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We're described as Citizen Journalists somewhat akin to CBC's Fifth Estate of "investigative journalism, to challenge assumptions and question conventional wisdom". Where news media fight amongst themselves for the best ratings and dollars, blogs exist as "pages" pulled together by a common cause in hopes of finding some traces of truth in amongst the word of the highly paid political script writers (spin doctors) of the government, in this case, the very much provincial BC Liberals.
AGT: “If you’re there to make FOIs easier and more efficient, why are you not then working with the office of the Privacy Commissioner to implement her excellent recommendations from July? Why would you not adopt a team approach?”Johnston then admitted that he called Commissioner Denham’s office but she never got back to him. Instead, a staffer told him that she was “too busy.”
Johnston: “I’m not an authority to say anything on that (laughs). I don’t want to get fired (laughs)…I’m an employee of Fujitsu, not a contractor…”And then this nugget: “I’m not sure about your figure (95%)…I’m not sure if that’s accurate.”
AGT: “Can you speak to the fact that since you’ve been on the job, reporters, and bloggers are being charged exorbitant fees for simple FOI requests? That since their re-election FOI requests are more difficult to obtain.”
Johnston: “Oh my God, I’d say that’s a total coincidence…hey, maybe we can meet with someone in government, if you’d like, before you print anything, even though you said we’re really off the record. Look, this is quite a sincere government, to my knowledge.”(And wouldn’t Johnston know! He was Deputy BC Athletic Commissioner in 2013 and from January 2002 to May of 2003, he was an “analyst” for Elections BC).
AGT: “No, I said that was up to you, if we’re on formally, but some of things you’re saying don’t make sense. One final thing, are you taping this conversation?”
Johnston: “Yes I am, because I’ve been burned before.”SNIP
“Look it’s really simple, if the government followed the recommendations of its own Privacy Commissioner, and simply release Minister’s calendars and Minister’s office calendars, they would eliminate 1000 requests from us per year. Since we (and the BC Liberals when they were in Opposition before us) routinely FOI(ed) things for good reason, why not just make it all available. That would be a reform–and true openness.” (Adrian Dix, Leader of the Opposition, November, 2013)Sure it would, but not when you have a government in power that is digging in so deep to avoid any real accountability to the people its leader clearly lied to to get elected, and that gulag politics are the order of the day.
We do not, and never will, accept the proposition that the business of the public is none of the public’s business. - Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. - June 5, 2015
Don Guy, recently parachuted in to handle communications and research for Ms. Clark’s election campaign. - Globe and Mail
....... According to recently disclosed e-mails between Don Guy and his deputies Laura Miller and Dave Gene, it appears that Don Guy had Miller send Dave Gene over to Speaker Levac to discuss the possibility of Levac changing his ruling.
I definitely agree with NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson, when he referred to the actions of Guy, Miller and Gene. He stated:
"They were trying to obstruct the parliamentary process and bully the Speaker to change his ruling," Mr. Bisson said. "That's pretty serious stuff, and akin to somebody going to a judge and trying to influence a judge on a decision."
It appears that Guy, Miller and Gene may have crossed the line here. These are not political tricks or technical breaches of obscure parliamentary procedures. This action appears to be an attempt to influence an impartial judicial/administrative officer of the Parliament. An independent body should be called in to investigate this action.
Though Speaker Levac held his ground and ruled against Bentley and ordered the release of all the relevant documents relating to the subject gas plants, this ruling did not deter Don Guy and his merry band.
According to the released emails, Don Guy's next devious ploy was to manipulate the press by having the McGuinty government announce feel-good policies, in order to divert attention from the September 24, 2012 deadline for release of the gas plant documents established by Speaker Levac.
As reported in the Globe and Mail, around this time, the McGuinty government announced the banning of the use of tanning beds by people under the age of 18. Which according to one of McGuinty's political operatives, in an e-mail would "make a fabulous headline in Saturday papers."
The strategy worked. Most major newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, carried the story. But tanning beds turned out to be a fleeting distraction.
With the September 24 deadline for release of documents looming, Don Guy then had Miller try to strong arm the Liberals' own House Leader John Milloy, to delay the September 24 release on the basis of a different interpretation of the Speaker's ruling and contrary to Milloy's own interpretation of the Speaker's ruling.
Noting that Milloy failed to follow Guy's wishes, Miller wrote in an email, that in future the House Leader will not speak for the party. In effect, she and Guy were trying to muzzle the public pronouncements of their own House Leader.
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..... While there is no indication that any of the transactions were illegitimate, the lack of transparency makes it difficult to determine what services were provided at taxpayers’ expense.During The Globe’s review, sources who previously worked as senior political staff said they were offered “top-ups” to their salaries through contracts that would never have to be made public.The Globe review follows a criminal probe that helped bring to light the fact that nearly $160,000 in public funds were paid through a numbered company to Peter Faist, the boyfriend of a (Laura Miller???) deputy chief of staff to Mr. McGuinty, for IT services that police believe led to the destruction of government records. (Mr. Faist was not the subject of the investigation, and police have not accused him of any wrongdoing.) Multiple sources told The Globe and Mail the contract was not an isolated incident.Such arrangements have been hidden from view because they have been paid out of legislative funds given to each party for spending on the needs of their caucuses, which are not subject to freedom-of-information rules or other transparency measures that apply to government expenditures. Nor are they subject to conflict-of-interest rules.
Take  Triple Deleting Files from Staff a British Columbia version of GCPE and staff, but within the Premier's Office of Ontario
Cover-up discoveredAlthough 56,500 documents had been tabled from the Ministry of Energy and the OPA to comply with the May 16, 2012 motion of the Estimates Committee of the Legislature, none of the documents came from the political staff in the Minister's Office. The Justice Committee asked the former Chief of Staff Craig MacLennan to give testimony.
At a meeting of Justice Policy Committee of the Legislature on April 9, 2013 NDP MPP Peter Tabuns asked the former Chief of Staff to the Minister of Energy why the political staffer had provided no documents. MacLennan replied: "I didn’t have any responsive documents. I regret that I didn’t have any responsive documents. My colleague coordinated the search in the office. All I can speak to is what my work habit is, which is to keep a clean inbox. I always have worked that way."
I do not need to emphasize how disturbing the intentional deletion of government business records is in a free and democratic society. As I have stated in this Report, the practice of deleting records undermines the very foundation of freedom of information legislation, and the principles of government transparency and accountability that the legislation supports. I am reminded of the comment made by the Honourable Ian Scott, the Attorney General of Ontario, between 1985 and 1990, on the introduction of Ontario’s FIPPA in the Legislature. He stated:
We do not, and never will, accept the proposition that the business of the public is none of the public’s business.
...... let's not forget that Dobell has a history of thumbing his nose at government regulations intended to protect and inform the public.
Dobell told a 2003 freedom of information conference that he rarely takes meeting notes and deletes most e-mails to avoid their disclosure through FOIs, as required by law. Snip
Civil servants avoid writing things down because they fear they will become the subject of a freedom of information request, Ken Dobell, deputy minister to Premier Gordon Campbell, acknowledged Thursday.
Dobell, a former Vancouver city manager, was a panel member at a conference in Victoria marking the 10th anniversary of B.C.'s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Dobell said he now rarely writes working notes of meetings and rapidly deletes most of his e-mails.
However, he said, the intent is not to hide necessary information from the media and public, but to avoid having internal e-mails caught up in media fishing expeditions.
Panel member Norman Spector, a media commentator and columnist who served as deputy minister to former premier Bill Bennett and chief of staff to former prime minister Brian Mulroney, criticized media fishing expeditions and suggested that reporters should be severely restricted in their FOI requests.
Newspapers should nominate several journalists who they believe should have the right to FOI information and, if the information is not used for developing better public policy, the journalist should be deregistered, Spector said.
SnippedBloggers, media (Bob Mackin, Laila Yuile, Norman Farrell ) ARE severely restricted and as to Spector's theory on Newspapers should nominate several chosen journalists to have access to the information? ... the agents for the government are already in place, have been for eleven years eg. Keith Baldrey et al and they just sit on their hands with the information.
Still, the idea of limiting access caused some disquiet.
"I do have trouble when I hear people talking about registering journalists -- the first thing that comes to mind is Zimbabwe," said one audience member.
The Ken Dobell Public Service Education Fund Scholarship has been established to encourage students with an interest in federal, provincial, local government or First Nations administration and policy studies to pursue post-secondary opportunities. The Fund recognizes the career and public service contributions of Ken Dobell, former Vancouver City Manager, British Columbia Deputy Minister to the Premier, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of BC Public Service. SnipPrevious LGMA Scholarship Winners 2010 to 2013. The winners might want to prepare some answers to possible questions on the topic of not triple deleting emails.
"Who said he's under a cloud?"
Only in British Columbia would a guilty man continue to advise a guilty government, with neither showing an ounce of shame.
Ken Dobell was Premier Gordon Campbell's senior deputy minister for years. Last week, Dobell pleaded guilty to breaking the Lobbyists Registration Act and repaid the $7,000 he received for lobbying while in violation.
That Act was introduced, debated and passed while Dobell himself held the most powerful government staff position. Snip
N.B.-The above-named prices include postage or express charges. Bank cheques must be marked and payable at par at Victoria.
To secure attention, each and every order must be accompanied by full list price for all books ordered. In the ca~e of orders from School Boards, accounts will be rendered for all purchases
Free Text book Branch, Education Department,
Victoria, B.C., August, 1930.
THIS LIST SHOULD BE KEPT IN TEACHER'S DESK FOR READY REFERENCE.
VICTORIA, B.C.: Printed by CHARLES F. BANFIELD, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
- a person of East Asian descent.
Certified Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council, approved by His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 16th day of April, A.D. 1928
The Committee of Council submit for the approval of His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor a Resolution of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia of March 14th, 1928, as follows :-
Whereas it has been publicly announced that there is to be an exchange of Ministers between Canada and Japan:
And whereas it is the intention of this Legislature, representing the people of this Province, to do the utmost in its power to prevent further encroachment upon industrial, trading, and agricultural activities within British Columbia by any race or races whose customs or practices or economic standards of living may threaten eventually to lower the recognized Canadian standard of living, and of any race or races with whom it is not desirable that Canadians should intermarry:
And whereas at the beginning of 1927 there were in British Columbia 46,500 Orientals, or approximately one in every twelve persons, and in 1925 there were in British Columbia more than 11,000 Orientals employed in industry and 3,231 conducting business in licensed trades and callings:
And whereas Orientals own land and improved property in British Columbia to an aggregate value of more than $10,000,000:
And whereas the Japanese birth-rate in British Columbia is 40 per 1,000 as compared with a general birth-rate (not including native Indians) of 18 per 1,000, and in three years the number of Japanese children in the public schools of British Columbia has increased by 74 per cent and now totals approximately 4,000 children:
And whereas, of the Orientals arriving in Canada during the past twenty years, British Columbia has absorbed 80 per cent. of the Chinese and almost 100 per cent of the Japanese:
And whereas the presence of such large numbers of Orientals and their economic activities constitute a serious menace to the welfare of all classes of other citizens, including those engaged in agriculture, commercial business, professional occupations, and labourers in industry:
And whereas it is alleged that the administration of public and commercial affairs in Japan, particularly in so far as concerns the collection of taxes, the ownership of land, the control of shares in public utility corporations, and the ordinary economic advancement of citizens, is such as to unjustly discriminate against nationals of Canada resident in Japan and not in accord with the spirit of treaties executed on the "most-favoured-nation" plan:
And whereas the people of Canada and the Governments of the other Canadian Provinces have heretofore apparently failed to realize the seriousness of the Oriental problem and the necessity of proper and effective action dealing therewith:
And whereas resolutions passed by this House from time to time requesting Federal action in this matter have brought no adequate results:
Be it therefore Resolved, That the Dominion Government be requested to immediately institute negotiations with the Government or Governments of China, and with the Japanese Government through an accredited Minister to Japan, with a view to arranging:-
(a.) The acceptance of the proposals for restricting Oriental immigration which have so frequently been adopted by this Legislature and which were outlined by British Columbia's representatives at the recent Federal-Provincial Conference at Ottawa:
(b.) The repatriation of the Chinese and Japanese residing in British Columbia to the countries of their respective origin so that the proportion of Orientals in Canada to the Canadian population shall not exceed the proportion of Canadians in China and Japan respectively to the population of China and Japan:
(c.) The substitution for the present Treaty with Japan of one giving due recognition to the rights of British Columbia as a Province of Canada to enact legislation with reference to property and civil rights, as allowed by the "British North America Act."
And be it further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution and Preamble be transmitted to the Governments of all the other Canadian Provinces and to the Government of Canada.
The Committee advise that a copy of this Minute be forwarded to the Governments of all the other Canadian Provinces and to the Government of Canada.
Hence Thursday’s all-party resolution apologizing to Chinese Canadians (“the house deeply regrets”) and expressing no small measure of admiration for their perseverance in the face of chronic racism:
“We acknowledge that despite being subjected to discriminatory laws, policies and practices, the Chinese community has made, and continues to make, substantial contributions to the culture, history and economic prosperity in our province.”
Debate on the resolution occupied much of the day with worthy moments on both sides of the house. SNIP
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Creating Green Communities
Smart planning, with compact communities, energy-efficient buildings and more clean transportation alternatives, is the way of the future. This plan supports greener B.C. communities with:
A new Green Building Code with some of the highest energy efficiency standards in Canada.
A $14-billion Provincial Transit Plan to build infrastructure and double ridership across B.C. by 2020. (Highway of Tears not included)
Gordon Campbell and Kevin Falcon, then-Premier and then-Transportation Minister, announced the sweeping plan during a press conference on January 14, 2008 as a key initiative to achieve the provincial government’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The so-called “Provincial Transit Plan” outlined a $10.3 billion strategy to build three new rapid transit lines in Metro Vancouver:
– the $1.4-billion SkyTrain extension to Coquitlam (Evergreen Line),$2.8 billion to extend the Millennium Line to UBC under Broadway,
a reaffirmation of the $2 billion Canada Line being built,
and $3.1 billion to double the capacity of the Expo Line, including station and control system upgrades, platform extensions to accommodate six-car trains, and a six kilometre extension in Surrey.
“One new transit line was committed to in each of the previous three decades,” said Falcon in 2008. “This plan delivers three lines in the next decade.”
“What [the B.C. government has] done here is they recognize this is the right thing to do, it’s the only thing to do to address this problem and we’re not going to wait for the feds or someone to do it. We’re going to show leadership in North America and you watch, it’s going to start to have a ripple down effect and others are going to start to join up as the years go by.”
- Andrew Weaver
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria
This document is posted for a one-month consultation period, from July 17, 2015 to August 17, 2015. So please take the surveyYou missed the Window of Opportunity on the Consultation period. PERIOD!!!
Transportation is responsible for 37 per cent of emissions in B.C. We now have the technologies - such as biofuels and hybrid-electric vehicles - to enable a transition to zero and low-emission transportation options. Our recommendations focus on making these technologies and fuels available to individuals and industry across the province. (EXCEPT FOR South Island Aggregates)
MacLeans - Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press January 30, 2015
snip The independent, government-ordered report released Friday said the spill of 24 million cubic metres of silt and water into nearby lakes and rivers was caused by an inadequately designed dam that didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures associated with glacial till beneath the pond.
B.C.’s Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett immediately ordered B.C.’s Chief Inspector of Mines to require all operating mines with similar tailings ponds to confirm what kind of foundation material their dams rest on by June 30.
There are currently 98 permitted tailings storage facilities in the province with 123 dams at 60 metal and coal mines in B.C. snip
The development plan for the source of impervious core material is based on the following information:A drill and test pit program conducted in 2009 focused on confirming potential sources for obtaining the impervious till material. A total of 109 auger holes and seven test pits were completed;A further drill and test pit investigation was conducted in 2010 in the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands. A total of 15 auger holes and eight test pits were completed.;It was determined that the material within the 85th Avenue source is within the ideal range for fines content for the dam core, the material is at a depth up to 30 metres, is thinly covered with overburden, and the material is consistent in nature.;Preparations in the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands would occur in Year 2 and and Year 3 concurrent with construction of the conveyor belt system which will transport the material to the dam site;The total excavated material would range from 2,921,000 cubic metres to 4,866,000 cubic metres depending on quality and processing requirements of the source.;The 85th Ave site would provide 2,921,000 cubic metres for the damcore, and the remaining 414,000 cubic metres of till would be sourced from the dam site excavations.;The yearly requirement beginning in Year 4 and ending in Year 7 would be 100,000 cubic metres, 1,521,000 cubic metres, 975,000 cubic metres, 325,000 cubic metres, respectively.;Material placement would occur during the seasonal placing windows between May and October.;A conveyor belt system will be used to transport the till material from the pit to the dam site.;The final excavation is to be at an elevation of approximately 675 metres (as shown in Figure 3.1);
The maximum slopes for excavation and embankments for overburden and surplus storage would be 2H:1V.
|IMPERVIOUS CORE MATERIAL SOURCE DEVELOPMENT PLAN 85TH AVENUE INDUSTRIAL LANDS|
Mark HumeVancouver — The Globe and MailPublished
.... "I'm (Justice Bennett) not keen on having these individuals [responsible for managing government records]cross-examined…If the documents are not recoverable it doesn't mean anything unless you [first]establish likely relevance," she said.Justice Bennett told the defence to argue the relevance issue Tuesday, while submitting a set of written questions to Mr. Copley (lawyer representing the Executive Council, which includes both the Premier's office and cabinet) to get more details on what exactly was done to search the government records.Leonard Krog, NDP justice critic, said it is "extremely troubling" that important government files may have been destroyed."The Document Disposal Act requires that [electronic records]be kept for seven years," he said. "It raises incredible suspicions and someone farther up the political chain that Mr. Copley is going to have to appear in court and explain what happened."The government of B.C. has a detailed protocol covering both the preservation and destruction of its records.Formal records can be destroyed, but only after the action has been approved by a public documents committee, the legislative assembly or the attorney general (or the Deputy's $6 million payoff)The Corporate Information Management Branch, which provides guidelines for government employees, states that e-mails must be copied to a central document management directory before individuals delete them from their personal files. ....
Mark HumeVancouver — From Friday's Globe and MailPublished.... Two weeks ago, the defence filed an application for the disclosure of the e-mail records of Mr. Campbell, several cabinet ministers and numerous staff, arguing the communications could shed light on whether the accused were acting on their own, or under directions from superiors.But earlier this week George Copley, a lawyer representing the Executive Council of the B.C. government, told court a search had failed to produce the e-mails sought because the data system keeps backup tapes for only 13 months.Yesterday, he elaborated on that point, saying the e-mails may have been deleted because they were defined as "transitory" under document-management regulations.He said "routine records of no value" are labelled transitory and are deleted."It is possible the e-mails you were asking about were considered transitory in nature or there may be other explanations," Mr. Copley said.One explanation he offered was that about half the officials the defence wants e-mail records for had left government by the time the application was made and their e-mail accounts were erased. ....
....George Copley’s silent presentation is just one of the absurdities common to the pre-trial hearings involving Basi, Virk, and Basi, and common to Supreme Court of British Columbia in its behaviour. It is an outrage, for instance, that people seeking transcript material and other material on public record should face refusal or unseemly delay, bureaucratic complexity, and then often huge costs paid to private corporations whose profits Supreme Court judges seem more concerned to assure than they are to assure the public’s right to know and its certainty of the fair pursuit of justice.
Private corporate control over court documents and records must end. In addition, repression of materials on public record for in-house reasons under so-called “Practice Directions” must end.
In a public matter and trial of such importance as this one - with which you are seized - a printed transcript of every day of hearing should be available on the next sitting day, in the courtroom, for all who wish to have a copy. If that statement surprises you, I suggest – with the deepest respect – you may have forgotten the duty our legal system has (and you have as judge) to support the fair pursuit of justice openly and with regard to all citizens.
So much material on public record is presently kept secret for reasons I consider indefensible that suspicion may fairly arise among some Canadians that rule-makers in the Supreme Court of British Columbia are either petty tyrants or are complicit with others wishing to prevent justice being done – and being seen to be done. ...
.... Mr. George Copley is a servant of the B.C. Cabinet. He is appearing in Vancouver Supreme Court on February 16 in order to shield what cabinet documents he can – relating to the BC Rail Scandal – from the Defence (and the British Columbia public). His presentation will be extremely important and MUST be fully audible. - ViveleCanada