recently for the European Parliament, in Germany, as part of a group seeking to bring Democracy to the European Union ! [A bold idea!!] The man who went toe-to-toe with the heavies of the European Union operation in an attempt to stop Greece from being (as it has been) shredded and left destitute seemed to learn something fundamental about the Union: that it is a big Globalization factory not run for the people of Europe. It is, in fact, not democratic .... The European Parliament, in fact, is occasionally praised for seizing an initiative and gaining a little democratic power (readers surely might ask from whom?).
 

Maybe the Brexiteers have a real cause.



 Contact: Robin Mathews

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Tree and Me were 'planted' in the 1940's. We are but a shadow now, of 'ourselves'


This morning's walk in Capilano River Regional Park ...
    
                I found a tree in the woods that looks just like me
















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January 19, 2019
Just a walk in the same park: Cleveland Dam


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"The penalty of $25.00 is an inducement to the possessor to consume the liquor as rapidly as he knows that if only charged with being drunk he escapes with a fine of $5.00 only."

1913 to 1916

Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia (Canada), White, Nathaniel Whitworth, 1837-1917., McKenna, J. A. J. (James Andrew Joseph), 1862-1919., Carmichael, Saumanez, Shaw, J. P., MacDowall, D. H. (Day Hort), 1850-1927, McBride, Richard, Sir, 1870-1917

 
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs_rc/326024/326024_rc_indian_affairs_confidential_report.pdf

Page 28 of 30

....... Frequently at meetings of the different Indian Bands the question of fines imposed on Indians under the clauses of the Indian act relating to liquor have been discussed, and Mr. George Jay, Police Magistrate for the County of Victoria and also Stipendiary Magistrate for the County of Victoria, which includes the several Indian Reservations situate in Saanich, Esquimalt and Sooke Districts, has made the following statement and suggestion to the Commission:-

"Under the terms of the Indian Act, Sec. 137,"an Indian who is found in a state of intoxication is liable to a fine of not less than $5.00.  In those cases in which an Indian is found in possession of an intoxicant it is usually confined to a bottle of whiskey or gin, and sometimes only a small flask.

The penalty of $25.00 is an inducement to the possessor to consume the liquor as rapidly as he knows that if only charged with being drunk he escapes with a fine of $5.00 only.

The penalty of $25.00 was fixed by Statute some years ago at a time when it was a practice amongst a certain class to supply large quantities of liquor to Indians in remote Reservations.

With regard to fines for being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, it frequently happens that an Indian appears in the Police Court at the same time as white men charged with the same offence.  The practice for many years here has been in the case of those other than Indians to impose a fine of $2.00 for a first offence and a slightly increased fine in the case to the second or subsequent offence, but with regard to the Indians a Magistrate has no alternative but to impose the minimum fine of $5.00, which must to the Indian appear to be a marked discrimination against him.

I would respectfully recommend that the Indian Act be amended with regard to the penalties for those offences by allowing Magistrates wider discretion and by eliminating the provisions as to minimum fines, thus leaving it to the judgment of the Magistrate dealing with the offence to impose such fine as may in his opinion be proper, not exceeding, of course, the maximum fine provided in the Act.

I may add that I have resided at Victoria for the past 45 years and have had much experience of the habits of the Indians of the southern portion of Vancouver Island and the Islands of the Gulf.

Your Commission are of the opinion that, were these suggestions followed, it would tend to remove from the Indian the feeling that he is looked down on with contempt and his race deemed unworthy of being treated in a manner similar to other British subjects in His Majesty's Dominions, and that the greater latitude allowed Magistrates in their discretion, would have a tendency to elevate rather than debase the Indian."

And of course, the politicians chose to keep it just the way it was, because they hadn't finished plundering the First Nation People and their possessions.

Casino-laundryman Rich Coleman hired Craig James as Clerk on June 2, 2011



Nos. 39 and 40
VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Thursday, June 2, 2011


15  The Hon. R. Coleman moved —
Be it resolved that Mr. Craig James is hereby appointed Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; vice, Mr. E. George MacMinn, O.B.C., Q.C., as and from September 1, 2011, and that Mr. E. George MacMinn, O.B.C., Q.C., is hereby appointed as Clerk Consultant as and from September 1, 2011, for a term of twenty-four (24) months and that during that term shall, for all purposes, be deemed to be an Officer of the Legislative Assembly.
And further that Ms. Kate Ryan-Lloyd be appointed Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Chief Committee Clerk as and from September 1, 2011.
A debate arose.
The House divided.
Motion agreed to on the following division:

Yeas—47
Rustad
McIntyre
Thomson
Lekstrom
Bell
Yamamoto
McNeil
Chong
Lake
Polak
McRae
I. Black
Coell
Hawes
Krueger
Letnick
Sultan
Barnett
Lee
Dalton
Heed
Cadieux
Penner
Bloy
Coleman
Clark
Falcon
Bond
de Jong
Abbott
Hansen
MacDiarmid
Yap
Stilwell
Hayer
Cantelon
Les
Pimm
Hogg
Howard
Stewart
Foster
van Dongen
Horne
Bennett
Thornthwaite
Slater
Nays—31
James
S. Simpson
Horgan
Dix
Ralston
Kwan
Fleming
Lali
Austin
Conroy
Brar
Donaldson
D. Routley
Hammell
Elmore
Bains
Mungall
Karagianis
Chandra Herbert
Krog
Simons
Chouhan
Popham
Fraser
B. Routley
Macdonald
Coons
D. Black
Thorne
Sather
Huntington



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Clerk Craig James nefarious actions of MISCONDUCT wouldn't have started happening, in earnest, until twenty-four months afterwards due to the ever presence of just-down-the-hall Clerk Consultant Mr. E. George MacMinn, O.B.C., Q.C.,

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the Breaker News
James was still the acting head of Elections BC on June 2, 2011 when the BC Liberal government appointed him clerk of the house effective Sept. 1, 2011. The NDP opposition was furious because it was not consulted.

The Plecas Report said that James was the fourth-ranking clerk and that Izard would have been the natural choice to replace 50-year veteran clerk George MacMinn. SNIP

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Ken Dobell to oversee Rich Coleman's Cabinet papers regarding casino money laundering?

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Craig James' Third-person bio unable to spell MISCONDUCT 4 out of 5 times

Who in amongst the 13 world wide entities named by Craig James in his Fiji Parliament bio will want their associations linked to him over a log splitter (and trailer), suits, luggage, a retirement allowance payment of $257,988 and a life insurance policy (after retirement) of $370,315 and a sundry of other items, ...... and filching a truck load of liquor from the Speaker's office?

Annexure - Fiji Parliament

Page 11 of 49

 
Page 1 of 49

Third-person Bio:
Craig James Clerk, (1) Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, (2) Canada Executive Director, (3) Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC)

Craig James has worked in parliament since 1978. In 1987 he was appointed Clerk Assistant and Clerk of Committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and he served in this role supporting the work of parliamentary committees and the House for twenty-three years. In September 2011 Craig was appointed by the Legislature to be the Clerk - the 12th person to hold this position in British Columbia.

Craig has been (4) Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC) since 1985. He is an active member of the (5) Association of Clerks-at-the-Table in Canada, the (6) Association of Clerks-at-the-Table in Commonwealth Parliaments, the (7) Canadian-American Clerks Association and is a member of the advisory board of the (8) Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation (CCAF, Inc) - a national body comprising legislative auditors and parliamentarians with representation from banking and private sector organization.

Over the past few years, Craig has been a consultant to the (9) World Bank, (10) World Bank Institute and the (11) Commonwealth Parliamentary Association participating in seminars from training of parliamentary staff to designing parliamentary committees systems to parliamentary financial oversight including the oversight of Parliament, itself. He has been assisting the (12) Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch in establishing the (13) Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees.

Clerk of the House

Craig James
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the Breaker News

Suits and cases

The first misconduct was relatively easy for McLachlin. She concluded that the suits and luggage James bought were for personal use and James broke rules by being reimbursed.


James spent $2,150 on suits during separate trips to tailor Ede and Ravenscroft in London. James also spent $2,135.87 on various pieces of luggage.  Snip


Stuffing pockets

James crafted a retirement allowance program in February 2012 and essentially paid himself $257,988. McLachlin could not accept James’s explanation and called the significant personal benefit a “mystery” and “without any evidenced justification.”  Snip


Booze for Barisoff

The truckload of beer, wine and spirits that James delivered to ex-speaker Bill Barisoff, and collected only $370 in return, was another misconduct.  Snip


Woodsplitter

 “I conclude that Mr. James retention and use of the wood splitter and trailer violated Legislative Assembly policy and constituted misconduct.”

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Vancouver Sun

 “The special investigator found that Mr. James did engage in misconduct with respect to four of the five allegations, specifically in relation to making expense claims where improper purchases (were) of a personal nature, by directing the creation of three benefits to his personal advantage outside established protocols, improperly removing legislative assembly property … and by improperly using legislative property,” said NDP government house leader Mike Farnworth.


PS 4th Westminster Workshop?
 
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McLachlin Report on the Special Investigation - Legislative Assembly ...



May 3, 2019 - unrelated to any police investigation into these matters; it is limited to administrative .... (1) Ultimate responsibility for administration of the Legislative .... of a police investigation and criminal prosecution, rather than the lens of.


Page 57 of 57:

1.    2.    3.

In order of importance within ................... (brackets)
2.       (1); (3); (2)
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Mr. Craig Hartley James ..... with friends .... singing ....

99 bottles of cognac on the wall, 99 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 98 bottles of cognac on the wall.
98 bottles of cognac on the wall, 98 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 97 bottles of cognac on the wall.
97 bottles of cognac on the wall, 97 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 96 bottles of cognac on the wall.
96 bottles of cognac on the wall, 96 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 95 bottles of cognac on the wall.
95 bottles of beer on the wall, 95 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 94 bottles of cognac on the wall.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

BC Liberal AG Geoff Plant killed off the Gaming Commission Inquiry in 2001 upon Premier Gordon Campbell's order

After winning a resounding victory in the 2001 provincial election, why did former AG Geoff Plant, his boss Premier Gordon Campbell, and Cabinet terminate the BC NDP  Smith Commission on penny-ante charitable gaming, when they should/could have applied higher standards to the  casino industry's million dollar-ante money-laundering industry?
.... The gaming branch and gaming commission have been reorganized, and there are new policies and procedures to licensed charitable gaming ....  - AG Geoff Plant

2001. BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ministry of Attorney General  Geoff Plant  - - -     Smith Commission Told to Wrap Up Gaming Inquiry

VICTORIA  -  A commission of inquiry that has been looking into gaming in B.C. for five years is being TERMINATED effective immediately, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.

"This has been a long process, and it's time to bring the Smith Commission of Inquiry to an end," said Plant.  "I don't think we'll learn anything about gaming in B.C. by giving the commission more time and MONEY."

The previous government (BC NDP) set up the commission in 1996 to examine the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society and OTHER gaming matters in B.C.  The commission's mandate was to look at the rules governing the use of proceeds from licensed charitable gaming, how those proceeds are administered, and make recommendations.

Since then, a public record of the commission's ongoing work and evidence has been available through the internet, and government (BC LIBERAL) has made substantial changes to the face of gaming in the province.  The gaming branch and gaming commission have been reorganized, and there are new policies and procedures to licensed charitable gaming.
Snip

"The cost of the commission to date is about $6 million (Same amount paid to Basi and Virk), and another $2 million could well be spent by year's end, including publicly funded legal fees for some of the people who received notices of adverse findings from the commission," Plant said.  "I do not believe the taxpayers would be well served by this additional expenditure and delay."

"It's simply not in the interest of the public, or the public purse, to continue with this inquiry, it's time to close the book on the long NIGHTMARE of Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society and move forward."





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Sunday, May 12, 2019

There's a novel idea, Judi Tyabji and Michael Palin are a 'number' .....


 .... at the BC Legislative Library.


Within five blocks of the BC Legislature there are two (out of 12) Greater Victoria Public Libraries to serve Members of the Legislative Assembly, their staff, researchers, and the Press Gallery journalists with recreational and professional development reading material.
 
Within FIVE blocks


However, the Legislature Library handles everything in-house, and more, a personal touch, privacy.

Are the books, e-books, magazines, videos, cycling, travel, and novels provided in-house because political minders, and the RCMP handlers, would rather not have a repeat performance like that of Premier  Christy Clark  vs Linda in a North Vancouver shopping market during an election?   #IamLinda  Awkward moments can be avoided.



  About the Legislative Library
The primary purpose of the Library is to provide information and research services to the Members of the Legislative Assembly, their staff, Assembly staff, statutory offices, and provincial government researchers.
  Our resources also include:​
  • Legislation - current and historical
  • Provincial and federal government publications
  • Newspapers - local, national, and international
  • MLA files - information and clippings on current and historical MLAs
  • Statistical information - demographic profiles, employment figures, etc. 
  • Bestsellers – recreational and professional development reading
  • Ebooks - viewable on your iPad or other devices
  • Access to various databases and online tools​​
  • Current awareness products - media-monitoring tools and services
  • Resources to assist with constituent requests
Bestsellers – recreational and professional development reading???? added by Clerk Craig James?


Why are Ex-MLA Judi Tyabji's books on the BC Legislature Library shelves, collecting dust, when they are available five blocks away?



Call Numbers:  971.104 W749,   B T977,  B C5925W


Search Results for Judi Tyabji 
AND



Vancouver Public Library same as Victoria Judji Tyabji



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Call Number:  MBSL 910.91632 P162


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Borrowing
MLAs, Assembly staff, and BC Public Service employees can get a library card and borrow material. The loan period is 6 weeks for most borrowers or 6 months for MLAs. Library staff can mail items to your office. We can also send photocopies or PDF scans (within the limit provided under copyright law). Purchase suggestions for the collection are welcome.  Contact the Library for a borrower application form!

Members of the public cannot borrow items, but may visit the Library to view or photocopy materials in person.


Bestsellers   1999  -  2019
 3663 Results Found on 306 pages

Extra curricular recreational and professional development reading.
1) The genius in all of us : why everything you've been told about genetics, talent, and IQ is wrong / by David Shenk

2) Dreyer's English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style /Benjamin Dreyer

3)  HBR guide to thinking strategically.

4)  Of fathers and sons.

5)  Free solo / film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chen

6)  The threat : how the FBI protects America in the age of terror and Trump / Andrew G. McCabe

7)  First : Sandra Day O'Connor / Evan Thomas

8)  Claws of the panda : Beijing's campaign of influence and intimidation in Canada / Jonathan MANTHORPE

9)  The first conspiracy : the secret plot to kill George Washington / Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

10)  Midnight in Chernobyl : the untold story of the world's greatest nuclear disaster / Adam Higginbotham

11)  The secret wisdom of nature : trees, animals, and the extraordinary balance of all livings things : Peter Wohlleben : translation by Jane Billinghurst    etc., etc., etc.,
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Books written by BC MLAs This bibliography lists books authored or edited by current and former Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.


MLA authors - 81 books

Bestseller rankings:


Christy Clark, Behind the Smile

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    #467 in Politics (Books)
    #1386 in Political Biographies (Books)
    #4840 in Women's Biographies (Books)


Daggers Unsheathed: The Political Assassination of Glen Clark

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #741,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
   
    #22069 in Politics (Books)
    #3766 in Political Biographies (Books)

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Newspaper Index eg. Vaughn Palmer    1991  - 2007

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By the Month NEW BOOK Purchases for the Legislative Library:

April

Friday, May 10, 2019

Half Truth, No Truth, And Sleight-Of-Hand At The Globe and Mail. - Robin Mathews


(The Globe and Mail is representative.)
(by Robin Mathews, May 2019)

 The air fills, this month, with journalistic awards, for doing what journalists, approvingly, do within the acceptable activity of journalists: half-truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand.  Of course, some of them live hair-raising hours, which lifts them to wide attention and holds off the question: What Evil Are They Serving?  All the journalists, for instance, covering the The Rape of the Middle East (2003 onwards) who did not (do not) condemn the USA, NATO, and every supporting force were (are) frauds, liars, active evil-doers. 


Most upsetting to the (innumerable) spokespeople writing on their behalf is the number of journalists being murdered in our time. (And good people must agree.  Even fools creating propaganda for evil masters of The Deep State do not deserve to be murdered.  Though what they do deserve is hard to say.)


The Globe and Mail even had (Saturday, May 4/19) an eight-page Supplement under the banner: FREE THE PRESS.  (Let us remark that in the last hours before the 2016 federal election "the Harper Conservatives having done all they could to destroy fair elections in Canada" the Globe and Mail editorialists trumpeted the need to return Stephen Harper to power. FREE THE PRESS, indeed!)


Deeply regrettable is the murder of journalists around the world, especially since many of them really believe they are serving a force dedicated to freedom, liberty, justice, and peace for ordinary men and women and children.  Just think of the journalists paid to be and lying about the situation in Venezuela!  Just think of their intense desire to destroy a government targeted by the U.S. Deep State backed by the lackeys in NATO backed with enthusiasm by Canada's collaborating Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, whose grandfather also collaborated [in his case with the Nazis] creating, perhaps, a role model for his granddaughter.


How do Canadians deal with the lying journalists on Venezuela?  By silencing them?  Or, how else ...?  Not by calling upon Trivia specialists Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer.  Not by calling upon collaborator Chrystia Freeland.


Doug Saunders, eager Globe and Mailer, trumpets the falsehood that The silencing of journalists is an attempt to silence us all.  Wholesale Hogwash! !  It might just be that the silencing of all Globe and Mail journalists would provide an opening for some truth to be told in Canada.


The Globe and Mail refuses (obviously) to examine, investigate, and report on the people who faked 31 (thirty-one) criminal charges against MikeDuffy (2016)Why?  The Globe and Mail refuses to examine and report upon the real criminals exposed by two higher Canadian courts in the entrapment of innocents and the created falsehood of an Islamic Terrorist Event at the B.C. Legislature grounds (2013 and after to December 2018). Why?  The Globe and Mail will not even glance at what is thought to be, by some serious people, the hoaxed Islamic terrorist event (Oct. 22, 2014) at the Ottawa Cenotaph and the Parliament Buildings there.  Why?


The Globe and Mail will not follow up on the Saskatchewan Robo-Call scandal of the Conservative Party which paid a fine of $78,000.00 (which most Canadians know 
nothing whatever about.).  Why?


The Globe and Mail will not investigate and report upon the fact (revealed by Bruce Clark) that the Canadian higher courts base indigenous claim judgements on a false reading of the Constitution and, especially, The RoyalProclamation of 1763, creating an on-going and pernicious misuse of the Rule of Law. Why?


Okay, you say, but look how the Globe and Mail supported Jody Wilson-Raybould, former Attorney General of Canada, in her battle against top Liberals, the prime minister, and SNC-Lavalin!!  The answer just might be that the Canadian Deep State wants the corrupt and corrupting Conservatives (Stephen Harper's buddies) back in power.  Supporting Jody Wilson-Raybould was, perhaps, for the Globe and Mail, campaigning for the Party of Corruption to get it back into power as soon as possible.  Scheer madness, perhaps. But.....


The Globe and Mail had a full-page editorial supporting the evil misreading of Venezuela (fomented by U.S. government) urging that the U.S-trained and readied Upstart who declared himself the leader of Venezuela should be recognized and placed into power.  (And, if he is not, it is okay that every punishment that can be dealt to the people of Venezuela should be visited upon them for failing to support the takeover of the country by U.S. Oligarchs wishing to control global fossil fuel deposits.)


Consider that on a different canvas, the Globe and Mail will not touch one of the most engrossing and exciting debates of this generation: the real meaning of the 9/11, 2001, destruction of the Trade Towers in New York City preceding and preparing for the endlessly, murderously destructive, wholly falsely undertaken Rape of the Middle East from 2003, continuing to our own day now, and beyond.  Why won't the Globe and Mail enter that central and on-going discussion and debate?  Because Modern Mainstream Journalism is in the hands of those who operate The Deep State; and their modern journalists follow the credo: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand.


Doug Saunders writes in FREE THE PRESS that the new, angry populist politics targets Elites and the mainstream media as enemies of the people.  Not intending to do so, Doug Saunders stumbles upon the truth.  For a brief second he sees. We may believe in imagination (only) he walks in the Paris streets with The Yellow Vest.  He sits (in imagination only) in the briefing room with Nicolas Maduro's military officers.  He converses (in imagination only) with the two unfortunate Canadians entrapped by the RCMP, accused, charged, jailed, mistreated and then cast into the street when the Victoria fake Islamic Terrorist Event blew up in the face of its RCMP creators!  He converses (in imagination) with Bruce Clark about the on-going, false precedent-finding of higher court judges on questions of justice for indigenous people.


Doug Saunders and the whole team at the Globe and Mail [the Globe and Mail is representative] imagine themselves working for democracy, justice, and the Rule of Law.  They imagine.  In their imaginations they want to FREE THE PRESS.  In their imaginations.


But they don't act to free the Press.  They prefer that some of them will be shot in the back as foreign correspondents in some far-off places than for all of them to be shot, face-on, through the heart, for certain - all of them - in the Publisher's Office, right at home if they try to do something like honest journalism in a country that does not countenance honest journalism from anybody it can control only countenancing the credo of modern Canadian journalists: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand.



Contact: Robin Mathews 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Clerk Craig James $5,000 magazine subscriptions? Over half are available at his BC Legislature Library

While House Speaker Plecas was shining a bright light on excessive & expensive purchases on junkets & trinkets by the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms, he highlighted numerous subscriptions that Craig James was 'purchasing' for personal use, on the public's tab, twice.

the Breaker News:  Bob Mackin:
James bought numerous subscriptions totaling over $5,000, including a monthly Apple Music plan,    yearly iCloud storage plan,    Bicycling magazine,    Arizona Highways magazine,    Palm Springs Life magazine,    Sunset magazine,    Wired,    Flightradar24,     History Today,    India Today,    The Economist,    New Scientist, Electric Bike Action magazine,    the Times of London,    Marine Traffic – Ship Tracking,   Popular Mechanics, and    Forbes.

“In one month alone, Mr. James claimed $720.47 in digital subscriptions.  ..............
So
Why wasn't Clerk Craig James using his in-House resources down the hall where his "Director of the Legislative Library" could say:

"YES SIR! MISTER CLERK!"

"Which subscriptions Mister Clerk?"  "How often?"   First to Read pristine copy!?  "Unlimited borrowing time, not like the regular-for-everyone-else-of-Six weeks, nor the MLA's Six Months?"  "No penalties if late."


Why did James buy FIFTEEN (15) subscriptions when EIGHT (8) were in the Legislative Library?

On the Shelf        Bicycling magazine

Arizona Highways magazine,

Palm Springs Life magazine,  

On the Shelf        Sunset magazine

On the Shelf        Wired

Flightradar24,

History Today,
 
On the Shelf        India Today

On the Shelf       The Economist

On the Shelf       New Scientist

Electric Bike Action magazine,

Times of London,

Marine Traffic – Ship Tracking,

On the Shelf        Popular Mechanics

On the Shelf        Forbes

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Part One Done