Monday, January 30, 2012

"When the press fails to keep its distance from politicians."

On July 29, 1987 one Hubert Beyer was busily writing his report from Victoria to British Columbian newspapers, and what he wrote then applies equally to today's journalists, and then some.

"When the press fails to keep its distance from politicians"  Victoria Report by Hubert Beyer
VICTORIA - Hardly a week goes by without some social gathering between polticians and reporters covering provincial affairs at the Legislative Buildings in Victoria, a development that should be of some concern to the public.

I'm not talking about a reporter having a working lunch or dinner with a cabinet minister. I'm not talking about a friendly chat in the corridor.

I'm not talking either about having a few drinks with a politician on a purely social basis. I'm talking about something far more insidious, I'm talking about fun and games, regularly scheduled baseball and basketball tournaments, between members of the legislative press gallery and politicians. Not the odd game, I'm talking about weekly meets.

Press gallery against premier's office; press gallery against Socred caucus; press gallery against NDP caucus. Fun and games on the court, followed by a friendly get together over pizza and beer, with a good time had by all.

When the press gallery was beaten in a recent baseball game by the NDP, Mike Harcourt rose in the legislature next day to announce that the honor of the House had been preserved, the "Scrums of the Earth" had been routed by Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, he said, much to the enjoyment of the MLAs.

Pardon me for being a spoil sport, but I have a feeling that that's not what we're here for.  When the legislature rises half an hour early to accommodate a social event between MLAs and the press, as was the case a couple of months ago, something is very wrong.

Not that the press and the politicians never met socially before.   For as long as I can remember, the press gallery has thrown an annual bash for the MLAs.  To reciprocate, the Socred caucus usually invites reporters and their spouses to a dinner. The NDP causus has organized the odd standup cocktail-type due for reporters.

But those have been annual affairs.  For one or two days a year, both politicians and reporters would declare a truce. They would put aside their adversarial roles and meet on neutral ground.

What's happening now goes far beyond that.  In this new era relationship between press and politicians, the lines get blurred. The traditional distance reporters have kept between themselves and politicians they are supposed to watch, has been replaced by an atmosphere of kinship and affinity.

At a recent Government House dinner hosted by Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Rogers for members of the press gallery, government house leader Bruce Strachan showed up. What the hell, I want to know, was a politician doing at a dinner for the press?

I wasn't at the dinner, but I was told that Strachan referred to press gallery members as servants of the legislature.  I've got news for you, Bruce. I'm nobody's servant. Not yours and not the legislature's.

Aside from making my living at journalistic endeavors, the only reason I am in the press gallery is to keep an eye on politicians and tell readers what they're up to.  I can't see how playing ball with politicians or drinking beer and eating pizza with them could possibly help me in that task.

By joining the politicians in this happy family environment, reporters are allowing themselves to be co-opted. And that spells bad news for the public which expects the press to be at arm's length from the politicians.

I'm not suggesting that this organized love-in has influenced coverage of the legislature. Not yet, anyway. Balls games notwithstanding, Stephen Rogers got nailed to the wall for his stupid "poor white trash" remark. But perception is every bit as important as reality.

Seeing reporters and politicians embraced in an ongoing social dance doesn't enhance the credibility of the press. An innocent bystander would have to wonder about the effectiveness of the press if he saw reporters and cabinet ministers, including Premier Vander Zalm, laugh and cajole their way through a ball game.


If the press is to fulfill its role properly, it must be cantankerous, it must be obstinate, and it must be free of obligations. The incessant after-hours love fest between politicians and reporters of the legislative press gallery, is not conducive to unencumbered journalism.

As to the "poor white trash" remark here's a link, its on page 109 and goes by the title of:


Maybe a certain element of Stockholm Syndrome creeps in as journalists spend extended periods in close company with their sources - especially between news people and some sources was brought into question in Victoria in 1987.  Reporters at the BC Legislature were chatting with a colourful cabinet minister, Stephen Rogers, outside the legislative chamber in an area that the Speaker of the House had said was not to be used for interviewing.  Rogers made some controversial remarks while one CBC reporter had his tape recorder discreetly running.   The CBC reporter chose to ignore the comments (describing Britain's unemployed as "poor white trash") as casual banter.  But another reporter (Barry Bell) who heard it chose to report the comment.  Uproar ensued.   SNIP 


(Source of the "reporter" is in a Gary Mason Vancouver Sun column on 08 May 1987 available via your local public library online thereby skipping a search on Google)

This relationship puts a considerable strain on reporters, who have to be careful how intimate they become with the sources.   The friendship developed between press and politicians be in the BC Legislature were subsequently even further strained when an affair between a minister and a reporter became public knowledge. SNIP

BC Rail Trial is long over, but one has to wonder about whether or not the coverage by the mainstream press would have come under fire from the late Hubert Beyer, so far, the CBC's latest edition from Victoria has done a repeat performance of old.  Some good, and some not so good.

As Christy would say, in light of BC's Economy: That's Fine by me.

Sale of previously served unprotected food ... 15 (1) ... $230  (Page 65)

Here's a booklet that contains every penalty, financially, that reverts back to the Province of British Columbia if you cross the Fine line:

PROVINCIAL
FINES BOOKLET 2011

For the operators of recreational vehicles in parking lots of Provincial Parks and/or Rest Stops or anywhere driving almost anything:

Licence Plates
No vehicle licence ..................... 13 (1) (a)............ 109
No number plate........................ 13 (1) (b)............ 109

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has a complaint that those citizens caught with a hand gun are never penalized, however there's this on page 68:

Carry unauthorized firearm ..... 26 (1) ................. $575

In 2010, 184 firearms – including 109 handguns – were seized in the Pacific Region, including Surrey, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The next-highest tally was in the southern Ontario region, where 171 guns were seized. - Globe and Mail January 22, 2012

Has the Mayor NOT been collecting the fines on behalf of Christy Clark's government?

Is it the "ripe" time, like motor vehicle infractions where the financial penalties are turned over to the municipal government, that gun toting outlaws should be more heavily penalized, including knives, and the monies returned to the municipal governments?

I was on a Lower Mainland school property last week where the sign outside the building stated that tobacco wasn't permitted inside the building, HOWEVER, what the Fine Booklet says is this:

Use tobacco on school property........... 2.2 (2) ........... 58
Permit tobacco use on school property 2.2 (4) ............ 575


All of this means is that the Local Police should be patrolling school grounds to nab those youngsters playing basketball with their parents.   There's even a penalty for NOT posting signs of the use of Tobacco on school properties.  It appears that the signs have to be posted on the perimeter of the School...... which means, if Mom, or Dad excuses themselves from a grueling interview with the teacher, and they're on school property, they could be fined $58 and if the Teacher or Principal or Vice Principal Permit tobacco use, the fine ends up being $575.

This one must have been written by the Tobacco manufacturers:

Sell cigarettes in packages
containing fewer than 20 ................... 4................ 575

I thought the idea was that we're trying to weed smokers off of their habit, but having no less than 20 being illegal........ who's ever going to win the war on this one?
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It wasn't that long ago that a dam burst down onto sleepy hollow Oliver, was the $230 fine collected?
Water Act (Page 73)
Fail to exercise reasonable care .......... 21 (1) ........ 230
Does this Fine relate to the diversion of creating Independent Power Producers electricity, in other words, is the creation of electricity not a benefit to the surrounding agricultural lands for what it was originally written?

Divert water not used beneficially ........ 93 (2) (m)........ 230
The Wildlife Act (Page 79):

Possess/injure/take/molest a bird
or egg ................................................ 34 (a) ............ 345
Molest/take/destroy bird nest ............... 34 (b) .......... 575
Molest/take/destroy bird nest while
occupied ............................................ 34 (c) ........... 575
Stum Lake???? Where and Why is Stum Lake protected?  Think Chilcotin.  Think White Pelicans.

Access Stum Lake during prohibited period (Page 83)
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Page 90:

CHARTER OF RIGHTS

Sec. 10 (a) ... I am arresting/detaining you for ........................(State reason for arrest/detention, including the offence and provide known information about the offence, including date and place.)
Sec. 10 (b) ... It is my duty to inform you that you have the right to retain and instruct counsel in private, without delay.

You may call any lawyer you want.  There is a 24 hour telephone service available which provides a legal aid duty lawyer who can give you legal advice in private. This advice is given without charge and the lawyer can explain the legal aid plan to you.   If you wish to contact a legal aid duty lawyer, I can provide you with a telephone number.   Do you understand? Do you want to call a lawyer?


 SECONDARY WARNING
(Name), you are detained with respect to: (reason for detainment).  If you have spoken to any police officer (including myself) with respect to this matter, who has offered to you any hope of advantage or suggested any fear of prejudice should you speak or refuse to speak with me (us) at this time, it is my duty to warn you that no such offer or suggestion can be of any effect and must not influence you or make you feel compelled to say anything to me (us) for any reason, but anything you do say may be used in evidence.

WRITTEN STATEMENT CAUTION
I have been advised by: (investigating officer) that I am not obliged to say anything, but anything I do say may be given in evidence. I understand the meaning of the foregoing and I choose to make the following statement.
APPROVED SCREENING DEVICE (ASD) DEMAND In accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code, I hereby demand that you provide a sample of your breath, forthwith, suitable for analysis using an approved screening device.

OFFICIAL WARNING “YOU ARE NOT OBLIGED TO SAY ANYTHING, BUT ANYTHING YOU DO SAY MAY BE GIVEN IN EVIDENCE”

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fortis BC sought from BCUC, and received, a raise in the price of Natural Gas on January 13, 2012. Why? When the price of natural gas is going DOWN!

I don't open the family mail, therefore this December 29, 2011 Fortis BC item slipped under my  "radar". 


1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (page 5 of 73)
This Decision relates to an application filed by FortisBC Inc. (FortisBC, the Company) to introduce Residential Inclining Block (RIB) rates in its service territory. The filing is in response to an earlier British Columbia Utilities Commission (Commission) directive in Order G-156-10 following FortisBC’s 2009 Rate Design and Cost of Service Analysis (2009 RDA) proceeding. A RIB rate is intended to promote conservation by employing a tiered rate structure in which consumption that occurs above a certain threshold level is billed at a higher rate. The higher tier rate is designed to incent customers to reduce their consumption.

Why should British Columbians be forced to pay a higher rate to reduce our consumption, when Christy Clark has promised to ship our resources over seas without a penalty?

There was a pamphlet included with the Fortis BC bill, but it has been suitably recycled, otherwise the contents of that pamphlet would be here too, on the BBC.  Ahhh, here it is.


FortisBC receives approval for natural gas and propane rate adjustments

November 25, 2011
Vancouver Island rates to remain unchanged; changes to other regions Etc.

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If the price of gas has been going down, why has BCUC authorized an increase from Jan 1, 2012? and when will a decrease be authorized?

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Christy Clark wants to have LNG up and running in short order, but, the more Natural Gas pumped out of the ground doesn't mean that British Columbians gas will be cheaper.  Right now, it could be said, that there is a glut on the market, but once a market, overseas, is found, then the prices will even go higher...... more money for the BC Government Treasury via Royalties, but .....

From the perspective of the United States of America, their "Analysis & Projections  Effect of Increased Natural Gas Exports on Domestic Energy Markets as requested by the Office of Fossil Energy", published on January 19, 2012, with this being stated as a:

SUMMARY of RESULTS (page 4 of 5)

Increased natural gas exports lead to higher domestic natural gas prices, increased domestic natural gas production, reduced domestic natural gas consumption, and increased natural gas imports from Canada via pipeline.

Impacts overview

Increased natural gas exports lead to increased natural gas prices. Larger export levels lead to larger domestic price increases, while rapid increases in export levels lead to large initial price increases that moderate somewhat in a few years. Slower increases in export levels lead to more gradual price increases but eventually produce higher average prices during the decade between 2025 and 2035.

Natural gas markets in the United States balance in response to increased natural gas exports largely through increased natural gas production. Increased natural gas production satisfies about 60 to 70 percent of the increase in natural gas exports, with a minor additional contribution from increased imports from Canada. Across most cases, about three-quarters of this increased production is from shale sources.

The remaining portion is supplied by natural gas that would have been consumed domestically if not for the higher prices. The electric power sector accounts for the majority of the decrease in delivered natural gas. Due to higher prices, the electric power sector primarily shifts to coal-fired generation, and secondarily to renewable sources, though there is some decrease in total generation due to the higher price of natural gas. There is also a small reduction in natural gas use in all sectors from efficiency improvements and conservation.

Even while consuming less, on average, consumers will see an increase in their natural gas and electricity expenditures. On average, from 2015 to 2035, natural gas bills paid by end-use consumers in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors combined increase 3 to 9 percent over a comparable baseline case with no exports, depending on the export scenario and case, while increases in electricity bills paid by end-use customers range from 1 to 3 percent. In the rapid growth cases, the increase is notably greater in the early years relative to the later years. The slower export growth cases tend to show natural gas bills increasing more towards the end of the projection period.

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And just where is all the uncharted resources coming from...

Arctic oil and natural gas resources

(sigh) If you won the Lotto Max $50 million prize on Friday, you could buy something like this.....

4898 Fannin Avenue, Vancouver, BC built in 1915 with the only thing between you and Spanish Banks is the public road and the public beaches, oh and a cliff.  To the west, a forest, all the way to the BC Endowment Lands.   Did I mention the price: recently reduced to $13,980,000 ( 49.274348° -123.224485°).

Or this charming piece of property, 4883 Belmont Avenue,  with a rustic gate, Hydro is connected to the land, no house yet, for a princely sum of $36,800,000 (49.275173° -123.223499°) ...you'd have a cool $14 million left over to build a Bungalow for $1 million and use the $13 million remainder to pay the property taxes for the next five years.  The advertisement says that the property faces the Mountains, Water, and the City.... not Vancouver.... but West Vancouver, on a clear day on all counts.  On reflection though with more information from the Realtors the land could accept three house, three subdivided lots, splitting the Thirty Six, let's call it Thirty Seven Million into threes.   $12,000,000 and the difference being used to build a Bungalow on each.

OR

We could consult Christy on how she would spend $50,000,000 since she's the expert on how taxpayers dollars are doled out, with a smile.  Heck it was only last year that she went from a Nobody to a Somebody by the members of her BC Liberal Party... not all the Voters of British Columbia.  And when it came to the Bye-Election MLA riding of Vancouver-Point Grey where she REFUSED to attend any ALL Candidates to DEBATE, she smiled and then REFUSED all invitations.  But  "when all 167 ballot boxes were tallied, Clark had pulled ahead with 7,371 votes for 48.92 per cent of the votes cast." - CBC.  An MLA with 7,371 votes gave the lucky lady the right to spend our dollars willy-nilly.


Back to that $50,000,000 Lotto Max, I guess one could live off of the interest, not touching the principal.

One could put it in their Will that the next six family generations would be forced to live off of the interest too..... based on healthy investment returns.  So many questions, going from a pauper to a prince over night and still those properties near Spanish Banks tug at the long held beliefs of being "property rich - cash poor" is the best way to live.   After all, just how many people have $50 million to spend at any one given time?


PS   If you really want to see what you could do with your winnings check, out the almost competed "house" at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Blanca Street ( 49.274334° -123.215285°) from the above two properties for Sale at the West end of Belmont, just meander down to the East end of the same street. This property measures 160 feet wide by 550 feet deep!  If bus tour operators believe that Shaughnessy is the best place to show off Vancouver affluency, times have changed.  Make it an all day outing, and see how more of the 1% live.


Here's an abode of one of the 99%, that lives in Christ's Riding of Vancouver-Point Grey.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Now why would the gov.bc.ca be looking at this on my BBC blog on January 26th 2012?

http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.com/2011/10/it-was-deputy-speakers-reading-of.html


Maybe someone is about to be vindicated by the Speaker providing a Dress Code in the BC Legislature.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

And if you're wondering where Christy Clark got the money to flip Campbell's old Executive out for her new Executives.....

Of Premier Christy Clark three building blocks... "Families First"... it went down the tubes before June 1, 2011 because of this:

Legal and civil rights advocates have joined forces against a B.C. government  decision to close two jail units for girls in Victoria and  Prince George.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund and Justice for Girls want a review of the plan to house all female young offenders at the Burnaby youth custody centre.
"Separating girls from their families and communities is bad policy and will be especially damaging to girls from isolated and remote parts of the province," Laura Track, legal director of West Coast LEAF, said in a statement Friday.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development   has said the move will save $2.5 million and stems, in part, from the fact that B.C. has one of the lowest youth   incarceration rates in the country. The number of youth in jail has fallen 75 per cent from a high of 400 in 1996 to a current average of 105. Lindsay Kines Times Colonist    SNIP


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A. Dix: I want to ask the Premier a few questions about severance. She spent quite a bit of money — presumably some of it in her budget, some of it in other ministries' budgets — getting rid of people. It cost between $2.5 million and $3 million.
I wonder why she made that choice in these cases, why she chose to get rid of them and not have them, for example, do other jobs in government where they would work off that severance on behalf of the people of B.C.
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Just bring us in on her thinking in that regard — what it is — and why it is she decided to fire that list of people.

Hon. C. Clark: When I was selected as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party and Premier of British Columbia, it was on a mandate for change, and I'm very committed to making sure that we change government and the way government works in British Columbia. Having said that, change doesn't just mean changing the face at the top of the government. It means that there have to be some other changes that need to be made. (more faces)
We tried to minimize those changes, but nonetheless, some of them we felt needed to be made in order to be able to carry out the kind of change that British Columbians were seeking from us.
The member will know, because there was an information bulletin published on April 28 of this year that details the names of the individuals who were severed as well as the amounts of their severance, and I'd refer him to that. Further than that, though, I just offer this caution for him as we continue down this line. I don't intend to, nor am I permitted to, discuss the details of any specific personnel issues, and if that's where he's going with some of these questions, I won't be able to answer those.


The reason the Premier couldn't talk about "other changes" on June 1, 2011, like the closing of two jails in Victoria and Prince George, was because the BC Liberals AGENDA had that window opening seven months later, on January 20, 2012.    How would Northern British Columbians have reacted if they were told that the incarcerated youth of their communities were being shipped off to Burnaby.... JUST BEFORE THE HST was being voted on?  Do you think they would have voted the HST down in even greater numbers, as a means of Protesting against a Government that has lied to them?

Christy, you made a Promise last year, a selective public relations leakage job to only one Columnist that 2011 would not have a General Election in British Columbia.  Well that year is over and done with, 2012 is here, so now's the time to make another Promise, that there could be an Election in 2012, because you have not only broken one Promise to British Columbians by not keeping Families First, but you've also broken a second Promise on JOBS and you did it just on one file by eliminating two youth detention centres and by doing so you have rid your government of 23 jobs!               23 Family jobs.


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B.C.'s representative for children and youth criticized the ministry, saying it is trying to save money at the expense of troubled youth. "It's efficient if you're processing groceries," said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. "It's not efficient when you're dealing with social challenges around the lives of particularly vulnerable people." She said she has concerns about transferring young girls, many of them aboriginal, to Burnaby, where they will be released from custody just a short distance from the Downtown Eastside.

She also questioned how they will be able to maintain contact with family. "I can't see the grandma from Burns Lake easily being able to make the trip to Burnaby to see the grandchild," she said.

She noted that young girls will now be held in adult police cells in Victoria and Prince George until they can be transferred to Burnaby.


Burns Lake, devastated by the explosion at their mill on the weekend and now their incarcerated children being shipped off to Burnaby.

Trials held In Camera.... What!? Secret Trial? How many have there been already?

Bomb left at Hayer office was 'message'

Alleged drug dealer bragged to operator


Snip

Before the trial began last week, Gingras applied to have it held in camera, saying his life would be in danger if proceedings took place in open court. The Vancouver Sun and Crown prosecutor Martha Devlin opposed the secret trial, saying Gingras had not provided evidence he would be at risk. Ross agreed with the media position and ruled against Gingras. The Supreme Court of Canada denied him leave to appeal Ross's ruling. - Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun

A search of the Supreme Court of Canada of recent decisions included this.   Catalyst Paper Corp. v. North Cowichan (District),  2012 SCC 2

And this:  Attorney General of Canada v. Downtown Eastside SexWorkers United Against Violence Society et al.

This Too:  Jonathan David Bacon v. Her Majesty the Queen(B.C.) (Criminal) (By Leave) (33737)

(Oral Hearing on Leave Application / Audition de la demande d’autorisation d’appel)

(Late start time: 2:00 p.m. / Horaire modifié : audience débutant à 14 h)

But as to The Supreme Court of Canada denying Gingras leave to appeal Ross's ruling.... ZIP!

What is this, a Secret Leave of Appeals department in the SCC?   We should be able to just type in: Jean Gaetan Gingras mix in Supreme Court of Canada and get an answer.


However there was another instance of Kim Bolan going the EXTRA kilometer when it came to In-Camera proceedings involving the Supreme Court of Canada which requires the public to NOT search for the name "Gingras"  but rather "Vancouver Sun"

Here's the complete list of the Vancouver Sun applications (Vancouver is one word, Sun is another word, unfortunately) to the Supreme Court of Canada, not, I might add, in Chronological order!


There is one Nugget in all of this, involving the BC Rail Trials for David Basi and Bobby Virk and Aneal Basi!

UPDATE  June 6, 2013  Search for Vancouver Sun + Supreme Court of Canada    76 results
                                        Search for Gingras vs Vancouver Sun via SCC

Hon. R. Coleman and the Enbridge pipeline Blues, eh

 http://www.leg.bc.ca/Hansard/39th3rd/D10601y.htm
J. Horgan: In discussions with the Premier prior to the nutrition break, there was what I characterize as a nebulous response. I'm sure the Premier felt differently about that. She had made some references to tankers traversing the St. Lawrence Seaway every day, and that was not a concern to her. She saw a possibility of that happening on the north coast.
This is going to lead into a serious of questions on the Enbridge pipeline, just so the minister and staff are aware of that.
I wanted to know if we could address the question of a destination point for oil and gas — well, let's start with oil — as a result of the Enbridge pipeline. There's no point in going to tidewater if the province of British Columbia is going to maintain the moratorium — or the voluntary exclusion zone, I believe, is the appropriate language. I stand to be corrected.
My question is: is it the view of the minister and the ministry that at the present time tanker traffic is excluded from activity on the north coast?
Hon. R. Coleman: There's no moratorium on tankers on the west coast. It's a voluntary exclusion zone that exists for tankers that are travelling from Alaska to the lower 48 to stay 80 to 100 nautical miles off the coast of British Columbia. On a regular basis, tankers do come into the Port of Vancouver to deliver petroleum products, what have you. That's one of the things people don't really know about the traffic.
It's a voluntary exclusion zone right now between the Coast Guard and the shippers coming from Alaska down into the lower 48.
J. Horgan: Certainly, representing the constituency of Juan de Fuca, which is named after the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we in my neck of the woods see big boats every now and again coming back and forth along the straits. We're certainly seized of it on the west coast of Vancouver Island — the amount of traffic that is on the south coast.
The exclusion zone that you talked about, however, is interpreted by many people in British Columbia as prohibiting tankers from arriving in places like Kitimat, for example, to pick up what would be the end product of an Enbridge pipeline.
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I guess specifically: what is the minister's view on tanker traffic in and out of Dixon Entrance into Kitimat?
Hon. R. Coleman: I just want to make sure the member knows he's got the interpretation wrong, first of all. It is a voluntary agreement on taking tankers down the outside of the coast of British Columbia outside of Haida Gwaii, 70 to 100 nautical miles off the coast, to deliver that. We do already have shipments of diesel and oil that go into coastal communities today. I don't have the list of communities that we serve, but we also know that tankers take condensate into Kitimat now. That condensate is then shipped by rail to Alberta and across the west.
I know we're getting down to a discussion about tanker traffic, etc. But I just want to be clear that there's no moratorium in place. There's no legal moratorium in place with regards to tankers on the coast of British Columbia. It's a voluntary exclusion zone that's been agreed to by the parties.
J. Horgan: I thank the minister for the response. Look, let's move to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. Can the minister advise this committee of the status of that project and what role his ministry is playing in either advocacy or education on behalf of the people of British Columbia?
Hon. R. Coleman: The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, as they refer to it, obviously has the potential to deal with some transference of oil from northern Alberta across British Columbia to a port to have it exported. It's right now undergoing a full Canadian environmental assessment to meet the strict requirements of both the National Energy Board Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. This is a really long process that will take years to complete.
A joint review panel has been formed by the National Energy Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The joint review board requested additional information from Enbridge before continuing the process. That's where they are right now.
Enbridge is currently working on filing their additional information. The next step is that this joint review process will be issued a hearing order to outline the timeline of the review and information on how people can participate.
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Our interest in British Columbia is seeing if this is possible in a scientific, sound and environmentally responsible manner. At this point in time this ministry would probably be an intervener or a part of the process, but we're not involved in the project at all.
J. Horgan: Has the ministry sought intervener status, following on the minister's briefing note?
Just as an aside, I've often thought that the more efficient way to manage estimates is to give the critic the briefing binder prepared for the minister. Then it would save a whole lot of time. I could read it at my leisure.
Nonetheless, has the minister sought intervener status, and, if so, what would the position of the province of British Columbia be?
Hon. R. Coleman: No, we haven't applied for intervener status as yet. There is lots of time to do that, because there's a lot of process ahead. We would have to reach that point.
Obviously we have interest in seeing whether we could have the $5.5 billion investment in British Columbia and the jobs that come with it and the relationships that we may be able to build if it can be done. But if it can't be done without working with First Nations and meeting the environmental standards and what have you…. I think all the parties recognize that that is where the work has to be done from here before we would ever get to a position with any more depth than that with regards to the particular pipeline.
Obviously we welcome investment, and we welcome opportunity, but those investments and opportunity have to come at a point in time when they actually meet the requirements that are being laid out for them to have to meet before they can ever get to it.
J. Horgan: Certainly, some of my colleagues in the official opposition have expressed their views on the Northern Gateway Project. I as critic have done my best to stay a bit detached from that in the interest of having a broader and more comprehensive view. My colleague the Environment critic has done, I think, a super job, as has my colleague the aboriginal affairs critic, in trying to grapple with some of the environmental and First Nations issues that the minister is well aware of.
However, it strikes me, just as a point of economic opportunity, that were I to take the limited means available to me as Minister of Energy, and the capable staff at his disposal…. Knowing that the amount of oil in British Columbia is very, very small, and the amount of natural gas potential, conventional and unconventional, is very, very large, I would be focusing all of my energies on liquid natural gas capacity in Kitimat so that we could take a product that belongs to the people of British Columbia, extract it, add value to it and find markets where we can get a far greater return than we're getting right now.
I know that the minister will agree with that position, but rather than just a mutual admiration society on the question, I'd prefer instead for him to give me some details on where we are with respect to LNG in Kitimat, what pipeline capacity we will need to get from the northeast to tidewater that is not already in place, and generally what the state of play is on liquid natural gas potential in Kitimat.
Hon. R. Coleman: We recognize that the liquefied natural gas opportunities are substantive. We have more than one player, than just Kitimat. We actually have another major international company interested in Prince Rupert which would also like to bring natural gas from the Horn and Liard and the northeast part of the province to a liquefied natural gas plant in that location.
They're in the early stages of their work, but I've met with them, and they've indicated that they want to also be a participant in liquefied natural gas. They think there's capacity for two to hit the Asian market, which is obviously very important for our natural gas resources in the long term, for a number of reasons.
First of all, as the member knows, we have in North America today a glut of natural gas, so the glut of natural gas has driven the price down under $4 most days, and as a result…. You know, we're the furthest from the market. We have to get it through to Chicago to distribute it across the United States. So we have to go through various pipelines to be able to ship it into the North American market.
At a price of $3 to $4, it is tough economically, whereas it's presently in Asia about $12. As a result, if you could get liquefied natural gas to Korea, China and other areas in Southeast Asia, there would be a great advantage.
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There are a couple of projects that are being looked at. One is the group that the member is familiar with, and that is the folks that are trying to put it into Kitimat. They're entering a partnership with a couple of companies to try and do that.
They've had very good success to date with almost all the First Nation groups along the route. They also have a very good proposal, as I understand it, a relationship with a First Nation where they would actually place the plant in Kitimat to build the liquefied natural gas plant.
All of the oil and gas industry see this, in my initial meetings with the gas industry, as a critical component to the future of the industry in British Columbia because we're closer to the Asia market, as we know, but at the same time we have an abundant resource that, if we can get it to that market, would be beneficial to all of us in B.C. and obviously get a better price for the product, which would then give better revenues to us as government for the things that we need to pay for, but also, as the member says, get a resource that's in British Columbia to those markets.
I've had meetings with all the players in these so far, and we'll continue to do so. I think that they're further down the road than the Enbridge-type proposal. They're much further down the road with their work with First Nations and, certainly, on their location of where they want to go. They'll probably be out of the chute a lot earlier, and again, it's multi-billions of dollars of investment into B.C. for the natural gas sector.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Employees Who are direct relatives or permanently reside together: Basi Virk comes to mind, but who else?

After the kerfuffle, or perhaps it happened during the BC Rail Trial that involved David Basi and Bobby Virk, the BC Liberal government quietly went about and rewrote the Standards of Conduct for Public Service Employees, which covered their hand picked Cabinet personnel as well.   Here's a Google keyword search   bc government public service standards of conduct

The Google hit of interest is this, fourth one down:

Standards of Conduct for Public Service Employees

www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/.../standards_of_conduct...
Specifically on page 4:








"Employees who are direct relatives or who permanently reside together may not be employed in
situations where:........"

Okay, Okay, the two press people don't share the same Employer, but, they not only permanently reside together, they WORK together on the same set and are DIRECT RELATIVES.   Just what were the BC Liberals thinking when the Standards of Conduct for Public Employees were Re-cycled-concocted?

 Dave Basi directly related to Bobby Virk......Aneal Basi, mustn't leave out Mr. Basi even though the Charges were stayed against him by the Special Prosecutor in the Six Million Dollar Deal.

There was another connection during the BC Rail Trial, that of an Employee of the BC Liberal Party being a Direct Relative to an RCMP Officer investigator in the BC Rail fiasco.

Okay, Okay, the two don't share the same employer, probably didn't reside permanently together, "they WORK on the same set and are DIRECT RELATIVES".... where have I seen that before?

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Public Service Oath Regulation

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What sent me off, to look for this particular piece of info was something that was, is, contained in the Blues that Christy Clark.....oops, the Premier was speaking from http://www.leg.bc.ca/Hansard/39th3rd/D10601y.htm  

COMMITTEE A BLUES

 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Afternoon Sitting

 

 just above line 1605

The Chair: Premier, just a reminder that no electronic devices are supposed to be used during estimates.

 What's this, no RIM Blackberries?   No iPhones?

For those who haven't delved into the whole of the BLUES, now would be a GREAT time to do so.

Christy Clark sings from the Blues two different tunes..... one for Severances to her Staff and the other the HST

They're expensive decisions to have to make as well. But we limited the number of decisions that we had to make on that as much as we possibly could. I'm advised that the rules of notice would have been something like, in some cases, up to 18 months, and waiting 18 months for change is not change. I mean, that might be....
I don't know if that's how the member opposite characterizes change, but when the public says they want a change, they don't mean: "Gee, I want to wait a couple of years for it." People elected me to be the leader of the B.C. Liberal Party and the Premier of the province because they wanted change, and I intend to deliver on that agenda. - Hon. Christy Clark



So you see, dear readers, that Premier Christy Clark and her Finance Minister Kevin Falcon understand that Change means NOW, delaying tactics to stall the HST for 18 months is different from the gumption she sowed showed by firing Gordon Campell's Executive Staff and hired her own, which cost Tax Payers $2.4 million dollars... meanwhile New Home Constructions costs continue to soar because Christy and Kevin want to delay, delay, delay the reimplementation of the PST by ............. 18 months!

Vaughn Palmer "On Vacation" so says the Vancouver Sun

I'm a subscriber to the Vancouver Sun.  One main reason that I subscribe is because I enjoy the writings of Columnist Vaughn Palmer.  I pay the price of that subscription because of Vaughn Palmer's presence, but as of late he seems to be away from his Vancouver Sun desk more often, and yet, I still pay the full subscription fee, in fact, only last month the Vancouver Sun informed me, and other Subscribers, that the rate was going up.  In exchange, it appears that the Subscribers are getting less, especially on a MONDAY morning edition when most of the regular Editorial Staff are away from their desks.

I don't mind that Vaughn Palmer, and other professional journalists are on speaking tours, but I would sure appreciate it if the Vancouver Sun would stop printing, at the bottom of his regular column space, that Vaughn Palmer is on VACATION.   He probably isn't.


AUDIO VISUAL REQUIREMENTS





  • Podium with microphone

  • For larger audiences/rooms please have a roaming microphone for Q & A sessions

  • Pitcher and glass of water
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VAUGHN PALMER


Vaughn Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun’s columnist on B.C. politics, based in the provincial capital, Victoria, since 1984.

He also provides regular commentaries on B.C. politics on radio station CKNW in Vancouver. He hosts an interview show, Voice of B.C., on Shaw TV and since 1987, he has been a regular commentator on Canadian politics on KUOW, the NPR station in Seattle.

Palmer was born in 1952 in a small English community near Gaspé, Quebec. He moved to British Columbia in 1967 with his parents. He finished high school in Nanaimo and attended the University of BC, where he worked on the student newspaper, The Ubyssey.

Palmer started working at The Vancouver Sun as a reporter in 1973. Three years later he became the paper’s rock music critic, and if you have to ask how that experience prepared him to write about B.C. politics, you don’t know B.C. politics.  In 1980 he was appointed city editor of the Sun. Two years later he attended Stanford University on a journalism fellowship. He returned to the paper in 1983 as editorial writer, after which he was appointed to write the provincial affairs column.

In 1998, Palmer won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, presented by the Public Policy Forum.  Palmer is also the co-recipient of the 1988 Jack Webster Award for reporting. In 1991, he edited an anthology of the work of Bruce Hutchison: To Canada With Love and Some Misgivings: The Best of Bruce Hutchison.  In 2006, Palmer was named the recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation.

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VAUGHN PALMER


INTRODUCTION


Vaughn Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist, based in Victoria, since 1984. In addition to his column on page three of the Sun, he also delivers a daily commentary on B.C. politics on the Morning News with Philip Till on radio station CKNW. Vaughn is the host of Voice of B.C. on Shaw TV, a regular on Cutting Edge of the Ledge on the Bill Good show on CKNW , and a commentator on CH TV in Victoria, City TV in Vancouver and KUOW radio in Seattle. He has so far managed to fend off all recruitment efforts from Workaholics Anonymous
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Searching the internet using:       national speakers bureau "Vaughn Palmer"

Seventh hit from the top is this "Media Hype" in the Langara Journalism Review

Two topics:  "Vaughn Palmer putting the bite on politicians"   Page 20 of 40

and, coincidentally....
 "Media Hype  do journalist cause the crisis" written by Joel Harris  Page 16 of 40

and, even more coincidentally on Page 14 of 40  "Covering the Cops Journalists have a responsibility to serve the public. So do police. Sometimes they clash."..... written by Courtney Shepard
Chad Skelton, who deals with law agencies on a regular basis, says his relationship with the VPD and the RCMP is schizophrenic. - page 15
Back to Vaughn Palmer on page 20

Media hype
langara.bc.ca/programs.../LJR%202007%20final%20compact.pdf
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Cover photo of Vaughn Palmer by. Lee Guille .... became a national publication,” says. Clem. ... cheaper for CBC to air a national format newscast ..... jected.” During the process, the FOI bureau- ..... speaking to the media is like a balancing act.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"...a Mountie decided to treat Bornmann as a witness after admitting to bribing a public official"














Page 21 of 60

AKA

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=35&ved=0CDcQFjAEOB4&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bcndpcaucus.ca%2Ffiles%2F09FOI%2FBinder_11_%2520Premiers_Office%2F11-05.pdf&ei=VrAcT6OTIa3UiALF6tXCCA&usg=AFQjCNGuiTd6lSRu_TW0_jXjOtOnEf_Z_Q&sig2=6ZNtKOlnt6w_E3EkSWt1Og

The latest news on the demise of the HST!

BCGEU members in the Ministry of Finance: HST deal

This week, the B.C. and federal governments announced they’ve agreed on a number of issues relating to the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). Of particular importance for BCGEU members in the Ministry of Finance is news the province has agreed to make job offers to its former employees who transferred to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The B.C. Government advised the BCGEU of this agreement. We’ve asked for a briefing on the specifics, as they become known. It’s our understanding details of the job offers, and the scheduling of the return of those employees accepting a job offer from the province, are still to be negotiated with the CRA.

In addition, we understand the CRA will not be making job offers to those remaining BCGEU employees (Wave 3 and 4) who were scheduled to transition to the CRA in March and July of 2012.
The BCGEU will work with the Finance Ministry and the Public Service Agency as the negotiations between the province and the CRA proceed. We appreciate this has been a very uncertain time for Ministry of Finance employees since the announcement of the HST referendum results last year.
The BCGEU will continue to monitor this process as it unfolds and communicate with you every step of the way.


You'd think that the BCGEU would be rejoicing because the PST department that been disemboweled by the BC Liberals back in 2009 through to 2010 July 1.

Of course, we, the public have all seen what happened to BC Hydro, same thing for MSP, and along with BC Rail.  Maybe Christy will be setting up a PST collection agency overseas.

For more news check out the Component section here.

The Province, according to Microsoft written material, is showing signs of Phishing

In this morning's Province newspaper on the topic of ICBC:

Nancy McKinstry, chair of the Insurance Corp. of B.C., has resigned her post, the organization has confirmed.

Snip

She was also the former vice-president and director of Odlum Borwn Ltd.
Snip



According to Microsoft's page on Phishing  one characteristic of  Phishing is the SPELLING:




Eg.  in the Province newspaper:


She was also the former vice-president and director of Odlum Borwn Ltd.

Odlum WHO? Ltd.


Microsoft says:  "Professional Companies or Organizations usually have a staff of copy editors that will not allow a mass email like this to go to its users"

The Province does have a staff of Copy editors
The Province does have a mass of email    Circulation are its users....


Odlum I could understand there being a possible SPELLING error, but BROWN, come off it!  Odlum Brown is a well known company in Vancouver.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Second largest importer of LNG is....... South Korea

If natural gas is the “wild card” in the total energy picture of North America, then liquefied natural gas (LNG) could well be the ace waiting to be played. LNG offers Canada, the United States and Mexico the chance to supplement their domestic production with relatively low-cost natural gas purchased from a diverse range of countries. The LNG infrastructure is already in place in North America, with existing LNG import terminals operating in the United States providing critical incremental natural gas supplies for peak seasonal use. The global LNG industry is increasingly competitive, transparent, efficient and flexible, and new LNG import facilities that are under development, planned or proposed in each of the three countries of North America will undoubtedly add impetus to these trends.
Even the most conservative forecasts call for Canada, the United States and Mexico to allocate new and larger sums of dollars and pesos for domestic natural gas resource development in the years ahead. The nature of these investments will help dictate the growth rates of the three largest economies of North America. LNG deserves careful scrutiny, as do issues such as pipeline capacity, operating specifications, and defining the scope of environmental responsibility. And while the precise road map remains to be charted, the ultimate goal is clear: a North America where open, competitive and transparent markets contribute to supply demand balances and long-term energy security.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Susan Heyes comes to mind with this: "Indeed in one early Canadian case an owner was put out of business through injurious affection but without redress since the injury was to his business and not to the land." BC Royal Commission on Expropriation 1963

In 1963 I didn't pay too much attention to Expropriation Laws in BC, especially one that was reviewed by a BC Royal Commission that year, but having said that, and having seen what Susan Heyes has gone through, the loss of her customer base, having to move to another location, and then the Supreme Court of Canada turning a blind eye to justice not being seen......  you see, there's this little problem I'm not understanding, that is, how Susan Heyes has been Royally ripped off by the Government(s).


From the Vancouver Sun
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Vancouver clothing store owner Susan Heyes in her six-year-old fight against the Canada Line builders.
The country's highest court, as is its practice, did not give reasons for refusing to hear the landmark B.C. case.
In February, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned a $600,000 award Heyes won from B.C. Supreme Court in the David-vs.-Goliath battle she launched in 2005.
A three-justice panel unanimously found that the owner of Hazel and Co. was not entitled to compensation for business losses incurred when Canada Line construction impeded traffic in the area.
The panel said the construction companies behind the $2-billion megaproject were legally authorized to disrupt Cambie Street to complete the project.
"In short, the Canada Line could not be built without significant disturbance to many citizens' use and enjoyment of their property," the appeal court said.
"There was no construction method that provided a non-nuisance alternative in building the Canada Line."


The claim that the Canada Line couldn't be built without significant disturbance doesn't give them the right to ruin a perfectly sound business of Susan Heyes.   The fact that the Supreme Court of Canada didn't have to give a reason as to why they wouldn't make a ruling in Ms. Heyes case, could be construed to mean that they knew that its already covered by BC Provincial.






"Indeed in one early Canadian case an owner was put out of business through injurious affection but without redress since the injury was to his business and not to the land."



PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Report of the
BRITISH COLUMBIA
1961-63
THE HONOURABLE J. V. CLYNE
Commissioner
Counsel:
N, T. NEMETZ, ESQ., Q.C.
R. C. BRAY, ESQ.
Registrar:
J. N. LYON, ESQ.
1. The term "expropriation", as used in this Province, encompasses not only the compulsory acquisition of property but also injurious affection to property resulting from the exercise of powers of expropriation. Compulsory acqUisition provides for a transfer of property rights carried out under statutory compulsion and is therefore analogous to a contract for the purchase of property. Injurious affection denotes the causing of damage to property, irrespective of whether property is acquired from the owner, and is therefore analogous to an injury giving a right of action for damages. These two matters will be dealt with separately in this report, but they both come within the area of law covered by the term "expropriation".

Opening up BC

Opening Up B.C.

trek.ubc.ca/files/2010/08/OpeningUpBC.pdf
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Prince Rupert is its Canadian heart. FACT: Prince Rupert is 16 hours closer to. Asia than Vancouver and 30 hours closer than U.S. ports. The $30 million the ...


















 FACT:
It costs $65,000 to resurface
one kilometre of
highway after 12 years of
use – but the cost rises
to $400,000 if the same
stretch is left for just
eight more years. - Page 5



The BC Liberals have been in power for over ten years now.  We've all seen their PPP3 projects, especially on the major routes, but what has been happening to the rest of the highways in those same ten, going on Eleven years?  Will the estimated cost of delaying the resurfacing going to go from $65,000 in 2003 Dollars to and even greater $400,000 per Kilometer?

We should not force the costs of our neglect
on our children. Our obligation is to get the
best value for each dollar we spend and to try
to reduce our dependence on our children’s
future earnings. - Page 5

Thursday, January 19, 2012

BC Royal Commission on the Incarceration of Female Offenders

I saw a report on CBC last night regarding an allegation of a sexual assault on a female prisoner by a guard.

A former female inmate at B.C.’s Surrey Pretrial Service Centre has filed a lawsuit against the province and a male jail guard who she alleges sexually assaulted her, CBC News has learned.


  I went looking and found this, something that was sort of hashed out in a:

REPORT OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA

Royal Commission on the Incarceration of Female Offenders 1978

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs_rc/275032/275032_report_bc_rc_incarc_female_offenders.pdf

Page 26    ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER STAFF CONDUCT

The Commission heard evidence relating to the allegations of sexual misconduct between male staff and female inmates at OWCC and allegations of welfare fraud. It was these allegations which led directly to the appointment of this Commission of Inquiry.

In order to assess these allegations and to discover the truth, we heard the evidence of the RCMP investigators assigned to the case, St. Shields and Cpl. Leach of the Burnaby detachment. Mr. A. Nicholls, from the Division of Inspection and Standards, assisted the RCMP in their investigation. He looked into matters from the point of view of possible internal disciplinary proceedings.

The reports on the investigation compiled by the police and Mr. Nicholls, were filed as exhibits (sealed) in these proceedings. This was done not to hide anything from the public who have the right to know the facts, but in the interest of fairness to the individuals named in the reports. Although many serious allegations had been made against staff members and inmates, the investigations, and indeed, the evidence given at the Hearings in the end result provided virtually no factual support for the original allegations reported in the press.

As Commission Counsel urged at the outset of the Hearings, the Inquiry has tried to avoid reliance on rumour and speculation and to proceed on the basis of credible evidence and proven facts. Most of the allegations of misconduct proved to be without factual basis -- that being the case we felt it would be grossly unfair to have what can only be termed "vicious rumours" against named individuals given wide publicity.  Snip

Election Advisory Committee Minutes Friday, October 28, 2011 10-11:30 a.m.

 Page 3 of 9:
Anton Boegman said that urban centers are particularly strained by the current model. He described a situation where there are 20 voting stations representing 20 voting areas in one gymnasium, where during large portions of the day 96% of the people in attendance are election officials, 2% are scrutineers, and 2% are voters. Anton reiterated that there's room for much greater efficiency. He added that since the issues in the north, where in some cases voting takes place in an official’s living room, differ from those in urban centres that standardized approaches with geography in mind would be highly beneficial. .....snip

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dear BC Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, Read "Part II" on the conditions of Reinstatement of the PST







Inside Story of why Gordon Campbell brought "Harmony" to the Provincial Sales Tax

According to the BC Liberal Party's Biography on their former Premier:

Mr. Campbell has been awarded the Simon Fraser University “Distinguished Alumni” Award and the Inter-Faith Brotherhood “Man of the Year” Award. Mr. Campbell was also granted the rare honour of being given a First Nations name by the Ahousaht First Nation in recognition of his efforts to improve the lives of First Nations people.  Campbell’s First Nations name is Chamatook, which means: “The one who is able to do the right thing and bring harmony.”  Mr. Campbell is also the author of a children’s book, "Tuaq: The Only One" which was published in 1995.   He was born in Vancouver.
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All kidding aside there's this:
From the Legislative Library of British Columbia: Books by BC MLAs:                                     In addition to serving in politics, Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia have authored numerous books. The following bibliography lists works authored or edited by current and former provincial MLAs.* If you know of a title to add to this list, please contact the library.  This bibliography does not include theses, journal articles, chapters in books, or government reports.

 Barlee, N. L.         other search results in Google


Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns of Northeastern Washington: Covering Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan and Kittitas Counties.

 Similkameen: The Pictograph Country.

 Lost Mines and Historic Treasures of BritishColumbia.

 The Guide to Gold Panning.

 Gold Creeks & Ghost Towns.

 The Best of Canada West.
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Dave Barrett    and William Miller. Barrett: A Passionate Political Life.

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 Bawlf, R. Samuel. The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580.

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 Berger, Thomas R.  

One Man's Justice: A Life in the Law.

 A Long and Terrible Shadow: White Values, Native Rights in the Americas Since 1492.

 Village Journey: The Report of the Alaska Native Review Commission.

 Fragile Freedoms: Human Rights and Dissent in Canada.

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Brown, Rosemary. Being Brown: A Very Public Life.

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Campbell, Gordon. Tuaq: The Only One.

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Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics.

Cranbrook: 100 Years of Heart and Soul.

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Evans, Corky. Return of the Ruling Class: A Collection of Letters, Essays & Stories.

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Gardom, Garde B. and David R. Williams. Love Game: A Personal History of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club.

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Gibson, Gordon, ed.

Fixing Canadian Democracy.

Plan B: The Future of the Rest of Canada.

Thirty Million Musketeers: One Canada, for all Canadians.

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Harcourt, Michael and Ken Cameron. City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver.

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Harcourt, Michael and John Lekich. Plan B: One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph.

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Harcourt, Mike with Wayne Skene. Mike Harcourt: A Measure of Defiance.


The Passing of a Race and More Tales of Western Life.

The Mystic Spring, and Other Tales of Western Life.


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Loenen, Nick. Citizenship and Democracy: A Case for Proportional Representation.

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Lovick, L.D. Tommy Douglas Speaks: Till Power is Brought to Pooling.

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McDiarmid, Howard. Pacific Rim Park: A Country Doctor's Role in Preserving Long Beach and Establishing the New Wickaninnish Inn.

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Why I am Still a Socialist: And It's Not Because I Don't Know Any Better.

Outrage: Canada's Justice System on Trial.

Alex in Wonderland.

“My Dear Legs—”: Letters to a Young Social Democrat.

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McGeer, Patrick and Enoch Durbin, eds. 

Methane: Fuel for the Future.

Politics in Paradise.

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What the Bleep is Going on Here?

Over the Mountains: More Thoughts on Things that Matter.

Hard Talk.

Rafe: A Memoir.

Still Ranting: More Rants, Raves and Recollections.

Rants, Raves & Recollections.

Canada, is Anyone Listening?

The Last Cast: Fishing Reminiscences.

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All Aboard!: The Canadian Rockies by Train.

W.A.C. Bennett and the Rise of British Columbia.

Succession: The Political Reshaping of British Columbia.

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Perry, Thomas L. A Citizen's Guide to the Skagit Valley.

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Tyabji (Wilson), Judy. Political Affairs.

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From War to Wilderness.

Think wood!: The forest is an Open Book; All We Have to do is Read it.

From Snowshoes to Politics.

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“For the People”: The Autobiography of British Columbia’s 28th Premier.

Vander Zalm's Northwest Gardener's Almanac.

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Wilson, Gordon F. D. A Civilized Revolution: Meeting Tomorrow's Challenge with the Progressive Democratic Alliance.

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Wilson, Judi Tyabji. Daggers Unsheathed: The Political Assassination of Glen Clark.

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Waddell, Ian. A Thirst to Die For: A Political Mystery.