Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Only a George Gretes can do an FOI on the PRIME database to see if a 'Chargeable' Offence has been tagged on him.

A person, always innocent until proven guilty, such as a George Gretes and any of his known associates eg. GCPE, are in all likelihood registered within the RCMP (Canada wide) PRIME Police Records Information Management Environment.

An FOI may be applied for by a George Gretes et al to ensure that they are not in the PRIME database which would prevent them from traveling into USA flight space but still allow them to work for the BC Liberal Government ... with Cabinet privileges.

In 2012, BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham spoke at the 12th Annual Privacy and Security Conference at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C.  Denham recently completed an investigation that found B.C. government criminal checks into its workers was too broad. 

A Vancouver Sun report on the Conference:
...... Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald noted that a negative-contact-with-police result would only be produced for an employment check in the PRIME BC database for a person with a “chargeable” offence.

The person may not have been charged, for example, because the victim declined to go through a court proceeding, he noted.(Eg.?? Christy Clark's Chief of Staff Boossenkool Fired for groping a Cabinet Minister Assistant)

While MacDonald said he understands the privacy concerns surrounding the database and the police information’s use for employment checks, he stressed both provide a valuable service.

“Do we want it to be absolute privacy to everybody? And nobody can have anybody’s record? Or do we want to say there has to be a balance in between?” said MacDonald.

If people want to know what information the police has collected on them, they can ask for an employment check themselves to see what it says. But to get all information police have collected, a person has to make a freedom of information request.

There may be a circumstance where the police would change a negative flag on someone in the PRIME database, but it is rare because the negative flag would have to have been substantiated, said MacDonald.

Other police agencies were reluctant to discuss PRIME BC.

Both the Vancouver police and the RCMP would not provide anyone to discuss the use of PRIME BC and its privacy concerns, referring questions to PRIMECorp. PRIMECorp. manager Russell Sanderson said he couldn’t say how individual police agencies provide information on employment checks because it is under the control of the individual agencies.  SNIPPED

Gretes has qualified for the category of "chargeable offense", so too has Brian Bonney and his co-accused, and possibly former MLA Harry Bloy even though he may be protected by Executive Council (Cabinet) privileges.

But the spider web connections between individuals is onerous when checked against what exactly qualifies for PRIME:  Master Name Indices:   
eg. Triple-O-Delete file:

Police Contacts:
- Victims  eg.  Tim Duncan
- Witnesses eg. Other staff in the office when Triple-O-Delete occurred
- Complainants eg. Tim Duncan and others eg. Privacy Commissioner
- Suspects eg.Executive Council; eg. Deputy Ministers; eg. Assistant Deputy Ministers
- Accused eg. George Gretes
- Etc....

A search of BC RCMP database for the word PRIME also includes includes former Prime Minister of Canada.

One Result of Ten pages and with invisibility capabilities of Versadex involved

Surrey RCMP - Data qualifiers and limitations
Oct 27, 2014 ... Crime data for the quarterly reports is typically extracted from PRIME two weeks following the end of a quarter. The data extracted includes that ...
The data presented represents only a portion of the Surrey RCMP records in the PRIME records management system; it also does not include all offences reported to the Canadian Centre of Justice Statistics. Data contained in this report is also based on information accumulated-to-date. The data presented here may vary from previously produced reports and numbers may continue to change on a daily basis due to the dynamic nature of offences being reported, investigated and/or cleared. Further, Statistics Canada redefines criminal offence codes on an ongoing basis, which may result in changes to how crimes are recorded within PRIME.
Integrated Information Service (IIS) - Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Jul 30, 2012 ... PROS, PRIME, MCM, etc.), which limits the amount of results returned. The Integrated Information Service (IIS) project aims to provide Chief ...

Privacy Impact Assessment    Executive Summary
Currently, intelligence production within the RCMP is extremely time consuming and inefficient.   Information searches are performed manually in isolation on computer systems/databases (eg. PROS, PRIME, MCM, etc.), which limits the amount of results returned.  The Integrated Information Service (IIS) project aims to provide Chief Criminal Intelligence Executive Sector (CCIE) personnel in support of operations (Intelligence Analysts, Intelligence Officers, and Criminal Intelligence Service Bureau analytical members) the ability to better access and query multiple data sources from a single point.  Within the IIS data structure, it will be compiling both structured and unstructured data from both RCMP Records Management Systems, PROS and PRIME; as well as Major Case Management (MCM) files, namely Evidence & Report III (E&R III).

The IIS query tool will be accessible to these users via the Secure Access Portal on the RCMP ROSS network Intranet, where an Entrust access token will be required to sign on.  By centralizing our three main disparate data sources into a single, read-only data structure, it enables the Criminal Intelligence community to more accurately find more complete results in a timelier fashion.  SNIP

Shouldn't all politicians, and their staff, be tagged in PRIME to ensure that there isn't any possibility of a conflict of interests eg.   Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts   or   Vander Zalm's Fantasy Beware of Taiwanese bearing gifts   or Lobbyists

Vaughn Palmer ..... on Dobell    Delete Everything

Merv Veritas:
It’s clear now what I think we’ve all suspected. Christy Clark’s government is defined by its own governing principle, and that is the avoidance of accountability.

Not George: Not Happy either

The Late Ian Dunlop Reid - The Real Story on Ken
 Bob Mackin on Ken
In a nutshell: The former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Hill + Knowlton lobbyist returned to his family in Calgary after resigning Sept. 23. He was involved in what Clark would only call an "incident of concern." What really went on Sept. 7 at the Bard and Banker Pub in Victoria remains a mystery, but Global TV reported it involved a female subordinate. Here is Jas Johal's Sept. 24 report (recovered from WayBack Machine).

Jonathan Fowlie on Ken
This week, I received a response to another request, which provides yet another interesting window into how the premier’s office operates. In this one, I asked for:
All correspondences (emails, letters, BBMs and/or text messages) sent or received between the following:
  • Ken Boessenkool to Premier Christy Clark
  • Premier Christy Clark to Ken Boessenkool
  • Ken Boessenkool to (Public Service Agency head) Lynda Tarras 
  • Ken Boessenkool to (Deputy Chief of Staff) Kim Haakstad
  • Kim Haakstad to Ken Boessenkool.
The time limit for the request was between September 7, 2012 and September 27, 2012.
In response, I got one document; The resignation letter from Boessenkool to Clark.
To be clear, my request was not limited to communications specific to the Boessenkool incident, but rather was an open-ended request for “all correspondences” during those 21 days.
That means during that time — days that included a trip by Clark to Hong Kong and to China to participate in the World Economic Forum —  the only official document

RossK on Ken
Later yesterday the Ms. Clark's own office confirmed that fact, as Mr. Fowlie made clear in his VSun piece:

...A spokesman for the Premier’s office confirmed Monday (Oct 29, 2012) that no documents were created during the probe, saying all interviews and reports were done verbally....

Monday, November 23, 2015

Let me get this straight

Not afraid of refugees, they're welcome, they'll contribute to Canada, become Canadians, taxpayers for life.

We're afraid that the Five Barge-Mounted LNG facilities in Prince Rupert, and other locations like Kitimat, are being built overseas and towed here for a quick get-away if the industry tanks.

See previous Post

As to why the refugees from Syria are not destined for West Vancouver and the North Shore .... it's because there has never been Settlement Services provided there by the BC Liberals - Welcome website:


Whereas the rest of Metro Vancouver has Settlement Services offices, but, the BC Liberals eliminated funding (English as a Second Language) to balance their budget:
Participation in federally funded Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes by immigrants

Every year we welcome 40,000 newcomers to British Columbia ....

Exon-Mobil-Valdez Prince Rupert LNG Processor floated from Asia: No Jobs for British Columbians

No jobs made in Canada for Canadians by Premier Christy Clark on LNG.

The Washington Group Seaspan has been building Barges for 50 years, so why is Exon Mobil building the Barges overseas when YES WE CAN DO IT.

BC Government Information Index for WCC LNG

Exon-Mobil Prince Rupert LNG
Project Summary


WCC LNG Project Ltd. (WCC LNG Project) (we have to write it twice without and explaination of just what the acronym WCC) is proposing the development and operation of the WCC LNG project (the "Project" at Tuck Inlet , within the city limits of Prince Rupert, BC.  The proposed Project will include production, storage, transfer, and loading of LNG vessels fo rmarine transportaion to offshore markets.

Natural gas will be delivered to the facility through a third party (yet to be determined) pipeline connected up to 15 million metric tonnes  per annum (MTA) and utlimately a maximum production of up to 30 MTA, or approximately 180,000 cubic metres per DAY.  It is anticipated that LNG vessels, with an approximate capacity of 125,000 to 266,000 cubic metres, will be used to transport the LNG, resulting in approximate 330 to 430 carrier loadings per year at full 30 MTA capacity.

WCC LNG Project is currently investigating the geotechnical and environmnetal site characteristics and evaluating concepts for its proposed LNG plant at Tuck Inlet.   Development options under consideration include a marine-based barge-mounted concept and onshore concept (Fiqures 2A and 2B, Fiqures 3A and 3B, and Figures 4 and 5 of Appendix A).  These development options are discussed within the Project components and activities of Section 2.1 and 2.2.
A Single lane bridge and utility corridor????  a short sighted design not addressing the 'what if' scenario if an emergency requires first responders to get to the Far end of the dock.

Or look at if from the other end.  Workers are on the last barge and they have to get off NOW, but have to ramble past the other high risk barges and ships tied to them.  Why not five double lane bridges?
 A barge-mounted LNG facility will consist of up to five loading  barges with production capacity of approximately 6 MTA each or higher pending results of process optimisation studies. ...... It is expected that the LNG liquification process and compression facilities will be powered using the inlet natural gas as the fuel source.  Onshore support facilities for the barge-mounted concept would be located entirely within District Lot (DL) 444, property currently owned by Prince Rupert Legacy Inc., within the limits of the City of Prince Rupert.

 Prince Rupert Anchorages, marinas facilities, and navigation aids.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The BC Jobs Plan: Conservative Canada Starts Here: Energy Minister Bill Bennett offers to vacuum the House once a week

A recently recovered double deleted email from the Premier's Office that was thought to have been triple deleted by her GCPE staff.

So this BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett sits around the House all day and the Premier says, "You could do something useful, like vacuum the House once a week."  

Bennett gives it a moment's thought and says, "Sure why not show me to the vacuum."

Half an hour later, Bennett comes into the 'kitchen' to get some coffee and donuts from the $700 display case.

Clark: "I didn't hear the vacuum work, I thought you were using it?"

Exasperated, the Minister answers, "The stupid thing is broken, won't start, got to buy a new one."

"Really", the Premier says, "Show me - it worked fine the last time there was a photo op. 

 And the BC Liberals want to build Site C on the Peace River for what, or should that be Whom?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BC Hydro Capilano Substation: Surrounded by Trees: No Surprise electricity knocked out, businesses closed; homes left cold

The tree broke the top off a BC Hydro transmission structure
The brain trust that looks after BC Hydro customers has decided to commission another report looking at 40 species of trees, across Metro Vancouver, that might be of concern to the Public Corporation's bottom line, Smart Grid or not.  The Report request, from the Minutes of the Climate Action Committee Agenda November 4, 2015, is on page 88 of 126 being prepared by Diamond Head Consulting

Vancouver Sun
The regional district has commissioned a report looking at 40 species of trees across the region to determine whether they are resilient enough to withstand issues such as pests and droughts.

The move follows two windstorms, one on Tuesday and another in August, which saw trees falling on BC Hydro transmission wires, plunging thousands of homes into darkness, some of them for days.

On Tuesday, electricity was cut to about 110,000 B.C. homes after winds gusting up to 70 km/h toppled trees and snapped power lines. A tree broke the top off a BC Hydro transmission structure in the Capilano substation, sending flashes of blue light streaking across the skies, .....

Putting it in perspective:

BC Hydro already has a 61 page guide book on how to handle vegetation, trees too but they prefer to wait until a tree falls knowing that they do make a sound, but the wind drowns the background noise out.

 Noting and recommending for removal any hazard trees (defective trees that may fall into the site), or storm-damaged or vandalized trees and shrubs. Herbicides may be applied to the stumps to prevent resprouting.

 Vancouver's Knight and 49th Avenue Substation is the right way, eh

In a Post that we did in 2014 on a West Vancouver waterfront BC Hydro Substation they finally took the hint and cut down all their trees between the Emergency generating station and the Substation AND chain linked the area so pedestrians (children) wouldn't be able to fall into the six foot deep canal (no way to claw oneself out)

1972 to 2014


 Google Search criteria: bc hydro 80 20 debt limit

HBC: The Fifty-two pounds ten shillings sterling deal between Christy Clark and Hookoowitz's 20 others.

If 'white people' are the only ones who may own Hudson Bay Company's 'land', secured by James Douglas for Fifty-two pounds ten shillings Sterling  ..... 'Vancouver Island' ... how are the land claims going to be resolved with that Sick Culture of Victoria still being occupied by Premier Christy Clark.

Know all men, we, the chiefs and people of the Kosampsom Tribe, who have signed our names and made our marks to this deed on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty, do consent to surrender, entirely and  for ever, to James Douglas, the agent of the Hudson's Bay Company in Vancouver Island, that is to say, for the Governor, Deputy Governor, and Committee of the same, the whole of the lands situate and lying between the Island of the Dead, in the Arm or Inlet of Camoson, and the head of the said Inlet, embracing the lands on the west side and north of that line to Esquimalt, beyond the Inlet three miles of the Colquitz Valley, and the land on the east side of the arm, enclosing Christmas Hill and Lake and the lands west of those objects.

The condition of or understanding of this sale is this, that our village sites and enclosed fields are to be kept for our own use, for the use of our children, and for those who may follow after us; and the land shall be properly surveyed hereafter.   It is understood, however, that the land itself, with these small exceptions, becomes the entire property of the white people for ever; it is also understood that we are at liberty to hunt over the unoccupied lands, and to carry on our fisheries as formerly. We have received, as payment, Fifty-two pounds ten shillings sterling.

In token whereof, we have signed our names and made our marks, at Fort Victoria, on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty.

(Signed) HOOKOOWITZ his x mark,
and 20 others.


Know all men, we, the chiefs and people of the family of Swengwhung, who have signed our names and made our marks to this deed on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty, do consent to surrender, entirely and for ever, to James Douglas, the agent of the Hudson's Bay Company in Vancouver Island, that is to say, for the Governor, Deputy Governor, and Committee of the same, the whole of the lands situate and lying between the Island of the Dead, in the Arm or Inlet of Camoson, where the Kosampsom lands terminate, extending east to the Fountain Ridge, and following it to its termination on the Straits of De Fuca, in the Bay immediately east of Clover Point, including all the country between that line and the Inlet of Camoson.

The condition of or understanding of this sale is this, that our village sites and enclosed fields are to be kept for our own use, for the use of our children, and for those who may follow after us; and the land shall be properly surveyed hereafter. It is understood, however, that the land itself, with these small exceptions, becomes the entire property of the white people for ever; it is also understood that we are at liberty to hunt over the unoccupied lands, and to carry on our fisheries as formerly.

We have received, as payment, Seventy-five pounds sterling.  In token whereof, we have signed our names and made our marks, at Fort Victoria, on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty. (1850)

(Signed) SNAW-NUCK his x mark,
and 29 others.
Done before us,

Of course there was that small detail that James Douglas didn't include in the signing regarding the clause on 'OUR CHILDREN' and 'WHO MAY FOLLOW US'

 The Impact of the White Man

Page 42 of 116

The most terrible single calamity to befall the Indians of British Columbia was the smallpox epidemic which started in Victoria in 1862.  Unique circumstances caused it to spread faster and farther than any previous outbreak could possibly have done, and within two years it had reached practically all parts of the Province, and killed about one-third of the native people.



or how about renaming Semlin Drive in Vancouver .... along with Trutch

increase to $500
Respecting the proposed increase of the per capita Tax on Chinese immigrants. By Command. C. A. SEMLIN,

 Respecting the desirability of increasing the capitation tax on Chinese entering the
Dominion, and submitting that British Columbia is entitled to three-fourths ofsuch revenue.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

South Island Agregates aka Cobble HIll Holdings Ltd. Contaminators should be paying for the full clean-up, not dumping in a watershed

Expo 86 lands were found to be contaminated, a deal was in the offing by the BC Socreds to sell the property to an off-shore investor for $50 million, one problem, the buyer didn't want any part of the cleanup costs that should have been borne by the previous owner.

The Expo Land was assembled by the BC Socreds after purchasing it from the companies that had spent 100 years polluting, contaminating the soil, water and foreshore.

Problem for the Buyer was waived because the Socreds introduced a Bill that forced the environment responsibility onto the current owners of property eg. British Columbian Taxpayers:  Cost: $51 million.

How is it then that contaminated soils and ASH are being dumped into an old quarry site above Shawnigan Lake and totally ignore the responsibility of treatment that should be borne by developers from where the material is coming from.

Is it possible to ascertain the sources of the contaminate so that lawsuits may launched against them for violation of environment laws that were written in 1986? 

Minister Mary Polak
In August of 2013, South Island Aggregates/Cobble Hill Holdings was granted a permit to receive contaminated soils and ash and process it through bioremediation or landfilling, and discharge treated effluent to an ephemeral stream. The permit was appealed and the Environmental Appeal Board upheld the permit decision, and the permit was amended on June 4, 2015 to incorporate additional requirements as directed by the Environmental Appeal Board. Below is a list of FAQ’s for this site, as well as documents relating to the original permit application, and ongoing oversight of the permit by the Ministry of Environment.
February 1, 2017 the information below has been deleted, but the WayBack Machine has it but then all the links have been deleted too

 June 4, 2015
 Reports and Information Sheets related to South Island Aggregates/Cobble Hill Holdings

Surface Stormwater Quality at Cobble Hill Holdings - November 2015
November 17, 2015 File: PR-105809
Cassandra Caunce
Director, Compliance Section
Environmental Protection Regional Operations
Ministry of Environment
RE: Surface Stormwater Quality at Cobble Hill Holdings November 14, 2015; Metals, TSS and Turbidity
Runoff was observed leaving the west boundary of Cobble Hill Holdings quarry site (PR-105809) following a heavy rainfall event November 12 & 13, 2015. Ministry staff were on site to sample and observe conditions on November 14, 2015. At that time, a very low volume trickle was observed leaving the site though it was evident that higher flow was present prior to constructed channeling. The purpose of sampling was to determine whether the subsequent runoff had contacted landfilled material and whether it meets ambient water quality guidelines.  SNIP

MLA Andrew Weaver: 
  On the Wisdom of Dumping Contaminated soils in the Shawnigan Lake Watershed
On August 21, 2013 the Ministry of Environment (MOE) granted South Island Aggregates Ltd. (SIA)/ Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) a 50-year permit to receive up to 100,000 tons of contaminated soil annually (a total of five million tons). The proposed location of the site for the contaminated soils is the SIA quarry located at 640 Stebbings Road (Lot 23 owned by CHH). This is located off South Shawnigan Lake Road between Shawnigan Lake and Highway 1. SIA proposed to back fill their quarry with contaminated soils while they continued to blast for new aggregate material. The permit was granted subject to “requiring complete containment of the soils to be introduced into the quarry.
Cobble Hill Holdings and Shawnigan Lake

Document Sources within BC Government:

Permit PR-105809 : Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. (BC0754588), under the provisions of the Environmental Management Act / Ministry of Environment. --
Permit    &   Information bulletin and Figure A & B (in colour)

Ministry assessment : [environmental protection notice : notice of permit 105809 for South Island Aggregates/Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. at 640 Stebbings Road]. --

Technical assessment for authorization to discharge waste [electronic resource] / Active Earth Engineering Ltd. ; submitted to BC Ministry of Environment, Environmental Management Branch ; prepared for South Island Aggregates Ltd. ; prepared by Matt Pye. --

Technical Assessment   &    Public Consultation Report

Bedrock geology of the South Island Aggregates Stebbings Road Quarry / Kirk Hancock. --
Geology Report   &   Addendum

Summary of public consultations [electronic resource] : application for authorization to discharge waste at 460 Stebbings Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC / submitted to BC Ministry of Environment, Environmental Management Branch ; prepared for South Island Aggregates Ltd. ; prepared by Jeff Taylor. --

Public Consultation Report

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Justice In Chains. Jessica Ernst and Andrew Nikiforuk's 'Slick Water'. by Robin Mathews Nov. 14, 2015

Andrew Nikiforuk Books, Books, Books
Slick Water”, of course, is the feel of good water when changed by Fracking poisons.  It is good water invaded by (Corporation-imposed secret) human-and-plant-destroying poisons pumped underground during “Fracking” (hydraulic fracturing of natural underground strata) to “retrieve” oil and/or natural gas.  Those poisons then find their way into the agricultural and drinking water of unsuspecting people who reside (usually) not far from the work of those giant, care less, private Corporations which – all too often – have bought-and-paid-for government regulators and politicians in power.  The poisons … then make ill, maim, and even kill plants, animals, and human beings.

The enormity of the damage to land and water and creatures, the outrageous invasion of the sanctity of innocent people, and the permanent tragedies created could only be possible in a world where Big Corporations have become, in fact, law-makers and enforcers in a world where corporate crime is accepted as normal behaviour.

Slick Water is, too, the name of the latest book (on theabove subject) written by excellent writer, Andrew Nikiforuk.  He was one of the first to tear the Angel Wings from the Tar Sands operations in a book of that name in 2008: Tar Sands, Dirty Oil and the Future of aContinent.

Readers of this review could do no better as a beginning of their read through winter-books than to read Slick Water, centering on Canada’s Fracking Fighter extraordinaire, Jessica Ernst, of Rosebud, Alberta.  The book links her, appropriately, to the long, horrific historical tale of Hydraulic Fracturing which she has been one of the most indomitable in bringing to Canadian (and global) public attention.

The beauty of Nikiforuk’s book is that it brings the marvellous Jessica Ernst to life for readers to come to know … at the same time as it illuminates the slow (150 year) development of a “greed process”, Fracking, begun (of course) in the U.S.A., and spread to … wherever on the globe greed can elbow its way in and gas or oil can be – earth-shatteringly and poisonously - forced to the surface.  Some enlightened countries outlaw Fracking completely.

Readers will find in this book a hundred aspects of the Slick Water story that catch and hold their attention.  A commanding aspect, linking widely disparate events and occasions, is caught in one of the most sparkling (if it may be called that) chapters entitled “The Police Come Calling”.

In the face of allegations of Encana Corporation violations of the law, Alberta regulator violations of the law, Alberta lawyers rejecting their obligation and refusing to represent Jessica Ernst, and shameless misreporting by the Alberta Research Council … and, I add, an Alberta government pretending to know nothing about anything relevant – a strange event occurred.

Calling themselves members of the National Security Enforcement Team (?), RCMP officers first called Jessica Ernst by telephone and were told by her not to visit her property. Days later, they arrived at her home unannounced and without any kind of Warrant.  The visit – one may speculate – had a number of purposes.  To frighten and coerce Jessica Ernst. To urge her into naming sympathizers.  To please the federal government led by Stephen Harper, and to please the (then Eternal) Conservative government of Alberta, and the Encana Corporation, and the cowardly lawyers of Alberta who would have been pleased to see Ernst frightened away from legal action.

Without intending to be controversial or extreme, I would say that the RCMP officers, Dennis De Franceschi and Dave Bibeau, who confronted Jessica Ernst would not be unique as examples of what I suggest may be called lawless uniformed officers supporting crime in Canada.

One only has to raise one’s eyes to see extravagant examples.  When the murder of Robert Dziekanski (2007) by RCMP officers occurred in Vancouver International Airport  (the act was renamed for convenience), it was supported by all levels of the RCMP from the Vancouver offices to the desk in Ottawa of the national Commissioner of the RCMP.  Then, a little later, the fraudulent misuse of RCMP investigations to “manage” the Mike Duffy case in favour of Stephen Harper and his close, wealthy ally Nigel Wright is there for all to see.  By sleight-of-hand too despicable for words, the evidence was jimmied to claim Mike Duffy received a bribe of just over $90,000.00 handed to him as a signed cheque by Nigel Wright.  But Nigel Wright did not pay a bribe, it is claimed.  Before the entire population of Canada the RCMP went along with that complete sham. There is not the slightest doubt that Commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson, signed off on the spectacular (and insulting to all Canadians) boondoggle.

Those are national scandals of gigantic proportion.  But all over Canada the RCMP bends, breaks, and boldly finds ways to violate the law in large and small ways to serve criminal interests.  (Will the new Liberal government examine that file?)

Let’s put it simply.  The whole, cruel torture - through the Fracking process - of Jessica Ernst and hundreds of others in Canada … and thousands around the world – is made possible by the sell-out to giant, largely private Corporations by police, lawyers, the law, the courts, and governments elected to serve and protect the people.

To this day, the new People’s Government of Alberta [NDP] has not lifted a finger to lessen the injustice under which Jessica Ernst staggers. 

Indeed, the Alberta NDP government has approved the continuing role of Gerard Protti, former vp of Encana Corporation and former president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as top man at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Both Encana and the AER are named as delinquent in Jessica Ernst’s case.

If the new government in Ottawa sees fit to take a harrower through the RCMP – a long overdue undertaking – it should do the same through the process of appointments to higher courts in all the provinces.  Indeed, it needs to sit with provincial governments and work slowly and certainly to reconstruct higher court processes – which are opaque, needlessly bureaucratic, elitist, high-handed, grossly expensive, purposefully procrastinating, and systemically punitive to ordinary members of the population seeking remedy for injustices done to them.

Andrew Nikiforuk’s presentation in Slick Water of the negotiation between Jessica Ernst and the law firm conducting her case – Klippensteins – is deeply disturbing.  Sincerity unforced on both sides leads to the information that the case might well take twelve years…or more. (That, I say, is because of the ability of rich corporations to bring legal proceedings almost to a standstill with – clearly – the assent of the courts.) The firm’s spokesperson tells Ernst the “case could cost her more than a million dollars even with the firm’s discounted rates” (p.199) And lawyer Murray Klippenstein informs her that even if she wins legally, because she won’t “settle” (agree to a secret award) “you may have to pay the legal fees and costs of the defendants.” (p. 201)

Ernst replies to him completely in character.  Three things matter. One is groundwater. The second is the integrity of the democracy she lives in, and the third is breaking the cycle of abuse. What she does not say (and perhaps doesn’t know at that early date) is that the cycle of abuse by the poisoners of water, land, and health is only possible because of the corporation/lawyer/police/court/media participation in the cycle of abuse quietly smiled upon by corrupt governments. How to end that cycle and to restore the integrity of the democracy she lives in is … for all the rest of us to take on.

Andrew Nikiforuk is – to my mind – very gentle in his treatment of the Alberta higher court in the case being fought by Jessica Ernst.  Nevertheless, he hints at what I believe is a shameless intention in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to delay the trial, to increase Jessica Ernst’s costs alarmingly, and to force her into bankruptcy.  I will leave it to the reader to decide for herself or himself the role of the Alberta court in Jessica Ernst’s trial … and Andrew Nikiforuk’s assessment of it.

Rejuvenation of the Canadian legal system might start at the top.  What to my mind is the most useless and the most irresponsible higher court instrument in Canada is the Canadian Judicial Council – the top regulator of higher court behaviour in Canada.  Presently, to my mind, it is a sham and a protector of wrong-doing in the higher courts.  When an egregious action of sexual misconduct by a judge is revealed, the CJC might move to careful action. But in all other cases of serious misconduct (in my experience with it) the CJC will even cover for (what in other structures would be called) the frankly criminal activity of judges. (When three higher court judges, one after the other, are publicly removed from the bench by the CJC for misconduct in their trust positions, judges across Canada will suddenly become visibly more upright and … just.)

Justice is in chains in the Jessica Ernst case against Encana Corporation for fouling her farm, her water, her life, her hopes for the future.  Justice is in chains in Ernst’s attempts to have the “regulator” of Oil Patch behaviour judged for failing to do its job of “regulating” (throughout the province).  Justice is in chains in the Jessica Ernst case before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Alberta’s Supreme Court) because – among other (hugely important) things - the court is not insisting upon prompt responses from those complained against, not insisting upon prompt and clean submissions of evidentiary materials requested by the plaintiff. etc.,etc.

The spotlight is upon Chief Justice NeilWittmann who “volunteered” to take over the case when (surprise!) the judge on the case was suddenly promoted off it to the Appeals Court. (Her promotion had to involve Stephen Harper’s cabinet and the senior operatives of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench… and who else?)  The case is momentous – calling into question the activities of a huge private Oil Patch operator and the government of Alberta’s regulator.  The action of Chief Justice Neil Wittmann to force a Supreme Court of Canada appeal about his ruling that the Alberta regulator is “beyond” the reach of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the Canadian Constitution is seen by some as a vexatious and obnoxious action to delay the trial – and cause Jessica Ernst enormously increased costs.

If the Honourable Neil Wittmann’s action has been, in fact, a move to show sympathy for the bodies Jessica Ernst is acting against … then justice in Alberta is truly in chains.  But Jessica Ernst has been a major person in forcing the unshackling of truth about “Fracking”. She has been major in forcing the unshackling of truth about the abuse of land and people by Big Oil and Gas in Alberta – and its “buy-off” techniques. She has been major in exposing the Alberta Regulator as a friend of the violators. She may well prove to be instrumental in unshackling a truth about large-scale corruption in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta. Then the chains will begin to come off - even off the legal system in Canada.

 Contact: Robin Mathews


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Ernst v. Fracking et al  Links & Resources

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tim Duncan revelations May 18th; George Gretes exhonerated 8 days later by Virk's Loop-Hole Act: NO OFFENCE

May 18, 2015

Ms. Elizabeth Denham
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
PO Box 9038, Stn. Prov. Govt
Victoria B.C. V8W 9A4

RE: Destruction of Freedom of Information records

Dear Ms. Denham:

I am a former Executive Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. I am concerned with how requests for email under the Freedom of Information Act are being administered in Ministerial offices.

When Freedom of Information (FOI) requests are made for ministerial staff emails, it concems me that political appointees are allowed to self-report their response. This allows for misconduct to occur, and often a "No records" response to be reported.

Such an incident happened to me in November 2014- The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure received a FOI request for records relating to meetings held by officials in the ministry relating to missing women on the Highway of Tears.  



BC Offence Act:    1996

General offence

5  A person who contravenes an enactment by doing an act that it forbids, or omitting to do an act that it requires to be done, commits an offence against the enactment.


Virk's Loop-Hole Act

Certified correct as passed Third Reading on the 26th day of May, 2015
Craig James, Clerk of the House

Section 5 of Offence Act

20  Section 5 of the Offence Act does not apply to this Act. (Gretes / Virk)

Application to Supreme Court for return of information

21  (1) If government information is held without legal authority by a person other than a government body, the head of a government body required to hold the government information may apply to the Supreme Court for an order that the person return that government information to the government body.

(2) This section does not limit any remedy otherwise available to a government body or other person by law.  (Loukidelis)


Part 6 – General Provisions
19  Responsibility of head of government body
20  Section 5 of Offence Act
21  Application to Supreme Court for return of information
22  Power to make regulations


The kicker to the Information Management Act is that there wasn't a mention of offenders being absolved of Triple-O-Delete, only a slap on the wrist, if there was Perjury eg. George Gretes.

In a Letter of praise to Amrik Virk from Elizabeth Denham without her knowledge of an impending Loop-Hole of exoneration of any BC Liberal government perps:

February 13, 2015 Honourable Amrik Virk
Minister of Technology, Innovation
and Citizens' Services
Room 346, Parliament Buildings
Victoria BC V8V 1X4

Dear Minister Virk:

Re: Bill 5 – Government Information Act; OIPC File F14-60070

I am writing to comment on Bill 5, the Government Information Act, tabled in the Legislative Assembly on February 12, 2015. I am encouraged that government is proposing legislation that will provide a framework for modern records management within government.... etc.

Monday, November 9, 2015

BC Government MLA (Peter Fassbender): Limits assistance to his Constituents: Bad guys Guilty until proven Innocent

According to BC Liberal MLA Cabinet Minister Peter Fassbender's website there are limits to how his local Constituency Office may assist his Constituents:
Unfortunately, we cannot help you if:
  • you have retained a lawyer to represent you pertaining to your case;
  • your matter is pending before the courts;
  • the police are involved. We cannot make inquiries about police investigations. If you have a complaint about police conduct, please direct them to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner.
Which begs the question why does the government bankroll ('Fortunately, we can help') OIC appointees who work directly for the BC Liberal Government Ministers and have crossed the line so much that the RCMP are involved:   eg. George Gretes; eg Basi and Virk. 

How many British Columbians are denied access to their elected officials simply because they have retained a lawyer to represent their interest pertaining to their 'case', 'issue'?

Fired BC Health Researchers?  Denied access to their MLA for assistance?

Question Period:

Opposition MLAs may ask question on the Fired Health researchers because they don't represent them?

Government MLAs can't query the status of the Fired Health Researchers because they DO represent them.

Lobbyists' Lawyers' and their Clients who are, or not, Constituents, may negotiate with Fassbender and other Government Ministers behind the closed doors of secrecy, without revealing their relationship (Denied: FOI - Sec 22)?
 you have retained a lawyer to represent you pertaining to your case......

It's interesting to find that the BC NDP Adrian Dix takes it a step further when it comes to limitations which doesn't mean they're doing less of a job than the BC Liberals, but rather that its only the BC Liberals that can..... overturn the decisions of any provincial government ministry or body; influence the processes set up in law; change the time limits for filing appeals; can take on casework that is federal or municipal in nature; interfere intervene with federal and municipal issues eg. pipelines; settle a dispute between businesses and neighbours; Direct the police to take action eg. Health Researchers; find housing (Rich Coleman); find employment (Canada Starts Here)

We are unable to:
  • Offer you legal advice or assist you with legal action
  • Overturn the decision of any provincial government ministry or body
  • Influence processes set up in law to be independent of the Legislature — such as Ombudsman, Police Complaints Commissioner, Representative for Children and Youth, professional and other
  • Change the time limits for filing appeals
  • Take on casework that is federal or municipal in nature
  • Intervene with federal or municipal issues
  • Settle a dispute between businesses or neighbours
  • Direct the police to take any action
  • Find you housing
  • Find employment for you